Watch The Side Curtain Airbags of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 Deploy While Driven on the Track
The Chevrolet Camaro is known for a lot of things, but one of its darker secrets is its strange airbag system that deploys for no reason at all. It’s happened numerous times over the years, including an episode all the way back in 2011 when the airbags on a Camaro SS spontaneously deployed because the muscle car was doing hoons on an empty parking lot. More recently, a 2018 Camaro ZL1 saw a similar fate when its side curtain airbags engaged while the car was being driven on a race track.
5 Ways the Blazer Competes Outside Its Class
When you think about it, Chevrolet is a producer of cheap, mass-produced cars. Its cars aren’t exactly something we’d call premium, however, some names under the Chevrolet umbrella definitely have that premium feel to them - most notably the Camaro and the Corvette. Have you ever witness someone comparing these two with the likes of BMW M cars or even Ferrari cars (in the case of the ZR1, for example). I am sure you have.
So, yes, these are Chevrolet’s halo cars- those which can, unlike the Trax or the Cruze, compare outside their imaginable segments. What if Chevy plans to do the same with the Blazer? To transform it from a classic cheap crossover to something one may even consider comparable to certain premium cars. The Blazer definitely has the right name and, probably, the right looks on top of that.
In this article, I will explore five ways the Blazer could compete outside its class. Maybe with cars such as the Jaguar F-Pace, the Infiniti QX50, or the Acura RDX. These are all five-seat, luxury, midsize crossovers, just like the Chevy Blazer. So, for the sake of this article, let’s forget about its true competitors - the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Nissan Murano, and the Subaru Outback.
In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.
Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.
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Will There Be a Performance Chevy Blazer or an Off-Road Capable Chevy Blazer ZR2?
In the world of today where SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio act more like sports cars than utility vehicles, we Americans have to keep up. We have been doing so with the likes of the insane Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or some “spirited” versions of other large SUVs. Yet, it seems that manufacturers here lack the conviction of the Audi S division, or the Mercedes-AMG division to make high-performance versions of basically every car they sell, SUVs included. With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Blazer, I was curious about the possible prospects of a performance version, or a “soft, off-road” knockoff. Not that the Blazer name is entirely dissociated from that kind of thing. Looking back in past, we have the Blazer Xtreme Sport or the Blazer ZR2. One of these was a sporty version, while the other a rather interesting, off-road-focused machine. Can Chevrolet bring any of these back?
While dramatic in design and dominant in appearance, the new Chevrolet Blazer is, in fact, a rather sensible machine adapted for family use. No, it does not have seven seats inside, but that does not stop it from having all the imaginable functionality one could expect only from a new crossover.
Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand Chief, said at the reveal that GM is bringing “one all-new SUV to the Chevrolet showroom. One that will have exceptional functionality and truly dramatic design.”
Chevrolet really went out of its own way to craft a fascinatingly practical car. This list of five reasons why you will love the new Chevy Blazer will show you exactly what Mr. Batey meant by “exceptional functionality.”
Chevy is Taking the Corvette C7.R To Race at the Shanghai International Circuit
The Corvette C7.R has been around for a few years now, and it’s about to take a trip to Shanghai where it will compete in the FIA WEC wearing a special redline livery. It’s also the first time a factory-run Corvette has participated in a race in the Asian region.
Pops’ Rants: Your complaints about the new Chevrolet Blazer are invalid
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Introduced in 1969, the Chevrolet Blazer survived in many forms until 2005, when the iconic nameplate was retired for good. Come 2018, and Chevy finally revived the name for a new midsize crossover. This time around, the Blazer rides on a unibody platform and boasts a sporty, modern design based on the Camaro sports car.
It may have sounded ludicrous a few years ago, but the Blazer is no longer the boxy SUV that dominated the market back in the day. Instead of rolling yet another conventional crossover that would cannibalize the Traverse, Chevy designed the new Blazer with younger customers in mind and looked at the Camaro muscle car for inspiration. The new Blazer comes to take on the Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it looks like Chevy’s Detroit rivals have plenty to worry about.
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Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer
Of course, we have known for quite some time now that the new Blazer won’t be a rugged, off-road eager machine with two doors. The first mention of GM resurrecting the name was in 2015 when it registered the Blazer name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Soon after, some heavily camouflaged SUV-looking thing with a Chevy crest started roaming the roads. It was the Blazer.
Before you start hating GM for “ruining” the Blazer name, stop and think for a second. People simply don’t buy all that body-on-frame stuff in huge numbers anymore. Chevy revealing the new, 2019 Blazer based on top of what is basically car architecture is a pure necessity sprouted from economic feasibility. While some of us may be a bit disappointed that one of the most famous names ended up on something less than unique, the paths of profit are more than obvious. This car will sell. Regardless, moving the Blazer to a new platform shared with the rest of GM city CUVs introduced us a to a few interesting traits.
Video: Hear the Mid-engined Corvette’s Twin-Turbo V-8 Roar under Full Throttle
Chevrolet’s mid-engined Corvette is no longer just a rumor. We’ve spotted several prototypes testing on public roads, and we already know a few things about the car from insiders and the rumor mill. It’s long been speculated that Chevy will use forced-induction to give the mid-ship Vette supercar-like performance and this new video comes to confirm just that.
GM Executive, Mark Reuss, Should Probably Stop Driving Pace Cars on Indy Car Races
General Motors’ Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss, crashed a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the parade lap of the second IndyCar race at the Detroit Grand Prix. The surreal incident led to a 27-minute delay and prompted the Internet to come down hard on Reuss. Fortunately, neither Reuss nor his passenger, IndyCar official Mark Sand, were hurt after the crash.
The 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 was Spotted in Vegas but it Wasn’t Playing Slots
With the refreshed Camaro ZL1 on its way for the 2019 model year, we’ve been hoping to get a sneak peek at what’s in store. Now, we’re getting exactly that with a series of shots snapped by one eagle-eyed Bow Tie fan out of Nevada.
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When Chevy introduced the C7 Corvette, we’re pretty sure that the Earth stood still for a moment. The car managed to maintain the classic Corvette philosophy but came to the market with an all-new design, new powertrain, and a brand-new interior. It was a complete makeover, yet it was still very distinguishable as a Corvette. This is evolution done right, folks. When introduced in 2014, it delivered 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque from a naturally aspirated, direct-injected, 6.2-liter V-8. It was also available with a performance exhaust system at launch that raised those figures to 460 and 465, respectively. Zero-to-60 mph? That sprint comes in less than four seconds. Needless, to say, the Corvette is the epitome of sports cars and muscle cars alike, and that’s why we’ve decided to honor it as the Wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but we’ve included a rather sizeable gallery that you’re more than welcome to pick and choose from. Go ahead, now, get to downloading already.
These days, there’s so much emphasis on Nurburgring lap times that it seems we hear about a new record, or a new attempt, at least once a week. There’s no doubt the Chevy was doing its best to make a best lap at the famous track after it was spotted there not that long ago. But, Chevy has more than a lap record in mind when it comes to the most powerful production Vette yet. Chevy drug the ZR1 all the way to Germany to put it through the paces at ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg, one of the largest proving grounds in the world and one that has miles upon miles of straight track looped together with banked curves at the end – the perfect recipe for top speed runs.
To make a qualifying run, a vehicle has to make two passes on the track, one in each direction (against and with the wind, naturally.) Once both runs are complete, the times are averaged out to establish a “true top speed.” As it turns out, that ZR1 is everything we hoped it would be, hitting 214.88 mph on one run and 210.20 on another. The true top speed? 212.20 mph. Not too bad at all, right? Well, check out the video of this awesome run below and let us know what you think!
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indianapolis 500
For the 15th time since 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the pace car for one of the world’s most prestigious races, the Indy 500. In keeping with the occasion, we’re not going to be seeing just an ordinary Corvette in Indy; we’re seeing a 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 with all the cosmetic bells and whistles of a fully functioning pace car.
2019 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.
Visual Comparison: 2018 Chevy Camaro vs 2019 Chevy Camaro
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has just been released, and it looks different from its successor. We can debate if it looks better or not, but it does offer a more distinctive appearance than the outgoing model. The front and rear sections are where the most prominent changes can be found, and if you’re a fan of the Transformers movie franchise, you’ll realize that the 2019 Camaro actually owes its appearance to the special edition Camaro Bumblebee that was featured in the fifth installment of the franchise, The Last Knight.
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.
It’s Not Exactly Confirmed, But Chevy Has Teased the "Supercar," C8, Mid-Engined Corvette to Dealers!
Rumors about Chevy planning to build a mid-engined Corvette have been flying around for quite a few years now, but GM’s supercar is no longer just a wet dream. Several prototypes have been spotted on public roads recently, and we’ve read a ton of reports about its design and drivetrain. Things have been rather quiet recently until Cadillac’s new V-8 engine in the CT6 V-Sport gave rise to speculation that the mid-engined Corvette might get it. Now that GM rejected that scenario, we got word that Chevy just showcased the supercar to its dealers in Las Vegas.
There is So Much Confusion Surrounding Gender, Even this Camaro Thought it was a Mustang
Remember the half a dozen Ford Mustangs that crashed into each other after leaving a car meet in Dubai a few weeks ago? That incident gave us a year’s worth of equity in referring to it every time a crash of that sort happens again. Well, it didn’t take long for the ’Stang’s nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro, to pull a Mustang when it got involved in a crash of its own after leaving an auto show in the U.K.
Want to Know Why the Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette Won’t Get Cadillac’s New Biturbo V-8?
It didn’t take but 4.5 seconds after Cadillac unveiled the CT6 V-Sport before word spread about that Chevy will use that 4.2-liter, Biturbo, V-8 in the upcoming mid-engined Zora ZR1 Chevy Corvette. After all, why not? It has 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, right? Well, those rumors were put to bed quickly after President of Cadillac, John de Nysschen, went on record saying “Just Quit the Speculation it’s headed for the Corvette. It’s Not.” And, he even made a good point when he said that the Corvette has a different kind of character. So what’s the real reason why Chevy won’t use Cadillac’s new V-8?