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’.
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Corvette ZR1 Convertible by X-Tomi Design.
The Race of Gentlemen might not be a racing event you’ve heard about given its young age, but it certainly doesn’t lack history. Taking place on the sands of Wildwood, New Jersey, folks come from across the country to compete in a drag race in custom-built racecars and motorcycles that date back to the first half of the 20th century.
Established in 2012 by the Oilers Car Club – a group steeped in just as much history – the race features cars no newer than 1935 and motorcycles no newer than 1948. Even the parts allowed on competing cars are capped at 1953, giving the growing event a very eclectic and period-correct feel. Think of it like a modern day version of a Bonneville Salt Flat race.
Despite the modern times, no woman has ever competed in a TROG race – until now. Set to race in this October is gearhead Jessi Combs. Her records speak volumes about her mindset and passion in the automotive world. She’s the fastest woman recorded on four wheels, accomplished TV show host, and graduate of WyoTech’s collision and Refinishing Core Program. Jessi will lead an all-women’s team sponsored by Craftsman at this year’s TROG. Their vehicle of choice is a Ford Model T that takes inspiration from the famed Ford 999 racer.
Best of all, Craftsman giving away two tickets for TROG, including travel and accommodations, for this year’s event taking place October 2-4, 2015. The winner and his friend will get a ride in the Craftsman racer, along with time in the pits with Jessi and the Craftsman Crew, including dinner and a professional photo for posterity. In order to win, you’ve got to join the Craftsman Club (here) where members can enter daily to win (here).
Both Chevrolet and Porsche have already confirmed the existence of the SS performance sedan and the 918 Spyder supercar respectively, but the details offered on both of these models are quite limited. Thank goodness for the internet because now we can tell you more about both models due to some new details that have popped up online!
As many probably know, the future Chevrolet SS will be built on the same architecture as the Camaro - an architecture that has already been thoroughly criticized for weighing too much. Chevrolet hopes to change that by working hard on reducing the total weight, a measure that will improve the car’s fuel efficiency, performance, and handling. In order to reduce the weight, Chevrolet will use high-strength steel, electric power steering, and lightweight suspension and interior components. The future SS will also benefit from new safety features like front-collision and blind-spot alert systems.
As for the Porsche 918 Spyder, recent tests proved the supercar can hit a top speed of 200 mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in sub-3-second. Yep, that’s enough of an update for us!
We’re looking forward to finding out more on these two models, so stay tuned!
In 1963, Chevrolet released an all-new Corvette to replace the C1 generation. This Corvette featured a high beltline and the body featured more chiseled lines. The C2 Generation `Vette was nicknamed the “Sting Ray” by its designers, Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, and that eventually became adopted as part of the name and the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was born.
The 1967 model year was the final one for the Sting Ray, but it was also its peak year, as its top level L88 427 cubic-inch power plant produced upwards of 500 horsepower, even though Chevy claimed it only produced 430 horsepower. The lower engines, the L68 427 and L71 427, were no chumps either, pumping out 400 horsepower and 435 horsepower, respectively.
Classic car specialists, RK Motors Charlotte, decided that the stock Sting Ray was just not enough and decided to heavily modify this classic muscle car. The resulting vehicle is the sexy and ultra-desirable 1967 Corvette Sting Rat Pro Touring, a one-off special edition designed by the folks at RKM.
Typically, we are totally against the hacking up of a classic muscle sports car like the Sting Ray, but RKM has a habit of improving these cars without ruining the original look and feel of them.
Click past the jump to read our full review and see if RKM hit a homerun, or struck out, with this Pro Touring Sting Ray.
Throughout the many years the Corvette has been in existence, it has maintained its reputation for being a classic sports car. Each generation has passed, adding more power and an altered design, but what happens when you want to take a classic Corvette and give it a modern twist? This is where a dedicated team can step in to restore and upgrade the veteran vehicle into the masterpiece it was intended to be. Now, there have been plenty of restored and upgraded vehicles in our time, but this particular project stands out because of the particular vehicle undergoing the transformation: a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster.
The updated and restored Corvette took three years to complete, but the final product is a vehicle that stays true to its history. The custom Spectrum turquoise vehicle is all Corvette - not leftover parts from random sports cars - and is even powered by a modern Corvette LT1 Generation II 350 that develops an impressive 420 HP (an impressive update over the first generation 283 HP), mated to a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission.
The 1958 Corvette Roadster LT1 700R4 Pro Touring is now available for sale at RK Motors for a price of $119,900 - an impressive offer considering the car is typically estimated at over $200K.
Hit the jump to read more about the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster LT1 700R4 Pro Touring.
Who would have thought that when The Fast and The Furious came out ten years ago, it would give birth to five movies that would turn just about anyone into a car-lovin’, rubber burnin’ gearhead? We may not have seen the last installment just yet – it comes out on April 29, 2011 - but the trailers and spoilers lead us to believe that it will be just as bad-ass, if not more so, then the first four movies.
Why do we love the Fast and Furious franchise? Any answer other than the beautiful and heart-thumping rides would just be automotive blasphemy. These actors get to toy around in some incredible vehicles, including Vin Diesel’s latest go-around in a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. This latest Fast and Furious edition has been specifically built by Mongoose Motors to be driven off-road in the desert/train sequences of the new movie. There are actually five replicas of the Grand Sport and we can only assume that if any made it past this production, they will certainly be going to highest bidder at some point.
Next to a GT40 and a Classic 1971 Pantera, the Corvette Grand Sport will be among the cars featured in the first scenes, but the list of cars featured in the movie is much, much longer. We don’t want to ruin the surprise, but expect to also see a 370Z, an LFA, CCX, and a Porsche GT3.
Hit the jump to read more about the Fast Five Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.
While we’re preparing for our New York Auto Show, the other side of the world is hosting numerous automakers at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. One of the automakers dazzling the show floor is Chevrolet with their new Miray concept car - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports car whose name means "Future" in Korean. The concept was built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary and previews the company’s future design language evolution. The new Miray concept combines design elements from the 1963 ’Monza (Monza) SS’ and 1962 Corvair Super Spyder and molds them into a futuristic design language. It features an aerodynamic body shape with Le Mans (Le Mans) racer-style vertical doors, a dual-port grille, LED headlamps, a carbon fiber spoiler, and a new set of wheels, 20" at the front and 21" at the rear.
According to GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone, "’Mi-ray’ is Korean for ‘future.’ As GM rolls out Chevrolet across Korea, the Mi-ray concept offers an exploration of future possibilities for the brand. It strengthens the bond between car and driver, creating a fresh look at what sports cars of the future might be."
UPDATE 08/16/11: The Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept left such an impression at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year that the Bowtie has decided to bring the Asia-penned concept car to one of the biggest auto shows of the year in Frankfurt. That’s great news because when we saw in Seoul, we couldn’t get enough of it, so to see it in Frankfurt is a pretty good treat for us.
Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept.
Back in 2006, this Chevrolet Corvette Z06-based Genaddi LSR Roadster captured our hearts and imaginations at the 2006 SEMA auto show, thinking that the chances of owning a piece of that sports car would be best left in our dreams.
Four years later, that dream just may become a reality for one lucky – and rich – fella, because the one-off sports car is now being auctioned of on eBay Motors. Give yourselves a few seconds to digest that information…before we say it again: the Corvette Z06-based Genaddi LSR Roadster – the only one in the world – is listed on eBay.
The car, of course, is a completely road-legal sports car that’s powered by a Z06 engine that produces somewhere around 545 horsepower. It also has a customized body panel that’s mostly made from aluminum, which GDG intentionally adopted in favor of the Corvette’s original composite and carbon fiber panels.
To make things a little more interesting for all of the interested parties, this one-off machine only has 2,454 miles on the odometer and goes for a price of $175,000.
Not too shabby for a limited-run, one-off piece of machine, right?
The Corvette Stingray Concept was featured in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and then unveiled at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. However that was a coupe model which is like the vehicle spotted in Beverly Hills recently. Of course, Beverly Hills had the chance to see a Speedster version of the 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept parked in the area. And since GM has said absolutely nothing about a Speedster version we can only assume that this is the work of a tuning firm.
Compared to the standard Stingray concept, the Speedster version features - besides missing the top - a different hood with dual openings in the front, no LED vertical headlights – a more conventional lighting system appears tucked into the front recesses, different wheels, and a different front grille.
However, there might be another explanation for this strange sight. We have to consider the fact that since Transformers 3 is in the works, it might be possible the Speedster version was specially developed for the movie. Or could this be the 2014 Corvette? Don’t worry, we’re kidding!
All Camaro lovers as well as Indianapolis 500 entusiasts, listen up! Chevrolet has decided to build and sell a 2010 Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica Limited Edition. This limited edition replica will have all of the features found on the regular production Camaro SS with an RS appearance package as well as some special features from the pace car that will be driven by Robin Roberts during this year’s Indianapolis 500.
“We set out to build a collectible vehicle that will appeal to the die-hard Camaro and Indianapolis 500 fan,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. “We believe we’ve done just that with the 2010 Chevy Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Limited Edition.”
Only 200 replicas will be made and sold for an MSRP of $$41,950 in about 187 selected dealers. This figure is surprisingly low in comparison to the number of replicas produced in 1969 (3,675), 1982 (6,000), and 1993 (633).
Chevy’s decision to produce a replica for the 2010 Camaro Pace car comes as a shock to us considering only a year ago they stated they would not be producing it claiming they needed to keep limited edition replicas “special”. Instead, they had decided to produce a Bumblebee Camaro replica. We are indeed happy to hear they will be producing it even though it will be limited to only 200 cars.
Follow the jump to check out the specs for the 2010 Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica and the official press release.
Chevrolet has only made the Grand Sport option available two other times in the Corvette’s history. The original Grand Sport was a track-only special with a 550 HP V8, and the 1996 version was the only Corvette to use the more powerful LT4 engine. So our biggest concern when we heard rumors of the return of the Corvette Grand Sport was that Chevrolet was not going to be able to deliver a car that lived up to the historic name.
For the third edition Chevrolet reached into the Corvette part’s bin and pulled out sort of a “best of” package for the standard Corvette. Even though there is no new engineering on the latest Grand Sport, we are now happy to report that it is still an intriguing option.
The standard 430 hp 6.2 Liter V8 is untouched, making 436 HP with the two mode exhaust system. What was added includes parts like the Z51 performance suspension (the GS replaces this option package), wider fenders, wider tires (18-in front, 19-in rear), and larger brakes. It also borrows elements from the Z06 like the front bumper, rear spoiler and rear brake ducts.
The 2010 Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages and in four exterior colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. It can be had as a coupe or convertible. Prices for the Corvette GS rage from $54,770 to $62,475.
Press release after the jump.
For all of the hot water GM has been embroiled in these days, the company can take comfort in knowing that its Corvette franchise is doing pretty well. It comes as no surprise then that GM is taking advantage of this situation by increasing the price of the 2010 Corvette ZR1 to $109,530 – a price hike of over $2,910 from the 2009 version.
While GM understands that the price hike might turn off some people from purchasing the 2010 ZR1, a price hike of a little less than $3K isn’t that much considering you’ll be spending over $100K anyway. Besides, we’ve heard from a number of people – most specifically, Corvette Blogger – that dealers have already pre-empted Corvette’s move in jacking up the price of the 2009 Corvette by over $10,000. So it’s not like GM is doing anything out of the ordinary and when you’re a manufacturer that was this close to dropping your production curtains, you’ll take any form of added income any way you can get it.
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One of the most iconic cars in the history of the U.S. is packing its bags and is heading East, well past the Statue of Liberty, leaving the East Coast behind. This pony car is going on a trip to visit the wealthiest, most car crazed place in the world.
The vehicle that is making its way to the Middle East is none other than the Chevrolet Camaro. It is safe to assume that if the Camaro could afford a smile it’d have one stretching from ear to ear, thanks in large part to the monstrous highways found in the region, as well as the bargain basement prices of fuel.
And we’re guessing that the feeling is well-reciprocated by those exceedingly rich Middle Easterners who can finally get their well-manicured hands on one of the most popular modern day muscle cars in the world. The Camaro’s popularity, which needed no additional boost, reached new heights thanks to its performance as Bumblebee in the Transformers franchise. The Hollywood buzz only added to the car’s long and illustrious history as an American automotive icon, and it’s a safe bet to say that order forms will be flying off salesmen’s desks as soon as the Camaro lands in the desert.
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n2a Motors came to the L.A. Auto Show this year with ambitions of production for it’s Corvette-based cars, and now it seems the company is following through. The Anteros Coupe and Roadster are now on sale. n2a is sticking to the prices quoted late last year, so the coupe starts at $149,500 and convertible goes for $154,500. The Anteros based on the Z06 platform is priced at $176,500.
Anteros roadster and standard coupe is based on the 2009 Corvette and is powered by a LS3 V8 engine that delivers 430 hp and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (same as the standard Corvette). Z06-based coupe uses the car’s 7.0-liter V8 engine to deliver 525 to 1000+hp depending on options (including a Lingenfelter performance upgrade).
If you already like the Corvette’s interior, then the the Anteros won’t disappoint. Although n2a says that there are new leather seats, leather dash, Italian carpeting, and leather-wrapped interior panels, the lineage of the donor Corvette is unmistakable.
A 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible will pace the 91 st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2007. As it was selected as the Official Pace Car, Chevrolet will supply several identically prepared and uniquely trimmed Corvette convertibles – in new Atomic Orange paint with distinctive gold ribbon graphics – that will serve in the official pace duties of the race, as well as supporting activities.
The 1962 Corvette is a classic style still enjoyed by young and old. The first “retro ‘62” took six years and over 5000 hours to make the modifications and complete the car. A stock ’62 body was used to fit over the ’93 chassis, which had to be lengthened to properly align the 1962 body. Engineering and construction on the full front tilt took a year to complete. The car became a show favorite throughout the Northwest and won many awards as well as second looks.
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The fist Corvette had been rushed into production based upon Chevy sedan parts and only slowly evolved into an American interpretation of a sports car. The 1963 Corvette was designed from a clean sheet of paper to fit Chevrolet’s and General Motors concept of the two-seat sports car desired by American drivers and Stticed to their driving styles and the vast distances they covered.