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Chevy Code 130R concept was a sporty RWD coupe for the kids

This sharp little rear-wheel-drive coupe was one of a pair of youth-minded Bowtie concepts that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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The Chevy Code 130R debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

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The Code 130R represents Chevrolet heritage, with a long nose and an upright greenhouse hearkening back to muscle cars, yet with a thoroughly modern design.

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The Code 130R was designed to use use Chevy's turbocharged 1.4-liter engine enhanced with GM's mild-hybrid technology to improve fuel economy.

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Although a compact coupe, Chevy managed to make the Code 130R rear-wheel drive, suggesting that it uses a similar, but shortened platform, as the Camaro.

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The 130R's stubby proportions reminded many of BMW's 1 Series Coupe, a perennial enthusiast's favorite.

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The Code 130R was introduced alongside another sporty coupe, a front-wheel-drive model known as the Tru 140S. The latter was more aerodynamic and less overtly sporty.

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The 130R was earmarked to make 150 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

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A six-speed manual and automatic were envisioned as the model's transmission choices.

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Both the Chevy Code 130R and its Tru 140S concept sibling were explicitly geared towards young buyers.

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General Motors ballparked a starting price of around $20,000 at the time of the 130R's reveal. Unfortunately, the model never made it into showrooms, so we never found out if the market would've supported an inexpensive, sporty, rear-drive coupe from Chevrolet.

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