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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

The beast in the metal, and now you can have it on your desktop too!

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Top 10 Greatest Chevrolet Corvettes Ever Built

Top 10 Greatest Chevrolet Corvettes Ever Built

The new ZR1 joins a long list of iconic Corvettes!

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

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The fastest, most powerful Corvette ever designed!

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was unveiled in early 2013 and introduced for the 2014 model year. It replaced the nine-year-old C6 and essentially changed the way enthusiasts viewed the Corvette thanks to its significant upgrades. Besides the more angular and aggressive styling, the C7 also received a revamped interior that no longer made use of cheap plastics. The cabin was finally moved into premium territory, putting an end to decades of criticism. While it continued to use an all-engine V-8, the Corvette gained a supercharged unit with the Z06 badge. Come 2017, and Chevrolet took things to a whole new level with a new ZR1 model, the fourth since the early 1970s. Powered by a brand-new V-8, it’s the ZR1 with highest power, greatest track performance, and most advanced technology in its production history!

It took Chevrolet some four years to revise the range-topping ZR1, but the wait was definitely worth it. The new supercharged coupe surpasses every rumor we’ve been through so far with a significantly revised exterior, a menacing, race-inspired rear wing, and a supercharged V-8 engine that was designed on a clean sheet. After years of speculation, dozens of camouflaged test cars, and rumors that GM is also working on a mid-engined Corvette, the ZR1 is here to prove that Chevrolet isn’t yet willing to give up on its fantastic tradition and that the ZR1 legend will live on for a few more years. And, for the very first time since the Corvette was introduced more than five decades ago, it’s safe to say that Chevrolet finally has a competitor for the high-end supercars out there. Keep reading to find out why.

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A Car God's Blessing - The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is Finally Here

A Car God’s Blessing - The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is Finally Here

Christmas definitely came early this year :)

While you were not paying attention this weekend, the car God’s were busy blessing us with the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – quite literally the most powerful production model Chevy as ever introduced. Powered by a 6.2-liter, LT5, V-8, this force-fed monster delivers a butthole-puckering 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, 105 ponies and 65 pound-feet more than the C7-gen Z06 – the most powerful and quickest Vette, well, until now, anyway. Chevy hasn’t gone into full performance details yet, but the new ZR1 can surpass 210 mph on the track. And, with the Z06 hitting the 60-mph sprint in 2.95 seconds, you can bet this beast does it in closer to 2.6 seconds. To help keep all of the muscle under control, the ZR1 is available with two aero packages, including a High Wing that can deliver as much as 950 pounds of downforce at speed.

It’s the most powerful and fastest, and it’s also the best-looking too. There’s an all-new front fascia that has extra air channels to help keep things cool as well as four new radiators for a total of 13 heat exchangers and hopefully a solution for that questionable overheating problem Chevy has had in the past. A new, excessively aggressive hood has been added to the ZR1 and was actually a necessity thanks to that massive supercharger that force feeds air into the intake. There’s also stanchion-mounted wings available that will help keep the monster pinned to the track. So, ready to learn a little more? Check out all of the specs we have so far, and some more details about the ZR1’s crazy aerodynamics…

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The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

It looks better than the 911 and 488, and is likely faster too!

It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.

So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more. It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.

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2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

Rumors say the Corvette ZR1 is on the way, but Chevy claims the shutdown is for a different reason

Back in May, we brought you news about Chevy’s Corvette factory and its 18-month shutdown of public tours beginning in June. At the time, Corvette expert and trusted source, Mike Furman, sent out an e-mail saying giving us a number of possibilities as to why the tours were being shut down. The distinct possibilities included the retooling of the factory to produce the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 “Zora” and the possibility that GM is switching from pushrod engines to DOHC engines. I personally speculated that it could be both – GM is trying to hide as much as it can about the ZR1, with tours obviously a serious threat to the way information is leaked these days and the switch to DOHC being a huge undertaking. Keep in mind that the ZR1 will also be based on the C7 instead of the upcoming C8, so it’s possible that GM is preparing the factory for C8 production. Now, as we approach fall and August is ready to kick off, GM is shutting down the Bowling Green plant. The shutdown is going to last through the month of October – something that is also causing a halt of all new Corvette orders until further notice.

So, what is the shutdown really for? Well, that’s still a mystery as far as we’re concerned, but according to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason revolves around the building of a new paint shop that is said to be state of the art. That’s the most official information we’ve heard about the shutdown so far, but is it just a front as GM begins to shift toward building DOHC engines or the C8? It’s hard to say, but shutting down an entire factory, just to build a new paint shop seems a little sketchy to us. For what it’s worth, the shutdown doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to get a Corvette for the next three months. You won’t be able to order a 2018 model, but GM currently has 14,700 Corvettes in stock as of July 1, 2017. That’s the word from the Automotive News Data Center, and it does make sense considering such a long halt to production. So, what’s it all mean for those looking to buy a Vette in the next couple of months? Keep reading to learn more about it.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Could the most track-capable ZL1 to date replace the Z/28?

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

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 The Exorcist by Hennessey

Say your prayers, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 “The Exorcist” by Hennessey.

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All-Electric Corvette Races To New Electric Land Speed Record

All-Electric Corvette Races To New Electric Land Speed Record

It only took five months for the Genovation GXE to shatter its own world record

The Genovation GXE all-electric Chevrolet Corvette made headlines in February 2016 when it set the top speed record for a street legal electric car when it shot to a top speed of 186.6 mph on the tarmac of the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Impressive, right? Well, in a space of just five months, the Genovation EV Corvette laid waste to its “old” record by blasting to a top speed of 205.6 mph.

It’s only fitting that Genovation Cars took this quick to obliterate its own record. After all, the Maryland-based company promised back in February that more speed runs were planned in the future. It didn’t say when and where it was planning to do these runs, but as it turned out, it returned to the scene of its previous record-breaking run – the Kennedy Space Center – to tack on another 20 mph to its world record.

For those who may need a refresher on the record-breaking EV Corvette Z06, Genovation Cars achieved its incredible performance capabilities by ditching the sports car’s original 7.0-liter V-8 mill in favor of a a 44 kWh battery and a pair of electric motors. The result is an output of 600 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to an extra 95 horsepower compared to the V-8’s output of 505 horses and 470 pound-feet of twist. The production C6 Corvette Z06 was capable of hitting a top speed of 198 mph so it’s impressive to see that an electrified version of the same car was able to to break the 200-mph barrier on its way to posting a supercar-like – and record-breaking – 205.6 mph.

Those who may be interested in owning a Genovation GXE should probably keep tabs on any announcements coming from Genovation Cars. In addition to its plan of making even more speed runs in the future, the company is also planning to bring the model to market in limited production. Unless something unforeseen happens, the company expects to begin taking pre-orders for the car in the next few months.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette - Ordering Guide

2016 Chevrolet Corvette - Ordering Guide

Chevrolet isn’t letting the Corvette C7 get stale. For 2016, the Stingray gets a host of changes and upgrades that center around added colors, options and convenience features. These upgrades aren’t earth-shattering, but do give new Vette buyers something different over the last two model years.

The 2016 Stingray returns will all the same body panels and interior design. The majority of the changes, however, are wrapped into three, all-new, color-themed design packages. Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede offer custom-like appearances. Chevy has also integrated a new front curb-view camera for tight parking situations, and a power-cinching latch for the coupe’s rear lid.

Besides the three main colored themes, The Corvette gets two new exterior color options. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic replace Velocity Yellow and Crystal Red. The standard wheel package has been upgraded to a new design that comes in silver, black, machined or chrome.

Also offered is a clear-gloss option over the carbon-fiber hood, leaving the intricate weave visible. Chevy’s faux carbon-fiber material, Carbon Flash, is available to replace the chrome bar on the front grille. Inside, The GT seats are now offered in two-tone, in either red or grey with leather or suede microfiber.

More importantly to those who values performance, Chevy is now offering its Magnetic Ride Control on the base Stingray without having to upgrade to the Z51 Performance Package. Lastly, a flat-bottomed steering wheel is now standard across the board.

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Hennessey HPE1000 Camaro Z/28 On Dyno: Video

Hennessey HPE1000 Camaro Z/28 On Dyno: Video

Hennessey is well know for its power-adding addiction, having thrown superchargers on everything from Corvettes to Tahoes. Not even the nimble, track-boss Camaro Z/28 is immune from the tune.

This brand new Camaro has less than 1,000 miles on the clock, and has undergone the transformation from naturally aspirated to supercharged. The 7.0-liter V-8 that used to produce a “mere” 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque now lays down a highly respectable 807 horsepower and 706 pound-feet of torque.

The tune Hennessey installed is its HPE 1000, designed to deliver 1,000 horsepower to the wheels. Then again, calling it a tune is an understatement. The 7.0-liter’s LSX engine block is upgraded with all new internals, including forged aluminum pistons, forged steel rods, a beefier crankshaft, upgraded valvetrain inside the ported cylinder heads, high-flow fuel injectors, and of course, that 2.9-liter supercharger. Hennessey then calibrates the engine’s ECU to run the extra power.

Hennessey says the extra 200 horsepower will be dialed in once the engine has 1,000 miles on the clock, so check back soon for an updated video. It’ll sure be fun watching those 305-series Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires try to keep up with all that power.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Gets Updates, New Design Packages

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Gets Updates, New Design Packages

After collecting several industry awards in its first two years on the market, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette receives an array of appearance and technology upgrades for the 2016 model year. The update also brings three new, color-themed design packages to further help buyers park a customized sports car in their driveways.

Arguably the most important change for 2016 is the availability of Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without the Z51 package. The bundle is still compatible, but customers are no longer required to get the Z51 package in order to have GM’s fancy suspension.

Two new exterior colors are also on the table for 2016. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat replaces velocity Yellow, while Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat replaces Crystal Red Tintcoat. There’s also a new standard wheel design finished in either silver, black, machined or chrome. The Carbon Flash badge option now deletes the chrome bar on the front grille, while the Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section.

Inside, the 2016 Corvette is getting a Z06-like, flat-bottom steering wheel and optional two-tone GT seats upholstered in leather or sueded microfiber. Corvettes ordered in 3LT trim and with Jet Black interior now get a red or yellow accent stitching option.

More goodies can be had with the three design packages, available on Stingray 3LT coupe and convertible models, which are detailed below.

Continue reading to learn more about what 2016 brings new on the Corvette Stingray lineup.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes From 0 to 185 MPH: Video

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes From 0 to 185 MPH: Video

Chevrolet’s latest Corvette Z06 has certainly stirred up its share of attention this year, and for good reason. It’s supercharged, 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 is a beastly engine laying out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. When mated to Chevy’s all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, the Z06 is capable of hitting 60 mph in less than three seconds. But for some, that’s not fast enough.

Enter the aftermarket tuning scene. Many would argue that John Hennessey is one of the foremost tuners in the business, helping turn fast cars into ridiculous monsters.

That’s exactly the plan with this brand-new 2015 Corvette Z06, as Hennessey and his team of gearheads certainly have more power planned for its small-block V-8. But before the upgrades get bolted on, John takes the stock supercar for a test run.

There’s so much going on during this one-take video. All the gauges are doing their own dance, reading incrementally higher numbers as the car rockets down the track. That is, all the gauges except one. Take a look as the fuel gauge moves down a notch during the mile-long run, showing just how thirsty the direct-injected V-8 can be at full throttle.

John tops out at 185 mph, likely due to the Z06’s new downforce-inducing aerodynamics. Expect the extra power to help overcome that unofficial top speed and drop that 0-to-60 time. Just don’t expect the Z06 to get the EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

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Supercharged Camaro Z/28 Makes Serious Power: Video

Supercharged Camaro Z/28 Makes Serious Power: Video

Chevrolet designed the Z/28 version of the Camaro to be a lightweight track boss with word-class credentials. Still, some feel its 505-horsepower, naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 is underpowered, especially compared to its 580-horsepower ZL1 brother. Though the Z/28 has been on the market for a relatively short time, owners are already beginning to pour on the power.

Redline Motorsports in South Florida has already shown what’s possible. The speed shop threw on an Edelbrock supercharger, high-flow injectors, a performance camshaft complete with beefier valvetrain, and a full exhaust with two-inch diameter headers. Topping the build off is a full tune of the Z/28’s ECU, making all the added parts work together.

The result was a full 197 horsepower and 208 pound-feet of torque added to the Camaro’s baseline dyno run. That translates into an impressive 652 horsepower and 628 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. No doubt its 0-60 mph time will drop below the 4.0 seconds it takes a stock Z/28.

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DRIVE Reviews A Race-Prepped Chevrolet C10 Truck: Video

DRIVE Reviews A Race-Prepped Chevrolet C10 Truck: Video

It is said that with the right engineering and work, any vehicle can go fast. That’s largely true for cars, but can it be applied to a pickup truck? According to DRIVE’s latest "Big Muscle" episode, there’s at least one truck that is as fast and nimble as car on the race track. The hauler in question is a heavily modified 1969 Chevrolet C10 built by Bob Philips for his wife Brandy. Yup, Brandy is a race car driver and she previously did laps on race tracks across the U.S. in a second-generation Camaro.

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DRIVE Reviews A Race-Prepped Chevrolet C10 Truck: Video

DRIVE Reviews A Race-Prepped Chevrolet C10 Truck: Video

It is said that with the right engineering and work, any vehicle can go fast. That’s largely true for cars, but can it be applied to a pickup truck? According to DRIVE’s latest "Big Muscle" episode, there’s at least one truck that is as fast and nimble as car on the race track. The hauler in question is a heavily modified 1969 Chevrolet C10 built by Bob Philips for his wife Brandy. Yup, Brandy is a race car driver and she previously did laps on race tracks across the U.S. in a second-generation Camaro.

Getting back to the truck, don’t let the utilitarian nature of the C10 fool you. This rig went through an extensive overhaul that change everything but the familiar body of Chevy’s famous truck. Just like a full-fledged race car, the C10, now renamed as the C10-R, received a massive front splitter and a huge rear wing, both made from carbon-fiber. Phillips also equipped it with gold-painted 18-inch rims shod in wide performance tires and wrapped its body in gunmetal grey for a Pagani Zonda-like finish. Yup, that’s no mistake, Bob actually wanted the C10-R to resemble the mighty Zonda R, noted for its black carbon-fiber body work and gold wheels.

But believe it or not, the exterior is the least impressive aspect of this truck. Keep reading to find out why.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

The Chevrolet Corvette has been an iconic nameplate in the sports car world since its introduction back in 1953. The early hand-built Corvettes powered by inline six-cylinders gave way to larger production quantity and much larger and more powerful V-8 engines. Through the years, the Corvette became more powerful and more technologically advanced, and now, as we are in the Corvette’s seventh generation, the Corvette is more powerful and advanced than ever before.

The C7 Corvette, which was introduced in 2014, also brought about the reintroduction of the Stingray name. With a year under its belt, the 2015 Corvette arrives with a new eight-speed automatic and an optional Performance Data Recorder.

The 2015 Stingray comes complete with a 6.2-liter V-8 that boasts loads of cutting-edge technology despite its old-school cam-in-block, pushrod design. Making 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the V-8 enables 0-to-60 times under four seconds while achieving nearly 30 mpg highway. Other state-of-the art technology surrounds the engine, including a lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis, a complex traction system, and either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

After much anticipation, I finally had the chance to sample the new 2015 Stingray, complete with the all-new (and optional in the Z06) eight-speed automatic transmission and performance exhaust. Fitted with the 2LT Package and ZF1 Appearance Package, but lacking the sporty Z51 Performance Package, my tester took a middle-of-the-road approach to its option list. That certainly didn’t stop fun, however. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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The First Corvette Z06s are on Their Way to Customers

The First Corvette Z06s are on Their Way to Customers

If you’ve put money down on a new 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06, you’ll be happy to know Chevrolet is beginning deliveries of its sports car. The Vettes are currently rolling onto trucks headed to dealers where customers can take delivery starting this week.

This marks the beginning of Chevy’s new ultimate Corvette. The Detroit bruiser comes packing a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3,600. Those numbers rank highest in the long list of GM’s production vehicles. Optional with that engine are two transmissions: the standard seven-speed manual, complete with Active Rev Matching and No-Lift Shifting; and the all-new eight-speed automatic.

Those looking to row their own will enjoy a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.2 ticks while those more concerned about acceleration numbers can achieve 60 mph in just 2.95 seconds and the quarter mile in 10.95 seconds with the lightning-fast automatic. Regardless of transmission choice, both configurations finish the quarter mile at 127 mph.

Stopping is also accomplished in a record-breaking distance: 99.6 feet. That’s better than anything GM has ever sent down the production line. Lateral acceleration tops out at 1.2g thanks to the Z07 performance package and its sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Customers have a wide range of choices when it comes to the new Z06. It comes in both coupe and convertible form, the two transmission choices, three stages of aerodynamic bodywork, and plenty of color and interior options. Prices start at $78,995 for the coupe and $83,995 for the convertible.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Posts Record Sales for Chevrolet

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Posts Record Sales for Chevrolet

It seems Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. The new 2014 Corvette Stingray has posted some rather impressive sales stats during its first year in production. General Motors officially announced the C7’s sales numbers at the 2014 Carlisle event, quoting it had sold 37,288 Corvettes so far this year.

This represents a massive increase in Corvette sales over last year’s sales of roughly 11,392 cars. Granted, 2013 was the last year for the outgoing C6. The C6 hadn’t always had slow sales – in fact, the C6 still holds the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in Corvette sales history at 40,561 and 37,372 respectively for 2007 and 2005. The 1985 Corvette C4 holds second place at 39,729 units moved.

It’s also interesting to note that the majority of Stingrays sold were ordered with the Z51 performance package. According to Corvette Blogger, the Z51 accounts for 56 percent of all C7s sold. The six-speed automatic also won out over the seven-speed manual, accounting for 65 percent of sales. That number may actually increase for 2015 with Corvette adopting a new eight-speed auto unit.

All the details aside, the fact that Corvette is selling well again is great news for the “New GM.” The automaker certainly has a popular product on its hands and sales will only continue to grow as the monstrous Z06 coupe and convertible hit the streets for 2015.

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2014 Darth Vader Car by Hot Wheels

2014 Darth Vader Car by Hot Wheels

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

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Three-Way Shootout: Viper, Vette, and Z/28

Three-Way Shootout: Viper, Vette, and Z/28

Forget what they say, these are the glory days of muscle. Sure, carburetors and glass packs are out, but direct fuel injection, variable-flow exhaust pipes, and computers have revolutionized the way modern street and track fighters do battle. We’ve pitted three of the most purpose-built machines together to see not only which car would win on the track, but which car would be the easiest to live with on a daily basis.

The competitors all hail from the U.S. of A. and sport snarling engines making huge amounts of power, all sent to the rear wheels though a manual transmission. They’re brash and unapologetic, unforgivably fast, and diabolically cool. Though they’ve all got the performance creds, do they have what it takes to impress the missus enough for a purchase to occur?

Our three contenders are the SRT (now back to Dodge) Viper, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

In order for this to be a fair fight, we’ve got to price these cars correctly. Starting with the Viper, its base MSRP is comes in at $102,485 — well over that of the Vette and Z/28 — but considering the hard time Dodge has had selling the sultry snake, there are dealer incentives to be had. According to a few price-checking websites, a 2014 base Viper can be had in the mid $90,000 range.

The Camaro Z/28, on the other hand, starts out at $73,300 — but that’s bare-bones stock without air conditioning. Another $1,150 makes the car livable in the summertime. Its total cost comes to $76,150 after destination and the gas-guzzler tax.

The Vette represents the bargain of the bunch, coming in at $70,985 in its top-line, 3LT trim fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Ride, Performance exhaust, and Competition Sport seats. It may be the highest equipped here, but will its least-powerful engine be able to keep up?

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Standard Chevrolet Camaro Can Be Upgraded With Z/28 Performance Packages

Standard Chevrolet Camaro Can Be Upgraded With Z/28 Performance Packages

Remember last month’s report saying Chevrolet will restrict an array of Camaro Z/28 parts to prevent aftermarket cloning and preserve the muscle car’s exclusivity? It was all but good news to customers hoping Chevy will release a few visual and drivetrain Z/28 upgrades for the regular Camaros.

Well, we’re back on the matter to let you know that GM will eventually offer nine performance packages that will add some Z/28 bells and whistles to the regular Bowtie-badged pony car. That’s the word from Car and Driver, who adds that some of the bundles will also feature parts that aren’t available as individual components.

Specifically, the Z/28 suspension kit will also come with spool-valve dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars, while the helical differential will be paired with an integrated heat exchanger. Additionally, drivers owning a 2012 model year or newer Camaro will also be able to order the Z/28’s cold-air intake, exhaust manifold (V-8 models only), brake cooling ducts, cat-back exhaust, and Recaro Seats.

What’s more, it appears that Chevy is also rolling out a body package that includes the Z/28’s front splitter, rear spoiler, and underbody tray that allows users to take their Camaro even closer to the Z/28 in terms of aesthetics. Of course, they won’t be able to build a perfect clone of the Z/28 without a crate engine and the parts Chevrolet has restricted, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Pricing for these packages is not available yet, but we’ll be right back as soon as Chevy Performance spills the beans.

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2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the fastest and most powerful production Camaro to ever roll out of a General Motors factory, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. For the 2014 Camaro ZL1, Chevrolet has given the supercharged monster a visual overhaul, added some new equipment and changed what colors are available.

The result is a Camaro that looks better and performs better than ever before. With a Nurburgring lap time of 7:41, it also performs better than a massive collection of machines on the road today. From the aggressive body kit and the louvered hood, to the gargling and barking exhaust note, the latest ZL1 is ready to take care of business.

What hasn’t changed is the engine. The ZL1 is still powered by a supercharged V8 based on the incredible motor from the Corvette ZR1. It is one of the most powerful production V-8s in the entire world, and it turns the Camaro into one of the fastest cars in the world.

Updated 05/23/2014: Chevrolet announced today details for the 2015 Camaro ZL1, with the only updates for the new year including the addition of a new Blue Velvet Metallic exterior paint.This is the final model year for the fifth-generation Camaro.

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