In 1978 Chevrolet droped the production of the Chevelle and replace it with the Malibu. In 2009 the Chvelle will be launched again and will be based on the Chevrolet SS (Super Sport) Concept that was unveiled at the 2003 North American International Auto Show that was intended to be a modern version of past SS vehicles, such as the Camaro and Chevelle.
The 2009 Chevrolet Chevelle will be based on the same platform as the 2009 Camaro: the Zeta Lite platform that Chevrolet will share with Holden . This architecture can hardly be described as hardly cutting edge, but is a lot more sophisticated than the rigid-axle Mustang.
The power plant under the bonnet will be a 400 bhp LS2 6.0-liter V-8 engine mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2009 Chevelle will be mixing a dramatic design and true performance. Will use an updated formula, with fuel-efficient power-train, advanced chassis and contemporary design.
The 2003 Chevrolet SS Concept featured 21-inch front and 22-inch rear aluminum wheels with BF Goodrich performance tires. For the prodcution version they will be replaced with conventional alloys ranging probably from 17" to 19", depending on the model.
The Chevelle will be launched sometime in 2008 as a 2009 model.
The Chevrolet Chevelle debuted for the 1964 model year as a mid-size automobile from Chevrolet. It was produced throughout the remainder of the 1960s and 1970s and was one of General Motors’ most successful models.
The Chevelle was intended to compete with the similarly sized Ford Fairlane, and to return to the Chevrolet lineup a model similar in size and concept to the popular 1955-57 models.
During the 1964 model year, over 76,800 Chevelle SS’s were produced. Two engine sizes were available, the 283 and 327 cubic inch. Horsepower ranged from 195 through 300 depending on the engine and configuration.
The Chevelle range started in 1964 with a 220 hp 283 V8, then in the mid of the year it was introduced on the top of the line with a 300 hp 327 V8. Nevertheless it was considered to be relatively slower compared to Pontiac ’s first year Tempest based GTO. The 65-model Chevelle introduced a ground-braking option that would put the Chevy A-body on top of GM’s muscle car heap: the l79 350 hp 327 V8, known as RPO Z-16. The new car, the 65 Chevelle Z-16 astonished the car market with Chevy’s new blacktop bruising powerhorse, the L37 396 big block V8 cranking out 375 hp at 5600 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm, although these ratings were looked as being underrated. Even so Z-16 became one of the most desirable of the 65 Chevelles. It was also one of the rarest with only 201 Z-16’s built in 1965-200 hardtops and one ultra rare convertible.
The Chevelle was redeisgned again in 1973 to help stimulate sales. Thecar grew in size and growing farther away from its sporty car image. The ’colonnade hartop’ models replaced the pillarless hardtop versions. The convertible option was no longer offered.
1973 model offerings started with the luxury Laguna series, followed by Malibu and then Deluxe models. An SS package was available for Malibu coupes and (interestingly) station wagons, which included bucket seats, blackout trim, SS emblems, and either a 145 or 175 net hp 350 in³ V8 or a 245 net hp 454 in³ V8. Starting with the 1974 model year, a luxury version called the Malibu Classic replaced the Laguna, with the Malibu being the bottom-line model. The SS package was replaced by a sporty Laguna S-3 coupe through 1976, which carried different front end styling, but was a slow seller. These cars were available with a wide choice of engines, starting with a 250 in³ OHV six-cylinder all the way up to a 454 in³ big block V8.
The Chevelle SS was the high performance version of Chevrolet’s Chevelle, and had its own line of engines and performance equipment. At first caught napping with just a 327 V8, the Chevelle SS would soon sport powerful 396 V8s and eventually the most powerful rated engine in muscle car history, the LS6 454 in 1970. The Chevelle, along with the Pontiac GTO , remains one of the most popular cars from this era and with good reason. Its strong performance at a reasonable price made it popular on the street and at the track.
The Chevelle SS was the high performance version and had its own line of engines and performance equipment. The performance engines available included 327 in³, 350 in³, and 396 in³ V8s - rated at 325, 350 and 375 hp respectively.
The Dodge Charger - one of the biggest names from the muscle car era - has powered its way back to streets and racetracks across America, paying homage to the muscle cars of the ’60s, and adding 21st century performance and functionality.
Available with a 250 horsepower, 3.5-liter High-Output V-6 engine or the legendary 340 horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Dodge Charger races into the car market with contemporary, provocative styling and substance with all the convenience of a modern sedan.
The Multi-Displacement System (MDS) on the Dodge Charger’s HEMI engine seamlessly deactivates four cylinders in just 40 milliseconds — quicker than a blink of an eye — when full V-8 power is not needed, improving fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. The HEMI engine, mated to a fully automatic five-speed transmission with AutoStick®, offers Dodge Charger R/T customers the legendary HEMI power they want with fuel economy they will appreciate.
The vehicle that marked the return of the great American car in 2004 now has the distinguished title of the most-awarded new car in automotive history. Consumers have embraced the Chrysler 300’s striking proportions, classic American design and advanced technologies, helping spur the Chrysler brand to record-breaking sales numbers for 2004.
Chrysler 300 features a 2.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features Variable Line Pressure (VLP), which accurately estimates the pressure necessary for maximum operating efficiency (late availability). This precise control of pressure reduces parasitic losses from the pump and hydraulic system, which provides enhanced fuel economy.
Chrysler 300C continues to feature the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, with cylinder deactivation, mated to the five-speed transmission.