Rob Dyrdek has a bit of a crush on the 2014 Chevy Sonic, and it’s not because the Bowtie Brand’s subcompact can reach 40 mpg in highway travel. See, that mark only applies when the Sonic is driving forward, while Dyrdek recently made news by putting the car in “R.” As part of filming for his MTV show “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” he used the Sonic to set an official Guinness World Record for Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car. The distance: 89 feet, 3.75 inches.
The long-distance leap will be broadcast during the show’s season finale, scheduled for March 13 at 10:30 p.m. (ET), but folks should keep in mind that this wasn’t the first time Dyrdek had achieved a new milestone in the Sonic. Back in 2011, to help celebrate the Sonic’s debut, he became the first person to use a car to perform a ramp-based 360-degree kick-flip.
“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of ‘Fantasy Factory,’ using the Sonic again just made sense.”
Of course, the 2014 Chevy Sonic makes sense for a lot of buyers, since it offers not just high fuel-economy numbers but also a fairly high level of standard content, including Bluetooth technology, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, air conditioning (with a cabin filter), 10 air bags and a six-month complimentary subscription to GM’s OnStar service.
Priced from $14,170 and available in sedan, hatchback and sporty RS configurations, the 2014 Chevy Sonic is at dealerships now.