2019 Chevy Nova Ss Concept, Redesign and Review

2019 Chevy Nova Ss Review and Specs

When we talk about muscle cars, we cannot help but include the Chevy Nova SS into the conversation. Despite being discontinued over three decades ago, the Nova SS was and still is iconic. Many people really love this simple yet powerful car. The question is, will it be revived? Here we talk about the 130R and Chevy Nova SS concept redesign and review.

About Chevy Nova SS


The Chevy Nova SS was originally introduced as a top trim level of the Chevy II compact, back I 1962. As a trim level, the original Nova was available as a sedan, wagon, convertible, and hardtop coupe. The latter two belonged to the Nova trim only. The Nova was powerful from the beginning. It was powered by a 3.2-liter straight-six engine with an output of 120 horsepower, which is quite powerful for its time.

In 1968, the Nova lineup was officially born.  It was a separate vehicle, no longer a trim level. It became a proper muscle car as it was equipped with an engine capable of delivering 295 horsepower. The Nova lineup didn’t last long, however. The lineup was discontinued in 1988, replaced by a new model named Geo Prizm.

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130R: A New Nova?


The 130R was a concept car that Chevrolet introduced back in the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The 130R was designed to be a youth-oriented vehicle. It was depicted to have a stylish and modern design with attractive colors, the most prominent being red. It was said to be based on the Cadillac ATS and Chevy Camaro rear-drive platform, although the 130R was smaller than the two.

The 130R was said to be a driver’s car. Of course, there are speculations regarding whether it would get an SS version, which is essentially a higher performance model. The 130R was quite similar to Nova in terms of size and power. The difference was that the 130R was meant for younger customers.

How It Looks


The 130R was meant to target younger customers. Not surprisingly, it was sleek, stylish, and modern in appearance. The concept depicted the 130R to come in various colors. The most prominent color is bright red. It had a classic Chevy look and in many ways, resembled the discontinued Nova. The difference is that the 130R had a very modern and sleeker look.

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Our Chevy Nova SS concept redesign and review wouldn’t be complete if we don’t talk about performance. So, how the 130R’s performance would be? Under the hood, there would be a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Such an engine can deliver 150 horsepower, which is enough for a driver’s car. If the SS model is available, it wouldn’t be surprising if more powerful engine options are available.

That’s our Chevy Nova SS concept redesign and review. The 130R is a concept car that is the closest to the Chevy Nova SS. It is so similar to the Nova, especially in terms of size and power. Its appearance, however, looks modern, which contracts the classic look of the Nova. Due to its many similarities, it could be a possible next-generation iteration of the Nova. What do you think?

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