Extreme Chevrolet Malibu Gets A Camaro ZL1 Face Swap

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We've never seen a Chevrolet Malibu quite like this.

With General Motors shifting focus to crossovers and SUVs, the Chevrolet Malibu is living on borrowed time in the US. Reports suggest the Malibu will be discontinued in the US market after the current generation ends in 2024. In China, however, the Malibu is still proving popular as there is still a high demand for sedans unlike in the US.

To celebrate its 110th anniversary, Chevrolet is showcasing an assortment of modified cars at the 2021 Guangzhou Motor Show in China. One of the standouts is the extensively modified Chevrolet Malibu Code X, which incorporates elements of the Camaro to create a bizarre Frankenstein Malibu monster. The result is...interesting.

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With its lowered suspension, flared fenders, and ventilated brake discs, this wild motorsport-inspired creation is barely recognizable as a Malibu. The most noticeable difference can be found at the front, where the Malibu has the front fascia of a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE incorporating the muscle car's headlights, grille, and bumper. The latter is enhanced with a prominent carbon splitter.

The Camaro's taillights have also been fitted to the back along with a prominent motorsport-style carbon-fiber rear wing, an aggressive diffuser, and a quad exhaust system. Other modifications include a hood scoop, carbon side skirt extensions, and aftermarket wheels.

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The rear door has also been removed to make the Malibu look like a coupe, but the long-wheelbase won't fool anyone into thinking it's a Camaro. Inside, the Malibu Code X is fitted with Alcantara sports seats. The cabin is trimmed in Alcantara throughout with yellow contrast stitching and accents, while the Malibu's steering wheel has been replaced with a flat-bottom steering wheel from the Chevy Camaro.

It isn't clear what lies under the hood. In China, the Malibu XL is offered with a turbocharged 1.3-liter, a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, but you would hope the Malibu Code X has a more extreme engine under the hood to complement the radical styling.

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