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While most automakers take their new prototypes out for a testing session with hopes that no one will notice them, Chevrolet has decided to pitch us some official spy shot footage of the next generation Silverado pick-up. Gotta love when automakers go against the grain like this.

GM engineers are putting the next generation Chevrolet Silverado through the final paces at the company’s proving grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This water test is part of a rigorous product validation program that has helped make Silverado the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup.

The current Silverado has remained unchanged since 2007, but for the new generation, things will change significantly. As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged so it’s pretty difficult to see what’s new, but as for the engine, rumors say that Chevrolet will use a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 300 HP, but a small block V8 is also under development.

The new Chevrolet Silverado will start production in 2013.

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So many videos and reviews have emerged comparing the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that it’s almost becoming overwhelming. However, the seemingly endless supply of road tests and track tests do help signify just how important these two cars are for the American muscle car market. This latest review by Chris Harris puts all prior biases aside as Harris objectively tests both cars with all of his European heritage.

Previous tests seem to have concluded that the Camaro ZL1, although it’s overwhelmingly underpowered, seems to be the overall better package out of the duo for daily driving, and in this test, Harris tests both cars in some of Manhattan’s busiest streets which help to truly test the everyday driveability of the cars.

The test concludes with a spin around a nearby race track and while watching the video keep the following figures in mind.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 makes use of a 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V8 engine pumping out an impressive 580HP and 556lb-ft of torque, and when fitted with the manual option which Harris’ test car has, it can hit 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 184 mph.

In a similar vein, the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is wickedly-fast thanks to its 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine which produces a mind-blowing 662HP and over 600lb-ft of torque helping to spiral Ford’s flagship muscle car to 200 mph!

We won’t ruin the conclusion for you, but we will say that our friends at Torq may not be happy with it.

The next generation Chevrolet Corvette - the C7 - is expected to arrive for the 2014 model year and until now Chevrolet has done an amazing job in keeping its design language a secret. This, however, hasn’t stopped us from imagining what the model would look like, especially since the company has stated that it will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Now, automotive supplier Omega Tool Corp. has released an awesome video that reveals some digital renderings of the next C7’s front fascia. Of course, shortly after being placed online, the video was removed, but not before some screen shots of the next Corvette were taken from it!

These renderings reveal that the next Corvette will get the famous Corvette pointy-nosed face and redesigned headlamps. The rest, well... you will have to imagine it!

It’s only a tad bit more information than we had before, bur at least it’s something. As of yet, nothing else has been released, including the engine specs. Rumors state that C7 Corvette will be powered by either a 6.2-liter engine mated to a seven-speed manual transmission or a 5.5 liter V8 with 440 HP.

Source: Autoblog
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Up until this point, we’ve seen many online magazines pit the incredible 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 against its underpowered rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 , but until now, we haven’t seen either of the two in depth, until MotorTrend recently released the following video of the two.

Conducted by Australian journalist, Angus MacKenzie, the video depicts the two together in an in-depth review for all-out muscle car supremacy. Rather than simply heading to the quarter mile, seeing which one is faster, and being done with it, the following video looks at three crucial aspects of these two insane cars.

The first test involves some quick blasts through Mulholland Drive where the real-world abilities of the two cars are truly tested, due to the undulations in the road as well as the average traffic conditions one may experience when going canyon carving in one of these two cars.

The second, and arguably most important, test conducted in the review, is a series of high-speed runs around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to see which car is consistently faster around the infamous track, and the result may surprise you.

The test concludes with a good-old fashioned quarter mile drag race and even through the result from that discipline may seem obvious, don’t ever underestimate the 580HP Camaro ZL1 as it turns out to be quite the performance car.

As late as a decade ago, you probably would’ve wondered if there was any way that a muscle car like the Chevrolet Camaro could ever get its pony power up to four digits.

But these days, it’s not a question of "if" anymore as it is "how much?"

Take what Nelson Super Cars did to this 2010 Chevrolet Camaro . It’s owned by one Bruce Hanson and at first glance, it doesn’t look all that different from a stock model, but things aren’t always as clear as they seem.

In order to accommodate that much power, Nelson Super Cars completely rebuilt the Camaro from the ground up, including the addition of a fiberglass hood, a roll cage, a safety net, and a slew of other safety features that’s likely required for a car carrying that much ponies under its hood.

Speaking of power, Nelson Super Cars fitted the Camaro with a modified engine of sorts: a 6.4-liter twin-turbo LS3 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower. The best part of all the work done on the Camaro? It’s street-legal.

Anytime you can get that much power from a muscle car like the Camaro and have it run on the road with no problems, you have to make sure that you’ve got your wits screwed on tight.

Hit the jump to see a video of this 1,500 HP monster!

Source: LSXTV

Chevrolet popped into the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2005 with a fully modified Lacetti and was a near immediate success. In 2008, Chevy switched over to a modified Cruze and the wins kept coming. Actually, Chevy pretty much dominated the series for eight years, taking home the checkered flag in 59 races, taking home two drivers’ championships, and two constructors’ championships.

Despite all of its success, Chevy has chosen to end its stay in this not-so-popular racing series following the 2012 season. This comes as quite a surprise, given the fact that Chevy once again leads the drivers’ championship and constructors’ championship boards this year. Rarely does a manufacturer have such success in a series and chooses to pull out so sudden.

A silver lining to this announcement is that it is just mid-season, so all of its drivers and other various workers can try to find work elsewhere in the series or maybe in other racing series. With all of the success it has had, we are willing to bet that all of the employees and drivers on this team will have no trouble at all finding work, and some may even move onto bigger and better things.

The exact reasoning for Chevy pulling out was not given. We can connect dots pretty well and when you have a brand that is struggling to sell in Europe, despite its success in a European racing series, it is obvious that pouring money into said European racing series is throwing good money after bad.

For the most part, custom cars are a thing of beauty. This latest example offered up by RK Motorsports Charlotte is no exception to that rule. This beastly hunk of metal before you is a 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe coupe that is fully restored and customized to within an inch of its life.

Front to tail, side to side, on the inside and under the hood have all been touched one way or another with the help of numerous custom car shops and custom fabricators. And it all seems to come together is absolute harmony, making a stunning looking piece.

One thing that we know is that a custom car may also be very deceiving, as some people “customize” their cars to hide severe flaws, or the customization itself is severely flawed. The question begging to be answered is whether this 1950 Chevy Deluxe is the real deal or just another poorly thrown together custom rod that looks good from far away.

Click past the jump to read our full review and find out.

We have seen the competition between the 2013 Mustang GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 get exhausted in the last few weeks, so seeing yet another comparison doesn’t really interest us much. Then again, if that competition is happening live on a public track and it is between two competitors that have been jawing at each other via forum flame posts, well, we suddenly become extremely interested.

So the story begins with us taking a short trip from the TopSpeed offices down to the Miami Homestead racetrack for a day full of watching various cars tackle the track. We stumbled upon this situation of a stock 2013 GT500 with under 1,000 miles on its clock and 650 ponies under the hood, and a Camaro ZL1, which was modified by Torq and is touted as a true racecar, ready to go head-to-head to settle their online feud of which is better.

The Camaro ZL1 admittedly had supercharger overheating issues in the past, so Torq installed a high capacity water pump to help aid in the cooling. Apparently, Torq overestimated the capacity of the new pump before heading to Miami and the blazing hot South Florida sun resulted in the engine overheating. Yeah, Torq forgot an important fact, if you install a high-capacity water pump, you need to raise the amount of coolant stored in the cooling system.

Ironically, Torq is quoted as saying that pitting the GT500 against this modified ZL1 is “like bringing a knife to a gun fight” and we agree, because the GT500 is better known as a drag-style car and the ZL1 truly is a better road handler. Let’s see if Torq can rectify this issue and get us a good race to see.

06/03/12 Update from Torq: Okay, so it appears as if our article ruffled some feathers in regards to the guys involved in the race and they made it clear that there were a few misunderstandings in our article. We will further clarify what we were intending to demonstrate, as well as include some of the other details that Torq has kindly provided us.

First and foremost the statement that the ZL1 is more of a true racecar than the GT500 was not intended to be taken as a statement by Torq. This is the common consensus of the automotive industry, as the ZL1 is a best suited on a road track, whereas the GT500 is better on the drag strip, though both perform well on either track style. This has nothing to deal with any modifications performed on either car, but rather a statement of the fact around each stock model.

According to a Torq rep, the GT500 is not as stock as we thought it was. Turns out the GT500 is boasting a cold air intake and a performance ECU tune. Torq claims that this puts the GT500 up to 740 to 750 horsepower. And, yes, we rounded the GT500 down to 650 horsepower, when it is in fact 662 ponies. Also according to Torq, the ZL1 is at a drastic horsepower disadvantage, which we, of course, expect, given the factory performance differences.

It also turns out that Torq actually did attempt to compensate for the addition coolant flow by adding in an aftermarket heat exchanger that adds about two additional gallons to the cooling capacity and experimenting with several auxiliary coolant reservoirs, without success. Unfortunately, Torq did not specify why the ZL1 was running hot.

In closing, we are not taking side with either car. We were excited to see this type of real-life comparison take place and unfortunately, it did not. So hopefully you guys can get this heating issue worked out and back onto the track.

On an aside, you can catch the ZL1 in an upcoming issue of GM High Tech, so it is very clear that these guys are no amateurs.

Update #3 from RevanRacing

The GT500 did not have a full blown aftermarket cold air intake but a "factory" ford racing part that is known as a resonator eliminator and makes the supercharger whine louder. The car did have a tune estimated at around 60+ horsepower.

No doubt we will here more about the Torq ZL1 fight against RevanRacing GT500 in the near future because if there is something we have learned, it is that loosing is not an option for any of them.

I am a huge fan of the Chevelle and it’s definitely my favorite muscle car, but there is a limit to my love, and that limit stops after the 1972 model year. Not only did the Chevelle get strangled by 1973 Emission regulations, but Chevy also gave the Chevelle a very poor redesign. Those two happenings were pretty much the death of the Chevelle and ultimately resulted in most of us not thinking of the Chevelle beyond its first and second generations.

So when we read about a third-gen Chevelle that has been modified and restored, we just have to have a look. Big Muscle gave us a great look at Sean Rich’s 1973 Chevelle Pro Touring and we received a nice surprise.

Under the hood is a bad-ass 350 cubic-inch V-8 that’s good for about 400 ponies, which is just enough to give this 4,000-pound sedan a little pop, but not enough to get you into trouble. It also boasts 17 x 9-inch Crager Soft-8 wheels on the front, wrapped in 285/40R17 tires and 17 x 10.5-inch Crager Soft-8 wheels on the rear with 315/35R17 tires. All of that extra meat helps this massive sled actually take corners with some confidence.

In addition, Rich installed 6-piston front calipers, but left the rear drum brakes. He also installed a Tremec T-56 transmission to toss those 400 ponies to the rear wheels.

What really sets this car off is its dark theme. It boasts a coat of perfectly laid dark grey paint and the rims are a very similar dark grey color. This allows the Chevelle to look good without adding too much focus on the awkward 1973 styling. It’s a far better choice of color than the bright yellow that Rich originally painted it, that’s for sure.

Check out the above video to see Big Muscle’s full piece on the car. It is definitely worth spending 12 minutes to watch.

The 2013 model year will mark the 60th anniversary of the legendary Chevrolet Corvette and to mark this momentous occasion, Chevrolet has unveiled an interesting video that captures all of the Corvette’s 60 years in just two minutes of film. It’s hard to believe that such a vast history can be captured in just two minutes, but Chevrolet says they hit all of the big events from the past 60 years.

The first Corvette arrive on June 30, 1953. It came with only two seats and did not include roll-up windows or exterior door handles. In 2013, Chevrolet will unveil a special edition Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition as a celebration of the car’s 60th anniversary, sending the veteran out with a bang. In 2014, we will finally see the long rumored Corvette C7 .

Check out the video and see the history of the iconic Corvette unfold in front of your eyes.


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