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2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 will take on the Nurburgring in 2018

We never doubted the outstanding performance of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with its 6.2 liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine that enables it to produce up to 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-metres) of torque. Moreover, it has a top speed of 210 miles per hour (337 kilometers per hour). However, there is one question that a lot of us are asking, and that’s how fast can it perform around the Green Hell, and will it break records?

Just like any other automaker out there, Chevy also has plans of taking the hardcore Corvette ZR1 to the Nurburgring to try and beat the performance of other vehicles. The problem is that there are few dry days left to attempt a record run on the track. Having said that, the best thing they could do is wait until next season. Road & Track also said that Chevy has already used up their 2017 run on the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and the said model was able to leave the track with a lap time of 7 minutes 16.04 seconds.

Going back to the new Corvette ZR1, it will be even faster than the one that lapped the Nurburgring this year. It was fitted with a set of super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly, and an optional package they call the “High Wing”. This package gives it 60 percent more downforce over the Z06. With all these new features, Chevy believes that it can lap the ‘Ring in just under seven minutes. If this is accurate, it would be looking at beating the Dodge Viper ACR’s 7:01.3 record, and may even come close to the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6:59.73 record.

Read the entire article 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 will take on the Nurburgring in 2018

Chevrolet unveils 755 hp 2019 Corvette ZR1 at 2017 Dubai Motor Show

The wait is over and it is much worth it. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 supercar is returning for the 2019 model year, and it is out to present a good challenge against current high-performance cars in the market. Aside from its very aggressive function-driven appearance, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is also powered by a new exclusive supercharged V8 engine offering more than 700 horses on tap.

Chevrolet is resurrecting the ZR1 nameplate once more, signifying its intention to remain as one of the leaders in the supercar pack. By virtue of performance, the resurrected ZR1 lives up to its name as the new performance flagship of the Chevrolet brand. The previous ZR1 (Chevrolet Corvette C6) was powerful with its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine delivering 638 hp (476 kW) of max output and a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).

Nonetheless, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 won’t lose after all as it has a more powerful engine under its hood. This is the main reason why Chevrolet dubbed the 2019 ZR1 as the fastest and most powerful production Corvette. This mill is the exclusive supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine officially dubbed as the LT5. This LT5 engine is designed to deliver the highest output so far for a Chevrolet production vehicle, as partly made possible by a new, more efficient intercooled supercharger that boasts of a displacement that is 52-percent larger than on the system found on the LT4 mill of the Corvette Z06. This is complemented by new dual-fuel-injection system employing primary direct injection and supplemental port injection. As a result, the new supercharged LT5 engine is able to deliver a whopping 755 hp (563 kW) of max output and 715 lb.-ft. (969 Nm) of peak torque (SAE-rated). Power is sent to the wheels through either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Top speed of the Corvette ZR1 is pegged at over 210 mph.

Read the entire article Chevrolet unveils 755 hp 2019 Corvette ZR1 at 2017 Dubai Motor Show

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition debuts at 2017 SEMA Show

To mark Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary in 2018, the miniature toy car company has partnered with Chevrolet to build a custom Camaro Hot Wheels Edition. This hot new custom Camaro will be based on the first Hot Wheels released in 1968 to pay tribute to its heritage. For an additional $4,995, Chevrolet will be offering the new appearance package for 2013 model year Camaros including the new 2SS coupe and 2LT convertible models, aside from the 2018 COPO Camaro Hot Wheels Edition available for purchase.

For the road-going Camaros, the Hot Wheels Edition can be had in the iconic orange Crush color with stripes mimicking the shade of Hot Wheels’ toy tracks, while also resembling the Hugger Orange exterior paint of the Chevrolet Camaros from 1969. The new exterior package will consist of dark Chevrolet bow ties, black tail lamps, ground effects in Satin Graphite shade, orange brake calipers, limited edition 20-inch wheels and 50th anniversary Hot Wheels badges.

As for the interior, the Hot Wheels Edition adorns the cabin with a special edition steering wheel with the 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badge. It’s also packed with illuminated door sill plates, embossed front headrests, orange seat belts, orange stitching and plenty of orange leather inserts.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition debuts at 2017 SEMA Show

You can now give your Chevy Corvette a $350 software update for faster lap times

Chevrolet is offering something of interest to any Chevrolet Corvette owner. It’s a new software update that will shave a second off their lap times. But this is only available for certain C7 generation Corvettes. Basically, the software modifies the Magnetic Ride Control suspension to improve the car’s handling as well as its ride quality.

Not everyone may be aware of Magnetic Ride Control. It’s actually Chevy’s term for the magnetorheological suspension dampers that are fitted into the Corvette, the Camaro, and some Cadillac V-Series models. The software upgrade was made possible because the damper’s performance in the car’s various driving modes (Tour, Sport and Track) is controlled by the model’s on-board computers. So it only needs a software patch to change the car’s handling characteristics.

After the software upgrade, a 2016 Corvette Z06 example was able to cut down a little over a second off the lap time at GM’s 2.9 mile Milford Road Course test track. As for the handling, General Motors’ vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, Jim Campbell, says that the car feels more balanced and there are more linear responses to driver inputs as well. One would instantly feel the changes and will appreciate them.

Read the entire article You can now give your Chevy Corvette a $350 software update for faster lap times

We all know the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to be a crossover that can comfortably fit seven to eight people. So it is a good choice for those who like to go on trips away from the city - whether it be the beach or the mountains. Having said that, here is the new Traverse SUP Concept that would be the perfect ride for adventurers. It is a three-row crossover with a beach-inspired livery and amenities that would meet all your paddle boarding and hauling needs.

The Traverse continues to look like its old self, as it did not get a lot of crazy tweaks or a major facelift. Instead, it had been given a new Chevrolet Accessories Stand Up Paddleboard Carrier by Thule, and this includes a paddle board by Riviera Paddlesurf - pretty cool, huh? So this concept is really focused more on the paddle board carrier that can be bought as an attachment. Yes, the good news is that customers will be able to purchase this separately.

What makes this SUP concept unique is the fact that the car’s design matches that of the paddle board. It includes “Blue Wave” bodyside graphics like that of the blue River stand up paddle board. Yellow stripes that run across the belt line act as a contrast, as well as the gloss black bodyside moldings and fog lamp bezels and tinted windows.

Read the entire article Paddle boarders have a new aspiration at SEMA – the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept

It looks as if Chevrolet has everything planned out in terms of production. Firstly, they have plans of introducing the Corvette ZR1 in a few months, which will then be followed by an all-new mid-engined Corvette. Currently, the automaker is rebuilding their facilities for their future models. And because of that, reports suggest that the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built in limited quantities only.

It was Bowling Green Daily News that reported that Chevy’s Bowling Green, Kentucky plant will only accommodate the lightly improved 2018 Corvette’s assembly for four months. This will begin next month after the facility’s three-month break in anticipation of the new model.

Lauren Langille, General Motors communications representative, said that their Kentucky plant employees will return to work all of October and November based on the training requirements as they prepare for production.

Read the entire article Only 9,700 examples of the 2018 Chevy Corvette will be built

More and more people are beginning to appreciate classic pickup trucks, which are quickly becoming an in-demand commodity. A lot of these trucks come from the late 1960s and one of the hottest ones would be this 1967 Chevy C-10 from the C/K series. And even if they are not celebrating 100 years of building pick up trucks, this restored model would look great at 2017 SEMA Show. However, they will actually be celebrating the aforementioned event next year.

By looking at the photos, you will be able to tell that Chevrolet will be bringing the truck to SEMA and the Texas State Fair, with its Centennial Blue finish similar to what the special edition Colorado and Silverado are wearing. Furthermore, the C-10 gets the same bowtie badges as well that celebrate the automaker’s heritage. The restored model sits on a set of 20-inch chrome wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. As for the braking system, it had also been upgraded with new discs on the front and rear. Suspension wise, we can’t really tell what’s been done to it but we’re pretty confident that it isn’t an unimportant change. As for the mechanical bits and other modifications, the company did not really discuss any of these at the C-10’s reveal.

Since we were not given any information regarding the engine, we can only guess what’s underneath that hood based on what we can see. The 1967 C-10 has dual turn down exhaust tips at the back, and the P-Zeros are pretty solid brakes. However, it does not have a very wide body, we are thinking that it won’t have that much horsepower, but will be a good cruiser instead.

Read the entire article 1967 Chevy Restomod C-10 pickup was restored for 2017 SEMA Show

In Australia, factories of GM-owned subsidiary Holden, have closed and so the automaker is looking for ways to keep the fans of the performance brand loyal. Despite the fact that the Mustang is the current best seller as it continues to outsell other sports cars in the region, Holden Special Vehicles and Chevy will work together on a plan to introduce the Camaro to the Australian market next year.

In 2018, Chevrolet will be selling the Camaro SS through the same dealer network, according to Wheels Mag. Of course, HSV engineers will convert the left-hand drive Camaro into right-hand drive for Australia. Under the hood, it will still have the 6.2 liter V8, allowing it to produce 455 horsepower (339 kilowatts).

As usual, the Camaro won’t come cheap. In Australia, one could get it for $80,000 AUD ($62,675 USD). For comparison’s sake, the entry level Mustang with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine starts at $44,990 AUD ($57,425 USD). On the other hand, for $57,499 AUD ($73,380 USD), customers can get the Mustang GT with a V8 engine that is paired with an automatic gearbox. According to GM, due to the $20,000 price difference, the Camaro and the Mustang are not to be considered direct competitors in the region.

Read the entire article Chevy Camaro SS confirmed to reach the land down under in late 2018

Believe it or not, the first time Chevrolet produced a truck was 100 years ago, and to celebrate their 100th year in 2018, the automaker will make special-edition trims for the Silverado and the Colorado. To make it even more exclusive, both models were painted in Centennial Blue, and have exclusive heritage-styled bowtie emblems and badges that spell “100-year” that were inspired by Chevy trucks from 1918 and beyond.

The Centennial treatment for the 2018 Colorado will be offered on Z71 trim levels in either Crew or Extended-Cab configurations. The 100-year-badge can be found on doors, while the heritage bowtie logos can be found on the front and rear, a spray-in bedliner, rubber floor mats with the same bowties. The Colorado will be riding on 18-inch wheels including chrome trim for the tow hooks and other exterior trim.

On the other hand, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Centennial pack will only be available on the LTZ Z71 trim in Crew Cab configuration. Similar to the Colorado, the Silverado will be wearing the various exterior badges, floor mats, bedliner, and extra chrome trim. It will then be sitting on 22-inch chrome-trimmed wheels and the steering wheels will get a chrome bowtie badge too.

Read the entire article Centennial Edition of the 2018 Chevy Colorado and Silverado will be out soon

As we know, only the fastest and most worthy cars take on the Nurburgring, and one of those models include the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with a lap time of 7:16.04. Though it may not be the record holder, it still made its mark around the Green Hell. One thing we have just learned though is that this model will never make it to European streets, this is because of the European pedestrian safety standards.

Unlike the standard ZL1, the ZL1 1LE variant overall has a more aggressive body kit, front splitter, massive front dive planes and a huge carbon-fiber rear wing. These aerodynamic components make it extra aggressive and a menace on the track, according to Motor Trend. Apart from good looks, the main purpose of the dive planes is to cool the car down, while adding downforce when on the track, but this also makes the vehicle more threatening to pedestrians, according to EU safety rules. In fact, giving the ZL1 LE the dive planes alone are enough reason to buy the car, while also making it illegal on the road.

If you want to convert your standard ZL1 to a 1LE, you will have to shell out an extra $7,500 over the ZL1’s standard price, which includes a number of upgrades. Both trims come equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque. The main difference is that the 1LE gives it a diet where it loses 60 pounds (27 kilograms) off the standard ZL1 - thanks to its thinner rear windows, and fixed rear seats.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is not legal in Europe

The Camaro Z/28 was Chevy’s counterpart for the Dodge Hellcat and the Ford Shelby, with as much as 505 horsepower (376 kilowatts) from its V8 engine. The muscle car also comes standard with carbon ceramic brakes, sticky Pirelli tires, and a stripped interior to lose its weight and make it track-ready. It first made its debut in 2014 and today, one could get a brand new Camaro for $75,000.

When it first came out of the market, it was already difficult to get your hands on one of the Camaro Z/28s. But today, a couple of first hand owners are selling the model for much less than its original asking price. In fact, prices have gone down by half according to Road & Track. Some of them were being listed for as low as $35,000 to $40,000.

And the odd thing is that these examples are not that worn out yet to be priced that low. One of them, with 13,000 miles (20,921 kilometers) on its odometer since 2014, is being sold for $35,000. Another example, on the other hand, has only been driven for as short as 952 miles (1,532 kilometers) and now has a price tag of $36,000. You can find these cars on an auto auctions website, but if you search for used cars, you will see examples with similar pricing. So this will make you wonder why these low-mileage cars are being sold for such price.

Read the entire article Used 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is listed for $35,000 less than original price

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 made its competition debut at Best in the Desert’s “Vegas to Reno” challenge on weekend. Hall Racing competes in the 550-mile racing on board the Colorado ZR2 in what was dubbed as the longest off-road competition in the US. The race started Friday, August 18th and was expected to be attended by as many as 350 participants.

However, out of the 336 competing teams, only 204 of them managed to complete the grueling course with Hall Racing finishing in first class 7300. Riding at an average speed of 28.6 mph, Chevrolet impresses with the 550-mile off-road course which took Hall Racing team’s Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo 18:50:16 to run up to the finish line.

The ZR2 comes armed with a number of performance upgrades developed by Chevrolet’s Performance Engineering team and Hall Racing. While Hall’s team took to compete under the stock production class for mid-size trucks and SUVs, the ZR2 has been equipped with a roll cage for safety aside from its racing seats and safety harnesses. Other fitments include off-road lights, a 44-gal. fuel tank, a two-way radio and a GPS.

Read the entire article Hall Racing’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 goes to Nevada to the 550-mile Vegas to Reno race

Like it or not, Chevrolet may soon be offering a cheaper Camaro in hopes of competing with Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang GT. Apart from the less expensive trim, the automaker is also looking to offer more options for the V8 muscle car.

Bottom line: Chevrolet can lower the starting price of the existing $38,000 Camaro with a stripped-out Camaro SS. In an interview with Automotive News earlier this week, Chevy’s product head Mark Reuss said they are trying to go for a more affordable Camaro range to give way for more choices as well as to stay on the same level playing field as Ford.

Reuss explains that it may proceed with adding a new variety of options just so they don’t have to convince people into buying all the options with a V8 for the sake of having the V8. In the same way, he believes how it will open up better opportunities for the company if say, the Mustang and some of the vehicles in the segment should come with a much cheaper price tag.

Read the entire article Chevy might offer a more affordable Camaro SS

In the United States, not many automakers offer crossovers with a diesel engine option, but Chevrolet does, with their 2018 Equinox. Those who opt for this engine will get some a boost in fuel economy as the car had been recently rated to have a highway fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon. Whereas the 1.5 liter turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine was rated with 32 miles per gallon while the 2.0 liter has 29 mpg. When the diesel tank is filled to its maximum, it can reach 577 miles (929 kilometers).

Though the company has not said anything else regarding the Equinox Diesel’s fuel economy figures, we noticed on the company’s presentation that it has a 32 mpg combined mileage. If the company confirms EPA’s numbers, then the said model will be the most fuel-efficient crossover in the country, a great feat considering that it does not have some kind of electrification.

Other than being fuel efficient, we can also say that the Equinox is extra silent compared to its counterparts. Apparently, its 1.6 liter Ecotec diesel powerplant is 65 percent more silent than the Jaguar F-Pace’s 2.0 liter diesel, at 4000 rpm, and is 55 percent less noisy when the car is idle.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel gets a 39 mpg highway rating

Chevrolet has been pretty lucky in races they have participated in. From the Chevrolet SS, the Impala, to the Camaro. Recently, the company introduced the Camaro ZL1, which will be the race car they will use for the 2018 season.

To give you a little bit of a back story, the Chevrolet SS has won around 70 MENCS races for the company since it replaced the Impala in 2013. Besides that, the company has also used a Camaro in the Xfinity Series in the same year.

In the past four years, Chevrolet has been running the SS performance sedan, but since it is going out of production this year, they needed a replacement, and this is how the 2018 Camaro ZL1 enters the picture. The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 650 horsepower V8 so the manufacturer is pretty confident to race this model.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car prepares for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Cars Direct earlier reported that Chevrolet is currently putting orders on hold for the new Corvette. Despite recently announcing a series of updates, it is unfortunate that the 2018 models may not arrive until this December.

Reports say the postponement was due to the temporary shutdown of the Bowling Green facility in Kentucky. This is to give way to the plant’s ongoing construction that will last for about three months. As spokesperson Ron Klinon said, the upgrade will commence in August to let them complete the construction of GM’s state of the art paint facility. Because of this, the production has been rescheduled to November which means the 2018 Corvette may not be found at the dealerships until December.

As for Chevrolet’s inventory, we learned that it currently has about 14,700 Corvettes in total. This is equivalent to a 146-day supply which isn’t so bad at all considering Chevy also needs to empty out its inventory especially of the existing year models. That said, the figures released by the Automotive News Data Center may benefit General Motors but the consumers may be put at a disadvantage with the diminishing supply of Corvettes--- especially when it comes to the decreasing number of incentives available.

Read the entire article Chevrolet delays orders for 2018 Corvette, deliveries may start in December

The arrival of the next generation of the Chevrolet Traverse (2018 model year) is much anticipated. Following the unveiling the 2018 Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (2017 Detroit Auto Show), Chevrolet has finally revealed how much a customer needs to part with just to avail one of its newest SUVs.

According to Chevrolet’s Web site, the base version of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse (Traverse L trim) has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29,930. However, when the destination freight charge of around $945 is taken into the equation, the next-gen Traverse has a total price of $30,875. Of course, that excludes other matters like optional equipment, which when availed hikes the price of Chevy’s newest SUV considerably.

As per Chevrolet’s Web site, the Traverse L already offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine -- with stop/start technology – that delivers 310 hp of max output and 266 lb.-ft. of peak torque, respectively. This power is sent to the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse L also comes with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control, frontal and side-impact air bags, OnStar Guidance with limited service trial, rear vision camera, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, heated power-adjustable manual-folding Black mirrors. The Traverse L also features black bodyside moldings and rocker moldings, body-color door handles and 18" bright silver-painted aluminum wheels.

Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Traverse priced at $30,875, including destination charge

When Chevrolet came out with the 2018 Equinox last September, the facelifted model was offered in a diesel option for the first time, plus it weighed much less at 400 pounds (181 kilograms). Now, we have an idea how much the diesel variant will cost us.

First off, the base trim with the 1.5 liter turbocharged engine starts at $27,695, while the gas-powered Equinox LT costs $30,090. Now, the diesel equivalent of the LT is asking for $31,435 including destination according to CarsDirect. That makes it more expensive than the two other gas models. Specifically, there’s a gap of $1,345 compared to its counterpart 2.0-liter LT gas engine and a $3,740 difference with the 1.5-liter turbo engine.

With the extra few thousands added in, you will also get 17-inch aluminum wheels, cloth seats, and a 7-inch infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you want a slightly wider infotainment system, with multiple USB ports and a power sunroof, you can add the Sun and Infotainment Package for an extra $2,395.

Read the entire article Be ready to pay a bit more for the diesel-powered 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives its Top Safety Pick Award to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and they have got videos of it during the crash test procedures to prove to us why.

The procedure requires cars to go through five crashworthiness tests including: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. While the Bolt came out with good results on all five tests, one thing that it does not have are good headlights to avoid getting into an accident.

Results by the IIHS say that the headlights "provide good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers". Furthermore, the company wrote in a press release that “the car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria”.

Read the entire article 2017 Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

General Motors is inching closer to its goal of building vehicles that aren’t just friendly with the environment, but are also fully autonomous. This comes as GM’s Chevrolet division recently completed the assembly of around 130 units of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle employing mass-production techniques.

These 130 Chevy Bolt EVs – which are still test units -- are equipped with the carmaker’s next generation of self-driving technology, as developed by Cruise Automation, a GM subsidiary. The first of these 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles rolled off the production at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, in January 2017. At that moment, GM achieved a new milestone by becoming the first carmaker to assemble self-driving test vehicles in a mass-production facility using mass production methods.

These 130 units of next-generation self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs are set to join over 50 units of current-generation autonomous Bolt EVs that are now deployed in testing fleets in several locations like in San Francisco, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit in Michigan. Engineers from both GM Cruise Automation engineers have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale since June 2016. These engineers have also been testing these Bolt EVs on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017.

Read the entire article GM completes mass production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles
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