This Chevy C8 Corvette Roadster Is The Limited Edition Vette the World Needs
We don’t know about you, but for us, when the words Chevrolet and roadster are joined together, a mental picture of the Chevy SSR lights up our brains. As wild and daring as the SSR was, that contraption - a retractable hard-top convertible pickup truck - has nothing to do with the C8 Corvette roadster renders you’re about to see.
This Modern Review of a 1953 Chevy C1 Corvette Is the Best Thing You’ll See This Month
The Corvette is America’s sports car, a legend of the automotive industry that’s been around for almost 70 years. With such a rich heritage behind it, as well as given the move from the classic front-engined layout to the rear-mid-engined layout with the arrival of the eighth-generation model, it’s only right that we take a step back and look at the 1953 Corvette C1, the great-great-great grandad of the current ’Vette, the original fiberglass two-seater from GM made to rival Europe’s finest and we do it courtesy of Regular Car Reviews.
Car For Sale: 1999 Chevy C5 Corvette Buggy????
In general, the car world is segregated. If you’re imports and tuners, you’re probably not too interested in American muscle. If you’re into trucks and off-roading, you’re probably not that turned on by sports cars. This rule of thumb doesn’t always hold true, though, and that’s why we’re looking at this Chevy C5 Corvette that was turned into an off-road-worth buggy that’s probably more capable than any truck that you or any of your buddies own. The craziest part? This C5 Corvette buggy is listed for sale on Bring-A-Trailer right now with a current (as of the time of this writing) bid of just $15,000.
The Chevrolet C8 Corvette Convertible Has Been Delayed Until 2021
Chevrolet has already confirmed that the C8 Corvette will spawn a drop-top version, but it might not be available before the 2021 model year. Yes, you guessed it, it has to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that it forced GM to shut down production at its Bowling Green plant.
Chevrolet’s Open-Top 2020 Corvette C8 Weighs 77 Pounds More Than The Coupe
Unlike its coupe sibling, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible didn’t get to revel in the hype that usually precedes an important launch. It’s not that the open-top 2020 Corvette C8 isn’t important - in fact, it’s the first Vette fitted with a hardtop - but its reveal was announced back when Chevy was still busy introducing the fixed roof C8 to the world.
2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible Gallery
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible has arrived with a hardtop roof, an increase of 80 pounds or so in weight, and some other significant changes. Highlights include a new rear hatch that doesn’t facilitate viewing of the V-8 hidden behind the rear seats and, now, the rear trunk has its own dedicated cover as opposed to being integrated with the rear hatch as we see on the coupe - this was necessary for the hardtop to be stored when retracted. This might seem a little strange, but it does offer one big benefit: The Chevy C8 Corvette Convertible has the same amount of rear trunk storage as the coupe!
Power output of 495 horsepower with the performance exhaust has remained the same, and Chevy claims the Corvette Convertible can hit 60 mph in around 3 seconds, just a hair slower than the Coupe.
Mark Your Calendars; Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible Set For Fall Unveiling
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible is arriving in the fall of 2020, putting to bed any and all questions about its timetable. The announcement came in the form of a video touting the arrival of the roofless version of the next-generation Corvette. The model, which also happens to be the first mid-engine convertible model in the long and illustrious history of the iconic nameplate, will be joined on-stage — or wherever the debut’s going to take place — by the 2020 Corvette C8.R race car, the successor to the award-winning C7.R grand tourer race car that has won 16 endurance races, including the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. There’s no official date as to when both models will debut, but Chevrolet’s announcement of a Fall 2019 reveal means that we won’t have to wait long for the Corvette C8 Convertible and the Corvette C8.R race car to join the Corvette C8 Coupe in what is fast becoming a growing family of C8 Corvettes.
When Can You Buy the C8 Corvette Convertible, Z06, Grand Sport, ZR1: A Timeline
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s an engineering home run. For others, it’s a history-making performance car. Whatever your thoughts are of the Corvette C8, there is one thing that everyone can agree on. The Corvette C8’s market launch, whenever that will be, is going to be one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar. As it is, Chevrolet hasn’t announced when the C8 will arrive. We only know that production of the mid-engine performance car will kick off late this year. With that current timetable, it’s reasonable to expect the model becoming available to the masses sometime in early 2020. That’s less than a year from now, so it’s not that far into the future. Once the C8 arrives, questions will now be asked about the model’s other trim levels and when those are coming out. The Corvette C8 Convertible will assuredly arrive soon after the C8 launches, but what about the Z06, Grand Sport, and dare we dream, the ZR1? It’ll probably take Chevrolet a few years to round out the entire C8 lineup, just as it did with the C7-generation Corvette. That’s not going to stop us from speculating, though, right? Cross your fingers that our estimates are correct because if everything that’s been rumored about the Corvette C8 ZR1 is true, then that bad boy can’t come soon enough.
Someone Compiled a 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Exhaust Soundtrack and It’s Drool-Worthy
We’ll find out soon if the most hyped GM product of the last few decades will live up to everyone’s sky-high expectations. Until we get to take the C8 out for a spin, however, let’s warm up by listening to its exhaust notes, compiled together in one telling video that comes to assure us that America’s Sportscar hasn’t lost its soul as it transitions from a front engine layout to a rear mid-engine layout. At least as far as the acoustics are concerned, anyway.
Are you bored of seeing various spy shots of the Chevrolet Corvette C8 mules somewhere in the world testing? Be it at the Nordschleife, down a highway in Michigan, or snaking through some back roads in Ohio, we’ve all had more than enough of these sightings. It’s always the same, camouflaged silhouette, always the same black tarps across the tail section, and let’s not talk about the various renders. That’s why we’re straying away from the visual side of things and focusing on what our ears can pick up. What engine is in that mule? The auditory quiz shall begin!
Last Production Chevrolet Corvette C7 Fetches $2.7 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction
As the hype surrounding the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8’s imminent arrival goes into overdrive, let’s pour one out for the departing Chevrolet Corvette C7, the last front-engine Corvette — for now, at least — in the nameplate’s storied history. Given its potential historical significance, It goes without saying that the last-production model would be a must-have model among Corvette aficionados and enthusiasts. Well, that’s precisely what happened because this specific model went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction in Connecticut over the weekend and sold for a staggering $2.7 million, becoming one of the most expensive Chevrolet Corvettes sold in an auction in history. All the proceeds from the sale of the final-production Corvette C7 are expected to go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home program, an organization that aims to build mortgage-free homes for the catastrophically injured veterans.
2019 - 2020 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy’s resident muscle car and Mustang fighter went under the scalpel for the 2019 model to bring it up to speed in the looks and technology department. As part of this mid-cycle update, Chevy also added in the 1LE package for the Camaro Turbo to make it more track ready while updating various components of other trim levels to help keep them fresh while still standing out in the crowd. There are no power updates as part of this update, but with the new tech and new looks, the Camaro should be able to hold its own against the Mustang and the Challenger for a few more years.
Update 05/03/2019: Chevy has decided to update the 2020 Camaro SS with cues borrowed from the Camaro Shock Concept that was showcased at the 2018 SEMA show due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback. Check out the updates in our review below!
2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Driven
Mustangs and Camaro are so common these days, that one may think their commercial success is more about cheap pricing than real merit. The truth could not be farther and the Chevy Camaro SS is here to remind everyone, especially those of German origins, that American muscle icons are not only alive but Reborn.
The Camaro/Mustang fratricide competition has pushed each generations further in terms of handling and overall build quality. The 2019 Camaro is now a very mature, modern sport car. The high displacement V8 rumbles above the turbocharged imports, and the many years of testing at the Nurburgring is paying of large dividends. Add to the mix a newly found interest for quality interior and you have a car Europeans would dream to put their hands on. So let’s go ahead and dive into this ’Americana driving machine’.
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
The Chevrolet El Camino coupe utility vehicle was classified as an SUV at the time. It was based on the chassis of a sedan but offered a sizeable bed behind the seats. The third generation El Camino was the second to last to be based on the Chevelle platform.
The El Camino was GM’s answer to the Ford Ranchero. Apparently, GM’s Harley Earl had thought about introducing a coupe utility vehicle a full five years before Ford debuted the Ranchero but internal decision-making delayed the concept which was only green-lighted after GM noticed that the Ranchero had a market.
The El Camino became, arguably, the most practical muscle car by 1970 as a response to the Ranchero which was, by now, based on the Ford Falcon. That’s why you could get an El Camino with the Super Sport package and an almighty engine under the hood. This particular example comes with the 7.0-liter 550 horsepower V-8 engine which wasn’t available on the El Camino at the time.
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1961 Chevrolet Impala
The Chevrolet Impala was rejuvenated again for 1961, officially the year when the third generation rolled into production. Chevy’s flagship full-size model was now entirely modern and, more importantly, an SS version became available.
The Impala debuted in 1958 as the top trim level for the Bel Air known as the Bel Air Impala. 1958 was the year of GM’s 50th anniversary, and the Bel Air Impala was the anniversary Chevrolet model. It featured different styling compared to lesser Bel Airs and people bought into it. So much so that, only one year later, the Impala became a model of its own - which is now considered the second generation Impala.
The 1961 Impala was still based on the B-body platform and sat on an X-frame chassis without side rails that were said to improve rigidity and lower the center of gravity. It had already been in use for two years on the previous Impala iteration. The new car came as a Hardtop 2-door Coupe, a Convertible, a 2-door Sedan, a 4-door Sedan, and a 4-door Station Wagon.
Ringbrothers is a company “with an affinity for muscle cars,” as they say on the official website, which usually specializes in low, ground-hugging vehicles designed to go around corners very well. At this year’s edition of the SEMA show, however, they brought out their first off-roader, a tastefully restomodded Chevy K5 Blazer, based on the full-size model built from the early 1970s to the early 1990s; the Blazer they used is from 1971, and boy did they deliver...
The company sells many components they make themselves, and it seems this modded K5 got as many of them as they could fit on it. What resulted is probably one of the best looking modded off-roaders I’ve ever seen, which blends decent off-road capability with a head-turning look, strong performance courtesy of an LS3 swap, and some modern gadgets too.
If this is the Ringbrothers’ idea of an off-roader, then we ask them to make more of these, or start selling them as scale models, because I want one to put on my office desk.
Bart Starr’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Is Up for Auction
You gotta love a classic ‘Vette - the looks, the sound, the smell… it’s pure nostalgia stuff. This particular Corvette Sting Ray Convertible takes it even further, bringing some very American provenance to the table as the vehicle originally given to Bart Starr for winning the MVP award at Super Bowl I.
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Chevy Responds to the 2018 Ford Mustang by Updating the Camaro in All the Right Ways
With Ford updating the Mustang for the 2018 model year, it should come as no surprise that Chevy had to do the same for its resident muscle car. For 2019, the Camaro gets a revised front end with a new grille and sexier headlights. The rear end of all models get a revised fascia and new taillights as well. More important than this, however, is the new Turbo 1LE which effectively adds the track-ready goodies from other 1LE models to the four-banger Camaro. There’s lots of good stuff here so keep reading to learn more.
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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