Leaving the other debuts of the Chicago Auto Show in the dust is the brand-spanking new Camaro ZL1 - the most powerful Camaro ever. This beautiful beast is powered by a LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that provides enough juice to get our hearts racing and our fingers twitching to grab the wheel.
"Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history."
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be distinguished by a new front fascia, hood with air extractors, and a signature center section constructed of carbon fiber rendered in satin black finish. Completing the look is a set of 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips with ZL1 badge on the grille, hood, and brake calipers.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.
Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.
We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.
Details after the jump.
General Motors has unveiled the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. For the 2011 model year, the Silverado will be offered in both 2500HD and 3500HD variants with WT, LT and LTZ trim levels when it goes on sale this summer. The exterior of the Silverado is defined by a power dome style hood featuring a new louvered design as well as a new grill and full width chrome steel front bumper while offering a 17, 18 and 20 inch wheel and tire combinations.
The 2011 model is being offered with a 6.6 Liter Duramax diesel engine mated to a heavy duty Allison 1000 six speed transmission and preliminary testing has shown that the 2500HD full size pickup can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 9 seconds and eclipse the quarter mile in under 16 seconds. That is approximately 0.3 seconds and 0.5 seconds quicker, respectively, than the previous models. Offering a combination of functionality and performance for the all new 2011 Chevrolet Silverado.
Updated: 04/08/2010: Chevrolet today announced prices for the 2011 Silverado HD that will go into production in May. It will be offered in LT and LTZ trim levels with prices starting at $27,965. This price excludes a $995 destination charge. An upgrade to the proven Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission combination runs $8,395.
UPDATE 05/27/2010: Chevy has released a video that shows how the Chevy Silverado HD is built. Check it out after the jump.
Press release after the jump.
It was back in 1935 when Chevrolet launched the first vehicle to carry the "Suburban" nameplate. In celebration of the full size utility vehicle’s diamond anniversary, General Motors has unveiled the special edition Suburban 75th Anniversary to mark the occasion at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. This special edition Suburban will go on sale early this summer and is limited to just 2,570 units, including 350 destined for our neighbors to the north in Canada as well as other export markets.
The celebratory ’burban is distinguished by a very fitting White Diamond Tricoat exterior finish and an upscale Cashmere interior complete with "Diamond Edition" embroidered headrests and matching etching on the kick plates. Other unique upgrades to celebrate the Suburban’s landmark birthday are a set of bespoke chrome clad 20 inch wheels with matching door pulls and roof rack; but it’s the 75th Anniversary gold and black Suburban Diamond Edition badges both inside and out that will give the celebratory Chevy away to unfamiliar eyes.
Press release after the jump.
We don’t have to speculate anymore...the mystery Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Concept is finally revealed!
The concept will be a character called “Sideswipe” in the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. General Motors says the design is not only influenced by the original Stingray race car, introduced in 1959, but also draws on Corvette heritage cues from other generations. “Sideswipe represents an exercise in exploration for the Corvette,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives.”
There is no information on the engine because there isn’t one. Right now this retro Stingray is little more than a styling model. But this is obviously cool enough that with a little hope, and a lot of money, my show some of GM’s future.
Plenty more pics in the image gallery
The FlexFuel Chevy HHR was unveiled today during a speech at the Midwest Automotive Media Association breakfast, which opened press days for the Chicago Auto Show. The HHR become the latest Chevrolet FlexFuel model when it goes on sale later this year.
The HHR will be available with an Ecotec 2.2-liter or Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, both of which will be compatible with E85. For the first time, the Ecotec 2.2L is equipped with variable valve timing (VVT), technology that assures precise opening and closing of the valves and accurate control of combustion gases to improve engine performance and efficiency. The Ecotec 2.4L continues to offer VVT.
More after the jump.
GM launched at the Chicago Auto Show the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, an expressively styled, well-equipped crossover that gives customers people-hauling and cargo-carrying capability typically found in larger SUVs. production will start in the third quarter of 2008.
The 2009 Traverse takes its styling cues from the acclaimed ’08 Chevy Malibu. It will be available in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The new crossover is powered by a 3.6 liters direct-injection engine that delivers 286 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The transmission’s six-gear configuration allows for a “steep” 4.48:1 first gear, which helps deliver exceptional launch feel, and a 0.74:1 overdrive sixth gear – the “tall” overdrive gear lowers rpm at high speeds, reducing noise and vibration. Also, the 6T75 offers automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control.
Traverse rides on a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track – a combination that lowers the center of gravity and enables smooth, stable ride and handling.
Press release after the jump.
RON FELLOWS CHAMPIONSHIP Z06
EDITION MAKE 2007 A SPECIAL YEAR FOR CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Corvette enthusiasts in search of a unique ride have much to consider this year with the introduction of special-edition model: the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06.
The special-edition Corvettes are distinguished by unique interior and exterior appointments and will be offered in limited, pre-determined quantities. In other words, when they’re gone, they’re gone.
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A 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will pace the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2007. As it was selected as the Official Pace Car, Chevrolet will supply several identically prepared and uniquely trimmed Corvette convertibles – in new Atomic Orange paint with distinctive gold ribbon graphics – that will serve in the official pace duties of the race, as well as supporting activities.
Chevrolet will unveil a special edition Corvette at Chicago Auto Show. The car will get some new features: fender stripe with Ron Fellows signature, High Polished Wheels and a wide racing spoiler. All the cars to be White with what appears to be a complete Cobalt Red interior and accents on Z-6 side bolsters.
The car will be limited to 400 units (est.) for the US and only 33 cars will go to Europe. A carbon fiber signed plate to be inside and a Corvette windshield banner as (...)
The Chevy Avalanche was the first to combine the passenger-comfort attributes of an SUV with the cargo capability of a truck. The 2007 model is based on GM’s brand-new, full-size SUV platform, which features more power with improved, segment-leading fuel economy and flex-fuel capability on some models; a sharper, more precise driving feel; increased interior refinement and improved quietness; and world-class safety. From its SUV comfort and ingenious Midgate to its new family of flex-fuel-capable engines, Avalanche delivers a unique combination of cargo and passenger options.
General Motors will introduce the all-new 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, the latest rollout of its next-generation full-size truck family and the industry’s most flexible utility vehicle, at the Chicago Auto Show
GM also will make two major announcements: One will build on the "Live Green Go Yellow" campaign GM launched Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.; the second involves a technology enhancement at OnStar. OnStar will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the show.
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