2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles have teamed up to create a new no-frills, punch-you-in-your-mouth special-edition model based on the Colorado ZR2. Fittingly, the model goes by the name “Bison.” The upgrades to the burly Colorado are mechanical by nature, though it does have a sprinkling of vanity additions as well. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.
2018 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Chevrolet has launched its 2018 COPO Camaro with an all-new, 302 cubic-inch V-8 and “Supercrush” orange paint with black racing stripes just like the 2018 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, which debuted alongside it. Both cars will make their first public appearance next week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. And, while anyone can order the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, the COPO Camaro is a race-bred monster built exclusively for the dragstrip and limited to 69 examples per year. Hopeful buyers have to win Chevy’s lottery for the chance at COPO keys.
The COPO Camaro has a rich history that dates back to 1969 when Illinois Chevy dealer Fred Gibb ordered 50 Camaros with the all-aluminum ZL-1 V-8 from Chevy’s central office production order system, hints the COPO name. Basically, these were special-order cars that proved insanely quick. Soon, 19 other COPO Camaros in similar configurations were ordered by other eagle-eyed dealerships. Yenko Chevrolet also got in on the action, ordering 201 COPO Camaros with a 427 cubic-inch iron-block V-8 in 1969. Sadly, the original COPO Camaros were a one-year-only phenomenon – that is, until Chevy decided to build its own COPO Camaro with its all-new, fifth-generation Camaro for 2012. Since then, the COPO tradition has lived on into the Camaro’s sixth generation and into 2018. To see what changes Chevy has made for this year, keep reading.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition
Stop the presses if you’ve seen this one before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have been business partners for quite some time, and the fruits of that partnership have given us a handful of Camaro Hot Wheels special editions over the past years. We’re getting a new version of the same special edition at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, though this time, we’re also getting something extra on the side courtesy of the Hot Wheels’ 50th Anniversary Edition.
Special is as special gets, and we’re getting two doses of it with the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition. The first of these two SEs come in 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible trims of the muscle car. The aesthetic elements of the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition is a cool callback to the 1968 Camaro that was one of the first cars to be immortalized in Hot Wheels format. In fact, the ’68 Camaro holds the distinction of being the first car to get a Hot Wheels casting. 50 years later, that milestone is being celebrated in typical bombastic Hot Wheels fashion with the inclusion of the Hot Wheels package on the purpose-built 2018 COPO Camaro drag race car. These two special edition Camaros are expected to headline the Camaro contingent at SEMA, and there’s no reason to think that any other custom-built version of the pony car will compare to the appeal of these two commemorative crown pieces.
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2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition and Dusk Edition
Chevrolet is now offering two new special editions for the high-performance off-road Colorado ZR2 mid-size pickup. The Midnight Edition brings an all-black theme with tons of dark accents and a ZR2-branded sports bar with LED off-road lights. The Dusk Edition brings all the same black accents and the sports bar but allows customers to choose any of the eight other paint colors available on the standard Colorado ZR2. Both the Midnight and Dusk Editions come with new five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels painted in black.
The Colorado ZR2 is one of the hottest trucks on the market right now, and Chevy is hoping the added special editions will pour gasoline on the ZR2 fire. Obviously, special edition models tend to sell roughly twice as quickly as standard pickups, so it’s no doubt why Chevys bean counters are happy to offer the blacked-out packages.
According to Jim Campbell, Chevy’s U.S. VP of truck strategy, performance vehicles, and motorsports, “The Colorado ZR2 Midnight and Dusk Edition models offer customers even more personalization choices from the only company with three distinct trucks: midsize, full-size and full-size heavy-duty. Chevrolet offers more choices because the truck market is too diverse for a ‘one size fits most’ strategy.” Basically, it boils down to customers feeling exclusive when they buy and drive a special edition truck.
So what makes these special editions so… special? Keep reading for the details.
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado & Colorado Centennial Editions
Chevrolet marks its 100th year of building trucks in 2018, and as expected, the automaker will be throwing itself a celebration. To help commemorate building more than 85 million trucks over a century, Chevy is launching a special edition for the 2018 Silverado half-ton and Colorado mid-size pickups. Called the Centennial Edition, these one-year-only models come with several unique features that help Chevy express its accomplishment and its loyal customers show off their dedication to the blue-blooded American brand.
“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Advertising and Marketing director. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.” Mixed into Chevy’s celebration is the national launch of its Chevy Truck Legends program, which honors loyal customers. The iconic Chevy bowtie also gets a throwback makeover for 2018, recalling the first bowtie design introduced by Chevrolet co-founder William C. Durant in late 1913. The bowtie wears a throwback color called Centennial Blue, which matches the paint color found on early Chevy trucks. The dark blue hue is the paint color used on the Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions. Of course, there is more than the paint color and badging, so keep reading what the Centennial Editions include.
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Heritage Blue Special Edition
Japan is home to one of the biggest auto industries in the world, so it’s understandable why many automakers send special edition models to the Land of the Rising Sun. Recently, General Motors took its turn gifting Japanese customers with a special edition Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. The Vette is about as exclusive as they come, at least considering where it’s headed. The limited-run sports car is officially billed as the Grand Sport Admiral Blue Heritage Edition, and like most exclusive cars that come to Japan, it comes with some nifty features that underscore its status as a true special edition.
Needless to say, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Admiral Blue Heritage Edition isn’t going anywhere else in the world. In fact, even Japanese customers will have to fight over the special edition Corvette as reports indicate Chevrolet will only send over five units, each priced at ¥12.8 million. That converts to roughly $115,000 based on current exchange rates. By comparison, the Corvette Grand Sport starts at $66,445 here in the U.S., so Japanese customers will have to fork over nearly double to get their hands on one. Then again, it is an exclusive Corvette Grand Sport with unique details in the exterior and interior. Having a chance to own one means paying a premium for that opportunity.
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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition
Launched in 2013, the seventh-generation Corvette adopted a new styling language, GM’s latest in-car technology, and a significantly more upscale interior that finally moved the nameplate to the more premium side of the market. A new V-8 engine was also developed, as well as a redesigned Z06 that packs more horsepower than a Dodge Viper. Following a range of new updates for each model year, the Corvette celebrates its 65th anniversary with the Carbon 65 Edition at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
Wow, I can’t believe that almost 65 years have passed since the Corvette came to be, but yes, the original ’Vette goes back to 1953. Granted, it’s not as big as the 60th and 70th anniversary, but 65 years of making American sports car enthusiasts happy is a great reason to celebrate. And, the Carbon 65 Edition seems like the perfect package for a special event like this. Like the name suggests, the C7 is enhanced by means of carbon-fiber elements, but it also gets a number of unique visuals inside and out.
However, the upgrade isn’t available on just any model, but only on the Grand Sport 3LT and the Z06 3LZ. It’s also limited to only 650 units globally.
“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”
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2017 Chevrolet Equinox Redline Edition
Chevrolet first introduced the mid-size Equinox crossover in 2004, rolling out a variety of additional trim levels and even a special Winter Olympic Games-themed model throughout the course of the first generation’s lifecycle. In 2009, the second-generation Equinox debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine as standard and an available 3.0-liter V-6. Finally, the latest third generation was introduced on September 22nd of last year with three engine choices, forward collision warning, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the infotainment system. At the moment, the Equinox is Chevy’s second best-selling model, which means it was shoe-in for the recent rash of Redline special editions introduced at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Upgrades include just a few tweaks here and there for the styling, while the rest of the car’s mechanicals and interior remain unaltered.
The 2018 Equinox Redline Edition takes inspiration from the Redline product preview first shown in Las Vegas for the 2015 SEMA Show. All the upgrades can be found on the exterior, including in the nose, where a new grille with a diamond-pattern insert and black finish sits front and center. Moving to the sides, you’ll also find the black-out treatment added to the side-view mirror covers, while in the corners sit large 19-inch wheels, also with a black finish. The rear windows continue the theme with an inky black tint, while the various Chevy bowtie badges are also blacked out.
The Equinox Redline package is offered with the mid-grade LT trim level. Joining the model in Chicago are equal treatments for the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Traverse, Colorado, and Silverado.
Each of the new Redline models will be available by the end of the year, with the Equinox Redline Edition slated to hit dealerships by October.
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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition
Chevrolet launched the ninth-generation Malibu in 2015, discontinuing the previous model after only five years on the market. Redesigned from the ground up and bolted onto a new platform (E2XX), the new Malibu also gained three new drivetrains, including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter hybrid. In 2017, Chevrolet launched the Redline Edition, a limited-edition model based on the Malibu LT trim, at the Chicago Auto Show.
The first special-edition to provide some customization for the new Malibu, the Redline Edition isn’t actually new. The package was first showcased at the 2015 SEMA Show, where it was displayed as the Red Line Series concept. At last year’s edition of the same show, Chevy rolled out a similar concept, this time around called the Malibu Blue Line and fitted with blue accents instead of red.
The production Redline Edition follows in the footsteps of the Red Line Series concept, featuring similar enhancements on the outside. Although not all elements seen on the concept were retained for production, the blacked-out details and the red accents are still there.
“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”
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2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Back in the day when muscle cars dominated the American auto consciousness, the name Steve Yenko was regarded as a wizard of performance modifications. As the man who ran Yenko Chevrolet of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Yenko oversaw an aftermarket division that gave birth to the Yenko Camaros, considered today as one of the most sought-after Camaros among enthusiasts of the pony car. Yenko Chevrolet’s run was brief, though, as the company stopped making customized Camaros in the early 80’s, and it wasn’t until 2009 when the name returned to the spotlight with the announcement that General Marketing Capital Incorporated (GMCI) announced its ownership of the Yenko trademark. Fast forward to today and the name “Yenko” has officially returned, albeit on a different model altogether. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, a heavily modified Corvette that comes with upgrades galore, none more impressive than a new engine output of 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.
The modifications themselves are about as extensive as it’s going to get and the company behind the build of these cars – Specialty Vehicle Engineering – says that the whole custom package for the Corvette took six months to develop. Ultimately, the final product is what you see here and it’s modified looks serve as a nice preview of what’s now lurking under that vented hood.
Unfortunately, a difficult and time consuming build like this one means that SVE isn’t making a lot of them. Only 50 units of the Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette are going to be built and those who are interested to get one will have to shell out an extra $46,000 for the modifications alone. That cost is on top of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport’s starting price of $66,445. Do the math and that adds up to $110,445 for an 800-horsepower Corvette Grand Sport that bears the name of the iconic Camaro tuner.
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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition
Although not as iconic and long-running as the Suburban, the Chevrolet Tahoe has been one of the company’s most important nameplates in the U.S. ever since it replaced the K5 Blazer in 1992. In its fourth-generation since 2014, the Tahoe shares its underpinning s with the Suburban, Silverado, and Cadillac Escalade, just to name a few, and sports a fresh exterior design, a more modern interior, and Chevy’s latest infotainment system. Under the hood, it comes with a potent 5.3-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and either two- or four-wheel drive. Having received mild upgrades for each new model year, the Tahoe gained Chevy’s already familiar Midnight Package for 2017.
Launched alongside the Suburban Midnight Edition, the Tahoe joins the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox, and Trax as a part of the brand’s Midnight Edition family. This special package debuted back in August 2015 on the Colorado pickup truck and quickly expanded to include no fewer than six different nameplates. The reason for that, according to Chevrolet, is that the Midnight Edition is among its fastest-selling special editions. As America’s best-selling full-size SUV, the Tahoe was also in line to to get Midnight Edition upgrade, and it finally happened for the 2017 model year.
The package is pretty much identical to those offered on other nameplates, adding a "murdered-out" look to the SUV. It’s also available on two trim levels in order to satisfy customers looking for either a large and comfortable people hauler or a more off-road-oriented machine.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro arrived in 2015 and replaced the previous pony car the brand had been selling since 2009. A significant departure from its predecessor in terms of design, the sixth-gen Camaro is also lighter and a bit smaller, sharing more similarities with sports coupes such as the BMW 4 Series rather than traditional pony car competitors such as the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. On top of the redesigned bodywork, chassis, and upgraded V-6 and V-8 engines, the new Camaro also brought the very-first four-cylinder engine to the nameplate since the early 1990s.
Less than 18 months old as of June 2016, the new Camaro has already spawned a number of special-edition models, a race-spec COPO version, and a supercharged ZL1. A redesigned Z/28 is also set to follow by the end of the year, but Chevrolet won’t stop there. With a new installment of the Transformers franchise underway for 2017, a new Bumblebee car based on the sixth-generation Camaro is also under development.
Not much is known about it at this point, but movie director Michael Bay just gave us a first look at the new Bumblebee by posting an image of the car on Twitter. Learn more about the custom coupe below and stay tuned for updates. We’ll be back as soon as we have them.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado High Desert
Chevrolet has never been one to stray away from special editions and options packages designed to ignite customer interest. Nowhere else is that more true than with the Silverado pickup. Well, Chevy announced today a new special edition based off a concept first seen at the 2014 SEMA show. It’s called the High Desert package and it’s available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trims of the 2017 Silverado 1500.
Opting for the High Desert package brings several changes to the Silverado, the most notable is the all-new flexible and lockage storage system in the cargo bed. Coming in a close second is the addition of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension system – marking the first time its been available on the Silverado. Previously, it could be had on its GMC twin, the Sierra 1500.
“The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want both the security of a lockable cargo area, as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”
Now that Piszar mentioned it, the High Desert package does make the Silverado look an awful lot like the old Chevy Avalanche, which was based on the then-current Suburban. While GM isn’t expressly saying the High Desert fills the role of the Avalanche, it’s hard to not see the similarities, especially in the sail panels that run from the bed rails to the top of the cab.
Perhaps Chevy has customers begging for storage solutions like the RamBox, available on the Ram 1500 and Ram HD pickups, or perhaps customers just wanted something similar to the Avalanche. Either way, the High Desert package seems like a great addition to the Silverado – at least far more than any of Chevy’s recent special edition pickups.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition
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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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