"What if?" A simple question sometimes produces wondrous discoveries. For example, what if you took a freshly redesigned 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier and added a turbocharger to its standard Ecotec 2.2-liter engine? The result would be a car with the performance to back up its good looks. Stated more succinctly, you would have the Cavalier 2.2 Turbo Sport Coupe.

Turbocharging the aluminum engine with dual overhead camshafts and four-valves-per-cylinder technology results in 220 ponies (versus 140 in the production model). That performance is put to the pavement via the silky five-speed manual transmission of the production model.

Other performance cues on Cavalier 2.2 Sport Turbo on display at the 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show include a four-inch Borla "Boomer" stainless steel exhaust, and three-piece Racing Hard 19 x 7.5-inch wheels shod with TOYO Proxes FZ-4 P225/35R19 tires. Cavalier 2.2 Turbo Sport Coupe's performance is smartly complemented by its dazzling styling.

Cavalier 2.2 Turbo Sport Coupe features unique front and rear fascias, bodyside moldings, a hood with a ram air scoop, a rear spoiler and clear-lens taillamps by APC.

"Dazzling" also best describes the Sport Coupe's paint. The base coat is a Matrix Satintech mirrored glass-enhanced semi-gloss and the mid coat is crushed-mirror and Xerllic reflective-glass mica and aluminum flake silver. A Sherwood Williams clear urethane top coat completes the paint process. The result is a light metallic tri-coat paint that shimmers.

Inside, the matrix light yellow mirrored paint duly accents the carbon fiber leather inserts found in the instrument panel, console trim and door. The "sport" aspect of this special Cavalier, meanwhile, is reflected in the Sparco Lap 5 model steering wheel wrapped in black leather and the Sparco brushed aluminum and leather shift knob.

Sometimes, "what if" can influence the future.


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