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However, Chevrolet apparently rescinded the document in recent days and filed new paperwork that dropped the M7 code and added the SA10 designation.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 Drops Teaser of Silverado 4500 and 5500 Prior to March Debut
Chevrolet has dropped a darkened teaser image of its upcoming medium-duty truck, the 2019 Silverado 4500 and 5500. The truck will compete directly with the Ram 4500 and 5500, along with the Ford F-450, F-550, and even the F-650. Chevy officially announced the trucks were coming at the 2017 Texas State Fair.
In a statement at the fair back in September of 2017, John Schwegman, Chevy’s U.S. director of commercial product, said, “We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow. The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more."
The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be powered by the current 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel and use the Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and 4WD will be offered, as well as the regular cab and crew cab configurations. Important to upfitter companies, the trucks will come in a variety of wheelbases and GVWRs to accommodate a wide range of jobs. Fleet managers will also appreciate the optional of 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for keeping track of fleet maintenance and vehicle locations.
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More CAD Images Show the Mid-Engined, C8 Corvette’s Twin-Turbo, DOHC, LT7 in All its Digital Glory
The last time we saw CAD images for the mid-engined, C8 Corvette, Chevy lost its mind, sending out letters that asked publications to remove the images and it even used the digital copyrights act to have the images removed from another publication’s Facebook page. What Chevy doesn’t realize is that the mid-engined beast we’ve all been waiting for is the world’s worst-kept secret and, as evidence, we’re looking at more CAD images right now. The thing is, however, that we’re looking at a completely different engine setup this time around. Keep reading to learn more about it.
Leaked CAD Images Show Off Parts of the Mid-Engined Corvette
At first glance, they look like colorful spaceship renderings done by someone with far too much time on his hands. They’re not spaceships, though, because they’re actually CAD renderings of the next-generation engine that will be used on the new Chevrolet Corvette. I know, right? It’s not exactly the cleanest of presentations, but thanks to some expert sleuthing from members of Corvetteforum.com, they’ve uncovered what they believe to be the bones of the new powertrain.
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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Chevy Rumored To Revive Blazer name on 2019 Crossover
Our friends over at Truck Trend say Chevrolet is preparing a mid-size, two-row crossover to compete against the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano for the 2019 model year. What will Chevy call it? Industry rumors say Blazer. Adding fuel to the (dumpster) fire are spy photos of such a vehicle trolling around public roads while covered in heavy camouflage. Naturally, the news comes as a huge disappointment – not because Chevy is developing a new crossover, but because it will carry the iconic Blazer name.
The resurrection of bygone vehicle names is in heavy swing these days. Ford is bringing back the Ranger pickup to the U.S. and dusting off the Bronco name for the first time since the mid-1990s. It’s almost common knowledge Ford’s upcoming Bronco will be based on the T6 Ranger pickup platform and use a ladder frame and a solid rear axle. It’s expected to offer an excellent compromise between on-road civility and off-road capability while honoring its nameplate that traces its roots to the 1960s when Ford needed an SUV to compete with the Jeep CJ. Yet here we are, with Chevy about to slap the equally iconic Blazer name onto an assumably forgettable family hauler that couldn’t wheel its way over a parking stop. Why, Chevy? Of course, we should take these rumors with a huge grain of salt. No sources were listed and not even the vehicle in the spy photos show any discernable Chevy characteristics. Still, it’s hard not to criticize GM for not directly competing against the Bronco with a Colorado-based SUV wearing a Blazer badge. Chevy already has such an SUV in markets around the world. It’s even called the Trailblazer. Why not fight Ford at its own game? After all, SUV and pickup sales are booming thanks to cheap fuel and a growing economy.
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The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry
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.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
Since Zora Arkus Duntov joined the Corvette team and crammed a V-8 into America’s sports car in 1955, the Belgian-born engineer chased ever more interesting and dynamic ways of making the little two-door go faster than anything else on the road. Zora was obsessed with speed and performance. Aside from setting a production car record up Pikes Peak in a Corvette, taking a standing-mile record at Daytona and starting the Grand Sport racing program, Zora consistently worked on mid-engined prototypes of Corvettes during his career. Despite having a mid-engined prototype of some form for almost every generation of the Corvette, there has never been a production car wearing the legendary Crossed Flags and carrying the engine behind the driver. That all looks to change soon with the rumored Corvette Zora ZR1.
This new car is rumored to use the Zora name to make it a separate model from the current Corvette family, and when it debuts, it will be unveiled as an eighth-generation (C8) car. To create this new and exciting performance machine, Corvette engineers are expected to modify the current C7’s aluminum chassis for mid-ship duty, and then they should fit the car with an uprated version of the supercharged V-8 found in the new Corvette Z06. The new Zora is expected to carry a price of more than $150k, horsepower ratings in excess of 700 ponies and a top speed well above 200 mph. General Motors is no longer building a bargain performance monster. The new Zora will be a purebred supercar; full stop. Ferrari and Lamborghini, you have been put on notice.
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Is GM Retooling its Bowling Green Assembly Plant for the Mid-Engined Corvette ZR1?
As reported by National Corvette Museum and the Bowling Green Daily News, GM is set to shut down tours of it’s Corvette assembly plant for 18 months starting June 16 of this year. But, what’s the reason behind this massive tour blackout date? Well, there could be any number of reasons. According to Corvette expert, Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet in Maryland, it could be that GM is planning to retool the production line for the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 "Zora" and doesn’t want the tours to interfere with the setup or serve as a basis for leaked information prior the car’s official debut.
In his e-mail announcement, he also touched base on another big possibility. It could be that GM is retooling the factory and installing a new production line so that it can begin building DOHC engines instead of the traditional and aging pushrod engines that have soldiered on in the Corvette for decades. So, truth be told, GM could be trying to hide the upcoming ZR1 from the public eye, but it could be planning a big change in engine design as well. Of course, the fact the ZR1 will be based on the C7 and not the upcoming C8 points to the fact that GM may be preparing to get the C8 production rolling in the near future as well.
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Will The Chevy Corvette get an Active Aero System in the Near Future?
If you’ve been paying attention lately, you know that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante made that amazing, record-setting lap time at the Nurburgring. You should also know that it was able to complete that lap thanks to an active aero system that is known as “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva,” a system that allows the car to remain a little loose in the straightaways while achieving maximum downforce when cornering. Well, Lambo is the only brand that has been working hard on active aero systems as Chevy has also been hard at work, and according to a patent that was published on March 23, 2017, the Corvette could be the first in line to get the GM designed, active aero system.
That’s right; the patent itself gives a pretty fair breakdown of the system but shows that it has been designed around the Corvette. And, that points to something really important: A hardcore track-focused Corvette could be in the works! Of course, we don’t know this for sure, and like some patents, this one could fizzle away into nothing. Autoguide even contacted Chevy Communications to ask about the active aero system, and the only response it received was “We have no comment at this time.”
So what does this active aero system consist of? Well, keep reading to learn more about it.
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The 2018 Chevy Corvette Could Come With a Surprise Under the Hood
The upcoming Corvette ZR-1 has been a major topic among performance and Chevy enthusiasts alike, and has been rumored and desired since the C7 hit dealerships a few years ago. Up until now, however, we’ve gotten very little official information but have seen the beast testing in the wild in mixed colors with lots or padding and camo. We have learned from leaked documents that it will, indeed, have a midship layout and a brand-new engine, but information about said engine has been rather elusive. All that has changed thanks to a leaked document on GM’s service website. The document has since been removed, but not before we’ve all taken in the knowledge that the new ZR-1, as well as the C8 Corvette, will get a naturally aspirated, DOHC, 6.2-liter V-8 that is being called the LT5.
As you’ll see in the document below, the listing in the leaked document reads “ENGINE GAS CYL, 6.2:, SIDI,DOHC,VVT,ALUM,GM. So, out of all that, we know that it will be a dual-overhead-cam unit – the first in a corvette since 1995 – and will make use of variable valve timing, and will have an aluminum block and heads. Of course, it’s not all gravy, as the listing also raises some concerns. After all, this engine is naturally aspirated, and that leads some into a serious state of doubt. See, the current 6.2-liter in the Corvette Z06 pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, but it’s only able to do so with a supercharger in tow.
So, with the ZR1 expected to have more power than the Z06 – some are saying as much as 750 horsepower – the concept of the LT5 being a naturally aspirated engine is stirring up come skepticism. It’s not impossible, but it is improbable and illogical to get that kind of power out of a naturally aspirated V-8. But, it could all work out in the end. After all, there’s just something about a large and powerful, naturally aspirated V-8 that tickles the fancy of every self-respecting American.
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2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Caught Testing In Michigan
The highly-anticipated Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, rumored to hit the streets by 2018, has been spotted roaming the streets of Michigan. Wearing heavy camouflage at the front and sporting a big wing atop its decklid, the test car seems to be identical to the one we saw earlier this year. However, we can now see it in action, hear its engine roar, and get a better glimpse of some its features.
The first thing that catches the eye as far as the exterior goes is the massive rear wing. As you may remember, the previous prototype came without the wing, but with two struts sticking out. It turns out that the aerodynamic device will be quite massive. What’s more, the second prototype that shows up behind the first one carries a smaller wing, which could mean that the ZR1 might arrive in two configurations. The smaller wing would be standard, while the larger element could be optional or part of a more expensive, track-oriented package.
More importantly, the coupes are joined by a third, convertible prototype that also sports a rear wing. This could very well mean that Chevy is also preparing a drop-top ZR1. Granted, we haven’t heard any rumors of such a variant, but it wouldn’t be the first time that an automaker manages to keep a vehicle secret closer to launch.
Nothing else seems new from what we’ve already seen on previous test cars, but the ZR1 looks meaner than any other road-going Corvette launched up to this point. It’s engine also has a nice rumble to it at cruising speed. On the other hand, we can’t tell whether the V-8 is supercharged or turbocharged. Word has it the ZR1 will get the twin-turbo V-8 developed for the upcoming, mid-engine Corvette Zora, but we should find out more as the car moves closer to production.
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Chevrolet Colorado-Based Fuel Cell Vehicle Will Be Revealed In October
General Motors is partnering with the U.S. Military’s Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center to build and test a fuel cell-powered pickup for use in a military application. The pickup of choice, the Chevrolet Colorado, is currently under development and will be revealed sometime in October of 2016.
“Hydrogen fuel cells as a power source have the potential to bring to the force incredibly valuable capabilities,” said TARDEC Director Paul Rogers. “We expect the vehicle to be quiet in operation and ready to provide electricity generation for needs away from the vehicle. With fuel cell technology advancing, it’s an ideal time to investigate its viability in extreme military-use conditions.”
The joint project is designed to leverage innovation and next-generation technologies in the commercial sector at the request of the Department of Defense. Not only does the project help the military, it gives GM an investor to help fund its R&D on hydrogen fuel cell technology, which could eventually be used in passenger vehicles.
As for the military, a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain offers a number of benefits. For one, a fuel cell is far more efficient than gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines. Fuel cells are also inherently quite in operation, allowing for covert operations without noisy exhaust rumbles.
“This project is another example of how fuel cell propulsion can play a role in non-traditional applications,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s Global Fuel Cell Activities. “We need to continue pursuing these opportunities along with our plans for production of a commercial fuel cell system in the 2020 time frame.”
We’ll bring you all the detailed information once GM debuts this Colorado Fuel Cell prototype in October.
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Mid-engine Corvette aka "Zora" Could be Here by 2019
Last week we found out more about the upcoming mid-engined Corvette Zora thanks to a leak that confirmed the midship layout, a brand-new engine, and a launch beyond the 2018 model year. Now, a new report claims that the mid-engined Chevy could be unveiled as early as 2018 and sold starting early 2019.
According to Detroit News, quoting unnamed sources inside the company, the mid-engined Corvette is due to break cover in early 2018 - most likely at the Detroit Auto Show. Production of the sports car that would compete against the Ferrari 488 GTB is scheduled to commence in late 2018, before ordering books are opened in early 2019, the report adds. The outlet also claims that the current, front-engined Z06 and Grand Sport models would continue through 2021.
It’s not yet clear whether the C8-generation Corvette — codenamed "Emperor" — will drop the front-engined layout, but previous reports said that both configurations will be offered. Obviously, the "Zora" badge will be used for midship models.
Last week, other sources said that a mid-engine Corvette could be the basis for a Cadillac sports car, but the brand has yet to confirm or decline the information. If this proves to be true, the actual production model won’t be unveiled sooner than 2019.
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New Leak Provides More Info About The Mid-Engined Corvette Zora
A new leak from Katech, General Motors’ racing partner, suggests that the long-rumored, mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette Zora is indeed underway. According to numerous sources on the Interwebz, Katech’s website had a section dedicated to the "C8 Corvette ZR1/Zora LT5". We say "had" because the company has since removed the page. Fortunately enough, the folks over at Corvette Forum were quick enough to take a screen shot of what could be the best confirmation to date about the first even mid-engined Corvette.
The web page didn’t provide much information, but it did say that a "C8 Corvette ZR1/Zora" is "in development." Also, it provided information as to when it might arrive, saying it’s a "2018+" model year. The section also included a photo showing a sharp, aggressive nose with a wide grille, angular headlamps, and a massive bulge and V-shaped vent built into the front hood. On the other hand, this image isn’t exactly new, having been unveiled in early 2015, when a film crew for the Velocity show “Americarna” visited a General Motors design studio to document how concept cars become reality.
The removed page also provides additional hints about Chevy’s strategy for the upcoming car. Based on the name listed by Katech, the super Corvette will be offered in two versions. A "base" ZR1 and a higher-performance Zora trim. Also, the "LT5" refers to the engine that will motivate the sports car. GM previously used the "LT5" denomination for the engine in the C4-generation Corvette ZR-1, but it’s not unlikely for the name to return in the future.
Can we take this as official confirmation of the C8’s development? Not exactly, but the fact that GM’s racing partner had a page about the long-rumored Corvette adds credence to rumors that Chevrolet is already working on a mid-engined Corvette.
Is Your Corvette Z06 Overheating? Someone Is Already Testing Upgrades And It’s Not Chevy
Yesteday we found out that General Motors is planning to update the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the 2017 model year in order to stop its engine from overheating when driven at the race track. The news came from Tagde Juechter, the Executive Chief Engineer of the Corvette, who said that Chevy will address the cooling issue following several complaints from customers who take their Z06s to the track on a regular basis.
But, while the 2017 Corvette Z06 will have better cooling, the fate of the sports cars that are already in customer hands is still unknown. Fortunately, someone is already looking for solutions and working on an aftermarket upgrade for 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles. Specifically, the folks over at GSpeed — a customizing shop from Cresson, Texas — has been developing a cooling package for the Z06 since May and has documented their findings on the Corvette Forum.
Based at its Motorsports Ranch in Cresson, Gspeed has been testing the Corvette Z06 with various drivetrain modifications in what it describes as the "ideal thermal testing environment." In its attempt to solve the sports car’s cooling issues when driven in race conditions, the shop started out with a DeWitt radiator and oil cooler. The setup proved somewhat effective, but it wasn’t enough to keep the car cool so Gspeed went on to install a pre-production LG Motorsports kit. At the same time, the team discovered that the Z06 had the same radiator as the standard C7 Stingray, likely the cause of the cooling problems.
GSpeed went on to make further modifications to car, including adding a second auxiliary radiator in the front and even fabricating a much larger reservoir above the intercooler pump. This solution brought little improvement, so GSpeed decided to reverse the routing of the main coolant circuit in order to increase the heat transfer across the larger main radiator.
Testing continued with laying the auxiliary radiator horizontally in front of the main radiator, which reduced water temperature, as well as adding a second oil cooler in the front bumper just inboard of the left brake duct. This move finally resulted in a significant improvement, decreasing transmission and oil temperature back down to "reasonable/survivable track car levels."
In order to improve airflow, GSpeed opened up the bumper cutouts, moved the transmission cooler forward, and moved the auxiliary radiator back a little bit. A larger oil cooler was added inboard of the left side intercooler radiator to bring oil temperatures down further.
This is pretty much where the project lies as of this writing, and if it sounds complicated, it’s because it is.
"To be frank, a simple solution will not solve this problem. That’s why two years later it’s still unsolved. We’ve been working our asses off to try and find a way to keep the car cool for a full session without cutting up the front of the car, but the simple answer is there’s just not enough air coming through the bumper. If you look at our tests, we’re not running a race pace (...) not super-aggressive, and we’re still finding the overheating problems," they said.
However, GSpeed is getting closer and closer to finding a proper solution and it will soon move the cooling package into beta testing.
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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!
The clatter and hubbub surrounding the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup has died down since Chevy debuted a concept of the pickup at 2014 LA Auto Show. However, it seems the noise is about to pick up. Our friends over at TruckTrend just spotted this camouflaged Colorado running around the desert. The truck appears to have a suspension lift and a more aggressive front end. Mud terrain tires and fender flairs closing resembling those on the ZR2 concept are clearly seen.
So is this the Colorado ZR2? There’s no way to be completely sure.
Still, the Colorado is well past its introductory phase and it’s likely GM is ready to inject some life back in to the pickup. A purpose-built off-roader would certainly put GM on better ground with customers considering a Ford Raptor, Ram 1500 Rebel, or one of the Toyota TRD Pro products.
Through the camo we can see this test mule is missing the built-in recovery winch that made headlines in 2014. It’s very possible the winch won’t make production, but we’re hoping it was simply left off this truck. Perhaps it will be an option. Also not present is the pre-runner style rear bumper and rocker panel guards.
One thing not missing is ground clearance. Just look at the air under this Colorado! There’s also no low-hanging air dam just begging to be ripped off. Underneath, skid plating and beefy control arms are easily spotted.
GM will likely offer both the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 and 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel as engine options. In either case, expect the current six-speed automatic to handle shifting duties. Then again, if GM is really serious about making the ZR2 a Raptor fighter, the new 10-speed automatic could make its appearance. We’d also love to see GM shoehorn the 5.3-liter V-8 into the ZR2. You know, for a little something extra. We seriously doubt GM would be that adventurous, though. Regardless, 4WD should come as standard equipment with the ZR2, making it a formidable truck off the beaten path.
If GM green lights the project, we’d expect the Colorado ZR2 to debut sometime before the end of 2016 as a 2017 model. The ZR2 would be the range-topping model for the Colorado, with prices reflecting that accordingly.
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Chevrolet SS To Get Supercharged, Final Edition Model in 2017
Launched in 2013 on the same platform as the Holden Commodore VF, the SS crossed the pond to the U.S. as Chevy’s first performance rear-wheel drive sedan since 1996 and a unique offering on the full-size market until the arrival of the Dodge Charger Hellcat. Sold without significant modifications until 2016, aside from receiving a manual gearbox, the four-door will be axed by the end of 2017, when Holden is set to close all Australian operations. However, Chevy might send the SS into the history books with one final special-edition that will reportedly get a supercharged engine.
That’s the word from GM Authority, who has been told by "sources inside" the Elizabeth assembly plant (responsible for building the SS) that a more powerful version of the sedan is slated to come stateside for the nameplate’s final model year. The extra oomph will come from the supercharged, LSA V-8 engine that will replace the standard, 6.2-liter LS3 unit. There’s no word as to what output will motivate the beefed-up sedan, but most likely the SS will get the LSA from the HSV-prepped Commodores. Output should be similar to either the Clubsport R8 or the GTS that benefit from 536 horsepower and 495 pound-feet and 576 horses and 546 pound-feet, respectively.
For reference, the current SS cranks out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of twist.
We should get official confirmation and find out more about the special-edition model this fall, when Holden is set to unleash the 2017-model-year Commodore. The Australian-spec sedan will indicate most of the changes that the SS will get for the U.S. market.
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General Motors Files For "Chevrolet Code" And "ZH2" Trademarks
General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, has filed two trademark applications for the names “Chevrolet Code” and “ZH2” in what could be a precursor for a couple of new models that will be sporting the Bowtie in the future. One of those name has a recent historical tie to Chevrolet whereas the other is, well, anyone’s guess.
Let’s start with the Chevrolet Code trademark, which GM filed on June 2, 2016 in the category of “Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, engines therefor and structural parts thereof.” We have to go back four years to connect the dots here when the American automaker presented the Chevrolet Code 130R Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Back then, the Code 130R Concept was thought to be a preview for a compact, four-seater coupe and was presented with a red metallic paint finish, a new set of 20-inch matte anodized gold wheels, and a tech-heavy interior that featured Wifi, smart phone integration via Chevrolet’s MyLink system, and a heads-up display. Most importantly, it also came with a 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged engine that produces 150 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, all while mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Since its debut, the Code 130R Concept has been tucked away, out of sight and out of mind. Neither GM nor Chevy commented on the decision to trademark the Chevrolet Code name, but don’t be surprised if the concept is revisited with an eye towards finally building a production model.
Then there’s the ZH2 trademark. This is the real mystery of the two applications because the name itself has never been attached to a particular brand or model. That said, the nomenclature is familiar given that Chevrolet has used other versions of it in the past, specifically the ZR1 on the Chevrolet Corvette and the ZL1 on the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s likely that the ZH2 will be used similarly, but the question is, which model is going to use it? That, and could the “H” in ZH2 stand for “hybrid?”
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General Motors Files "ZR1" Trademark, Range-Topping Corvette Could Be On The Way
It’s been seven years since Chevrolet used the “ZR1” name to denote the top-of-the-line Chevrolet Corvette. But with the seventh-generation Vette due for replacing, it looks like General Motors is planning to bring back the badge before the Corvette C7 gives way to the next-generation model. According to Autoblog, GM has filed a trademark application for the name “ZR1” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apparently, GM wants to use the name for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles,” a telling sign that the long-rumored return of the Corvette ZR1 is inching closer and closer to becoming a reality.
No specifics were given on what GM plans to do with the “ZR1” name, but if history is any indication, it could be used on a range-topping Corvette that would sit above the Corvette Z06. Such a car has been talked about before, most recently when news broke that Chevrolet is planning to turn the Corvette into a mid-engine sports car that can compete against its European counterparts. It’s unclear if the ZR1 name will be used on the eighth-gen C8 model or on a send-off model for the current-generation C7. Either way, the return of the ZR1 could only mean great things for Chevrolet.
It’s worth noting that General Motors already owns the trademark for “ZR-1,” a name that it has used in past Corvette models, most recently in 1995 with the LT5-powered model. It also used the ZR1 name from 2009 to 2013 on a model that featured a supercharged LS9 6.2L small-block V-8 that produced 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque.
Whatever decision GM makes, it looks like the company is finally staking claim to the name with the filing of this trademark application.
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