Hey kids! Are you feeling nostalgic for the old Celebrity Eurosport? Well then — line right up!
Although the Malibu Turbo is coming to market about two years behind the Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Kia Optima Turbo, it does make less power than either and it also has less room in the trunk and rear seat. Probably. Still, based on how long it took GM to bring out the Fiero after the X1/9 debuted, and the length of time between the showroom appearance of the first PT Cruiser and the Chevrolet HHR, this is remarkably rapid response from GM. The car also features a full nineteen more horsepower than the old Malibu Maxx SS from a decade ago, even if it can’t quite match the older car in actual passenger volume or utility.
Look for the Malibu Turbo to comprehensively beat the Sonata Turbo around a road course thanks to aggressive shock settings and for this fact to be widely touted even as the ‘Bu’s inability to keep within javelin distance of a Camry V6’s taillights is thoughtfully ignored by GM’s media lapdog. Sorry, kids, this time the Japanese Beigekrieg is likely to blitz the feckless General.