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OK, so we've been waiting a long time for the Bolt to come out and replace our Leaf. We have a lot of misgivings about the smaller size, so to compensate I'd like to enhance the looks a bit.

Here's what I am thinking (LT Model):

1) White exterior with dark tint, black out all the chrome, rear de-badge, blacked chevy bowties and wheels painted black. Maybe some small spacers and/or slight lowering.

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Black exterior, tinted windows, rear de-badge, blacked chevy bowties but embrace all the chrome and leave the LT wheels bright silver. Spacers and lowering.

Opinions? Any other tips? I think both would look good this way. Could also black out the black one or go gray and blacked out too.

I'd love to provide a photoshop but lack the skills. Maybe I'll print a photo and take out a magic marker...
 

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Opinion (and a tip): No matter what you do, the Bolt will not look good. If you want a pretty car, you should get something else. If you want one that's practical, small, electric, and performs then the Bolt may be your car.
 

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While who knows how the car would handle lowering, no idea if you'll even be able to find lowering springs...

But if you don't like the look of the car, you're just putting "make up" on it isn't going to make a big difference...Get the Orange and stand out or go Silver is will be the most monotone look...
 

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I disagree - you can do a lot with a few tweaks of details, well chosen wheels, tint and stance. Not trying to make it sexy, just a little more stylish.

I'd like to have a word the stylist who put that chrome band from the around the mirrors to the c pillars!
 

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I'm with you, peakay. I want an LT for its silver wheels that I would have powder coated semi-gloss black. But I want leather seats which are not available on the LT - only cloth which will be covered with dog hair within twelve months.

I do not warm up to the silver/black wheels on the Premier. Not exactly the same as putting lipstick on a pig, but the Bolt needn't be gussied up with trendy touches that try too hard to make it look glitzier than it should.
 

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OK, so we've been waiting a long time for the Bolt to come out and replace our Leaf. We have a lot of misgivings about the smaller size, so to compensate I'd like to enhance the looks a bit.
I say again
THE BOLT HAS MORE EPA PASSENGER VOLUME THAN THE LEAF! (and a Tesla Model S and BMW i3 for that matter)

Yes it has less rear luggage volume, but total interior cabin volume is only 3 cu ft less than a Leaf (yet has more available storage volume when the seats are laid down as compared to the Leaf)

By EPA classification THE BOLT IS NOT A SUB-COMPACT NOR A COMPACT CAR DESPITE WHAT THE TESLA TROLLS ON FB SAY

Technically it's classed by the EPA as a "small station wagon" but if it weren't a hatchback at 112cuft. total cabin volume in would be considered a MID-SIZED CAR in accordance to the EPA classification system.

So No "compensation" is really required in that respect.
Drive it. You will see.

WopOnTour

PS> Welcome to gm-volt.com ;)



 

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How about a sport version with big fat sticky tires, fender flares, remapped power delivery from the inverter for quicker acceleration and suspension mods to make everything play together. The Bolt has a lot of range, some folks would be willing to give up some of that range for higher performance.
 

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I say again
THE BOLT HAS MORE EPA PASSENGER VOLUME THAN THE LEAF! (and a Tesla Model S and BMW i3 for that matter)
Those extra cubic feet are because the Bolt is CUV-ish and the roof is a bit higher, especially on the front seats. And that Tesla number doesn't take into account the 7-seater version, like I have.

I was playing around with the configurator and it would be nice to be able to get light color paint WITH the silver colored grille inserts. They make you get silver with black paint or dark gray with light paint. It would be nice to see that crazy orange color with the silver inserts. And yes, tint the hell out of it.
 

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Anyone that thinks the Bolt has more room that the Model S has never sat in both. The only way to get 5 adults in a Bolt is to strap one to the roof. This is not a problem in the Model S or leaf. Hell just like Chris said you couldn't put 5 adults and 2 children in the Bolt even if you strapped them to the roof as there isn't enough space up there for them. But you can easily do it in the Model S. That just gives you an idea of how metrics can lie.

The extra CU inches are a complete waste due to the box style of the car. Unless of course you need a lot of room forward of the steering wheel.

Using those type of numbers to say the Bolt is bigger than the model S are about as misleading as person using their numbers to say that the Bolt is losing $9,000 per car.
 

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The extra CU inches are a complete waste due to the box style of the car. Unless of course you need a lot of room forward of the steering wheel.
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Whatever
FYI the area forward of the steering wheel is NOT used in EPA passenger volume calcs
Pretty certain you've never even seen a Bolt in person so...
in any case
EPA VOLUME MATTERS!
Those extra cubic feet are because the Bolt is CUV-ish and the roof is a bit higher, especially on the front seats. .
Doesn't matter why or how it just does
Get over it
WOT

PS> and the Tesla Model S 7 passenger version doesnt have any additional EPA VOLUME as it just takes from the luggage volume
 

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Whatever FYI the area forward of the steering wheel is NOT used in EPA passenger volume calcs
Pretty certain you've never seen a Bolt in person so...
EPA VOLUME MATTERS!Doesn't matter why or how it just does
Get over it
WOT

PS> and the Tesla Model S 7 passenger version doesnt have any additional EPA VOLUME as it just takes from the luggage volume
EPA volume matters for what? I am sure it isn't passenger comfort because I can tell you that if you stick 5 people in the Bolt and say according to the EPA it is bigger than the Model S they will laugh in your face.

P.S. have you even sat in both of them yet because if you have you really wouldn't be arguing which is bigger and more comfortable. That goes for the leaf too as it uses its space a lot better for passenger comfort than the Bolt does. The Bolt is small no matter how hard you try and say it isn't.

Oh and if you want to include the luggage volume then the Model S is a hell of a lot bigger than the Bolt.
 

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Anyone that thinks the Bolt has more room that the Model S has never sat in both. The only way to get 5 adults in a Bolt is to strap one to the roof. This is not a problem in the Model S or leaf. Hell just like Chris said you couldn't put 5 adults and 2 children in the Bolt even if you strapped them to the roof as there isn't enough space up there for them. But you can easily do it in the Model S. That just gives you an idea of how metrics can lie.
Obviously, you can't fit seven people in the Bolt; it only has five seats. While it's true that some of the advantage the Bolt has over the Model S in terms of volume is due to roof height, that roof height is useful space. Maybe I missed this, but can the Model S seats fold flat? Because they do in the Bolt, which gives seating for two up front and well over 50 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear.

The extra CU inches are a complete waste due to the box style of the car. Unless of course you need a lot of room forward of the steering wheel.
Can you cite a source indicating that area above the dash was counted as passenger space?
 

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EPA volume matters for what? I am sure it isn't passenger comfort because I can tell you that if you stick 5 people in the Bolt and say according to the EPA it is bigger than the Model S they will laugh in your face.

P.S. have you even sat in both of them yet because if you have you really wouldn't be arguing which is bigger and more comfortable. That goes for the leaf too as it uses its space a lot better for passenger comfort than the Bolt does. The Bolt is small no matter how hard you try and say it isn't.

Oh and if you want to include the luggage volume then the Model S is a hell of a lot bigger than the Bolt.
What are you talking about?
I'm simply stating facts based on empirical data as calculated by the EPA
BIGGER is not a metric used in the auto industry (which you clearly have very little to do with or knowledge in)
The current EPA formulations for cabin volume were specifically designed to provide more concise and realistic numbers for useful space in both interior seating and storage zones.

So who cares about your perception of "BIGGER"? This is not a subjective discussion
EPA volumes are THE standard for determining vehicle classifications in North America
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The fact remains the Bolt has more EPA passenger volume than any of the cars above including the model S
Like I said GET OVER IT!
WOT

PS> Getting a little tired of fielding PMs from members reporting on your constant trolling of EVERY SINGLE Bolt thread on here as well.
Now I've experienced it first hand
Why are you here exactly?
You think we need you for your precious insights or counter-points for editorial balance perhaps? Think again. lol
Don't you have another sandbox to play in?
Closing this thread. To the OP please start another similar thread if you wish, sorry for the the threadjack
 
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