2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro
Horsepower @ RPM:275
Torque @ RPM:295 @ 3000
0-60 time:6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:155 mph (Est.)
The lightest, sportiest, and most powerful Camaro ever developed
The Chevy Camaro was produced continuously between 1967 and 2002. When the fourth, and ugliest, generation of the car was discontinued. Eight years later and we were blessed with the fifth generation model that ran until 2015. For 2016, Chevy debuted the sixth generation, which was also the best-looking model in more than 20 years. The new-gen model didn’t exactly boast a revolutionary design, but the front end was more muscular and aggressive, while the sides and rear managed to fit in just right. Inside, the new Camaro was offered with an 8-inch HD instrument cluster, along with the 8-inch infotainment screen in the center stack. To be quite honest, the new generation could have been boasted as an intricate facelift as opposed to a generational change, but Chevy had to keep up with Ford and its Mustang. The big news came under the hood, where a four-cylinder could be found for the first time since the third-gen model, and a 6.2-liter V-8 offered up 455 horsepower for the SS models.
All told, the new Camaro is lighter than its predecessor and offers more power than ever. The whole four-cylinder in a muscle car thing doesn’t really sit well for us Americans, but overseas, it is a big hit – plus the Mustang has one too, so you know, got to keep up with the Joneses. The new Camaro was introduced with a price tag that ranged from $27,300 for the entry-level, four-cylinder model and $42,900 for the range-topping 2SS V-8. Like the model before it, the new Camaro is offered up with a number of performance parts to give it that extra edge.
So, now that we’ve covered the basics of the new Camaro, it’s time for you to learn about all the details in our review below. You might want to grab a drink and a snack, though, because there is a lot to talk about.
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Video of the Day: Watch This Cadillac Escalade Outrun a Camaro ZL1 1LE
Hennessey Performance is known for building over-the-top power upgrades for already quick performance vehicles. The company’s latest project is no different – an 800-horsepower Cadillac Escalade with its HPE800 package
Oh, and it’ll outrun a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE on an unprepped drag strip.
The video shows the run from multiple angles as the 5,700-pound, three-row SUV hooks up off the starting line and outguns the Camaro. The Caddy’s advantage is its hand-built, stroked 6.8-liter V-8 stacked with a supercharger. Matching its 805 horsepower at 5,500 rpm is an equally impressive 812 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Traction isn’t an issue thanks to its full-time 4WD system that provides a spin-free launch.
Here, in this one run, the Escalade pulls several car lengths on the Camaro. Now, it’s clear the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 1LE didn’t get a clean start off the line. The driver compensated for wheel spin at the line with less throttle, thereby not letting the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 give its full muscle. The Caddy just walked on by.
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Video of the Day: Hennessey’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 Exorcist Tops Out at 217 MPH
It’s been almost a year since Hennessey Performance debuted its Exorcist package for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Originally billed as the ultimate competitor to the then-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Exorcist was designed to out-power the 840-horse monster of a Mopar.
While the pair hasn’t officially met on the drag strip yet, Hennessey has just proved the Exorcist’s top speed on the mile-long straight at Continental Tire’s Uvalde Proving Grounds. Turns out, the extra 350 horsepower delivers more top-end speed. Who knew?
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The 2019 Chevy Camaro Won’t get a Seven-Speed Manual; Will Be Offered with 10-Speed Auto
Chevrolet is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for its sixth-generation Camaro for 2019, but there appears to be confusion regarding its transmission options. In January 2018, a California Air Resource Board document was discovered by Auto Guide showing the presence of M6, M7, and SA8 transmission codes available for the upcoming Camaro. That indicated both a six-speed and seven-speed manual transmission as being offered, along with the familiar eight-speed automatic.
However, Chevrolet apparently rescinded the document in recent days and filed new paperwork that dropped the M7 code and added the SA10 designation.
That means Chevy is apparently foregoing the seven-speed manual for its new 10-speed automatic already used in the Camaro ZL1. That means a few things: One, this concerns only the Camaro SS, V-6, and turbo-four; two, that the six-speed manual will remain as the only manual gearbox option; and three, that Chevy is dropping the idea of the seven-speed manual for Camaro use.
Of course, we already had our doubts about the seven-speed working with the Camaro. See, Chevy’s seven-speed manual is exclusively used in the C7 Corvette Stingray – a vehicle that uses a torque tube and a rear-mounted transaxle. That means the Corvette’s transmission doesn’t bolt to the engine, but rather sits nearly between the rear tires and connects to the rear differential. Corvette does this for improved weight distribution. The Camaro, on the other hand, uses a more traditional driveline configuration with the gearbox mounted to the engine block. Reconfiguring the M7 for Camaro duty would involve extra engineering hours.
The 10-speed automatic, however, is already used on the Camaro and would easily work with the Camaro SS’ naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, along with the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four, as well.
So, while there was a glimmer of possibility for the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission in the 2019 Camaro, that hope is now gone. Its replacement, though, is far better. The 10-speed auto is a far smoother transmission than the eight-speed currently used in the Camaro. Combine that with the current six-speed manual that comes standard, and the 2019 Camaro will have two solid transmission choices that everyone should be happy with.
Chevy Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; Thinks Camaro Can Make Sub-7:00 Nurburgring Lap Time
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS remains the only rear-wheel drive car to post a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nurburgring. It could soon have company, though, if the Chevrolet Camaro has something to do about it. Chevrolet is setting lofty goals for future variations of its resident car, including becoming only the second rear-wheel-drive car to break the seven-minute barrier around the Nordschleife.
Get Your Tracks Ready: Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Goes on Sale Feb 1st
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition first came into our lives in October 2017 when the special edition muscle car made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Fast forward three months and we’re sitting here today, reporting that Chevrolet has announced details on how you can get the Hot Wheels package on your Camaro. Only 2,500 units of the package will be available, each coming at a price of $4,995. Prepare those credit cards because orders open on February 1 at Chevrolet dealerships all over the country.
Video of the Day: Watch Hennessey Turn a Stock 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist!
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcist came into our lives in April 2017. It packed ungodly amounts of power under its hood, allowing it to hit speeds that the devil himself would be proud of. The sinful beast comes to us by way of Hennessey. To give us an idea of how it came to life, the American tuner has released a time-lapse video chronicling the creation of the Exorcist from its not-so-humble Camaro ZL1 roots.
To be clear, the Camaro ZL1 is potent in it of itself. It comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a tick over three seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph. Impressive, right?
Apparently, Hennessey shrugged its shoulders at the Camaro ZL1’s capabilities. Knowing it had something better to offer, the tuner decided to swap in a bigger supercharger compared to the stock unit. On top of that, Hennessey also installed a new camshaft, added long-tube headers, freed up the flow of air through the engine, and recalibrate the engine with some fancy computer work. The result is a car that saw its output increase to a demented 1,000 horsepower.
Turning a Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist obviously takes time. That doesn’t appear to be the case in the time-lapse video, but judging by how many people came in and out of the shot and how many times the car was lifted, brought back to the ground, lifted again, and brought back down again, it’s safe to assume that the engineers over at Hennessey had their work cut out for them.
It all ends well, though, because the Camaro ZL1 Exorcist is madness personified.
Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.
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GM Parts Center Compares The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE To Santa’s Sleigh
The weather is getting frosty, and Christmas is nearly upon us. But while the kiddos are eagerly awaiting the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof, folks like you and me tend to prefer the sound of internal combustion on the pavement. Thing is, no one has really done an in-depth comparison to find out which is best – Santa’s sleigh, or a fire-breathing sports car. Luckily, GM Parts Center is stepping up to answer this oft-asked question in the following comparison chart.
Take a gander, and you’ll find the usual specs lined-up side-by-side for quick assessment, including motive power, peak output, 0-to-60 mph times, top speed, and cargo space, among others. However, GM Parts Center doesn’t declare an outright winner, so we’ll leave that up to you after weighing the pros and cons of both vehicles.
Of course, we couldn’t help but chime in with our own observations as well, pointing out the most important differences we could find. For example, one is good for milk and cookies, the other is good for donuts. One requires a big white beard, the other requires a big mullet. One is preceded by the sound of jingle bells, the other by the sound of jingling shotgun shells. One is great for stuffing stockings, the other is great for stuffing your sister. Just kidding, Bow Tie fan boys!
Australia Getting the Chevy Camaro SS, Colorado, and Silverado HD Through HSV
Living in Australia and feeling depressed over Holden being shut down? Can’t get your V-8 fix now that Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is no longer building cool, beefed-up versions of the Commodore? Well, here’s some good news for ya: HSV just announced that it will convert the Camaro SS to right-hand drive for the Australian market starting 2018. The announcement is part of a new agreement struck between HSV and Holden, which will work together to bring new GM vehicles Down Under. The brands also unveiled a joint logo that now contains the lion and helmet used by Holden and HSV in the past.
The Camaro will be brought to Australia in SS trim, powered by the naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8. No four-cylinder or V-6 options, but also no ZL1. It will also be the higher-level 2SS version with various performance and convenience upgrades. No info on pricing yet, but expect it to be more expensive than the competing Ford Mustang GT after the right-hand-drive conversion. Production will begin in July 2018.
Alongside the Camaro SS, HSV will also modify the the Colorado and heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD for right-hand-drive use. The Colorado will also wear a "SportsCat" badge and will continue to use a Holden logo as it did until now. The Silverado 2500HD, on the other hand, will sold as a Chevrolet, just like the Camaro SS. The Colorado will be available in two versions, but none will get more power. However, a hotter version of the truck is likely to be followed as a direct rival for the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor. The Colorado SportsCat will go into production in late January as HSV first Chevrolet conversion. Silverado conversions will commence in April 2018.
Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups
Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.
Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Trans Am TA4-Spec Race Car
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro arrived in 2015 with a redesigned exterior, new tech, and new engines and, in just a couple of years, it spawned many new versions. While the Z/28 has yet to make a comeback, Chevy introduced a new ZL1, and it revised the 1LE package for every variant available. In 2017, Chevy took things up a notch and combined the stock SS with upgrades found in the ZL1 1LE to create a very potent race car for the TA4 class of the Trans Am series. And, it brought it to the 2017 SEMA Show.
Although the SEMA Show is usually about modified road cars, the Camaro SS Trans Am TA4 feels at home in Las Vegas. That’s because unlike most race cars, it’s heavily based on the production Camaro SS coupe. This isn’t surprising, as the Trans Am series has been fielding production-based race cars since day one. And, there’s a very logical explanation as to why this track-only car was brought to SEMA.
Developed for Todd Napieralski, this race car was built in 2016 in cooperation with Chevrolet Performance and Total Performance Racing. Back then, the ZL1 1LE components were mostly concept parts, but since then they have been incorporated in the production Camaro ZL1 1LE and many are now available for purchase from Chevrolet Performance. That means that any race car enthusiast with a sixth-generation Camaro SS can use them to build a more competitive race car or even a TA4-spec Trans Am coupe. Pretty cool, huh?
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Hagerty Has These 2017-2018MY Cars On Track To Be Future Collectibles
2017 has been quite the year for the automotive industry. We’ve seen hypercars make their debuts. We’ve seen incredible advancements and electrification and autonomous driving technology. Heck, we’ve even seen deceased brands come back to life - shout out to TVR! - with a vengeance. One of the best parts of all these releases is that at some point, some of them will inevitably skip the depreciation curve and become collectible cars. The trick is figuring out which ones will be able to navigate down that road, and if you’re trying to do that, there’s no better source of authority in matters pertaining to the collector car market than Hagerty.
It’s safe to say that when the insurance company talks, all of our ears perk up. If it says that one of today’s models is on the inside track to be a future classic, there’s a good chance that it could turn into one. Ok, so enough small talk. Hagerty’s has already released its picks of 2017-2018 models that are trending on the right path. It’s not a guarantee that these cars will earn collectible status in the future, but having Hagerty’s stamp of approval goes a long way in shaping the opinions of car collectors all over the world.
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2018 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Chevrolet has launched its 2018 COPO Camaro with an all-new, 302 cubic-inch V-8 and “Supercrush” orange paint with black racing stripes just like the 2018 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, which debuted alongside it. Both cars will make their first public appearance next week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. And, while anyone can order the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, the COPO Camaro is a race-bred monster built exclusively for the dragstrip and limited to 69 examples per year. Hopeful buyers have to win Chevy’s lottery for the chance at COPO keys.
The COPO Camaro has a rich history that dates back to 1969 when Illinois Chevy dealer Fred Gibb ordered 50 Camaros with the all-aluminum ZL-1 V-8 from Chevy’s central office production order system, hints the COPO name. Basically, these were special-order cars that proved insanely quick. Soon, 19 other COPO Camaros in similar configurations were ordered by other eagle-eyed dealerships. Yenko Chevrolet also got in on the action, ordering 201 COPO Camaros with a 427 cubic-inch iron-block V-8 in 1969. Sadly, the original COPO Camaros were a one-year-only phenomenon – that is, until Chevy decided to build its own COPO Camaro with its all-new, fifth-generation Camaro for 2012. Since then, the COPO tradition has lived on into the Camaro’s sixth generation and into 2018. To see what changes Chevy has made for this year, keep reading.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition
Stop the presses if you’ve seen this one before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have been business partners for quite some time, and the fruits of that partnership have given us a handful of Camaro Hot Wheels special editions over the past years. We’re getting a new version of the same special edition at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, though this time, we’re also getting something extra on the side courtesy of the Hot Wheels’ 50th Anniversary Edition.
Special is as special gets, and we’re getting two doses of it with the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition. The first of these two SEs come in 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible trims of the muscle car. The aesthetic elements of the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition is a cool callback to the 1968 Camaro that was one of the first cars to be immortalized in Hot Wheels format. In fact, the ’68 Camaro holds the distinction of being the first car to get a Hot Wheels casting. 50 years later, that milestone is being celebrated in typical bombastic Hot Wheels fashion with the inclusion of the Hot Wheels package on the purpose-built 2018 COPO Camaro drag race car. These two special edition Camaros are expected to headline the Camaro contingent at SEMA, and there’s no reason to think that any other custom-built version of the pony car will compare to the appeal of these two commemorative crown pieces.
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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000
Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.
But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.
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You Won’t Believe The Price For Chevy’s Race-Ready Camaro GT4.R
You might think the 2017 Camaro ZL1 1LE is the baddest Camaro offered by Chevy, but you’d be wrong. In fact, the Bowtie has a race-ready version of its pony car designed to comply with GT4 regulations. Not surprisingly, Chevy calls it the Camaro GT4.R. And like other automakers that make factory-built race cars available to the public, so will Chevy allow anyone to purchase this competition-proven track monster. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap.
The Camaro GT4.R will cost $259,000.
But let’s back up. The Camaro GT4.R is based on the ZL1 1LE and built by the specialists at Pratt & Miller in cooperation with General Motors. Naturally, the GT4.R has to comply with the GT4 race regulations, which mandate it have an internal safety cage, specific metrics on the aero bits, and fit within the requirements of engine output, among other things. Sadly, the ZL1’s mighty LT4 V-8 and its 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque are beyond the specs for the racing series. As such, Pratt & Miller swap in a naturally aspirated LT1 V-8 modified with only a new camshaft, stronger main bearings, and a dry-sump oil system. The result is 480 horsepower that will run laps all day long.
Behind the all-aluminum V-8 is a custom Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Out back, a limited-slip differential keeps power moving to both wheels.
Surprisingly, the rest of the car is very similar to the ZL1 1LE, though everything is formed to meet GT4 spec. This includes the front dive planes and the rear wing. The doors and front fascia are now carbon fiber and the front fenders are wider, though the GT4.R uses the factory, 305-series tire size. Around back, the GT4.R actually gets narrower tires than stock, moving from 325- to 305-series tires. Of course, the tires themselves aren’t the road-going type but comply with GT4 regulations.
The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R might be expensive, but it already has two victories under its belt. It took the checkered flag at the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire Race and the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS. So, do you own a race team and need a new whip? The folks at Pratt & Miller want to hook you up. Just have your checkbook ready.
This Tuner Built a 1,000-HP Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE!
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is not your average pony car. It rolls off the showroom floor with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 making 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque sent through massive 325/30-series rear tires specially built from Goodyear, and has carbon fiber aerodynamic body panels that provide 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. What’s more, Chevy is only building 750 examples a year. Still, that’s not enough for some folks. Enter: Redline Motorsports. This south Florida-based tuner just tweaked the ZL1 1LE to make 1,000 horsepower.
Redline Motorsports has been working with GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 since it debuted in the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06, so getting big numbers from this block is old-hat. Dubbed Redline’s Phase 4 package, the tuner completely removed the LT4 from the Camaro for disassembly. A 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger replaces the stock 1.7-liter roots-style blower, while large-diameter long tube headers and a full three-inch exhaust system dump air out the back. A custom camshaft bumps an all-new valvetrain system with dual valve springs and roller rockers matched with titanium retainers, locks, and keepers. Even the exhaust valves are new, getting swapped with “extreme duty” components from Manley. New head bolts and upgraded gaskets keep the all-aluminum V-8 from exploding like a two-liter of Diet Coke filled with Mentos. Redline finishes off the build with a methanol injection system.
The results speak for themselves: a dyno run shows 875.7 horsepower and 888.3 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. Do the math on the parasitic drivetrain loses, and that equates to 1,000 horsepower at the flywheel.
Howard Tanner, CEO and head engine calibrator at Redline tells TopSpeed he and his team will be finalizing this Camaro ZL1 1LE at the drag strip. “We’re expecting the car to run in the high 9s at 142 mph. Of course, the ZL1 1LE is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, so nailing the launch will be critical.” Tanner also has a second ZL1 1LE in the works, with its owner set on standing-mile glory.
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Police Chase: Idiot Learns Running From the Cops Requires Gas
Running from the cops isn’t a smart move, regardless of the circumstances, but as a Florida man found out, it’s best done with a full tank of gasoline. According to the Seminole County Sherriff’s Office, the suspect “bolted” from a state probation office, which prompted a high-speed pursuit through residential streets and over a busy section of I-4 in Lake Mary. The suspect is seen driving a 2014 – 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible V-6 painted in bright yellow with black racing stripes. While the 323-horsepower Chevy isn’t a terrible choice for a get-away car, its near-florescent color made it easy for the Sherriff’s helicopter to track. Dumber still, the suspect apparently ran low on fuel, so he casually pulled into a gas station for a fill-up. Little did he know, the boys in blue were closing in.
As the aerial video shows, police conveniently barricaded the Camaro at the gas pump, preventing his vehicular escape. The suspect was able to run for a short distance, but was quickly tackled and taken into custody.
There is no telling how this high-speed pursuit would have ended had the Camaro’s fuel tank not been dry. Likely results include spike strips, the PIT maneuver, or the suspect losing control and crashing. Thankfully, no one appears to have been injured in the incident. And though the suspect was likely on probation, it’s safe to say a judge won’t allow this Florida man to see freedom for quite some time due to his foolish fleeing.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Apparently Can’t Be Sold In Europe
Part of what makes the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1 LE such a potent piece of machinery is that it’s bleeding in aerodynamic equipment. Compare to the “standard’ ZL1, the 1LE version looks and performs like it’s from a completely different planet altogether. And yet, it is this very feature of the Camaro ZL1 1LE that has made it impossible to own in Europe. That’s because according to Motor Trend, Chevrolet can’t sell the ZL1 1LE in that region because the dive planes in the car violate Europe’s pedestrian safety laws.
It may sound trivial to ban a car because of one piece of aerodynamic component, but the way those dive plans, or canards, stretch out does make you wonder if they can clip a pedestrian who’s standing a little to close to the car when it drives by. Then again, Chevrolet itself can’t just take out those dive planes just so it can sell the car in Europe. They play an important role in enhancing the Camaro ZL1 1 LE’s aerodynamic capabilities, not the least of which is its ability to work with the splitter and the carbon fiber wing to create as much as 300 pounds of downforce at speeds of 155 mph. Without the dive plans, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is effectively comprised of the very features that make it the most track-capable Camaro ever created. Tough luck then to our European friends, although it does feel like a little bit of fair play considering that we were shut out of getting cars like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R for so long.
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Restore Your Hot Wheels Using This Simple DIY Video
Restoring cars is hard enough work. Depending on its state, a car restoration can take months, sometimes even years to complete. I’m not here to talk about road-going cars, though. I’m talking about car restorations of a different thing entirely, the kind that Redline Restorations, a company that’s known for restoring actual classic vehicles, did for a 1968 custom Chevrolet Camaro. Except that this isn’t a full-size Camaro; it’s a Hot Wheels version.
Before you start snickering at the sight of restoring a toy car, indulge yourselves in the idea because it’s actually pretty awesome. You might even think that there are a lot of similarities between restoring a real car and a pint-sized, die-cast version after watching how Redline Restorations does it. As you can see, the ’68 Camaro has definitely seen better days to the point that “beat-up” feels like an understatement when describing its condition. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for the restoration company.
It starts off by disassembling the car’s body in order to separate it from its chassis. From there, the body is stripped of its original paint, similar to how it’s done on real cars. Things take an interesting turn after that process as both the body and chassis of the Hot Wheels car are dipped into a beaker with 75 percent phosphoric acid in it. This specific process is done in order to remove the rust collected in the car. Once that job is finished, the body is repainted and reconnected to the chassis.
It’s a relatively straightforward process, but seeing the whole thing play out is still pretty impressive. From a car that looked like it had just come off a late-night bender at a junk yard, this Hot Wheels version of the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro now looks like it’s just been taken out of the box. Check out the video and see how the whole process unfolds from start to finish. Who knows, you might be inspired by it and start doing it yourself on your Hot Wheels. Just make sure to handle that phosphoric acid very carefully.
Goodbye Chevy SS, Hello Camaro ZL1 – Chevy’s New NASCAR Cup Race Car Announced!
Chevrolet has announced the Camaro ZL1 as its top-tier race car for the 2018 NASCAR season. The news comes as no surprise following the discontinuation of the Chevy SS sedan in May of 2017, the basis for Chevy’s previous stock car. This marks the first time Chevy’s pony car will battle with the big boys (and Danica Patrick) in NASCAR’s tile event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
As with any modern NASCAR racer, the cars are only look-alikes to their production counterparts. They car merely sheet metal shells bolted to a tube-chassis and powered by custom-built racing V-8s. Not a single bolt or switch comes from the production car’s assembly line. The Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy car is no different, though Chevy’s design team has done a great job preserving the Camaro ZL1’s massive lower grille, brake ducts, menacing headlights and curvy rear haunches. The announcement was made at GM’s Detroit headquarters with driver Jimmie Johnson and executive VP of GM Global Product Development Mark Reuss on hand. Reuss said in a statement, “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.” The 2018 NASCAR season will begin in February at the Daytona Speedweeks.
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Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines
Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.
These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Convertibles That Won’t Break The Bank
Well, it’s officially summertime, and that means it’s the right season to get out and enjoy the warm weather. And, if you have the means, that should also include breaking free from the confines of a fixed hardtop roof and enjoying unlimited blue-sky headroom. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel of a convertible isn’t always the cheapest proposition around, but fear not, because we’ve assembled five of our top picks for going topless without breaking the bank.
Of course, there are plenty of other options out there at this price range, but we decided to cut out the flab and only keep those droptops that you’ll actually want to drive. That means each offers something interesting under the hood, all while maintaining that fun in the sun factor. Of course, no roof means you’ll get a little extra slop in the corners, given the lack of chassis rigidity, but that’s okay – you’ll be enjoying your time in the elements all the same. Let us know which you’d have in the comments!
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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring
The newly introduced Camaro ZL1 1LE has just become the quickest Chevy Camaro to lap the Nurburgring track. The supercharged coupe equipped with the revised 1LE package lapped the German track in seven minutes and 16.04 seconds, which makes it 13.56 ticks quicker than the Camaro ZL1 that the company tested in 2016. The record was achieved using a suspension setup adjusted for optimal track performance and running on the production Goodyear tires, so there’s no trickery involved. At least none that stands out.
As a brief reminder, the 1LE package adds a range of performance-enhancing features, including Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) front and rear dampers, special front dive planes, carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. The 1LE is rated at the same 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the standard Camaro ZL1. The 1LE package adds $7,500 to the ZL1’s sticker, increasing the final price to $69,995 before options.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is by far the most impressive Camaro with forced-induction built to date. Powered by the the same LT4 engine introduced with the Corvette Z06, the latest ZL1 packs 650 horsepower, looks incredibly menacing, and costs a little more than $60,000, an amazing sticker given the performance. But, as incredible as it may sound, Chevrolet just managed to the make ZL1 even better by giving it the 1LE upgrade.
Previously available on the SS model, the 1LE package was just made available for the V-6 version too for the sixth-generation Camaro. Now, Chevy devised a similar package for the ZL1 and claims that the supercharged 1LE is the most track-capable Camaro ever, meaning it should outgun the bonkers (and now discontinued) Z/28 too. These claims are backed by racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and a range of weight-saving measure. How powerful and fast is it? How much it cost? How does it compare to the Shelby GT350 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Read my review below to get all the answers.
Updated 05/17/2017: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE which will be put on sale later this summer. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 The Exorcist by Hennessey
When a tuning company like Hennessey that’s at the top of its game, there aren’t a lot of places to go to when wanting to make an even bigger impression on the industry. But the American tuner seems to have done just that with its latest humdinger of a project. Is it a coincidence that this new turnkey masterpiece to come out of the tuner’s garage is called “The Exorcist?” I don’t think so since the Exorcist is all the things its name says it is. It’s all sorts of heavenly horsepower goodness, or as Hennessey claims, 1,000-horsepower’s worth.
This is the latest madness that Hennessey has come up with. It’s based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, a potent iteration of the Camaro line that already packs 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque on its own. None of those numbers matter though when you line it up against the Challenger SRT Demon and its 840-horsepower and 770-pound-feet of torque abilities. But that’s where Hennessey comes in, bringing all sorts of aftermarket equipment to give the Challenger SRT Demon something to really get nervous about. Ultimately, this is what the people who gave us the Venom GT came up with, and if you think The Exorcist is all bark and no bite, well, prepare to be proven wrong.
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Exclusive Interview: We talk Camaro ZL1 1LE with Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser!
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE has made plenty of headlines over the last year thanks to spy shots, a wreck on the Nürburgring during development, and a persisting rumor it was the upcoming Z/28. Big aerodynamic surfaces helped fuel that rumor, but alas, Chevy’s top dog Camaro is supercharged – something Al Oppenheiser says isn’t in the Z/28’s bloodline.
Oppenheiser gave us an exclusive interview at the 15th annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida. It was there the rights for the first production 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE were auctioned. Not surprisingly, Hendricks Motorsports placed the final bid of $250,000, all of which went to the United Way. When that first ZL1 1LE will be produced is still under wraps, but Oppenheiser says it will begin production with the standard 2018 model Camaros sometime within the next quarter.
What’s more, Hendricks will witness the ZL1 1LE come to life at Chevy’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan. Hendricks will also be the first to start the car, which will have the VIN of 001, and drive it off the assembly line.
And though much about the ZL1 1LE is under wraps, not everything was hush-hush in our conversation with Oppenheiser. In fact, a few nuggets of unreleased info slipped out, giving us an unprecedented glimpse at the upcoming Camaro track star.
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‘Merica Vs. The World – The Camaro SS Takes On Four Sporty Two-Doors
In case you were unaware, the 2017 sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro just took out its eternal rival, the Ford Mustang, in a comparison review examining everything from the aero and interior equipment, to speed and handling. And that’s all well and good, but before all you Chevy fans out there go in search of a cooler full of celebratory beverages, it’s time for the Camaro to face its next challenge – the rest of the world. Because although it managed to one-up the Mustang, the Bow Tie’s most popular muscle car is still facing more than a little competition from overseas. To see if it can stay at the top, we’re pitting it against four sporty coupes, two from Europe, and two from Japan. It’s ‘Merica vs. the world – will the ‘Maro once again take home the win?
Here’s the lineup looking to take the Chevy down: from Germany, we have the Audi TT Coupe and the BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, while in the other corner representing the Land of the Rising Sun is the Lexus RC Turbo Coupe and Nissan 370Z Nismo. Each of these vehicles comes with two doors, a sporty attitude, and a price tag that starts at around $40,000.
But right away, there’s a problem – clearly, if this were little more than a test of quarter mile times, the Camaro SS would be the hands-down winner. But Chevy contends its sixth-gen Camaro is much more than just a muscle car, bringing a host of features designed to make it useful in situations that don’t include staging lights.
So then – does it? Read on to find out
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Look Out Demons, The Exorcist is Coming!
Talk about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is dominating the interwebz these days thanks to Dodge’s long roll-out and weekly teasers. The ultra-high performance drag car is set to break records for a production car thanks to incredible engineering and pacifist corporate bean-counters. But the Demon may have met its match. The Texas performance house, Hennessey, just debuted a highly tuned 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 1,000 horsepower, drag slicks, and the most appropriate name ever crafted for a car. Meet The Exorcist!
That’s right, The Exorcist. Hennessey CEO and president John Hennessey says it will “leave the competition’s head spinning.” Clearly referencing pop culture, John is keenly aware what his Camaro is going up against. The Dodge Demon is rumored to have between 750 and 800 horsepower matched with 315-series, DOT-approved drag radial tires, an intercooler chilled by A/C refrigerant, Drag Mode, and several other never-before-seen performance parts on a production car.
Of course, the Hennessey Exorcist can’t claim its stock straight from General Motors. Quite the opposite, in fact, thanks to Hennessey’s installation of a larger supercharger and intercooler system, a more serious camshaft, long-tube headers, a high-flow air induction system, and a custom engine management calibration for the ECU.
Hennessey is claiming 1,000 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 966 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 from the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Testing by Hennessey shows the car hitting 60 mph in “under three seconds,” while the quarter-mile happens in “less than 10 seconds.” Official times have not been announced.
And while The Exorcist is not a factory option, Camaro customers can order the Hennessey upgrade through their local Chevy dealership. The parts and service come with a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. Customers can choose either the six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic version.
As for pricing, you’ll have to keep reading. Hennessey is offering several options, and we explain it all below.
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Muscle Car Melee – Mustang vs. Camaro
The car world is chockfull of heated rivalries, but few burn as brightly as the age-old battle between two of America’s most beloved muscle cars – the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. What started in the mid ‘60s as a high-octane street fight with frequent skirmishes at the drag strip has evolved into one of the most contentious clashes in automotive history, and there’s no sign it’s gonna slow down any time soon.
These days, the fight between the Mustang and Camaro brings the same rear-tire-smoking dance and V-8 soundtrack as it has in the past, but the battle today brings with it a whole lot more than that. The straight-line bragging rights of a quick 0-to-60 mph sprint and quarter-mile ET are as important as ever, but thanks to cutting-edge construction techniques and materials to delete excess weight, as well as advanced suspension systems and tuning, these two monsters are now elevated to the realm of genuine sports cars, packing the goods needed to compete against some of the best performance machines in the world.
And that’s all well and good, but it doesn’t answer the fundamental question – which is better? We took a crack at answering that question in the following comparison review.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept
You have to give a measure of respect to General Motors for not entirely throwing the white flag on the European market despite withdrawing Chevrolet from the continent a few years ago and selling off both Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group earlier this month. Its presence has diminished substantially, but it’s not completely out of the market yet. The Camaro remains a fixture in some countries across the Atlantic. It seems fitting then that Chevrolet’s stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was dominated by one car: the Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept.
For the record, the Camaro Track Concept isn’t some new prototype that will usher in a new era of muscle car goodness in the Old Continent. If only that were the case, right? Instead, the concept is, for all intents and purposes, a repackaged version of the Camaro SS 1LE that people from this side of the Atlantic first laid eyes on at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show last August. It may not be as exciting for us here in the U.S. since we’ve already seen it, but in the land where the Camaro itself has become one of the last remnants General Motors’ presence, it’s a pretty darn big deal.
So, what can our European friends expect from the Camaro Track Concept? The simplest answer is the Camaro SS, the Camaro variant from which it’s based on. That’s not all though because the Track Concept also comes with an enhanced aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels and tires, and a handful of cosmetic upgrades that elevate the track-focused muscle car’s appearance. Most importantly, it has engine and transmission upgrades, which should bode well for customers who are looking to really tap into the car’s full performance potential.
It’s still unclear as to when the Camaro Track Concept will transition from being a concept to a full-blown production model, but there is some momentum towards that happening, especially after Chevy itself announced that a selection of its Chevrolet Performance parts will be made available to European customers in the near future.
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Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept Brings 1LE Package to Europe
Having sold Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA group, General Motors has pretty much left the European market. However, Chevy is still active on the Old Continent by offering the performance-oriented Camaro and Corvette models. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet previews a track-focused version of the Camaro.
Essentially a Euro-spec version of the1LE, the Camaro Track concept sports many of the features seen on the U.S. Camaro SS fitted with the aforementioned package. Granted, it’s by no means as extreme as the new ZL1 1LE, but it comes with an enhance aerodynamic kit with upgraded front and rear bumpers that reduces lift at high speed. It also has a three-piece rear spoiler and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in custom Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires that will stick to the Nurburgring track like crazy. The bespoke appearance is further enhanced by the smoked taillights, black emblems, and the flashy satin green paint with unique, gloss-black stripes on the engine hood and roof.
More goodies are available inside, starting with the Recaro bucket seats and the flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in suede. Chevy also added suede knee pads and center console arm rest, premium floor mats, and aluminum pedals.
Drivetrain-wise, the Track concept is based on the Camaro SS, getting its juice from a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 453 horsepower and 617 Nm (455 pound-feet) of torque. It also mates to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the muscle car received quite a few additional goodies, including engine, transmission and differential coolers, an electronic limited-slip differential, upgraded FE4 suspension lowered by 30 mm (1.2 inches) for improved cornering capability, and Brembo six-piston brakes.
There’s no specific word as to when the Track concept will become a production model, but Chevy said that a selection of the official Chevrolet Performance parts offered in the U.S. will become available in Europe in the "near future." I guess it’s safe to assume we should see the actual car in dealerships by the end of 2017.
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Is This Mysterious Chevrolet Camaro the Next Z/28?
It’s been just a week since Chevrolet launched the incredibly fast and aerodynamic ZL1 1LE, described as the "ultimate track-day Camaro," and it seems that GM is already testing a new performance version of the muscle car. Our paparazzi just stumbled across a heavily camouflaged prototype and there’s a big chance we’re looking at the next-generation Camaro Z/28.
Chevy is really mysterious about this test car and was very quick to cover the vehicle according to our spy photographers, who only had a few seconds to shoot it. The photos reveal what appears to be a current-generation Camaro with rather awkward camouflage attached to its front fascia. The nose is significantly different than a standard Camaro, but it’s difficult to tell whether the swirly wrap hides a redesigned shell or some extra bits of camo added to hide actual modifications of the grille and engine hood. And while the bumper seems pretty aggressive, the rear end and the sides are very similar to a standard Camaro SS.
So why do I think this is the new Z/28?
Well, it’s pretty simple. With both the ZL1 and ZL1 1LE already launched, there’s isn’t much Chevy could be working on right now. Granted, GM is probably already pondering changes for the mid-cycle facelift, but it’s way too early to have this car on public roads given that it won’t break cover until 2019. This pretty much leaves the Z/28 as the only logical option.
Now you’re probably going to say that it’s not as aggressive as a Z/28 should be, missing a rear wing and beefed-up arches and side skirt, and you’d be right to point that out. But, it’s important to note that this is probably an early prototype that has yet to receive its aero kit. We should see some of it in a few months. For now, all we know is the Z/28 is rumored to arrive sometime in 2018 with a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine good for at least 700 horsepower.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Daytona 500 Pace Car
The 2017 Daytona 500 has now come and gone, but the essence of the Chevy Camaro ZL1 pace car is still resonating after being driven by none other than Jeff Gordon, who has won the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999, and 2005. There were a total of three pace cars on site, for the Daytona 500, all of which shared the same graphics. Based on the latest Camaro ZL1 design, each model was practically bone stock, save for the special graphics and Whelen LED safety lighting system. But, the ZL1 is a pretty special car in the Camaro lineup, so that’s okay – I mean, who can argue with a 6.2-liter, LT4, V-8 that’s paired with a new 10-speed automatic and magnetic ride control? Surely, the pace car was an absolute blast to drive around the track even if Gordon didn’t get all up in the action.
Can you imagine how hard it must have been not to just jump on it and take over Daytona? The new ZL1 is the most powerful, factory-built Camaro to date and it’s certainly ready to play with the big boys. But, there’s also something to be said for a man that has that kind of self-control, as I’m sure none of us here at TopSpeed could have restrained all that much. Anyway, let’s take a better look at the pace car and talk a little more about it.
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The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Is Here To Rip Your Face Off
Chevy just revealed the new Camaro ZL1 1LE, calling it the most track-capable model to ever wear the nameplate thanks to high-tech suspension, new aerodynamic enhancements, and exclusive uber-grippy Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R performance rubber. Hell yeah.
Let’s take a closer look at the specs. First, the suspension – keeping it shiny side up is Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers in all four corners. These race-bred bits offer a good deal of adjustability, and come complemented by an adjustable sway bar and camber plates.
Next, the aero. In back is a sizable spoiler made from carbon fiber, while up front are canards and a splitter for more grip and improved turn in.
Making the most of the extra stick are forged aluminum wheels, now offering a full inch in extra width compared to the regular ZL1, complete with that gummy Goodyear compound already mentioned. Put it on the skidpad, and Chevy says it’ll post 1.1 g.
Better suspension, more wing, and grippy rubber – check, check, and check. The final piece of the puzzle is reduced weight, with about 60 pounds cut from the curb weight of the ZL1 Coupe.
Those upgrades make it quite a bit quicker. To put it in perspective, Chevy says the ZL1 1LE is a whole 3 seconds faster around its 2.9-mile Milford test track than the regular ZL1 Coupe.
Making the go is 650 horses from a blown LT4 6.2-liter V-8, the same lump you get in the regular ZL1.
Official pricing has yet to be announced, but look for the ZL1 1LE in dealers later in the year.
The Fastest Chevrolet You Can Buy Does 200 MPH, and It’s Not a Corvette
Chevrolet has just released top speed information for the latest Camaro ZL1 and the supercharged coupe is officially the fastest Chevy you can buy from a dealership. Specifically, the ZL1 Coupe has an official top speed of 198 mph, a figure that was achieved on the High Speed Oval at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg proving ground.
The ZL1’s top speed was measured during two runs in opposite directions on the 7.6-mile loop. This is standard procedure, in order to account for variables like wind speed and track surface. The Camaro hit 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 in the other direction for an average of 198 mph. But while the official rating is set at 198, it’s more than obvious that the ZL1 is capable of running beyond the 200-mph mark.
This makes it quicker than the bonkers Corvette Z06 or any other Chevy available for purchase right now, and puts in the select company of supercars that can hit more than 200 mph. Heck, it’s just as quick as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and almost as fast as the Charger Hellcat, which tops out at 204 mph. Also, it’s not far off compared to supercars like the Ferrari 488 GTB or McLaren 675LT, which are rated at 205 mph.
“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “After testing the car in standard settings, which produced the 198-mph average, we set the front and rear camber adjustments to 0 degrees and the tire pressures to the maximum allowable sidewall pressure, and saw the ZL1 average over 200 mph.”
The testing was conducted on the ZL1’s production Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with pressure set at 44 psi, the recommended setting for extended high-speed driving. The car’s only modifications from the stock equipment were mandatory safety features and data logging equipment. The vehicle was fitted with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet also measured a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds at 127 mph, max cornering of 1.02g and a 60-to-0 mph braking in 107 feet.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition
Chevy is doing an all-out Redline Special Edition blitz at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, with no less than nine individual models receiving the extra Redline gloss treatment. Out of all of them, perhaps the most appropriate model to get Redline’d is the Camaro, although there are also several truck and crossover models getting their own Redline Special Editions as well. We first got a taste for the Redline enhancements a few years back at SEMA in Las Vegas, and now, the package is getting put into production. With that in mind, you should have a general idea what to expect – there are a few aesthetic enhancements and custom touches outside, plus a little bit inside as well, while the mechanicals and hard bits underneath the skin are all left as is.
The Redline, er, line utilizes a black and red color theme, seen prominently throughout the body panels. The package also and adds larger wheels, special badging, unique graphics, and new carpets.
Like the other Redline models on offer, the Redline Camaro gets 20-inch wheels with a black finish and red hash mark along a portion of the outer rim section. There are also black nameplates outlined in red on the body panels, while the front grille and Chevy bowtie badge are also blacked out.
The Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition can be had for either the LT or SS trim level. In addition, you can get it in either the hardtop coupe two-door, or the convertible body style.
Chevy has yet to announce an exact on-sale date, but did say to expect the Camaro Redline to become available sometime this coming spring.
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Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago
Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.
The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.
“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”
All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet "bowtie" logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.
The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro broke cover in 2015 as a more compact pony that was underpinned by a new, lighter platform and dressed in a familiar, yet refreshed suit. The redesign also brought three new engines, including a fuel-efficient four-banger and the Corvette’s LT1 V-8. Less than a year has passed since the new muscle car made its official debut and Chevrolet has already unveiled the next-generation ZL1.
Seeing how the new Camaro was a significant improvement over its predecessor, the new ZL1 was expected to follow suit and deliver significantly enhanced performance in a more aggressive body and a lighter architecture. Needless to say, enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, as the supercharged coupe delivers more power than any other factory-built Camaro to date and features the most comprehensive aerodynamic package that makes it suitable for busy weekends at the race track. The fact that its about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor adds to the thrill and sets a new benchmark in the supercharged muscle car market.
Introduced at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the new Camaro ZL1 will hit dealerships later in 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle.
Update 08/08/2016: Chevrolet dropped the official prices and full specification figures for the 2017 Camaro ZL1 which will be put on sale later this year.
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First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The sixth-generation Camaro’s hottest performance variant to date is gradually arriving in Chevy showrooms as the last few weeks of December roll out. This supercharged coupe is often called a four-seat Corvette Z06 – and for good reason. The ZL1 shares much of the Z06’s technology, including the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Luckily I know a guy with a sparkling new example sitting in his garage, parked next to his Concours-quality 1972 Camaro Z/28.
With less than 500 miles on the ZL1’s odometer, the high-strung car is 1,000 miles short of its GM-recommended break-in period. Then meant no high-speed runs, burnouts, or hard pulls past 4,000 rpm. The warranty depends on it. Nevertheless, I set out to get a feel of the Camaro ZL1’s infamous character.
Not surprisingly, the ZL1 feels remarkably like the Camaro SS I took across country during Chevy’s “Find New Roads” campaign when the sixth-gen Camaro launched last year. (Read about that adventure here.) The narrow windows, low roof, and high waist line gives the sensation of a cocoon, while the view over the long hood and low seating position solidify the car as something special. The heavily bolstered Recaro seats and the blatantly audible supercharger whine, on the other hand, set the ZL1 apart from the SS.
From behind the Alcantara-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the Camaro ZL1 feels lighter and nimbler than its fifth-generation predecessor. Toggle the Performance Traction Management system into Sport mode, and the car tenses up like an Olympic sprinter at the starting line. The steering becomes more taught, the throttle becomes twitchier, the ride becomes firmer, and the dual-mode exhaust opens up. The change isn’t just mental – the PTM modes make aggressive changes to the ZL1’s behavior that are clearly felt.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Supercharged 630 by Geiger Cars
Finding tuning programs for cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are easy in the U.S. You can actually find one pretty much wherever you go here. But it’s a different thing over in Europe. There aren’t that many tuners across the Atlantic that build kits for cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, let alone specialize in them. Fortunately though, Geiger Cars happens to be one of the few, and its latest aftermarket offering for the Chevy muscle car is as good an option to have for Camaro owners over there. You might even say that it’s better than most of what we can get here.
Don’t laugh because it’s true, or at least a part of it is true. Despite hailing from Germany, Geiger Cars has earned a reputation for being a masterclass tuner for American sports cars. It’s done kits for the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Charger, and yes, even the Camaro. This new program follows in that path with a comprehensive list of upgrades to the exterior, interior, engine, and suspension of the muscle car. It even includes a new set of wheels, which in itself is a highlight of any Geiger Cars program.
We can minimize the abilities of Geiger Cars all we want knowing what options we have here at our disposal. But make no mistake, the German tuner has been in this business for a long time and it’s regarded as an authority when it comes to developing aftermarket programs for American performance cars. That’s a reputation Geiger Cars earned for all the years it’s been hustling in the European tuning scene.
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Chevrolet Launches Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program
The Chevrolet Camaro has been around for five decades now, with the latest sixth-generation model making its debut just last year. Throughout the history of the nameplate, performance enthusiasts have made the most of the Camaro’s muscle-bound attitude by maxing it out down the quarter mile, and now, the Bowtie is honoring this tradition with the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program. Created as a means to develop performance parts for the 2016-and-above Camaro, the program looks poised to unleash a slew of 10-second racers across the country, with a preview provided at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“From sportsman classes to the pro ranks, Camaro has been one of the most popular cars ever to launch down the drag strip. For 50 years Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers and these new SEMA vehicles demonstrate our commitment to the sport, with parts development and the advancement of the historic COPO Camaro program,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
In case you were unaware, the COPO Camaros have their roots in the factory-approved Central Office Production Order drag racers that flew under the Chevy banner in the late ‘60s.
Chevy is showcasing the modern-day build with a tester that’s meant to mirror “stair-step enhancements” that racers can make to their own production Camaro SS models.
The new program builds on Chevy’s latest successes in the sport, with Camaro drivers collecting wins in seven of the eight NHRA Stock classes, plus a win at the 2016 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in the Super Stock class. What’s more, COPO Camaro racer Jeff Lopez managed to clinch the title of Stock Eliminator champion.
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First 2017 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Will Be Auctioned Off In January
For the sixth straight year since Chevrolet unveiled the sixth-generation Camaro, the automaker is building the COPO Camaro, the limited-run drag racer that’s eligible to compete in the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes. Just as important, the first edition of the 2017 COPO Camaro – serial number 01 of 69 – will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January 2017.
Judging by how much previous versions of the COPO Camaro have fetched in similar auctions, expectations are high that the 2017 model will fetch a higher price. That’s a big bar to clear considering that last year’s model sold for $300,000, and that’s not even the biggest amount paid for a COPO Camaro. That distinction belongs to the 2014 model, which NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick won with a whopping bid of $700,000.
Like its past incarnations, the 2017 version of the COPO Camaro comes loaded with race-specific features, including a racing chassis, an adjustable coil-over strut front suspension, a four-link rear suspension with double-adjustable coil-over shocks, and a reworked rear axle with an aluminum center section. In other words, the 2017 COPO Camaro is built for the drag strip. It’s unclear what kind of engine the first-production COPO Camaro will get, but succeeding models, or those that will be made available to the public will have a choice of naturally aspirated and supercharged engines, including a supercharged 5.7-liter, a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter, and a direct-injected 6.2-liter. Each engine will come with a three-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet has yet to release pricing details for the production COPO Camaros, but each model is traditionally priced at around $100,000. Don’t expect the first production version to sell at that number though.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Slammer Concept
Chevy has a pretty full booth at this year’s SEMA show, with somewhere around 20 different models there to make our mouths water as we dream of owning each and every one. Out of all of them, one of the more extreme concepts is this Camaro SS Slammer Concept. The sixth-generation Camaro that was introduced just this year is already regarded by most as the best-looking Camaro since the first generation, but this concept takes that opinion to a whole new level. With the word “Slammer” used in the concept’s name, you probably already assume it’s a low-rider, but you probably didn’t expect it to be so low. Outside of the dramatic ride height, it comes complete with a custom exterior finish, and a number of Chevy accessories like that awesome ground effects kit. There’s even a little extra under the hood to talk about – now this is what concepts are supposed to be: wild.
John Cafaro, the Executive Director of Global Chevrolet Design, said, “The Camaro SS Slammer concept is a design exercise intended to take the Gen 6 Camaro’s proportions to the extreme, pushing boundaries to evoke reactions and inspiring personalization on behalf of other Camaro owners.” He continued, “From styling accessories to performance parts, the choices from Chevrolet for new Camaro owners are almost endless.”
I’m not sure if endless is the right choice of words, but Chevy has certainly upped is certified accessory game in recent years. The newest range of accessories are also compliant with GM’s new-car warranties, so if they are installed by a GM service technician, there’s no risk of voiding the warranty – certainly a positive benefit of going to Chevy for that little something extra. Before I get too off topic, though, let’s take a better look at this concept – It’s certainly not one you want to miss coming out of SEMA this year.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo AutoX Concept
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was launched for the 2016 model year with a slightly more compact body and a significantly lighter architecture. The pony car was also redesigned inside and out, while the V-6 and V-8 engines were replaced with brand-new powerplants — the latter borrowed from the Chevy Corvette. Additionally, the Camaro gained its first four-cylinder in decades in the form of a turbocharged 2.0-liter. Obviously introduced as an answer to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the four-banger is shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
In dealerships for around a year as of November 2016, the Camaro has spawned many limited-edition models, and has received a wide range of aftermarket upgrades from various tuning shops. At the 2016 SEMA Show, Chevy launched a few new parts and accessories for the Camaro, including the base four-cylinder version. The latter was showcased as the Camaro Turbo AutoX, a concept car that brings together existing and upcoming upgrades from Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Accessories.
“This concept pushes Camaro in a new direction, integrating new performance parts that make the most of the turbocharged Camaro’s lightweight dynamics,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
The Turbo AutoX concept will share the Chevrolet booth at the SEMA Show with no fewer than 20 other cars and trucks.
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Chevrolet Offers New Array Of Performance Parts
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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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hits Nurburgring, Sets New Camaro Record
Unveiled only six months ago, the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 has yet to hit showrooms, but the supercharged muscle car has already set a new lap record on the Nurburgring track. Chevrolet has just reported that the high-performance coupe lapped the "Green Hell" in seven minutes and 29.60 seconds, a time that makes it the quickest Camaro ever on the Nordschleife loop. Specifically, the new ZL1 is 11.67 seconds quicker than its predecessor and 7.8 ticks faster than the previous-generation Camaro Z/28.
"To be almost 12 seconds quicker than the 5th-Generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “From the improved aerodynamics, mass reduction and 650-horsepower LT4 to the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control, the ZL1 was designed to take on the world’s most challenging track, making it right at home on any track, road or drag strip anywhere."
The new Camaro ZL1 is also quicker than an impressive number of track-bred sports cars or older supercars, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, the most recent Porsche 911 GT3, and the Ferrari 458 Italia. More importantly, the muscle car achieved its impressive lap time with minor modifications over the standard model. Tweaks include a roll cage, Sparco racing seats with six-point harnesses, and data acquisition equipment. Chevy also said it used the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission set to "Track" mode for optimum gear shifting.
Although it’s the quickest Camaro ever, the new ZL1 isn’t the fastest Chevy on the ’Ring. That title goes to the C6-generation Corvette ZR1, which in 2012 lapped the race track in seven minutes and 19.63 seconds. The previous-generation Corvette Z06 is also quicker than the ZL1.
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Chevrolet Camaro Snaps Ford Mustang’s 22-Month Sales Streak
For the first time in almost two years, the Chevrolet Camaro finally scored a rare win over the Ford Mustang in monthly sales numbers for September 2016. It was far from a convincing victory for the Camaro - 6,577 units to 6,429 units - but after getting pummeled by the Mustang for the past two years, Chevy’s taking this win any way it can get it.
Increased incentives from Chevrolet to buy the Camaro was the biggest reason behind the scales tipping to the Camaro’s side. According to Power Information Network, Chevy increased its incentives for the Camaro to $3,340 in September, a three-fold increase from the $1,080 in incentives from the previous month. The September incentives for the Camaro put it above Ford’s own incentive program for the Mustang, which dropped to $2,980 in September from $3,150 the previous month.
The Camaro’s low incentive program has been a sore spot for customers and is attributed as one of the reasons behind the Mustang’s sales dominance. That and the fact that the sixth-generation Mustang really is a hot seller. But, with a 139-day supply of the Camaro for the month of September, Chevrolet needed to move a lot of those models and reduce its 2016MY inventories in time for the arrival of the 2017 model. Lo and behold, the strategy paid off as the muscle car’s average transaction price increased by more than $5,000 from its year-on-year numbers.
It’s a solid win for the Chevrolet Camaro and a badly needed one too, considering that the Ford Mustang has been laying waste to it for the better part of two years.
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The Camaro Fifty Driving Shoes are a Must-Have if you Own a 50th Anniversary Camaro
The auto industry has always had a healthy relationship with the world of high-fashion and the latest example of that comes by way of Piloti, the highly-regarded driving shoe maker whose latest offering is a commemorative pair of sneakers that pay homage to the Chevrolet Camaro’s 50th Anniversary. The shoe, officially called the ‘Camaro Fifty’ Limited Edition Piloti, is arguably the closest thing some will get to being a part of the Camaro’s golden anniversary.
Aesthetically, the low-cut shoe is a modified version of one of Piloti’s most famous line of shoes, the Spyder S1. The upper part is predominantly made from mesh and suede and the exclusivity comes into play with its orange and grey color scheme. It also features race-inspired stitching that runs along the opposite ends of the orange shoe laces and an embroidered “Camaro Fifty” logo on the outsole provides the definitive addition that highlight its uniqueness. As a final touch, the Camaro Fifty also has vintage patterned rubber treats that provide the necessary grip that’s required for high-class driving shoes.
While the style is admittedly not for everyone, those who do want to get a pair can now do so through pre-order at chevymall.com for a price of $135. They can also go to Piloti.com and to sellers of Official Chevrolet Licensed Products. Remember though that only 600 pairs are available so get those pre-orders ready before they’re officially shipped out on November 2016.
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Chevrolet Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The Camaro
The 2016 Paris Motor Show understandably gripped the auto world last week. But in the shadow of Paris, Chevrolet quietly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Camaro on September 29, 2016 by launching a microsite within the Chevrolet website and paying homage to all the things that have made the Camaro one of the most enduring American performance cars in history.
The site does a great job in taking us on a six-generation journey of the iconic muscle car, beginning with the first-gen model that was hailed as a “Mustang eater” and the legend of the Camaro name that came with it. From there, the site dives into each succeeding generation, highlighting the enduring characteristics that made each gen-model stand out. Each generation comes with some incredible artworks and videos highlighting the critical elements that have made the Camaro the car that it is today, culminating with the sixth-generation model that was released earlier this year.
The timing of its release wasn’t a coincidence either as Chevrolet followed up the sixth-gen’s debut with the launch of the Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition, a special edition model that served as the face of the model’s golden anniversary.
The evolution of the Camaro is a rich story and Chevrolet did its best to paint that story through the microsite. At the very least, the site provides us an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane to see the muscle car’s roots, all the way from its maiden run in 1966 right up to 2016 where its status as one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to the automotive industry remains to this day.
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Ringbrothers Announces Impressive Lineup For SEMA Show
Established in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, more than a decade ago, Ringbrothers is responsible for some of the coolest resto-mod cars the tuning market has spawned in recent years. Notable examples include the 1965 Ford Mustang Blizzard, the 1971 De Tomaso Pantera ADRNLN, and the awesome 1966 Chevelle that the company unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show. Speaking of SEMA, it has been the company’s favorite event for new products in recent years, and this year’s edition isn’t going to be different. Actually, for the first time since showing up in Las Vegas, Ringbrothers will unveil no fewer than four builds at the SEMA Show.
First on the list is a 1948 Cadillac Series V that looks as if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would drive it around town. However, the car was actually built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian, known for their impressive collection of hot rods and custom vehicles. The Caddy is dubbed "Madam V" and will join the "Madame X," another custom Cadillacs built by Chip Foose, in Rydell’s garage. The coupe melds vintage with modern features and sports a pearl white paint job, as well as carbon-fiber components.
Next up is the "G-Code," a muscle car based on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The company’s only second 1969 Camaro, the "G-Code" is Rings’ fastest and most powerful Chevy to date thanks to the supercharged, LS3 V-8 engine under the hood. The coupe also features a massive number of billet components and a cool light-blue paint job with white and black stripes and golden wheels. The third car to be unveiled at SEMA is "Ballistic." Based on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, it comes with a widebody kit, a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine taken from a late-model Shelby GT500, and a dazzling BASF Glasurit custom hue called “Blu by U."
Finally, Ringbrothers will also take the wraps off a custom 1972 Winnebago Brave camper van. Described as "the world’s fastest Winnebago" and dubbed "Happy Camper," the RV packs in excess of 900 horsepower and a World War II Bomber-inspired and "party-ready" interior.
The "Madam V" Cadillac and "G-Code" Camaro will be unveiled on November 1, while the "Ballistic" Mustang and the "Happy Camper" Winnebago will be showcased starting November 2.
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Bumblebee, Barricade, Optimus Prime Show Their Face On The Set: Video
The Transformers movie franchise may have dipped in quality over its past few instalments, but one thing hasn’t changed about this mega blockbuster franchise: the cars are still awesome. That’s been the case since the first movie and from the looks of it, the fifth movie, titled The Last Knight will be no different.
The video you’re going to see here takes a good look at some of the vehicles that will be appearing in the movie. Obviously, the first attraction here is Optimus Prime and the custom Western Star 5700 XE semi truck that he’ll once again be appearing in. The exterior of the semi still looks incredible and the flaming blue and red paint job once again captures the coolness of the Autobot’s leader. We do get a nice look at the interior of the truck, which looks pretty standard except for the monitors on the side that are presumably there for production purposes.
From there, we get to see a custom Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang police pursuit car, or in Transformers lingo, Bumblebee and Barricade. The two robots haven’t put on a proper robotic tussle since the first movie so seeing them together here in their new digs kind of makes me wish that we’ll get to see that long-awaited second round in the fifth movie. Another interesting vehicle here is Onslaught, the leader of the Decepticon group the Combaticons. He’s also using a Western Star semi, only it’s a 4900 SF semi. It’s bigger than Optimus Prime and proudly displays three Autobot “kills” on the rear section. Guess we’re headed for a semi-truck throw down between these two robotic titans. Last but certainly not least is the custom Mercedes-AMG GT R that Autobot Drift will be using. We last saw him in Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction as a Bugatti Veyron so while the AMG GT R is an impressive car in its own right, it does kind of feel like a downgrade compared to the Veyron.
Transformers 5: The Last Knight is scheduled to hit cinemas in June 2017.
New Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Can Hit 60 MPH In First Gear
Although hitting 60 mph from a standing start as quick as possible isn’t exactly relevant unless you take your car to the drag strip, it’s a feature automakers have been using in their marketing blurbs for decades. Getting up to 60 mph as quick as possible depends on many factors beyond horsepower and torque. It’s also about grippy tires, whether power is sent to the front, rear or all four wheels, and how fast you or the automatic transmission can change gears. Granted, automatics are usually quicker than manuals, but that might not be the case with the brand-new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
According to Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser, the new supercharged ZL1 can reach 60 mph in first gear. With the manual transmission, this means no shifting, which results in a quicker sprint. Given that the new vehicle is not only more powerful, but lighter too, we can expect a significant performance increase when the car hits the drag strip. With the previous-gen ZL1 needing four seconds to get from 0 to 60 with the manual, the redesigned model should be able to hit the benchmark in the mid-three-second range. That’s just a second slower than supercars such as the LaFerrari or a Tesla Model S with the new 100-kWh battery, and a tremendous figure for a muscle car.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
Chevrolet has launched the first performance variant for the sixth-generation Camaro. Taking place at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the automaker has debuted the 2017 Camaro 1LE.
The sixth-generation 1LE departs from tradition, however, and is offered on both the Camaro SS and the V-6 model, rather than just the higher-output, V-8 Camaro. Like before, the 1LE package turns the Camaro into a handling car, focusing on suspension parts, fatter tires, and bigger brakes.
The 1LE package does use different parts between the V-6 and V-8 versions, with the V-8 obviously being the more track-ready of the two. That’s not to say the V-6 is a dud. In fact, Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer for Camaro, says the V-6 1LE produces track times at the Willow Springs Raceway comparable with the fifth-generation 1LE – a car equipped with the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. Impressive.
But before diving into the new 1LE’s details, let’s look at its background. The 1LE package was introduced in 1988 as a performance package option based on Chevy’s SCCA Showroom Stock racing program. The 1LE bundle was offered until 1999, but remained a low-volume specification that rarely sold more than 100 units per year. The 1LE returned in 2013 as a package offered on 1SS and 2SS trims of the fifth-generation car, and included various ZL1-sourced parts, a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, and many sporty features. The matt-black hood was its most recognizable visual trademark – something that returns for 2017.
Update 08/08/2016: Chevrolet has announced pricing for the 2017 Camaro 1LE which will be put on sale later this year. Check out the “Prices” section below for the full details.
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Who’s This TopSpeed Superfan?
Here at TopSpeed, we’re used to seeing awesome cars. Bugattis, Ferraris, Lambos – they’re all an everyday occurrence around the office. But a certain fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS has just snatched our full attention. It was spotted wearing the TopSpeed logo at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.
The owner wasn’t around the car, so the photo is the only information we’ve got. Nevertheless, the car is proudly sporting our logo. Its black color nicely matches the car’s racing stripes, the blacked-out panel between the taillights, and the five-spoke wheels. Interestingly enough, the car also wears a U.S. Air Force license plate rather than official state tags. California law allows 90 days to obtain tags after a vehicle purchase, so perhaps this 2010 to 2013 Camaro SS is this superfan’s new baby.
Congrats on your purchase, superfan. And assuming you’re a member of the Air Force, thanks for your service to the country. Feel free to reach out. We’d love to hear from you! Lastly, thanks to my good friend Matt Nixon for spotting the car and grabbing the photo.