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Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

  The pony car wars are still in full force and the Chevrolet Camaro is on the forefront of every battle. The seasoned muscle car boasts a muscular exterior with sleek lines and a powerful engine mounted behind that familiar face. The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the better choice is found in the 6.2L V8 engine cranking out 400/426hp and 410/420lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

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While Chevrolet was busy taking the Camaro Z28 to the Nurburgring race track where it scored a lap time of 7:37.40, the guys over Motor Week had the chance to take the 2012 Camaro ZL1 for a pretty cool test drive.

The 1969 Camaro ZL1 was inspired by the original 1969 Camaro ZL1 that was offered in a limited edition run of just 69 units, but comes loaded with lots of cool stuffs that transform it into one of the coolest Camaro ever.

The ZL1 is based on the SS version, but it adds a few more features, like an updated suspension, a more powerful engine - it delivers 580 horsepower instead of 550, gets an updated engine, and will look a little bit different on both the interior and the exterior.

The test was made at the Vigginia International Raceway - a pretty challenging track for a pony car, but the ZL1 is always incredible to watch... even on Motor Week.

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The drama continues to unfold since Chevy released an outstanding high-def video of its new 2014 Camaro Z/28 hitting ridiculous speeds and lap times on the Nurburgring earlier this week.

48 hours ago, as the Youtube link of the video hit the TopSpeed newsdesk: the Z/28 track video views count stood at 111. Total.

After making waves for the last few days, the video has crested 330,000 views and is climbing fast. Why is this eight minutes of Point-of-View racing footage such an event? There are a few reasons, visible in the video itself from about 5:00 onward, when the rain starts coming down hard just as the Z/28 is on the back straight-aways. The driver briefly touches 161 mph after a lap that would sap the arm strength of pop-eye himself.

This is not a driving sim. This is not a digitally remastered classic. This is news, happening with the same leafy trees turning fall colors in Germany as in America and the rest of the world.

This crowd-sourced and social news environment is fun. It brings everyone into the game, and being included is fun.

The Z/28 has more uphill battles to climb when carving out a sales niche for itself in the Camaro lineup. As an all-new model for 2015, the intimidating badge can now finally back up its bar-room swagger out on the roads.

But who was this brave ace of a racing driver behind the wheel of the eardrum-shattering supercar? Initial ideas about who hangs out at the ’Ring led us to the Queen: Ms. Sabine Schmitz and her expertise on this track on everything from a bike to a semi truck. If there is one driver who knows this course and its many, mnay variables in traction: it is Sabine.

But the world is filled with many other superhero drivers. TopSpeed has a strong hunch that the white helmet behind the wheel of the Z/28 was not Sabine, but rather… another household name.

Some say… to click past the jump for the full TopSpeed "Wanted" Dossier on the 2014 Camaro Z/28’s Nurburgring driver.

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The Chevrolet Camaro is fresh for 2014 with a wide variety of new technology and features for all levels of the iconic pony-car lineup.

There are highlights at every price level, with the all-new Z28 ’s rainy-day lap record of the Nurburgring setting the tone for much more capable and handling-focused rear-drive sports coupes from Chevy in 2014.

The stars are aligned for TopSpeed and the Camaro as well, because no sooner did we stop speculating about the Z28’s driver on Twitter ... a brand-new Camaro RS had arrived out front.

This RS is so far removed from all the previous appearance packages that comparing new to old is almost impossible. Despite carrying a DOHC V-6 engine in place of the Corvette’s OHV V-8, the Camaro RS sings with just as much throaty rumble under power.

How to make a V-6, direct-injection engine bellow? Four giant stainless tips peek out from below the new LED tail lights - giving a big clue that this is no old Vulcan V-6 Mustang .

Matching polished 20-inch alloys and LED lighting up front completes the Camaro RS’s exterior makeover.

But the ultimate show piece is the new dual-mode active exhaust option. At $900, this will be money in the bank for years to come. The baffles open at about 3,250 RPM and stay clear through the Camaro V-6’s 7,000 RPM red-line.

But if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million. Enjoy these first drive video reviews ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

Click past the jump for even more fun in the Camaro RS, including POV video of the hot new Chevy doing a pair of donuts in an empty parking lot, then roaring past a Mustang GT out on the road

Rearview mirrors are used for a lot of things. Some people use them to keep an eye on mischievous kids in the back seat. Others view them as a tool in the fight to apply makeup in heavy traffic before reaching the office each morning. Still others actually use them for the intended purpose of keeping an eye on what’s going on out back.

Well, 2013 Camaro owners and now 2014 Corvette Stingray owners will get the joy of viewing their six O’clock with a swanky new frameless rearview mirror that houses an all-new OnStar interface within an electrochromic touch screen display.

The new display makes its home at the bottom-center of the new mirror’s glass. When touched, the three buttons illuminate for use and dim shortly afterward in a clean effect. The frameless mirror itself is auto-dimming for those long drives at night with oblivious drivers riding their high beams only a few yards behind. In contrast to the high-tech touch screen aspect, the mirror takes on a retro look recalling the days when frameless mirrors were all the rage. In all, the mirror’s overall look is very clean and classy with just the right amount of J.J. Abrams-esque technology glowing within.

The touch screen display features OnStar’s redesigned voice recognition, emergency, and OnStar buttons. The new voice recognition button – which looks like a person talking - replaces the telematics button that was strictly used for placing calls. Now the new system allows occupants to speak commands for sending text messages, checking the weather and stocks, accessing saved navigation routes, and of course, making phone calls.

The emergency button also gets a new look with a more internationally recognized SOS logo verses the outgoing white cross graphic. Finally, the actual blue OnStar button carries on with the same look since its last redesign in 2010.

Currently, only the Camaro and Corvette get the new mirror, but the rumor mill is ripe with talks of the frameless mirror finding its way into other GM vehicles – something we would love to see happen.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro


Wintertime is quickly approaching, and the last thing you want to do is drive your $250k supercar or $52 million classic racer through snow, slush and salt. So, unless you live here in sunny Florida or Southern Cali, your only real option is to load you precious in a storage garage, and park it for the season.

The issue in storing a car for months on end is that the fuel system can get excessive moisture in it, causing rusting in the tank, and the fuel-injection system or carburetor can get gummed up from oxygen attacking the fuel. You could drain the tank, but then you run the risk of even more water infiltrating the fuel system, plus the rubber seals in the fuel system, which are designed for constant contact submersion in fuel, can dry up and start leaking when you fire up the engine for the first time.

So, you may be in a panic now, but we do have a solution. Fill your tank 95 percent full with your favorite fuel and add the prescribed amount of STA-BIL “Storage” Fuel Stabilizer to the gas tank. After adding STA-BIL to the tank, run the car for a few minutes to circulate it through the fuel system. Then, your good ol’ girl is ready for hibernation. Come springtime, when you crack open the storage unit, you will be instantly greeted by the old familiar rumble of your car’s engine without even a hint of a stumble from bad fuel, varnish or water in the system.

What’s more, STA-BIL is good for storage periods longer than just one season. In fact, it will continue working hard to keep your car’s fuel system in top shape for up to 12 months.

Additionally right now, STA-BIL is offering fans on Facebook a chance to win an $800 storage shed and STA-BIL product by simply sharing a storage tip, experience or nightmare here and a simple “like” of their Facebook page. Good luck!

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If the new Stingray has really been to chassis and charm school for 2014, what about the equally-exciting 2014 Camaro Z28?

With tires from a steamroller and a soundtrack to match, the Camaro is faster than ever with its refreshed aerodynamics and electronics for 2014.

What Chevrolet shows in this high-resolution video is a single brave driver challenging the ultimate proving ground, the north circuit of the Nurburgring. For give the lack of ’umlat dots’ over the U - this is breaking news.

An insider tip gives TopSpeed the jump on this story, which is sure to be huge news.

Not sure what size shoes this driver wears, or how he became so brave on the dizzing array of corners, elevation changes, and ultimate blaring high-speed run down the back straight.

The headline is the time achieved by the Z28 in these damp conditions. A 7:37:47 is a major accomplishment for the Z28, easily lopping 30 seconds off what a similar SS could achieve before 2014.

Performance Traction Management brings part of the thrill under control, but the blaring soundtrack and high-definition timer visuals offer a Camaro like no other.

And none with absolutely super-car-fast lap times on the world’s hardest track. This video this a must-watch event, so put it on HD mode, and sit back for the thrill ride of a lifetime in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

Updated 10/15/2013: This article has been updated with a mega photo gallery of the 2014 Z/28’s most recent adventure.

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the creation of all those cool Hot Wheels models?

No one was the wiser before, but thanks to the fine people at Mattel’s headquarters in El Segundo, California, we’re being treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how all the concept-car shapes are made into smooth-rolling toys - in mini scale.

The kids in all of us will probably be inspired by watching a video like this, and in some ways, the same can be said for all of us who are now fully ingrained in the auto industry.

It’s always a treat to see the toys we enjoyed during our own formative years developed in the kind of way we probably never expected when we were asking our parents to buy us our own Hot Wheels back in the day.

And if for nothing else, the video will really bring us back to those days when we dreamt about running our Hot Wheels through all those race tracks. Seeing this is making me consider buying some to play with around the office!

This is a must-watch video if you’ve ever been a fan of Hot Wheels.

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Modifying Camaros has been a long-standing tradition with gear heads everywhere, and now owners of fifth-generation Camaros have a one-stop shop for their go-fast goodies. Chevrolet Performance has released a whole slew of factory-engineered performance parts that not only help Camaros perform well, but also retain their factory warranties.

Chevrolet says its portfolio of parts is designed to make V-6 and SS Camaro more capable on the street and track. Need more stopping power for your stock Camaro SS? Upgrade your front brakes to those massive 14.6-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers found underneath the ZL1 . Didn’t order the “Track Pack” option and now regretting it? No problem. Swap up to the 1LE Performance Package for both V-6 and SS models, which includes beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, retuned front struts, new monotube rear shocks and stiffer toe links.

Other upgrades include a low-restriction air filter, high-flow fuel pump, short-throw manual shifter, front strut tower brace, complete ZL1 independent rear axle assembly (much stronger than the SS’s rear axle) and even an upgraded camshaft and cylinder head package for the SS model that’s good for an extra 40 horsepower.

For those looking to race their Camaro, Chevrolet Performance is also offering many high-performance parts found in the limited-production COPO Camaro — an all-out, drag strip-oriented build that pays homage to the original 1969 “Central Office Production Order” Camaro built to compete in NHRA drag strip events.

Check out what Chevrolet Performance is offering, both for the Camaro and other GM vehicles at chevroletperformance.com

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro

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It’s October, folks, and that means it is time for the pink cars to start rolling out in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

For the third year in a row, Chevrolet prepares to raise funds for the American Cancer Society to help fight the most common cancer in women in the U.S. Last year, the company raised a total of $1,211,463, and it hopes to do the same this year.

To help raise these funds, Chevrolet prepared a series of fundraising walks, test-drive promotions, service rebate promotions and recognition at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Races. At the Advocare 500 race, a Chevrolet Camaro SS coated in pink will serve as the pace car.

The Camaro SS Pace Car wears a combination of pink and white, and features a series of special logos and stickers. The model is also equipped with sirens and lots of LED lights that will help it stand out on the race track in case of an incident — as if the hot pink isn’t obvious enough.

The logical step after its pace run is the auction block, and we’ll let you know when/if that happens.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Camaro SS.

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It appears that this year’s SEMA Show will be all about powerful cars. Yesterday, Hyundai announced the first details on a 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe , and now HRE Wheels has 1,200-horsepower surprise prepared for Las Vegas.

All that HRE revealed about its "surprise" is that is was developed by the team at Pure Vision LLC, and that it will feature the company’s newest wheels. From the picture above, it’s pretty clear that the model will be a heavily modified Chevrolet Camaro Coupe from the 1970s that is likely fitted with a modern V-8 engine.

The vehicle seems to be updated with a new hood, front spoiler and rear wing, all made from carbon fiber.

Everything else we have on this 1,200-horsepower HRE-built monster is pure speculation, but as SEMA inches closer, we’re sure more information will start rolling out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1970s Chevrolet Camaro.


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