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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition

Chevy’s latest special edition Silverado gets unique hood and graphics

Chevrolet has not been shy about releasing special edition models for the Silverado pickup truck. The latest in the long line is the Silverado Rally Edition. But unlike the other special editions, this truck actually gets a unique body panel – more specifically a power dome hood. A matte black graphics package and large wheels further separate the Rally Edition from the standard Silverado.

“We introduced several special editions in 2015 – each combining equipment and appearance packages designed for specific enthusiasts in mind,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “They clearly resonated with buyers, selling in one-third the time – and attracting new, younger, and more affluent buyers to the brand – than the industry average.”

Piszar went on to say Chevy truck sales jumped by 27 percent in 2015, which he says is double the sales increase seen in the overall U.S. truck market. “As we expand our lineup of special editions for 2016, we expect to continue that momentum,” he said.

Helping fuel the hype surrounding the Silverado special editions’ momentum is a fan-centered event happening at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016. Headlining the event are Chevy’s NASCAR team drivers, which include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, and Kasey Kahne.

Each driver will be “campaigning” for their favorite Silverado special edition in a Twitter competition. Earnhardt will represent the new Rally Edition, Dillon will hype the Realtree Edition, Larson will back the Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition, and Kahne will represent the Silverado 2500 Midnight Edition.

All four trucks will then be on display at the Duck Commander 500 race on Sunday, April 10. Chevy will also have a fleet of Silverado pickups present for the on-track driver-introduction parade before the race.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition

2016 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition

The Camaro celebrates half a century on the market with special features inside and out

About 50 years ago, General Motors sent automotive journalists a telegram, asking them to "please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat." The puzzling message was issued for a live press conference that marked the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro. When the automotive press asked what Camaro stands for, Chevrolet replied that it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs." That’s how GM’s iconic competitor for the Ford Mustang was born, spawning a rivalry that would go on for more than four decades (the Camaro was discontinued between 2002 and 2010). Five decades have passed since the first-gen Camaro broke cover in Detroit, and Chevrolet is celebrating the special moment with an anniversary edition based on the new, sixth-generation pony.

Unveiled without much fuss on Chevrolet’s official website, the Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition is slated to arrive in dealerships in summer 2016 with a number of extra features compared to the standard model. It will be available in both coupe and convertible 2LT and 2SS models and stand out via special colors and stripes, unique badges, and customized interiors.

The Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition arrives nearly two years after its main rival, the Ford Mustang, received its very own half-century special package as the 50 Year Limited Edition. This special-edition Camaro will most likely make its public debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show on March 25th, so make sure you stick around for updates.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Special Edition

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Special Edition

There are now more reasons to love the Chevrolet Silverado

The SUV and pickup segments in the U.S. are in the midst of their long awaited renaissance, as sales of these types of vehicles have steadily increased in the past couple of years. Chevrolet knows all too well that its top-selling model is a pickup. To be more specific, it’s the Silverado. The numbers certainly back it up. In 2015, Chevrolet sold a total of 600,544 units, according to GM Authority. That’s more than double the sales compared to the Chevrolet Equinox, the second-place car on that list with “just” 277,589 units sold in 2015. The Silverado’s sales momentum has even extended into the first month of 2016 when the the pickup once again set the pace for all Chevy models with 37,863 units sold in January.

Chevy has acknowledged that the popularity of the Silverado can be attributed to a variety of things, and one of those things, albeit not as large scale as others, has been the introduction of special edition versions like the Midnight Special Edition. The popularity of the Silverado Midnight Edition was evident from the start, as Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet’s truck marketing director, indicated when he said that the demand for the model “outstripped supply in a matter of months” and that it “made sense to expand the Midnight Edition and add new models into the fold.” So, beginning in 2016, the Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Z71 is set to join the current crop of Midnight Edition models alongside fellow debutante, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71.

With both models in the fold, customers now have the opportunity to have their pick of midsize, light-duty, and heavy-duty Midnight editions, each coming with plenty of new features and equipment.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

Chevrolet has released the latest version of its Realtree Silverado, focused on outdoorsmen fond of both the Chevy and Realtree brands. This marks the return of the Realtree Edition on the 2016 Silverado, updated with a new front grille, headlights, and rear taillights.

The Realtree and Chevy relationship date back the better part of a decade, both coming together to create limited edition models for targeted customers who enjoy hunting, fishing, or any number of outdoor activities.

The Realtree Edition package is only offered on the 2016 Silverado LTZ with the Z71 Off-Road package, ensuring customers come away with capabilities that match the camo graphics. The LTZ trim package is the second highest trim level offered on the Silverado, meaning all the bells and whistles come standard, including heated and cooled seats up front with leather on all positions; dual zone climate controls; MyLink infotainment software on the eight-inch touchscreen; LED fog lights, daytime running lights, and taillights; and projector beam headlights, among other things.

The truck also comes standard with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Z71 package also brings 4WD, Rancho shock absorbers, a full skid plate package, Hill Decent Control, and the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential.

Of course, there’s more to the Silverado Realtree Edition than just the standard LTZ Z71 stuff, so keep reading for the full list of Realtree upgrades.

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2016 Chevrolet Trax Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Trax Midnight Edition

The Chevy Trax didn’t hit U.S. dealerships until 2015, but Chevy is already on a mission to provide it with more diverse options. If you remember, Chevy offered us several visual options for various cars in its lineup for 2015. Models like the Chevy Camaro Red Accent Package, Camaro Black Accent Package, Malibu Redline Series, and Trax Redline Series all broke cover at SEMA this year.

We’ve seen the Impala offered in a “Midnight Edition,” and now Chevy’s little-car-based crossover is getting the “Midnight” treatment. Say hello to the Chevy Trax Midnight Edition. As we’ve seen with most of the models I’ve mentioned here, there aren’t a lot of major upgrades to the Trax with the Midnight Edition package, but there are subtle changes that make the model worth noting.

Before I go into details, it should be noted that these subtle changes can only be had on the range-topping LTZ trim level and are offered at a $500 premium to the LTZ’s base price (including the destination charge) of $26,125. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what makes it worth the extra $500. You might be surprised what you get for that price.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

The Chevrolet Corvette has a long history with racing, and the latest C7.R racecar has definitely been carrying the torch since its introduction last year. To celebrate the early success that the C7 has already had in racing, Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition.

First the bad news. This car is little more than a styling package tacked onto the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. So where’s the good news, you ask? That lies in the fact that the C7 Z06 is already enough of a track superstar that all it took to create the Z06 C7.R Edition was a special paint job and all the performance goodies the C7 Z06 offers.

Unlike the racecar used by Corvette Racing teams, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be offered as either a coupe or convertible.

Updated 09/28/2015: The very first Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition was sold at the 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction for the amazing amount of $500,000. All the proceeds will go to Detroit-based College for Creative Studies.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition

Chevrolet has been beating the war drums of the midsize truck class ever since the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado hit the market for 2015. Now almost a year into production, the Bowtie Boys have launched a massive campaign of special editions and “bespoke” features to the Colorado lineup. This one is called the Midnight Edition.

Obviously playing off its name, the Midnight Edition is a monotone, black-on-black truck with upgraded wheels, black badging and... that’s about it. Well, it does come with a spray-in bed liner (which is also black) and a folding soft tonneau cover (also black) and sill plates embossed with the Chevy logo. Beyond that, the truck has the same features as a standard Colorado.

Chevy also offers the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss edition, which is also new for 2016 and was launched alongside the Midnight Edition. The Trail Boss takes a more macho approach and comes with beefy tires, side steps, and a bed-mounted “sports bar” known in the south as a roll bar.

Both special editions are designed to attract buyers to the Colorado in the midst of the midsized truck revival. Now with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma on the scene, the Colorado has to up its game in order to win over a buyers’ hearts and pocketbooks.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss

Meet Chevrolet’s most formidable off-roader, the 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss. Of course by now that name should sound familiar to truck enthusiasts who frequent TopSpeed. We first reported on the Trail Boss name back in January 2015 when GM filed for a trademark. The big news came the following March when Chevrolet debuted the truck at the Cleveland Auto Show – unveiling what boiled down to be a Colorado Z71 with upgraded tires and a few visual add-ons.

Sadly not much has changed since then. Now GM is announcing the Z71 Trail Boss is headed to dealerships, though one change did slip through. The Z71 Trail Boss now comes with a “sport bar” (or roll bar if you grew up in the south) fitted with LED off-road lights. Admittedly, that is pretty cool, but the rest of the truck remains a mere appearance package with some meatier tires.

Yep, the “Trail Boss” carries the same Z71 suspension, 8.4-inches of ground clearance, two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, and all three powertrain options. The only mechanical difference – if you can call it that – is the addition of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires.

Still, the Z71 Trail Boss is an appealing package that slots nicely above the standard Z71, giving customers more choices at the dealership. The Trail Boss might not be the hard-core off-roader we expected, but it works nonetheless. Plus, Chevy still has the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept that could eventually make production, competing with the likes of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

For better or worse, most OEM-backed concept vehicles displayed at SEMA each year rarely see life outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center, but the Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition is not one of them. Chevy used last year’s SEMA Show to gauge interest for the Blackout Impala, and it was one of several different concepts on display. Apparently, the reaction to the Impala Midnight Edition was enthusiastic enough that this model will be going into production.

Even though the current Chevrolet Impala has definitely grown up quite a bit in terms of its styling and comfort, the new Midnight Edition package shows the car’s darker side. Set to go on sale this summer, the Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition is a styling package with lots of attitude for not a lot of added cost. The end result is a big, bold Impala sedan that has a look that is custom enough to get away with a SEMA Show debut, but restrained enough to actually become a reality.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport HD

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport HD

Chevrolet announced today a new special edition Silverado, the Silverado Custom Sport HD. The quite debut took place at the Denver Auto Show in Colorado. The new special edition continues Chevy’s apparent quest to make a special edition targeted at every customer group, with this one focused on HD truck buyers.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport HD

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport HD

Chevrolet announced today a new special edition Silverado, the Silverado Custom Sport HD. The quite debut took place at the Denver Auto Show in Colorado. The new special edition continues Chevy’s apparent quest to make a special edition targeted at every customer group, with this one focused on HD truck buyers.

The Silverado Custom Sport HD package is available on 2500- and 3500-series Silverados that are equipped in LT or LTZ trim levels. Like Chevy’s current lineup of 1500-series special editions, this one includes body-colored bumpers and front grille, chrome mirror caps, chrome side accent bars, chrome door handles, and chrome wheels.

The “special” stops at the door seals, as the truck’s interior is unaltered by the option package. The same can be said for the truck’s two engine options as well.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

We now have an answer to General Motors’ mysterious “Z71 Trail Boss” trademark filing back in January. Here it is – debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show of all places – an up-fitted Colorado. This bad boy has some meaty Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and… that’s about it. Yep, the “Trail Boss” is basically a $3,320 tire upgrade.

Ok, the truck does come with other upgrades, but the tires are the only mechanical difference between the standard Z71 and the Z71 Trail Boss – if you consider tires a mechanical upgrade. Beyond that, the truck rides on the same Z71 suspension, uses the same part-time, two-speed transfer case, and sports the same 8.4-inches of ground clearance. Best of all (and just like the standard Z71) you can order a Z71 Trail Boss in 2WD! What a machine!

To say I expected more would be an understatement, especially since Ford, Ram, and Toyota offer much-improved off-road versions of their trucks. Granted, Chevy still has that Colorado ZR2 concept floating around, so that leaves possibilities open. Until then, the Z71 Trail Boss (barely) stands as king of the off-road hill for GM.

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