Chevy’s Camaro ZL1 is amongst a limited breed of muscle cars that are making its way to the top of the North American powerhouse food chain. The ZL1 puts down a solid 650 hp, sprints to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, and covers the quarter mile in a mere 11.4 seconds. This puts the Hellcats right in its targets, and we are awaiting more details on Fords’ GT500 which looks to be in its development and testing phase right now.
The new Camaro ZL1 will be offered with a few optional packages which allows buyers to choose different powertrain, suspension, and driveline packages. The ZL1 will be a potent competitor for other manufacturers with it’s combination of power and track focused design. According to Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, “You’ll be hard-pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.”
Chevrolet’s Corvette has long been an American hot rod icon. The latest iteration of the Corvette saw a major change in its appearance with much more angular and chiseled features very much resembling cars coming out from those Italian automakers. Well, it looks like the Corvette is taking through another major change that puts it more inline with it’s Italian competitors and possible making a mid-engine version. This is a major departure for the corvette as it has always been a front engine rear drive vehicle.
Other than some spy photos, there’s absolutely no details about the next generation Corvette that’s available to the public. The pictures, although blurry, does show a lower front end, a redesigned rear which shows an opening behind the driver’s head, and a much wider waistline. So despite the lack of information, seeing the prototype testing during the day has got the whole industry a buzz on what Chevy is up to.
When you show a kid a picture of a Camaro, it’s quite common that their first reaction is yelling out the name “Bumblebee”. Ever since the first installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise hit the big screen back in 2007, the Chevrolet Camaro has since been linked to the image of a robot car.
No official details have yet been released on the new iteration of Bumblebee Camaro except these images. But what we’ve been accustomed to is a widely reimagined version of the factory car when it makes it way to the screen and this iteration is no different. The body work of the Transformers Camaro is aggressive in design with low hanging front splitters and an aggressively shaped front valence. The splitters continue down the side and the rear gets a big wing.
When the movie officially launches we’ll get many more details of the Bumblebee Camaro.
Federal laws prohibit dealerships from selling vehicles that have an open recall without first fixing the vehicles to ensure they conform to all safety regulations. When Sands Chevrolet of Phoenix, Arizona got caught selling unfixed vehicles, they were fined $40,000US and agreed to pay the penalty as part of their settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to Jerry Moore, the operator of the dealer, “It was something that happened a few years ago, and we’re moving on from it.” When the news of the dealer’s investigation made headlines back in 2014, it was said that the dealer had sold two Malibu Eco sedans which had not received the proper repairs based on the national recall campaign that was active at the time.
The latest generation Camaro has been spied during testing and what an amazing looking piece of machinery it is, even under heavy camo. From what we can tell, the body styling is very aggressive with the next generation. I think it looks like a street legal NASCAR with the aggressive body styling with all those splitters and winglets.
And we wouldn’t be far off to guess that it’ll pack something equally as impressive under the hood. The last generation LS7 was a god send of a 7.0L small block V8. Spied footage out there suggests that the next generation will continue to be naturally aspirated. With it’s competition already belching out around 530hp, we think that all new Camaro will definitely push out somewhere north of that number, just to be a bit better than the others.
Chevrolet continues to put out specially packaged Silverados to suit a wide ranging needs of their customers. The Silverado 1500 Rally Edition made its official debut at the Texas Motor Speedway at the Duck Commander 500 race this past weekend.
The new Silverado 1500 Rally Edition features a monochromatic paint scheme on the exterior. Visual enhancements include a pair of black hood stripes as well as black swooping side decals that span from the front doors to the rear hatch. All of the chrome trim you may find on other Silverados has been replaced with black trim to give the car a more purposeful look. Wheel options will be either 20 inch or 22 inch aluminum wheels finished in black.
Ever since the muscle car race started in the 60’s pitting the likes of Chevy, Dodge and Ford against each other for a power struggle of biggest muscle, each manufacturer has created sport coupes in an attempt to out gun the other. We are all familiar with Dodge’s entrants with the 707hp supercharged 6.2L V8 Hellcats, well now Chevy takes to the New York Auto Show to unveil their contender, the Camaro ZL1.
On paper, this is going to be a close race. The Camaro uses the Corvette Z06 motor which has been massaged to churn out 640hp. Camaro’s advantage is its thinner waistline. It is roughly 500 pounds lighter than the portly Hellcats. That equates to a power to weight ratio in Camaros favor. The Camaro will be using GMs all new ten speed automatic transmission, but can be packaged with a six speed manual as well. The new transmission is designed specifically to handle the large power output of the Camaro, as well as tuned specifically with exacting shift points to get the most out of the ZL1’s engine.
The all new Camaro ZL1 is generating a lot of talk around it’s new progressive styling. Some may say it’s a departure of all things classic about the American muscle car, but others may say it’s just part of evolution. I take the side of the latter. But regardless of which side you stand on, there’s no denying the fact that the new Camaro ZL1 is a potential Hellcat slayer.
Chevrolet is set to officially debut the car at the upcoming New York Auto Show, but information about the car has already leaked all over the internet. Under the hood will be a 6.2L V8 that’s supercharged and good for 640hp and 640lb/ft of torque. The motor is essentially a tuned version of the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V’s motor. The American company is doing something that most manufacturers today aren’t doing, sticking a standard transmission to an immensely powerful motor. They will also produce a 10 speed auto gearbox as an option for those who want it.
Getting back to the looks, the ZL1 is full of wide body work, sweeping body lines, vents, and LEDs. All of which comes together in unison to create a very visually appealing package. The overall physical prescience of the ZL1 is muscle and performance. The car also features an intake/vent hump on the hood line which looks to be a separate unit from the hood itself.
Regardless of how this new Camaro gets received by the public, one thing we do know is that it’s a potent package and major competition for Dodge and their Hellcats. Happy hunting!
General Motors has identified an issue with the front airbags on their 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. From a statement released by GM, “the second stage of the driver frontal airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes.” GM went further to state that “The supplier of the potentially faulty airbag module isn’t Takata.”
At this point, General Motors has issued a stop-sale and started a recall campaign for all affected vehicles. The recall impacts 1,579 vehicles in the US with a build year of 2016.
If you currently own one of these vehicles we encourage you to contact your local dealers for more information. By law, GM cannot let their dealers sell any vehicle with an open recall campaign which hasn’t been fixed yet. Once dealers complete the fixes to the vehicles on their lots, they can begin to sell those vehicles again.
Chevrolet’s Corvette has been the at the epicenter of all things Americana since the original car rolled off the assembly line. Nothing says America more than this low slung V8 coupe. Recently, Chevrolet unveiled their Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Grand Sport is a lightweight version of the standard Corvette that has been bred for the race tracks.
Here’s some performance specifications for the Grand Sport. As standard, it comes with Chevrolet’s LT1 V8 that pumps out 460hp. With its race tuned suspension, it pulls 1.2 Gs in the corners, carbon ceramic brakes brings the whole package to a halt. Chevrolet still offers a seven-speed manual, but an optional eight-speed paddle-shift automatic can purchased with the Grand Sport.
Be on the lookout for the new Corvette Grand Sport to make an appearance at showroom floors in the summer.