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.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible: Old vs New - Almost 50 Years Apart
First introduced in 1969, the Corvette ZR1 has been offered for all generations since the C3, except for the C5 model. This pretty much makes it a constant presence in the Corvette lineup. However, when Chevy revised the ZR1 for the first time in 1990 after a 21-year absence, it didn’t offer a convertible version. The drop-top was ignored with the C6 model, produced between 2009 to 2013, too. Chevrolet finally took the roof of the ZR1 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, unveiled the convertible model only weeks after it launched the beefed-up coupe. This makes the C7-gen Corvette ZR1 Convertible the first topless ZR1 in 48 years, and the event requires a bit of celebration with a proper comparison between the two.
The ZR1 nameplate has come a long way all these years, and this comparison’s purpose is to showcase just that. Now a full-fledged, stand-alone performance model with radical changes compared to the standard car, the ZR1 actually started life as a package for a trim that wasn’t even the most powerful in the lineup. But let’s find out more about that in the comparison below.
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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goes Topless in Los Angeles
It’s been only two weeks since Chevrolet unveiled the new Corvette ZR1, and the Detroit-based company already launched the convertible version at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Wow, that was fast! I can’t say I didn’t expect it to happen at some point, but boy, I really didn’t see the ZR1 Convertible coming before 2018. The bigger news here is that the this is the first drop-top version of the ZR1 since the nameplate was first used back in 1970.
As with any topless version of an existing coupe, the ZR1 Convertible shares almost everything with its hardtop counterpart. The soft-top, which gives the driver and passenger access to infinite headroom, doesn’t do much to change the car’s appearance when it’s not folded in the trunk. What’s more, it adds less than 60 pounds to the overall weight, and it doesn’t significantly alter the ZR1’s aerodynamics, so both the low and high wing packages are offered. The soft-top is power operated and can be folded remotely while the car is stopped or driving at speeds of up to 30 mph.
“The ZR1 convertible is a no-compromise supercar,” said Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. “Thanks to the strong structure, the suspension tuning between coupe and convertible models is identical, meaning the ZR1 convertible offers the same benchmark performance, including a top speed of over 200 mph.” Performance figures aren’t yet available, but the coupe needs less than three seconds to hit 60 mph, to go with a top speed of 212 mph.
Chevrolet also announced pricing for the Corvette ZR1. While the coupe retails from $119,995, the convertible costs $123,995 before options, including destination, but excluding tax, title, and dealer fees. The ZTK Performance Package, which includes the High Wing, costs $2,995.
Top 10 Greatest Chevrolet Corvettes Ever Built
Chevrolet just introduced the latest Corvette ZR1, setting a new benchmark for the iconic sports car. Not only the quickest and most powerful Corvette ever built, the new ZR1 is also the most aerodynamic iteration of the car and comes with features usually found on high-end supercars. It definitely eclipses every road-legal Corvette built to date in terms of performance. It also wins battles with every classic Vette I can think of, but it’s not the only Corvette that made a massive impact upon arrival. It’s rather difficult to talk about Corvettes from the past with a car as incredible as the new ZR1 on its way to showrooms, but I compiled a list of iconic models that deserve to share the same celebrity page with this supercharged monster.
I’ve made my picks based on a few factors. For starters, I wanted to include at least one model from each generation, so this list goes back to the original C1. I also took horsepower and performance in consideration, as well as market impact and production figures, favoring limited-edition models that evolved into prized collectibles. I also included a concept, an experimental racing project that barely made it out of the factory, as well as an aftermarket upgrade, just to add an extra bit of flavor to the selection. Check it out below.
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
Chevy just released its new Corvette ZR1, and the spec sheet is just this side of insane. All told, this thing is the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever created, with a thumping supercharged V-8 under the hood, advanced adaptive suspension components and tuning, and more wing than an international airport. All good stuff, no doubt, but what happens when you take off the roof? To find out, X-Tomi Design put together a rendering, and long story short, we approve.
The ZR1 convertible bears the same upgraded front fascia as its hardtop sibling, with aggressive, angular front intakes, a large splitter, and a taller hood to accommodate the bigger blower underneath. The wheels, fender vents, and enormous rear wing are also a carryover. Up top, though, you’ll notice the expanded headroom. If we’ve got your attention, then you’re in luck, because word has it a factory-made ZR1 convertible will break cover soon, possibly alongside the coupe version later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for the details.
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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.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
The Chevy Bel Air was pretty much an instant classic when it hit showrooms back in 1950. The first generation, which ran between 1950 and 1954) sported a revolutionary design, with hardtop models designed as a convertible with a non-removable hard top. It was a design that had been around since the early 1920s, but up until the Bel Air, as well as other models from Chevy and Cadillac, the design hadn’t really seen too much success. The model we’re here to talk about today is a 1957 Bel Air convertible that will be going under the hammer in August of 2016 at the Mecum auction during Monterey Car Week.
This specific model isn’t exactly your everyday ’57 Chevy, though. This thing has gone through restoration, is completely rust free, and has been upgraded with a 5.7-liter Corvette-derived LS1 that is backed by the near bullet-proof 4L60-E four-speed automatic (the modern version of the 700R4 transmission.) Outside of this, there are lots of other goodies and features that make this Bel Air convertible a true one-of-a-kind model. So, let’s get on with my review before I make this introduction just way too long.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
The Camaro ZL1 was revived in 2012 after more than 40 years since its initial introduction as a supercharged, range-topping version of the fifth-generation muscle car. Although it had very little in common with its naturally aspirated predecessor, the ZL1 became popular among Chevy enthusiasts who wanted a competitor for the Shelby GT500. While the previous ZL1 arrived two years after the fifth-gen Camaro was launched, the new model made its global debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show, only months after the sixth-gen Camaro broke cover. Alongside the supercharged coupe, Chevy also unveiled the ZL1 Convertible.
Essentially a ZL1 with a canvas roof instead of a metal top, the ZL1 Convertible is currently the only factory-made, supercharged drop-top from the "Big Three." It is also the only track-capable cabriolet made in Detroit, as neither Ford nor Dodge offer similar versions of the Mustang or the Challenger. While the Challenger was conceived as a coupe only, the Mustang is not yet available in GT500 specs. Sure, the Mustang can be had in GT and Super Snake clothes with a force-fed V-8 from Shelby American, but none of them are offered with a convertible options as of March 2016.
This makes the ZL1 Convertible unique in this niche and a damn cool muscle car. We already know what the new ZL1 Coupe is capable of, so it’s time to have a look at its drop-top sibling.
Updated 03/24/2016: Chevrolet unveiled the new 2017 ZL1 Convertible at the 2016 New York Auto Show next to its coupe brother.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SC610 By Callaway
Callaway has a strong fascination with modifying Chevy vehicles, be it the Corvette, Camaro, or even pickups and SUVs like the Silverado and Tahoe. Some of the more notable cars include the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 SC652, the 2014 Corvette Stingray GT3 by Callaway, and the 750 horsepower, 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 by Callaway.
As was the case with the 2016 Z06, Callaway didn’t waste any time coming up with a tuner package for the 2016 Chevy Camaro. And, that is why I’m here to introduce you to the Callaway Camaro SC610 – that’s right Callaway already has a program to pump up the output on the brand-new Camaro. If you’re like me, the first thing you want to know is what Callaway did to achieve the power bump, and just how much it’s going to tax your wallet.
Of course, I’ll go over all the details of the upgrade, and we’ve even got a few good pictures too. So grab yourself a tasty beverage and prepare yourself for a nice gentle read as we take a journey down the page to see what makes this Camaro so special.
In 1969, Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Order (COPO), a special factory process, allowed certain dealers to order bespoke Camaros with racing engines in them. Of the cars delivered that year, 69 received the iconic ZL-1, 7.0-liter big-block that Chevrolet built for Cam-Am racing with Chaparral’s Jim Hall. Although the ZL-1 package was originally created for the NHRA Super Stock drag racing series at the request of Fred Gibb Chevrolet of Illinois, it resulted in a rare and limited breed of Camaros that stood as the fastest cars GM would sell for decades to come.
The legendary name was revived in 2012 with the fifth-generation Camaro, but with a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 instead of the naturally aspirated 7.0-liter unit, which eventually found its way into the Z/28. What’s more, Chevy even developed a convertible version, giving enthusiasts one of the most exciting drop-tops on the market. With a brand-new Camaro having been unveiled in 2015, a new, third-gen ZL1 is in the works, confirmed by a bunch of spy shots we received in September.
With 2015 coming to an end, it seems as if GM wants to continue what it started with the previous ZL1 and offer a sixth-gen convertible wearing the the iconic badge too. Proof that a drop-top ZL1 is in the works comes from the folks over at Automobilemag, who spotted a camouflaged prototype that looks very similar to the beefed-up coupe we saw earlier this year. Granted, this is far from surprising, but it’s exciting to say the least.
There’s no word as to when the ZL1 Convertible will hit dealerships, but given that the coupe won’t arrive until late 2016, the soft-top version should break cover sometime in 2017.
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Has there ever been a more iconic American car than the ’57 Chevy Bel Air? Of course there hasn’t, it’s not even close. Not even the Model T is as much a symbol of its age as the Bel Air. It represents American middle class postwar prosperity perfectly, and is a rare example of a car with styling that was exactly in line with contemporary fashion and design. There is something of a downside to this, though. The car has become such an icon that its greatness is now either taken for granted or completely ignored in the belief that its popularity was more about trendy fashion than the car itself.
But, the Bel Air really was a fantastic car, Chevrolet’s top mainstream (defined as “not the Corvette”) offering. And, the generation of the car we’re talking about here actually includes the model years from ’55 to ’57, but styling and options were tweaked each year, and the ’57 is now considered to be the quintessential Bel Air. The car was just the right mix of style, performance and had an appealing price tag. It was a huge hit in showrooms, and was even a much bigger technical achievement than it usually gets credit for.
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With the SEMA Auto Show kicking off next week in Las Vegas, Chevy has been busy building concepts to show off various accessory packages. So far, we’ve seen the Redline Series Concepts that included the Malibu, Trax, Silverado, Colorado, and Camaro. All of which included special paint, custom emblems and nameplates, and some red accenting. Now, with the 2016 Chevy Camaro’s release day just around the corner, Chevrolet has taken things a step further with the Chevy Camaro SS Red Accent Package.
The Red Accent Package concept is based on the convertible variant of the SS and has some unique, but subtle accents and modifications. While the body modifications are quite similar to that of the 2016 Camaro Redline Series Concept, the package also adds some interior styling and some minor performance upgrades that place it a bit higher on the totem pole.
While there may be more to come when we see the concept at SEMA, read on to see our preliminary review of this new concept.
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John Wayne, apple pie, and the Corvette – yep, all three are purely American through and through. Well, that’s if you don’t count Wayne’s Scotch-Irish heritage and all the European influence found in the latest generation C7. It’s undeniable that Chevrolet has plenty of competition from over-seas automakers that ultimately made the Corvette what it is today. Nevertheless, the Vette still waves Ole Glory as its burns rubber down the main drag of Everytown, U.S.A. every Friday night.
Through the years, the Vette has grown up. No longer is its interior filled with cut-rate plastics and its exterior shaped like a bar of soap. Those are fightin’ words to Corvette fans, but the seventh generation car is simply light years ahead of the C6. It’s truly a competitive car in every respect to its counterparts.
The same holds true for its drop-top version.
I recently had the chance to spend a week behind the wheel of a 2016 Corvette Convertible equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission and Z51 Performance Package. While not my first time behind the wheel of a C7, its canvas top, do-it-yourself shifting, and track-ready package were all a change of pace from my last experience.
It was no surprise the convertible is just as fun as the coupe, especially with the manual transmission. That allowed complete control over the Vette’s mighty 6.2-liter V-8. Its active exhaust system with programmable sound settings made the most of the small-block’s rumble – something I never got enough of.
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After releasing the redesigned sixth-generation Camaro recently, it will only be a matter of time before Chevrolet starts rolling out all of the various special-edition and performance-tuned variants. That won’t be until after the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is unveiled. In a quick teaser video, Chevrolet says that the new drop-top will be the “most innovative Camaro Convertible ever,” and it will debut on June 24.
For now, the details are slim, but Chevrolet promises that the new Camaro Convertible will have just a single button to raise and lower the retractable soft top. On the current fifth-gen 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, there is a latch that first must be disengaged (by pushing a button, pulling down and then rotation the latch) before the top can be lowered electrically using a button located above the rearview mirror. This latch is a severely outdated feature, but it looks like Chevy is ditching this feature for 2016.
Another practical feature that seems to be making its way to the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is the ability to operate the roof when the vehicle is in motion (at low speeds, of course). Anyone who has ever driven a fifth-gen Camaro knows that to raise or lower the top, the car must be at a complete stop (in either Park or Neutral with the parking brake engaged), which will not only make it more convenient to operate the roof but will also come in handy for drivers who might get caught in an unexpected rain storm.
We’ll find out much more in just a couple days, but until then, check out the video for a sneak peek at the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.
There’s a white 1992 Chevrolet Corvette taking up space in the Mechanical Assembly room at General Motors’ Design Center in Warren, MI, in a shop that’s normally reserved for the building of concept cars and prototypes. It’s in the process of undergoing a complete restoration, and obviously it’s not just any Corvette. In fact, this car, the 1 millionth Corvette built, has one of the most extraordinary stories of any of its peers.
Almost a year and a half ago, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, suffered a dramatic and unexpected catastrophe when a sinkhole opened up inside the museum and swallowed eight of the Corvettes on exhibit. The recovery of the cars was headline news for car guys for months afterward. All eight cars were eventually rescued from the hole in the ground, in varying states of distress, and the museum and Chevrolet announced plans to restore the three most salvageable cars. The white 1 millionth Corvette is the second of those three to go in for repairs.
It’s a fitting place to work on a historic Corvette. In addition to concept cars, the Design Center was responsible for restoring the 1938 Buick Y-Job, first of the auto show dream cars. The Design Center’s iconic Dome has also been used as the staging area to approve the final design of nearly every GM product since the 1970s. The task of reassembling the 1 millionth Corvette is being taken just as seriously, though. The emphasis is on originality. Early critics wondered if replacing all of the damaged parts on the crushed car would render it just another 1992 Corvette, so efforts are being made to salvage everything. The car’s twisted windshield frame is being salvaged and reused instead of replaced. The numerous signatures applied to the car by workers at the Bowling Green plant as it went down the line will all be preserved as well.
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Here’s the thing about old cars: They’re kind of slow by today’s standards. A well-equipped Chrysler Town & Country minivan can outperform most high-performance cars of the 1960s and 1970s, but obviously a minivan doesn’t have quite the same charisma as, say, a 1967 Corvette Stingray. So, if you want a Corvette Stingray that performs, you can either buy a new one, or this 1967 that Bill Kuhn of His Place Inc. in Maryland has stuffed with loads of modern, high-performance parts.
Let’s start with the engine. The fastest of the Stingrays were the 427 big-blocks — beastly mills, but they were also heavy. This one uses a 460-horsepower LT1 from a 2015 Corvette, — far lighter and more powerful than the 427. Power is sent through a new five-speed Tremec transmission, with a hydraulic clutch and 3.73:1 rear end. Suspension from a C4 Corvette is bolted to a tubular chassis, and four-wheel disc brakes clamp massive 13-inch rotors in the front and 12-inchers in the rear. Its 18-inch Grand Sport wheels are the only exterior clues that you might be looking at something a bit special, but honestly, I might swap them out for something a bit more retro.
The interior is covered with red leather and boasts modern conveniences, including air conditioning, power steering, adjustable steering column and a modern stereo, complete with Bluetooth connectivity. This obsessively assembled package is being sold at the Mecum Auctions event this May 12-16 in Indianapolis and is expected to go for between $175,000 and $200,000.
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If you’re looking for a biting, Top Gear-style look at the Z06, this isn’t going to be it. This review pretty much boils down to someone reading a sales brochure and driving his neighbor’s Z06 around a suburban subdivision. But don’t take that as criticism. From a consumer standpoint, this is probably the better review. A good look at how the convertible top operates and what the interior looks like are more helpful to the average potential buyer than knowing how easily it goes sideways with the traction control off on a racetrack.
The review is relentlessly consumer-oriented, coming in at over 31 minutes and going over pretty much every feature of the 2015 Z06 Convertible. But sometimes you need something like that, as it can be tempting to view fast cars as nothing more than a collection of performance stats, and review videos will sometimes forget that people actually buy them and live with them. Unfortunately, this one has reminded us that the instruments and switches in the Z06 still aren’t exactly a high point of the car. Still a very cool car though.