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Just the other day, Chevrolet unveiled a video showing the new Corvette Stingray getting some work at its Test Center in Dudenhofen , Germany, and today it’s Consumer Report’s turn to test the new American sports car . So, was Consumer Reports impressed by the all-new `Vette, or was it a big flop?

Well, of course it was thoroughly impressed by the new `Vette!

According to Consumer Reports, "the seventh-generation Chevy Corvette Stingray pushes the iconic sports car to new levels of technology, agility, and refinement."

As a reminder, the new Stingray is powered by an all-new direct-injected, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This output helps sprint the Stingray from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds — 3.8 seconds with the Z51 package — and up to an anticipated top speed of 180 to 190 mph.

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Classic Vettes are on the upswing in values this year, with the $3.2 million earned by this 1967 L88 Sting Ray Convertible at Mecum’s Dallas auction the highest total yet for any example of America’s sports car .

Corvette collection can become an obsession thanks to the huge variety of models, special editions and racing derivatives over the model’s 60-year history. Just like a bag of chips: once you pop... you can’t stop collecting these iconic machines.

Valuations for these models are incredibly sensitive to the car’s history, rarity and restoration quality. Beauty and the driving experience take a back seat to the engine specification and matching serial numbers. As such, this investment-grade L88 convertible’s huge earning at auction is a bit confusing to outsiders.

Part of a giant Bobby Herin collection sold by Mecum Auctions, to an outsider’s eye there seem to be many more special and beautiful examples out there, including some from Mr. Herin’s garage as well.

But they provenance of this L88 convertible is beyond reproach, with all the required documentation, the fuel tank sticker, and the other minute details collectors look for when purchasing a car at these prices. The authenticity of the interior adds patina, as does the car’s NHRA drag racing championship, old drag racing time slips, and the painstakingly-recreated original Marlboro Maroon paintjob.

How cool is this L88? It was beyond a ZR1 upgrade in its day, and the color directly influenced the new 2014 Stringray Convertible’s launch color .

Click past the jump for the full review of the most valuable Corvette (and perhaps any American road car) ever sold at auction, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible.

The Silverado arrived in 1999 as the replacement to the old C- and K-Series pickups, but Chevy sold the old and new pickups through the 2000 model year. Since the second-generation arrived in 2007, the old faithful Chevy Silverado has remained unchanged, as those around it continued to morph and remake themselves. Chevy has had enough with watching all of the other truck manufacturers make changes to their bodies and drivetrains, and decided that 2014 was the model year when things will change.

Just like with the 2014 GMC Sierra , the 2014 Silverado 1500 is offered with more than just a new body, it also has a choice of three new engines: one V-6 and two V-8s. All three engines deliver more power and improved fuel economy, and GM engineered the 6.2-liter V-8 to be the most capable engine in any light-duty pickup .

UPDATE 6/19/2014 Chevrolet has announced its adoption of the SAE towing standards known as J2807. Many of the Silverado’s tow ratings have been altered, but it still retains a 12,000-pound max towing capacity when equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 and Max Trailering Package. Details after the jump

To read our complete review, click past the jump.

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Chevrolet took the 2014 Corvette Stingray to Europe and put it through some extreme testing at the Test Center in Dudenhofen, Germany. Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, had the privilege to get behind the wheel for this round of testing, and he seemed to be pretty impressed with the car.

Herrman is actually the first person to have the chance to test the new Stingray in Europe. In fact, this testing session is a very important part in Chevrolet’s standard quality control program, and is required for any new model the GM sells in Europe.

In addition to hitting the Test Center, the Corvette also lapped Nürburgring to further test its ability to handle European roads. Jim Mero, GM vehicle dynamics engineer commented that "We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits."

It looks as if the Corvette won’t have any issues getting approval for the European market, and it’s European release is scheduled for sometime in late 2013. There are no details yet on whether Europe will receive the full line of `Vettes or a limited lineup to see how well it sells.

Click past the jump to see the video featuring Herrmann testing the Stingray.

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The first-generation Chevrolet Tahoe hit the market back in 1995, and up to this point, the model went through three generations. The model came as a replacement of the old full-size Blazer, but was little more than the Blazer with a new set of badges.

Over the years the SUVs offered by General Motors have enjoyed great success, so it’s no mystery as to why GM just kept them going with little revision. For example, back in 2012 Chevrolet sold more than 170,000 Tahoe models, and in the first quarter of 2013, sales jumped by an additional 16 percent. Apparently, Chevy wants to improve upon its sales numbers, as it has completely revised the Tahoe for the 2015 model year.

The model launched today marks the SUV ’s in its fourth generation, and it adds even more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies. For the new generation, Chevrolet is also adding in a direct-injected EcoTec3 engine that delivers better fuel economy and more power.

Updated 03/05/2014: Chevrolet announced today prices for the 2015 Tahoe which will go on sale later this spring. Prices for the 2015 Tahoe start at $45,890, including $995 destination freight charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe.

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The folks over at had the chance to test two of the greatest sports cars out there: a 2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 package and a 2014 Nissan GT-R updated with the Track Edition package package. They pushed the cars to their limits in testing the 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time, braking distances, slalom runs and skip pad ratings.

Of course, the GT-R dominated the 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile runs, but the rest was so close that it really was a tight competition. In fact, the two were so close that the final decision really came down to which car was more fun to drive.

Check out the above video to see which of these two performance rigs came out on top. You may be shocked by the winner, but we certainly are not, as the winner is one of our favorite cars of 2014.

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When it comes to Mr. Snuggles (Kobe Bryant) and his West Coast Customs ’ 1963 Impala SS Convertible, it seems that having $100,000,000 in the bank will change a man’s taste in automobiles.

From this air-ride and 808-thumping beast, Kobe’s previous taste in cars was not quite as universally refreshing as his favorite brand of soda, which is Sprite, by the way. Painted a hideous purple/blue blend and with Cheech and Chong-style low-rider wheels: this nasty custom is really an L.A. special.

The 100-spoke, 13-inch wheels and the interior are reasonably well done, but watching the West Coast Customs ’ brain trust on cable TV does not inspire confidence in one inch of the engine mechanicals, handling, reliability, performance or value of this 1963 Impala SS.

This example is for sale at $100,000 even, with over 700 people watching the auction and dozens of offers already rejected. No word if West Coast Customs would do a barter deal for tutoring and (maybe!) get these artistic geniuses a GED certificate or two.

Click past the jump to take a fantastic voyage in Kobe’s baller Impala , which might even come with a grumpy meet/greet with Jesse James.

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When Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray , we were a little bit disappointed we have to admit. Chevrolet chose to drop the typical elegance that the model oozed and made the new Stingray more aggressive looking than it has ever been. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it will take a little time for us to adjust to it.

Despite the shocking looks, Chevrolet righted all the wrongs in the drivetrain and on the technology front. According to Matt Farah, who had the chance to test the C7 Stingray in the Monterey, CA during the Pebble Beach week, it is certainly an amazing car. The best part is that he had the chance to tack a full 300 miles on it, so he got a pretty good idea of just how great the Stingay it is.

The model he tested was equipped with the Z51 package, which adds a dry-sump oiling system, slightly shorter gear ratios, larger-capacity Bilstein dampers, a rear-stabilizer bar and forged rims.

Apparently all these changes transformed the Corvette into a dream car, as Farah said: "It’s so good it’s practically unbelievable, and for the first time ever, Corvette owners won’t have to make excuses."

Check out the video above to see Matt thrash the Corvette in every way possible.

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

Some people get to have all of the fun. First, Edmunds got the initial crack at plopping the SRT Viperon the Dyno and now Chevy is paying a visit to the same folks with its own new model: the 2014 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package. now you may be thinking "but we already know that the Stingray with the Z51 pack has 460 ponies and 465 pound-feet." You have to remember though, that most cars lose 10 to 20 percent of their power through the drivetrain on its way to the wheels, and the power to the rear wheels is what really matters.

After several tests and plenty of by the guys near the dyno, Edmunds finally rolled out the end result. After several tests, the tester determined that the all-new Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package delivers an average of 411 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque to the ground. That’s a respectable 49 horsepower (10 percent) and 58 pound-feet (12 percent) loss through the drivetrain.

What’s more is the interesting power curves that Edmunds pulled from the Stingray. As soon as the exhaust valve opens up around 3,800 rpm, the horsepower number suddenly jumps from about 275 to 290 and the torque jumps from about 370 pound-feet to 390. Additionally, and most importantly, from 2,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm, the Corvette ’s torque stays above 300 pound-feet — simply amazing.

Source: Edmunds

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