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.

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

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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.

The 2014 Camaro lineup is slowly coming into focus with the debut of the 2014 Camaro Convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show .

Following up on the 2014 Camaro SS , Chevrolet took the reigns of the new-look muscle car and adapted it quite nicely to the convertible variant There’s something to be said for the improved looks, which we laud Chevy for doing considering that the previous styling was getting up there in age.

But the new Camaro Convertible is more than just its new looks. As its name suggests, the drop-top feature is always a plus, especially in its market. Power wasn’t also compromised in favor of its aesthetics, which should bode well for anybody who wants a muscle car that offers plenty in the styling department too.

Overall, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro delivers on Chevy’s promise to give the muscle car the "most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006".

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Since debuting in 2012, the ZL1 trim has topped the Camaro range, thanks to is 580-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant and other performance-oriented components. Well, the ZL1 will lose its spot atop the retail Camaro lineup in 2014, as the model’s chief engineer confirmed to Jay Leno that the new-for-2014 Z/28 model will top the ZL1’s $56,500 base price.

To the layman, a 580-horsepower car within the same lineup should always cost more than a 500-horsepower variant of the same model. However, the Z/28 is far more than just a "numbers" car, as it is a track-tuned beast with components typically reserved for top-line European exotics . And it’s these components that make the Camaro Z/28 the new range topper, so let’s have a look at them.

The most obvious of additions is the 7.0-liter V-8 that it borrowed from the Corvette Z06, but Chevy added to that a 10.5-quart dry-sump oiling system to handle keeping the engine lubricated when fighting 1.05g of lateral force in the corners and a liquid-to-liquid oil-cooling system.

The engine is nothing short of awesome, but where the real fun comes is in the suspension and brakes. First, GM added in spool-valve dampers that are usually reserved for road-racing and exotic cars. These dampers offer four-way tuning for the bump and rebound, which allowed engineers to stiffen the dampers without making the ride overly harsh. Also added in are stiffer-rate springs and stiffer bushings, which are the often-overlooked components that help minimize body roll in the corners.

Next came the super-wide 19-inch aluminum wheels that not only save 42 pounds in unsprung weight, but also drop the ride height by 33 mm (1.3 inches) and afford the real estate needed to install some sticky 305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires — this is the first time these tires see use on a production model.

The last addition comes by way of a set of standard — yes, I said "standard" — Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix rotors, which are expensive options on plenty of models that eclipse the $100k mark. Up front, these pricey rotors measure 394-by-36 mm (15.5-by-1.4 inch) and are squeezed by six-pot calipers. The rear rotors are 390-by-32 mm (15.4-by-1.3 inches) and are gripped by four-piston calipers. Not only do these CCM brakes save another 28 pounds in unsprung weight, but they also play a key role in the Z/28 producing 1.5g in deceleration force. so buckle your seatbelts, folks.

Now for addition by subtraction, as Chevy eliminated the tire-inflation kit, all sound-deadening materials, trunk carpeting, HID headlights, fog lights and air-conditioning (optional) to help shave more weight. It then installed 3.2 mm (0.125-inch) glass in the rear, which is 0.3 mm (0.0118 inches) thinner than the standard glass, and replaced the standard battery with a smaller battery. These deductions, combined with the other weight-saving measures, leave the Z/28’s weight a stunning 300 pounds less than the ZL1 and 100 pounds less than the SS.

With all this precision tuning and additions, it becomes crystal clear exactly why the powerful ZL1 loses its top spot in the lineup.

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The 2014 Camaro Z/28 was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show and up to this point, no one outside of General Motors has gotten the chance to test drive it.

Jay Leno is certainly not you random Joe Schmo, so GM saw him fit to be the first civilian tester. Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer for the Camaro, presented the car to JAy and outlined some of the more important details of it, like how he fought to have the slash reinserted into the Z/28 nameplate.

Jay took a nice crack at the new Camaro Z/28, but this is the show car, so GM didn’t allow him to push it too hard. He especially was not allowed to do his trademark burn out at the end of the show. Regardless of him having to baby the resurrected Z, the video is still a hoot to watch and listen too, as that 500-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8 sure does produce a sweet sound.

Check out the video to see what Jay thinks of it.

Chevrolet will unveil four customized Camaros at SEMA

If this special edition Camaro looks eerily familiar to you, it’s because this car has been around for a number of years now. It’s called the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar Concept and it was built by Riley Technologies and General Motors’ High Performance Vehicle Operations as one of four customized Camaros at SEMA 2008 .

Four years after wowing the crowd in Las Vegas, the Camaro GS Racecar Concept returns to the headlines because it will be up for sale at the Mecum Auctions next month as part of the Monterey Car Week.

The car draws inspiration from a particular racer from the past, specifically the 1969 Camaro Trans-Am racecar driven by Mark Donohue. The Camaro GS Racecar Concept was even painted in the same deep-blue paint scheme that comes with accented yellow graphics, a yellow-painted interior and yellow racing wheels.

In addition, the prototype also had its seams welded to go along with carbon-fiber fenders, doors, hood and trunk. A 3-inch exhaust system with aftermarket mufflers took the place of the stock equipment, while the car’s standard LS3 V-8 engine was fitted into solid engine mounts and mated to a close-ration six-speed manual transmission.

Organizers at Mecum Auctions don’t have a specific price for the one-off prototype, but they do estimate the hammer falling in the low-to-mid six digits.

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Typically, Chevrolet sends its most powerful cars to pace the most important racing events and this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup will be no exception. Chevy and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that a Camaro ZL1 will pace this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup field set to the start the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ZL1 will be driven by ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate, Sage Steele

The ZL1 Pace Car is painted in a nice combination of blue and gray with the official logos and badges. There are also lots of sirens and LED lights that will help it be more visible on the racetrack.

Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

"Transformers 4 " is already shaping up to be a supercar-loaded movie that is in the process of blowing away all three of its predecessors back to Cybertron.

We already had that thinking not knowing that Michael Bay had another surprise up its sleeve, which we soon discovered to be what’s being billed as the 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee.

To be clear, we haven’t seen the current generation Camaro look anywhere close to this one, leading us to speculate on whether this could be a future concept look at the next generation Camaro. All this despite the fact that the 2014 Camaro already boasts a pretty significant facelift.

And how does the 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee tie up to the previously introduced - and fully customized - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS that we initially thought would be Bumblebee’s new guise in "Transformers 4"?

Best we can come up with is that it’ll be similar to the first Transformers when Bumblebee entered as a run-down and beat-up model only to transform into the modern-day Camaro.

Whatever the case may be, this 2014 Concept Camaro Bumblebee looks completely bad sick.

Click past the jump to read about the "other" Camaro that’ll be in Transformers 4

Source: Michael Bay

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