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CHEVROLET MALIBU XTREME CONCEPT HITS THE STREETS WITH STYLE AND PERFORMANCE

Engineered on the Epsilon architecture and featuring timeless styling, the new Chevy Malibu is a perfect choice for anyone seeking a sedan that embodies versatility, innovation and safety in a dynamic ride package. With Malibu XTREME, Chevrolet and GM are showcasing a wide range of parts and body kits that allow customers to personalize and customize their vehicle to their individual lifestyles.

Great looks and performance are the two primary requirements for any tuner vehicle, and Malibu XTREME, delivers in droves. Up front, in back and from a profile, there are plenty of styling elements to this street machine. Carbon Kevlar, for example, is used to accent the front and rear fascias, rocker moldings, the headlamp bezel, grille crossbar and the trim bar on the rear deck lid. From a profile, it’s hard to miss to rocker moldings, the custom hood with twin air extractor ducts and the rear wing.

Combine all of Malibu XTREME’s exterior styling elements with aggressive 19-inch wheels, Toyo Proxes P235-35ZR/19 tires and a suspension that is much closer to the ground, and the result is a vehicle that looks like it belongs on a slot track.

Inside, the theme is one of high-tech and “sound” performance. The driver and front passenger are treated to Sparco Torino 2 reclining black leather seats, while the rear leather seat features modified foam and trim to complement the front sport seats. A carbon fiber pattern accentuates the seat inserts. Carbon Kevlar accents the inside of the Malibu XTREME, including on the instrument panel and on the horn trim.

Driving or riding in the Malibu XTREME should be entertainment enough in most instances. When it isn’t, however, Malibu XTREME offers a Pioneer AVHP 7500 stereo system that can play CD, DVD and MP3 formats – in addition to AM/FM and XM Satellite Radio. A true delight for any audiophile, the system delivers 1200 watts of total power through Pioneer amplifiers and speakers.

Answering the second tuner requirement, Malibu XTREME is outfitted with a 2.0-liter, intercooled and supercharged Ecotec engine that delivers 240 horsepower. An engine this good must be displayed, so Malibu EXTREME’S engine features a ceramic-coated exhaust manifold with dual outlets for improved performance, carbon Kevlar cooling fan, radiator module cover and battery cover.

Malibu XTREME is finished in Tangerine Orange paint.

Chevrolet showcases its XTREME vehicle concepts targeted at the “tuners” or youth enthusiasts. These XTREME concepts are showcases for GM to develop and evaluate a wide range of parts and body kits that allow customers to personalize and customize their vehicles to their individual lifestyles. These factory designed appearance packages feature unique attachments to fit specific models. Included in XTREME packages are such features as body kits or ground effects, revised rocker panels, distinctive lighting, rear wings and larger wheels and tires.

Chevrolet and GM Service and Parts Operations are considering offering some of the XTREME appearance packages. Also included in Chevy’s XTREME concept vehicle lineup is a greater focus on in-vehicle entertainment, with Pioneer systems that feature DVD, CD and MP3 players, in addition to XM Satellite Radio. The XTREME concept vehicles build on the success of the S-10 XTREME model offering.

Chevrolet continues to expand its line of performance models with SS, Z71 and XTREME.




 

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Cool, except for the peachy "tangerine". Unless they want Suki from 2Fast2Furious to buy one.


Answering the second tuner requirement, Malibu XTREME is outfitted with a 2.0-liter, intercooled and supercharged Ecotec engine that delivers 240 horsepower.
Are concepts required to get 20 more horses than production vehicles as a matter of course? ;)

I love the idea of GM having a supercharged 4 cylinder Malibu as a "tuner" targeted car. Sport compact enthusiasts seem to prefer souped up DOHC four bangers.
 

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This one is not my favorite. It may be a great ricer, but my Extreme Malibu would be powered by a 300+HP V6 (3.5 or 3.9 would be fine) have a manual trans, and not be pink.
 

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Its not nearly as bad as the Aveo, but come on, WHY DOES IT NEED A REAR WING, ITS FWD FOR GOD SAKE......ugh, I think chevy sold out to the import crowd.
 

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Yeah, the color is annoying, but this meant to stand out at a show, not to look good just driving around. Some of the stuff going on here is legitimately cool.

The front fascia almost works. Something blunter, and meaner, with a gaping grille more like the third-gen Maxima, would work better. The wheels look great, and the rocker panels work especially well with the Malibu's windsplints. I also like the body-color headlight inserts.

I'll add to the ire on that wing. I think it's pretty atrocious. My thought is that it would probably look better mounted on top of another car's gigantic rear wing, kind of Merkur-style than it does on the Malibu. Or kind of like that "old time aviation failures" stock-footage clip that has that plane with all the wings stacked up and falls over. They could have called that the "Unworthy Airplane X-treme."

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Originally posted by TaHoE@Oct 28 2003, 10:00 PM
A GM truck steering wheel, now honstly?? I think the thing is HIDEOUS!
wow good eye, your right, they need a new steering wheel in there.

this reminds me of the last malibu aimed at the ricer crowd. but i have to say i do like the looks. other than the color of course.

... and that fake wood inside...
 

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I want those front seats for the Malibu Maxx Sport!!!!!!!
You are OUT of control, KC!! (that means, in Ghrankenguage, that you are right on). I'm looking forward to meeting you at maybe the second annual MAXXMEISTER meeting, since I won't be able to afford my MAXX just yet.

If I had to choose one thing, though, I'd pass on the seats in favor of a stick, even if it is hooked up to one of those VTEC things. Granted, by then, we'll know if a 3.9 SC will make its way into the lineup...

As for the whole SEMA thing, I -wish- Chevy had shown a MAXX X-treme. If there ever were a car in Chevy's lineup worthy of an X-treme exploration, it would be the MAXX. Just a small clip of the MAXX in motion (on the Chevy website) puts many of the car's proportions in place. The thing's just Uber-Hip, plain and simple. Mine's gonna be Medium Spiral Grey, with blacked-out windows, some kind of 16"-17" chrome rims (no choppers), with the rest being under the hood.

It's gonna be Darth Vader meets Luke Skywalker (of 2-Live Crew) on wheels!

Okay, that's delirium talking. Prolly the same delirium that led Chevy to dream up the MAXX in the first place...

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I can't quite tell from the photos, but the interior looks charcoal or black.

The Malibu needs a black/charcoal interior - much more classy than a sea of gray or beige.
 

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Originally posted by Ming@Oct 28 2003, 11:03 PM
I can't quite tell from the photos, but the interior looks charcoal or black.

The Malibu needs a black/charcoal interior - much more classy than a sea of gray or beige.
yeah yeah- but reviewers always gripe about a "sea of black." Maybe charcoal should replace the gray option? Like on the 04 GP- charcoal or beige.
 

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"Sea of grey or beige," is just kind of Ming's "thing." Kind of like, "That darn 3400" is Mason's thing, and "Don't feed Ghrankenstein after midnight" is my thing.

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Originally posted by Ghrankenstein@Oct 29 2003, 04:33 PM
"Sea of grey or beige," is just kind of Ming's "thing."  Kind of like, "That darn 3400" is Mason's thing, and "Don't feed Ghrankenstein after midnight" is my thing.

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Dude, go to bed :zippy:
You might start to see strange things, like Canadians that look like Rudolph
:rudolph: :rudolph: :rudolph: :rudolph: :rudolph: :rudolph: :rudolph:
 

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After reading the final specs for the hopped up ecotech engine, I have greater respect for the Mitsubishi Evolution's 271hp, 273lb/ft 2.0 engine.
 

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That is one bad-arse engine, but it is also probably 3 times as expensive as a tamer turbo Ecotec to build.

GM has a 2.0L drag racing Ecotec that puts out 1000 horsepower naturally aspirated. And it probably costs as much as 20 Cavaliers.

Let's see Mitsubishi sell the EVO for the price of a top of the line Lancer, and I'll be even more impressed. ;)

My point - performance is what you are willing to pay for.
 

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Originally posted by Ming@Oct 29 2003, 10:45 PM
That is one bad-arse engine, but it is also probably 3 times as expensive as a tamer turbo Ecotec to build.

GM has a 2.0L drag racing Ecotec that puts out 1000 horsepower naturally aspirated. And it probably costs as much as 20 Cavaliers.

Let's see Mitsubishi sell the EVO for the price of a top of the line Lancer, and I'll be even more impressed. ;)

My point - performance is what you are willing to pay for.
what ur willing to pay for huh
try this it goes 0-60 in 4.1 and pulls 1.5 lateral Gs all for 40 grand ish
 

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like the Aveo Extreme I do like the idea but someone change that color try yellow or even a chrome accent type paint job would be cool and again Chevy and GM need something to compete with the imports and again what will the price be and a little more horse power please other than that bring it out for a trial period and see what happens you never know!
 
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I happened to check out the '04 Malibu at a local dealership. I was impressed.

The target consumer for these are obviously the younger set. The question is, will they switch from Civic to these ?

People love their Japanese cars.
 

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I am gaining disappointment in the lack of a Malibu Maxx at SEMA, which I think really begs for an X-treme kind of Porno-Edition type thing.

Ghrank :frankie:
 

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Originally posted by Ghrankenstein@Nov 7 2003, 03:48 AM
I am gaining disappointment in the lack of a Malibu Maxx at SEMA, which I think really begs for an X-treme kind of Porno-Edition type thing.

Ghrank :frankie:
Ghrank,

Maybe the "Debbie Does Dallas" MAXX edition could be a dealer installed option..... ;)

Ken
 
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