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You might be tempted to think that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is ready to hit the streets now that its configurator is online, but you’d be wrong. Refining a super-fast vehicle that’s based on a true-blue race car is a long and difficult task, and it seems Chevy is spending a lot of time doing that. With just a few months left until the first Z06s start rolling off the assembly line, GM’s halo sports car is being put through its paces on the Nurburgring track, the place where all high-performance vehicles go to hone their skills.

Thanks to YouTube’s BridgeToGantry, whose daily routine is to keep an eye on the "Green Hell" for any interesting car that may arrive to run a few hot laps, we’re able to watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 doing what it knows best. That’s taking fast turns and running fast straights on one of the world’s most challenging race courses. Naturally, the Z06 is by no means intimidated by the Nurburgring’s difficult configuration and has no trouble in tackling the track’s tight bends at high speed. The footage also provides us with yet another opportunity to hear the Vette’s enticing V-8 engine roar through its four-pipe exhaust.

There’s only one thing wrong with this video. It’s too damn short. Just hit the play button and you’ll understand why we need more than 53 seconds of Z06 footage.

The next-generation Chevrolet Camaro has made yet another public appearance, shortly after being spotted outside Germany’s Nurburgring track. This time around, GM’s upcoming pony ditched the public road and took on the Nordschleife course for a proper, high-speed testing session and some hot laps. Fortunately, our trusty spy photographers were right on the spot to capture some snapshots with the Camaro in action.

As you might have already guessed, we are looking at the same prototype we saw earlier this week. The camouflage remains unchanged, so there are no new details for us to take in, but the Camaro’s presence on the Nurburgring says a lot about the pony’s development. For one, with the engineers now down to tuning the vehicle’s steering and suspension, among others, it’s likely the exterior design is almost production ready. What you see is what you’ll get. Sure, there’s nothing much to see behind that swirly wrap, but a few styling cues, such as the narrow grille and headlamps, a more sculpted waistline, and the new rear spoiler are obvious.

Secondly, Chevy is elbows deep in making the sixth-generation Camaro the most track-capable version of the nameplate, which isn’t surprising considering the advancements Ford has made with the 2015 Mustang. The 2016 Camaro needs to be in outstanding shape if GM wants to deliver a proper competitor for the sixth-gen ’Stang, and the team behind the project is doing just that. Whether it will succeed or not, we’ll find out sometime in 2015.

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You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.

We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.

The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.

Chevrolet is getting bolder in testing its upcoming sixth-generation Camaro in public. The camo-covered car was just spotted outside the Nürburgring sporting five-spoke wheels, quad exhaust pipes, a rear wing, and what looks like heat extractors on its hood. While official details are still scarce, these spy shots afford us the best look so far.

The car as a whole looks smaller than the current Camaro. Its doors and rear deck lid appear to be shorter than before. Its roof looks lower as well — a fact that weekend track warriors might cringe at when thinking about dawning a helmet. Thankfully the pictures seem to depict a lowered driving position, likely alleviating any ergonomics issues. The car also looks more rounded. Check out the more curvy secondary side window and rear end.

There is some debate as to what performance level this Camaro falls into. Its quad exhaust and extra vents might suggest a ZL1, but its skinny tires and smaller brake discs suggest this will be the standard SS. Chevy will likely use a detuned version of the Corvette’s 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8. That engine is known for its breathing abilities, so the larger exhaust makes sense. The hood vents are likely a direct application of techniques learned from Corvette, with heat extraction and downforce being the two key advantages.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Chevy Suburban. For 2015, Chevrolet is rolling out its newest Texas Edition-branded truck meant to pay homage to the state that buys the most Suburbans of all.

The special Texas Edition package is available on LT and LTZ trim levels and comes with a host of upgrades. The upgrades are often popular options in the Lone State, so the Texas Edition helps group them all together. So-equipped Suburbans come with the Max Trailering Package, which includes a 3.42 axle ratio and trailer-brake controller. That’s in addition to the standard two-inch receiver hitch and built-in wiring harness.

Polished 20-inch, aluminum wheels come with the LT package while the LTZ gets massive 22-inch rolling stock. Of course, Texas-sized badging is included to show off the ‘burban’s special package. LT trim levels get an additional nine-month extension of SiriusXM radio subscription as well as navigation while the LTZ trim levels come with those without the Texas Edition package.

Things under the hood are left stock, as the 5.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-8 still pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Active fuel management, variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection help the Chevy small-block achieve 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission keeps the V-8 spinning in its powerband.

Checking the Texas Edition option box does cost a Texas-sized penny. For LT trims, the Texas Edition costs an additional $2,195 and on the top-trim level LTZ models, the price runs $1,095. Of course, that’s on top of the Suburban’s regular price tag.

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Chevrolet has released yet another concept truck, only this time most of it will be available for purchase at a Chevy dealership. This is the Colorado Sport Concept and it showcases all the factory-available options for those with active lifestyles.

Since the Colorado’s cargo bed is on the shorter side, GM engineers devised this cargo management rack called the GearOn Accessory System. It gives the ability to haul larger items like mountain bikes, kayaks, or skis above the bed. In turn, that allows for open storage under the GearOn rack.

Chevrolet also included other items, such as a cargo divider, cargo tie-downs, side assist steps, mud flaps, and fender flares. Helping make the concept truck stand out is a set of black wheels currently being tested and evaluated for future production. Matte-black stripes give extra character to the Colorado’s hood.

The otherwise stock truck is outfitted with nearly all the options Chevy will offer on the Colorado, including MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert.

Best of all, since Chevy is offering these add-on options from the dealer, they are included in the truck’s final price and can be included in financing. The accessories are even included in the truck’s warranty.

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The Chevrolet Tahoe is receiving a new round of special upgrades, thanks to the launch of the Z71 package. Fans of the Tahoe will immediately recognize the "Z71" designation as Chevrolet’s long-used order code for off-road goodies earmarked for its lineup of SUVs and trucks.

The Z71 has actually been around longer than most people expect. It first appeared in 1988 and has since become a staple for the company’s big-boy models in much the same way the Z/28 package has become synonymous with the Chevrolet Camaro.

This year, Chevrolet’s bringing back the Z71 for its all-new Tahoe and Suburban models. It’s actually been a while since we last saw a Tahoe Z71, but with an all-new Tahoe now available, it seemed like the perfect time to dust off the Z71 package to help introduce the new Tahoe to the world.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71.

General Motors has been binging on special edition trucks recently, including both consumer-use trucks headed to dealerships and concepts that show off GM engineering and design teams. Chevrolet’s newest tricked-out truck is the Toughnology Concept. No, that’s not a typo, it’s a hip-n-cool word combo that helps define the purpose of the build.

There is no shortage of news surrounding the upcoming Ford F-150 and its extensive use of aluminum body panels. Well The General seems hungry for some of the action too, as the Toughnology Concept is designed to showcase the latest-generation Silverado’s use of swanky new metals. The concept truck comes coated in paint that mimics the color of raw, high-strength steel.

The Silverado boasts plenty of the high-strength steel in its construction — in everything from the A- and B-pillars, rocker panels, and roof rails to several sections of the interior structure. In total, roughly 67 percent of the Silverado’s cab in stamped from the stuff.

Chevy also prides itself on the Silverado’s bed being constructed from several kinds of purpose-placed steels. For example, the floor is make of roll-formed steel that Chevy says is much stronger than conventional stamped steel. While nearly every exterior panel is included in the high-strength steel count, the hood goes the aluminum route. The engineers say it shaves 17 pounds off its regular stamped-steel counterpart. Since it’s not the same material as the body, the designers painted it black to notate the difference.

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The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray turned out to be huge success. The car’s new design, the long-awaited premium interior, and its powerful engine make it the greatest Corvette ever created. Add the $51,995 sticker to the equation and you have a bargain on your hands. Fortunately for those looking for a more powerful Vette and race-inspired styling, Chevrolet has also developed a new Z06 . It’s gorgeous, supercharged and shares many of its underpinnings with the Z06.R race car. It has supercar-like power that sits at 650 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque, and a starting price that makes it cheaper than a Porsche 911. Need I say more?

There’s one more thing actually. If you have been saving at least $78,995 for Chevy’s halo car it’s about time you start building yourself one, as the manufacturer has just fired up the Z06’s online configurator. Both the coupe and the convertible are available in the company’s online tool, allowing you to play with the sports car’s exterior colors, interior trims and selection of wheels.

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

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It’s no secret the Corvette C7 Stingray is a hot performer. With its 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the C7 launches itself to 60 mph in a very respectable 3.9 seconds. Its handling is spectacular too, thanks in part to the Magnetic Ride Control shocks and other Z51-specific parts. However, improvements can always be made.

That’s where one tuner company based in Germany steps in. GeigerCars has developed a performance upgrade kit that includes new coil-over shocks, a carbon-fiber body kit, and an Eaton supercharger. That last bit helps the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V-8 produce an extra 128 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. Now pushing out 582 horses and 558 pound-feet, the Vette’s trap time should be noticeably quicker. In fact, GeigerCars claims the Vette’s new top speed is 198 mph. That’s a big improvement over the stock Stingray’s 178-mph top speed.

While General Motor’s Magnetic Ride Control allows for firmness adjustments, it doesn’t lower the car. That’s where the KW Variant 3 coil-over socks that adjust vertically between 10 and 35 mm (0.39 to 1.38 inches) up front and 15 and 45 mm (0.59 to 1.77 inches) out back come into play. Bespoke forged wheels sized 255/30R19 and 305/25R20 wheels on the front and rear, respectively, are lighter than the stock units and provide a unique look.

GeigerCars offers its kit for the coupe and convertible Corvette. There’s no final word on pricing, but with the extra 128 horsepower and higher top speed for those German Autobahns, whatever the tuner decides to charge will likely be worth it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray by GeigerCars.


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