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2012 Chevy Cruze... Next tuner car of choice?

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2012 Chevy Cruze.. Next tuner car revolution?

So, I am in the market for a replacement for my 2003 Accord EX-L v6. Normally this would be another Honda product, however, my recent purchase of a 1986 Silverado has me feeling a little nostalgic since my first car was a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo. I started looking into what else was available and I ran across the Chevy Cruze. 

Specifically looking at the 2012 model. 


The base seems to be a very capable platform.. including a 6 speed manual transmission, stability control, and traction control. The next trim level up adds a factory turbo.. unfortunately the turbo is the size of a babies fist, and the engine size is reduced as well, making the total power output the same with a nice bump in torque. I would like to see a turbo charged 1.8L S model but the 1.4l may be a much stronger engine. I think there is potential here.

I wonder how easy management would be for a bigger turbo. 

The interior also "looks" nice.. I personally like the exterior as well though there are some who don't. I may have to take a look. 

Is this the next tuner car of choice? What the Civic once was, and Scion failed to capture?

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