Over two years ago, we featured a report that hinted at the possibility of GM creating a small rear-wheel drive sports car to rival the Subaru BRZ. Turns out it’s not going to happen, despite the fact that product chief Mark Reuss did show an affinity for such a model.
Reuss said “I love those things. We know how to do them really well,” but according to Automotive News he added that there’s no business case for a car like that.
He cites the 29 percent Scion FR-S sales drop noted this year through April as a clear indicator that there isn’t a need for it.
GM’s American side of the business is also shying away from making the small cars it already has in the range faster. I`m sure they could find a way to make the Opel Astra OPC seem relevant in the Buick range, and that would be far cheaper to make work whilst giving the American public a properly sporty compact.
It’s not set in stone, though, as Reuss concluded by stating that “the real question is: Is that a big priority? For now, no. Forever? I wouldn’t say that.”
Note: Code 130R concept pictured