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Remember last month’s report saying Chevrolet will restrict an array of Camaro Z/28 parts to prevent aftermarket cloning and preserve the muscle car’s exclusivity? It was all but good news to customers hoping Chevy will release a few visual and drivetrain Z/28 upgrades for the regular Camaros .

Well, we’re back on the matter to let you know that GM will eventually offer nine performance packages that will add some Z/28 bells and whistles to the regular Bowtie-badged pony car. That’s the word from Car and Driver, who adds that some of the bundles will also feature parts that aren’t available as individual components.

Specifically, the Z/28 suspension kit will also come with spool-valve dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars, while the helical differential will be paired with an integrated heat exchanger. Additionally, drivers owning a 2012 model year or newer Camaro will also be able to order the Z/28’s cold-air intake, exhaust manifold (V-8 models only), brake cooling ducts, cat-back exhaust, and Recaro Seats.

What’s more, it appears that Chevy is also rolling out a body package that includes the Z/28’s front splitter, rear spoiler, and underbody tray that allows users to take their Camaro even closer to the Z/28 in terms of aesthetics. Of course, they won’t be able to build a perfect clone of the Z/28 without a crate engine and the parts Chevrolet has restricted, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Pricing for these packages is not available yet, but we’ll be right back as soon as Chevy Performance spills the beans.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Source: CarAndDriver

Renowned Chevrolet Corvette tuner SuperVettes is hard at work building its next project for the new Corvette Stingray. If there’s anything to go by the promises of SuperVettes owner Jason Hunkler, this project is shaping up to be the best widebody kit made for the American sports car .

It’s a task that’s far easier said than done given the current availability of a multitude of programs for the Corvette Stingray . But Hunkler remains steadfast in the awesomeness of the SV7 kit his company is building for the Corvette, telling the C7 Stingray forum that the kit "will rival the looks of the Corvette Z06 " and will come with an engine modification that will be "beyond the standard specs of the new Z06."

Clearly, the man isn’t lacking confidence and with it. Hunkler even released a rendering of the new SV7 program. One look at it and you can immediately tell that the front section of the Corvette will take on a completely modified look. We’re quite not sure if the angle of the rendering plays a part in it, but those wheel arches look pretty huge from our vantage point. The headlights do retain their configuration but there’s also something about the vented hood that looks different, like there’s a little more vertically to it than the standard Z06.

This is par for the course for an aftermarket company that has given us some pretty wild programs over the years. Can you remember the SV8.R C7 aero kit the company unveiled late last year to a limited production? That kit cost $59,995, not including the donor car, but if you saw the finished product, you probably would’ve paid for one, too.

It’s reasonable to expect great things for SuperVettes’ SV7 program. There’s definitely a lot going on with it. And hey, anytime you have guys doing 3D scanning on anything, as the photos below will tell you, you know it’s being done for a reason.

Therein lies the appeal of the SV7 program. Even if its far from complete, we can appreciate the fact that SuperVettes is essentially taking us on a step-by-step guide on how to build it. By the time the SV7 is completed, there’s a good chance that we’ll already know how the kit came to life.

For now, though, it’s still a waiting game until the car makes its debut later this year.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Back before the mighty C6 ZR1 rumbled out of Bowling Green with its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 making 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, there was a previous king-of-the-hill Corvette that bore the same ZR1 name (though it was hyphenated ZR-1). The C4 ZR-1 saw production from 1990 through 1995 and came with a rather unconventional engine design never before seen powering a Corvette.

The ZR-1’s small-block 350 had dual overhead cams and 32 valves.

Sure, DOHC are a commonplace thing found in engines, but this represented uncharted territory for the Chevy small block that had always used a single cam and pushrods to operate the overhead valves. Luckily, General Motors had acquired Lotus in 1986, and soon after the purchase, engineers with Corvette approached Lotus with their plans of building the world’s fastest production car. Together the UK-based automaker and The General went to work combining the classic V-8 with the modern DOHC design. The result was named the LT5.

Displacing a familiar 5.7-liters, (or 350 cubic inches, depending when you were born) the LT5 engine produced 375 horsepower, which helped push the ZR-1 Vette to 60 in 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of over 180 mph. The power rose to 405 horses when Lotus redesigned the heads and valvetrain for 1993. Those were stellar numbers 20 years ago.

General Motors had one problem, however. They couldn’t handle the extra workload of building the specialized engine. So GM contracted the engines to be built by Mercury Marine,, a company normally associated with boat engines (and no relation to Ford’s Mercury division). Only 6,939 C4 Corvette ZR-1s were ever built, but they created a legend only touched years later by the C6 Corvette ZR1.

As part of Mercury’s 75-year anniversary, the company is remembering this mighty engine, an dhas placed an example on display at its headquartersI.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette Powered By Merc LT5 Engine.

With only two months left until the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie hits theaters, Chevrolet has confirmed the full lineup of Bowtie-badged vehicles that will be featured in the new installment.

The main star of the new film will obviously be Bumblebee , a futuristic concept based on the fifth-generation Camaro. The Pearl Yellow car will return to the silver screen as the movie’s leading attraction for the fourth time since its debut in 2007.

Besides the Bumblebee, Chevy has prepped four more vehicles for the new Transformers film, ranging from the Corvette Stingray , which will convert to Autobot Crosshairs, to the Trax crossover , and even a heavily modified 1967 Camaro SS . Also included is a Sonic dressed as a rally car will appear in some of the action-packed scenes.

In addition to prepping the aforementioned vehicles and providing them to the production crew, General Motors also allowed Paramount to film at its Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground and even its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

The highly anticipated "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie is set to arrive in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Click past the jump to find out why it matters.

With 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Chevrolet SS is one of the most attractive rear-wheel-drive sedans you can buy nowadays. But if those figures aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for power, the SS can be upgraded with help from tuning specialists such as Callaway] or Hennessey].

An update from the former will enable the SS to deliver 570 horsepower via an Eaton TVS supercharger and other enhancements. This is a huge improvements over the standard model, but don’t think the SS can’t handle more oomph. Because it can, and Hennessey’s new upgrade is out to prove just that.

Just like it did with the Camaro ZL1 , the Texas-based company took things up a notch and replaced the 6.2-liter V-8 with a larger, 7.0-liter unit and a couple of ball-bearing turbochargers. Yes, we’re talking about the famous HPE1000 package that also comes with forged, low-compression pistons and connecting rods, a custom camshaft and stainless-steel piping and exhaust, just to name a few vital components.

The bundle enables the SS to deliver no less than 1,000 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and benefits from a professional installation, dyno tuning, extensive road testing and a one year or 12,000-mile warranty.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet SS HPE1000 By Hennessey.

With a $75,000 sticker attached to its windshield, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a muscle car very few people can afford. However, a lot more enthusiasts could afford to buy counterfeited parts and turn their regular Camaro (almost) into a Z/28 clone.

And since the entire Z/28 production for 2014 is already sold out , more and more people are likely to seek an aftermarket upgrade to get their Z/28 fix. To prevent that and keep their exclusive customers happy, Chevrolet plans to restrict 35 of the Z/28’s parts, which will only be available to driver that already owns the said vehicle.

At least that’s what GM Authority claims, quoting "dealer sources" and providing a list of components, along with their part number, that won’t be offered as performance or visual upgrades.

The inventory is quite extensive and hints that Chevrolet aims to protect an array of aesthetic, interior and powertrain parts ranging from body flares and aprons to seats, brakes and differential. Even the "Flowtie" front grille badge, which had its gold center cut out to improve airflow and lower coolant and oil temperature, has been barred.

Some Camaro owners will obviously lose their temper following this decision, but at least we won’t get to see any V-6-powered "Z/28s" wandering the streets.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and to see exactly what parts are restricted.

Source: GM Authority

Turbocharging a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 might sound like an insane thing to do — some would call it blasphemous — but the folks over at Hennessey have no issues in replacing the muscle car ’s supercharged V-8 with a larger-displacement eight-pot and a pair of turbos.

The swap comes by way of the tuner’s HPE1000 package, which can also be fitted to the 2014 Corvette Stingray or the SRT Viper . As the name suggests, the upgrade plants no less than 1,000 horsepower under the hood, with all of them fully unleashed at 6,400 rpm.

For that spectacular oomph to become available, Hennessey ditches the ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in favor of a 7.0-liter LS V-8 and a pair of ball-bearing turbochargers and other key updates that include forged-aluminum pistons, a custom camshaft, high-flow cylinder heads and an upgraded fuel system.

Naturally, the vehicle benefits from the company’s engine management calibration, and goes through a series of dyno and road tests before being delivered to its lucky owner. As seen in the video above, trials also include a few quarter-mile passes, obviously conducted for Hennessey to ensure the ZL1 reaches the parameters the HPE1000 package claims to offer.

We’re not going to spoil the result, but this twin-turbo Camaro ZL1 returned some spectacular figures. Needless to say, Hennessey is about to make yet another customer happy.

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet SS performance sedan is likely to pass into the 2015 model year with only a handful of updates. It is safe to assume that GM will add some of its latest in-car technology, such as high-speed OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, but there are rumors abound that the sedan’s about to receive some under-the-skin changes. The biggest of these changes is the inclusion of a manual transmission — something muscle car enthusiasts have been screaming for since the SS made its debut. That’s the word from Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman, who broke the big news via his Twitter account, adding that the manual SS will make its U.S. debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August.

Of course, nothing’s official until Chevy comes out with some sort of confirmation, but it would be crazy for the company to ignore all those enthusiasts crying for a manual for one more year. Although Lieberman didn’t say what kind of gearbox the SS will be getting, our bet is on the six-speed manual available on the Camaro SS .

The other news concerning the 2015 SS is that the sedan is also getting GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a piece of technology currently offered on the 2014 Corvette , Camaro ZL1 and a range of Cadillacs .

Note: 2014 model year pictured here.

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

Source: Twitter

Introduced at last year’s SEMA Show , the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept was Chevrolet’s idea of customizing the C7 Corvette to look like a race car , without applying any powertrain modifications or taking its road-legal status away. Finished in a flashy, "look at me!" Torch Red exterior with a pair of Satin Black racing stripes across its nose, hood and rear end, the Corvette Pacific Concept took center stage in Las Vegas and, apparently, all that attention prompted Chevrolet to roll out a similar package for the 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe .

Unlike the Atlantic Design Package that adds a few exterior updates and almost no cabin upgrades, the Pacific Design Package is more extensive and aimed at customers that either like to take their Corvette at the track or enjoy the racing-oriented appearance.

Before we jump to the details, we’d like to point out that the Pacific Design Package is exclusive to Z51-equipped coupes in either 2LT and 3LT trim. And like any 2015 Corvette Stingray, it can be ordered with the all-new eight-speed automatic tranny with paddle shifters and the Performance Data Recorder.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package.

If you found the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show to be an attractive drop-top , then you might as well start saving some money because Chevy has just announced that the vehicle will be put into production.

Specifically, due to strong success the concept car has enjoyed during SEMA, the automaker decided to create an Atlantic Design Package that turns a regular Corvette Stingray Convertible into a special edition sports car with unique exterior and interior features.

Available on Z51-equipped models selected in 2LT and 3LT trims, the package is inspired, according to Chevy, "by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destination." However, the cabin only benefits from Stingray floor mats, so don’t expect for additional premium appointments aside from what you get with the Corvette Z51 and a set of custom luggage.

Exterior changes, on the other hand, are more noticeable, with several bespoke parts and graphics added to the body. Powertrain remains unaltered, which means customers will get the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and the 460 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque that come with the performance exhaust.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package.


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