Chevrolet Offers New Array Of Performance Parts
Chevy continues to grow its dealer parts catalogby Mark McNabb, on
General Motors, and more specifically Chevrolet, perhaps the largest list of dealer-supplied parts and accessories available for its vehicles. The list ranges from floor mats to complete small-block V-8 engines with transmissions and computers attached. Well, the list is growing longer with Chevy’s new crop of performance parts available at your hometown dealership.
“Our street-level performance parts and accessories are designed, engineered and tested to the same standards as production components for uncompromising quality, fit and durability,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
Though this is news we expected to be SEMA related, Chevy actually had journalists drive both stock and modified versions of cars at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. The car lineup included the Camaro, Cruze Hatchback, Colorado, and Silverado. The modified cars were driven back-to-back with the stock examples to demonstrate the differences.
“With Chevrolet performance parts and accessories, you’re buying peace of mind along with great performance and styling,” said Mark Dickens, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “Importantly, the new-vehicle warranty remains intact when the accessories and performance parts are installed by a Chevrolet dealer.”
Dickens does have a very good point. GM parts installed by a GM technician are all kosher with GM’s new-vehicle warranty. That’s a big difference from aftermarket products that can oftentimes void new-vehicle warranties, leaving customers having to cover repairs out of pocket.
We’ve got the full list of parts and accessories below, so keep reading for more.
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The new sixth-generation Camaro is a competent car by itself, but Chevy is offering a few go-fast and handling bits that make it more suited for track use. The Camaro SS with its 6.2-liter V-8 gets a performance air intake and exhaust system for better breathing. The brakes can be upgraded to six-piston front calipers and larger rotors. Suspension wise, the Camaro can be lowered by 0.75 of an inch thanks to upgraded springs and dampers, while larger-diameter stabilizer bars and stiffer suspension links provide a flatter cornering experience.
The new sixth-generation Camaro is a competent car by itself, but Chevy is offering a few go-fast and handling bits that make it more suited for track use.
The V-6 Camaro can be had with a similar setup, including the intake exhaust, brakes, and suspension kit. The brakes are four-piston calipers though, but should be well suited for weekend track days. Likewise, the 2.0-liter turbo-four Camaro can be equipped with the larger brakes (six-piston calipers, in fact) and the suspension package. The engine is modified with a new exhaust system for better breathing.
If you think the Camaro had a long list of parts, just check out the GM’s lineup of truck accessories. It includes side steps, bed liners, tonneau covers, floor mats, bed liners, wheels, and other appearance modifications. Each is available for both the Colorado and Silverado in a variety of styles.
Among the best modifications are those for the Silverado’s engines. Both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 can be had with a performance exhaust systems that actually add horsepower. The 5.3-liter gets a full 10-horsepower gain with the throatier exhaust, while the big 6.2-liter gains an additional seven horsepower. A cold-air intake can be had as well, helping get the most from the cat-back exhaust.
Chevy’s newest Cruze can be had with a slew of GM parts, including four new add-ons that boost performance. A suspension lowering kit drops the car by 0.4 of an inch and includes stiffer springs and a thicker front anti-roll bar for better cornering. A brake upgrade brings larger-diameter front rotors and upgraded calipers for better stopping power.
Chevy’s newest Cruze can be had with a slew of GM parts, including four new add-ons that boost performance.
An air intake and exhaust system help the 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder breath more freely. Chevy says the exhaust system also provides a better sounding note. Not mentioned, however, were any horsepower or torque gains from the upgrades. Nevertheless, the turbo four still makes a respectable 153 horsepower from the factory, allowing it to hit 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Gear heads will skip the six-speed automatic upgrade in favor of the standard six-speed manual transmission.
All these parts and more can be found in Chevy’s Performance Parts Catalog, available at local dealerships.