2019 Chevrolet Bolt
The Chevy Bolt tends to have a bad rap because of the bow-tie emblem; it’s quirky DNA mashup between MPV and hatchback, and the fact that it’s not a Tesla. But, we managed to spend some one-on-one time with the Chevy Bolt and, well, let’s just say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Despite the general consensus surrounding GM’s compact EV, and all the hype generated by Tesla, the Bolt has found a place in our hearts. Here’s our story of a simple yet enjoyable getaway with none other than the 2019 Chevy Bolt.
Everything is bigger in Texas, so they say. And apparently, that even extends to the choice of vehicles the folks down there are inclined to buy. We actually don’t know this but according to Chevrolet, one out of every six full-size pickups are sold in Texas.
That’s a pretty telling number and partly explains why the Bowtie decided to unveil a special-edition Silverado exclusively for the Lone Star State.
The model is called the Silverado Texas Edition and according to Chevrolet, it was built to recognize the strong bonds between Texans and their trucks. That’s awfully touching.
But the Silverado Texas Edition has no sentimental bone in its body. It’s rugged as rugged can be with the added benefit of a few new components, including body-color outside mirror caps and door handles, a locking rear differential, a trailering package, Texas Edition badges, and a set of 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels. And that’s just for the midlevel LT trim. For the LTZ trim, customers get all of the aforementioned goodies in chrome to go with a Bose premium audio system.
And lest we forget, the Silverado Texas Edition can be had with a choice of two powertrains: a 4.3-liter V-6 engine with 285 horsepower for the LT and a 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 horsepower for the LTZ.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the accompanying press release for the Silverado Texas Edition
This weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a unique pink Chevrolet Camaro SS will serve as the official pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500. While the race itself will be something worth paying attention to, the pink Camaro pace car also holds a story unto itself, not because of its color, but because of what that color represents.
See, the car has been dressed in a two-tone pink and white color scene, which is similar to last year’s pink pace car, a clear and distinct nod to Chevrolet’s support of the American Cancer Society and the latter’s "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" initiative.
“For our 100th birthday in 2011, Chevrolet began its support of the American Cancer Society, and the generous response from our dealers, employees and customers told us we needed to help the Society fight for more birthdays,” said Don Johnson, vice president of Chevrolet Sales and Service.
“At Chevy, we believe everyday heroes can accomplish extraordinary things, and it is in this spirit that we work to achieve a world without breast cancer.”
As part of Chevrolet’s efforts this weekend, the automaker has promised to pledge $200 for every lap the Camaro SS "Breast Cancer Fight" Pace Car leads under the caution flag. A year ago, a similar set-up was arranged by Chevrolet, and when the race ran under 64 caution laps, the BowTie happily sent $12,800 in donations to the American Cancer Society.
“Last year, contributions of more than $900,000 supported the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against this disease,” said Roshini George, national vice president of health promotions for the American Cancer Society.
"As we approach National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, we want thank the Chevrolet family for its support and remind everyone to take the steps that make a difference in our fight against breast cancer.”
Well, this is pretty excessive...
Actually, "excessive" even feels like an understatement, especially when you’ve had the time to process exactly what you’re looking at.
In this case, what you’re looking at is supposed to be a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible SS. It still looks like a Camaro SS, at least for the most part, but what we can’t wrap our heads around is just how far Florida Famous Mad Marks Stereo took to giving this muscle car one of the most insane programs we’ve ever seen. For starters, the chrome wrap isn’t all that bad, as is the custom front grille, the red racing stripes, the LED strips on the hood opening, and the red headlights. We can live with those components and actually like them to a certain extent. But after that, things get a little hairy.
The standard-sized wheels have been taken off in favor of a new set of 32" versions. 32 inches, people. From there, the interior of the Camaro was dressed in a combination of red leather, red chrome, and other red what-have-yous to create a visual eyesore. Then, there are the speakers, which all look like planted mushrooms on a small field and probably have enough bass to make your ears bleed even if the volume’s at mute.
The finishing touch for this true one-of-a-kind Camaro? A double-sided LCD flat screen whose purpose in this whole cacophony of absurdity we still can’t seem to understand.
Then again, nothing about this program makes sense.
Find out how the King Camaro was born by watching the accompanying video after the jump.
If we were to say the name “Robert Glenn Johnson Jr” not many people, besides hardcore NASCAR fans, would know who we are talking about. However, mention the name Junior Johnson and “Mystery Motor” and nearly every NASCAR fan knows what we’re talking about. If you haven’t figured it out, Robert Glen Johnson Jr and Junior Johnson are the same person.
The Mystery Motor refers to Junior Johnson’s most famous car, which was a 1963 Chevy Impala SS with an extremely rare Mk II engine. This engine was a very limited production model that was wedged between the Mk I 438/409 engine and Mk IV 427 engine. This engine only saw roughly 50 total units produced, though some claim there were only 18 ever produced, making it one of the rarest GM engines ever built.
Shortly after these engines went out to various Chevrolet drivers, Chevy pulled the plug on its race sponsorship and the owners of the cars were stuck with modifying and fitting the engines themselves. Junior Johnson’s Mk II 427 wound up being the most powerful built at the time and resulted in a total of seven wins, nine pole positions, 13 top-5 finishes, and 14 top-10 finishes in just 33 races in the 1963 season. Its overall power and rarity earned it the name “Mystery Motor.”
Following the 1963 season, Chevy had began production of the Mk IV 427, rendering the Mystery Motor ineligible for NASCAR competition and reducing Johnson’s win total to less than half the following year.
If you have ever wanted to own a piece of automotive and NASCAR history, this is your chance, as RK Motors Charlotte has put Johnson’s 1963 Impala SS up for sale, Mystery Motor and all.
Click past the jump to read our full review.
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.
Every car buff simply loves beautifully restored cars, and that’s a very simple fact. One version of car restoration that is starting to gain a lot of traction recently is performance restoration. This is not just making the car look new, but also bringing its performance specifications to a point that the engineers at the time could have only dreamed about.
This puts custom car builders, like S&S Motorsports in Sarasota, FL, directly in the spotlight. Not only does S&S do extreme restoration projects on older GMs and Fords, but they also build these aging legends into mechanical monsters.
One of these monsters hit Ebay recently, in the form of the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette “Bomber `Vette” by S&S Motorsports. From a distance, this Corvette looks like it is yet another impeccably restored `69 Corvette, but up close it is easy to tell this is anything but just another `Vette. Add in a quick peak under the hood and your suspicions will be confirmed; this is an absolutely intense piece of 43-year-old muscle.
You might be wondering exactly what this bad boy is packing under that sleek-looking, reverse-opening hood…
Click past the jump to read our full review and have a look at what S&S has done this time.
Super Stock NHRA racing is likely one of the most badass motorsports on the planet, or at least it was back in the 1960s. It was once about as close to stock vehicles as you could possibly get, yet they still screamed down the track.
One of the dominant and most memorable cars of the 1960s was Dave Stickler’s Camaro Z/28 dubbed “Old Reliable.” After it claimed the Stock Car World Championship in the 1968 season, “Old Reliable” was retired and sold.
In 1993, a buyer used VIN data saved by the Sticklers to track down this beast, after it had been repainted and raced in various events across the nation. Few actually knew what the Camaro once was, but this buyer knew what it was and wanted it, badly. According to some sources, when this buyer went to buy “Old Reliable,” it was actually scheduled to be chopped up for scrap metal.
One question that comes to mind is how good of condition can a car that was about to be scraped be in? From what we can see, this thing is in excellent shape and is certainly set to pick up a premium price, now that it has been listed for sale on Ebay by RK Motors Charlotte.
Click past the jump to read the full review.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Motion Performance was the largest company that performed aftermarket tuning on GM vehicles. While designing the Corvette Manta Ray GT, one of many Motion Performance-tuned vehicles, builders used a 1972 `Vette as a model to explore different design schemes and see what worked.
This concept car made its auto show rounds, changing owners many times in the process, but most enthusiasts simply saw it as a deformed version of the Manta Ray GT. Several years ago this custom Corvette made its way back onto the selling block and when its original builder, Joel Rosen, was question about it from a potential buyer, he wrote it off as a poorly duplicated version of one of Motion’s Corvette kits.
As time went by and Rosen learned a little more about the car, he came to find out that this was the long-lost and long-forgotten concept car he worked on in 1972. Talk about a strange set of events to lead up to finding one of the rarest Corvettes on the planet.
Ultimately, the detail that gave the Corvette away was a flawed paint job that remained underneath certain panels on the vehicle. This type of painting flaw – using a primer that it too dark for its yellow top coat – created a nasty green-like color that was later painted over with pearl yellow paint.
This awesome Motion Maco Shark/Motion Manta Ray GT hybrid is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle that is lucky to be around, and collectors around the world can now find it for sale again on Ebay. Is this Custom Corvette Mutt up to snuff for a collector to sink some serious cash into?
Click past the jump to read our full review and find out.
You would think the Chevrolet Camaro SS already exudes the kind of classic retro-modern look that the American muscle car has come to be know for. But even if there are already plenty of styling hints that point to that conclusion, a company like Retro USA still has something in store for all of us.
The US-based tuning firm specializes in splashing some ’retro-ness’ to your Camaro - their name, after all, is Retro USA - and recently, they presented their work for the Chevy muscle car.
The aerodynamic modifications are absolutely noticeable, beginning with a new front and rear bumper configuration, courtesy of Chrome-Tech Bumpers. The body panel is mounted to an existing fascia with two pre-taped thermoformed inserts that lift the bumpers off the fascia for a more authentic look. In addition, the program also includes 68′-69′ styled hood vents that provide that nostalgic and aggressive look. Rocker moldings have also been mounted to the existing rocker panel while new quarter moldings - available in either chrome or painted - have been constructed using chrome-plated injection molded ABS with painted flat black accents.
You only need to take one look at at this program to come to the conclusion that it is just what the Chevrolet Camaro SS needs to become a full-fledged American classic muscle car.
Auction houses like Barrett Jackson are the perfect places to find special edition vehicles. All you need is steely determination, glass full of patience, and pockets full of cash - in some cases, more than that.
Recently, a special edition Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Las Vegas, raking in an estimated $250,000 from some deep-pocketed bidder who you might have heard of: NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendricks.
This particular Camaro is noted for being the first production Camaro ZL1 to find an owner - good job, Mr. Hendricks! - and while it’s being touted as such, it’s actually the 69th ZL to be produced by General Motors.
So why is it a special edition?
For one, it’s being advertised as an anniversary model of the 1969 Camaro ZL1, hence the 69th model designation. It’s also the only Camaro ZL1 to be dressed in a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior paint finish, making it a true one-of-a-kind. The only downside is that General Motors decided against tweaking the muscle car’s outstanding 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 580 horsepower and over 550 lb/ft of torque. But even without the engine upgrade, the ZL1’s numbers are still mighty, mighty impressive.
Hendricks shelling out around a quarter-of-a-million might be a little too steep given the circumstances, but the NASCAR team owner and car dealership mogul should be comforted in knowing that proceeds from the sale of the ZL1 ’69 Carbon Flash’ will go directly to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.
The upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup series races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Richmond International Raceway will get a pinkish treat when a specially themed Chevrolet Camaro SS will serve as the official pace car for the two events.
Decked in an eye-catching pink color finish with all the matching decals, this special edition Camaro will be used in the continuous effort of raising awareness against breast cancer.
While there doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications done on the American muscle car, the significance of its participation in the Sprint Cup will come in the form of $200 donations made by Chevrolet for each caution lap the pink pace car does in the two races.
In society’s continuing battle with the deadly disease, Chevrolet has been one of the fiercest supporters in the fight against breast cancer. “For 100 years, Chevy has been helping people along the journey of life in countless ways,” said Alan Batey, the company’s vice president for Sales and Service.
"Together with our race fans, Chevrolet wants to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer, more birthdays and longer journeys.”
As it stands, the Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 412 horsepower and 408 lb/ft of torque. Impressive numbers to say the least; but in this particular case, powertrains and engine outputs aren’t all that important compared to the symbolism surrounding the pace car’s pink paint finish.
A little over a year ago at the 2009 SEMA show, Trans Am Depot introduced a conversion kit for the Chevrolet Camaro, affectionately turning it from modern-day Bumblebee muscle to an iteration of what a Pontiac Firebird would look like. They even had a name for it: the Phoenix Trans Am.
Fast forward about 20 months and Trans Am Depot has returned for their next Camaro-based Pontiac conversion kit. The car of choice this time is the 1969 GTO Judge, although you certainly wouldn’t mistake this one for the real deal.
In any case, Trans Am Depot’s work is called the “6T9 Goat” and looking at the renderings sent over by TAD, the new conversion kit comes with plenty of styling elements, including a bespoke front end with its own split grille.
There’s also a revised hood with air scoops, a new tail lamp, a restyled ‘old-school’ trunk with a small rear wing, quad tail pipes, and a new set of alloy wheels.
“The 6T9 Goat concept was created by designer Kevin Morgan to capture the look and feel of the classic ’69 GTO Judge,” Grand Am Depot said in a statement. “The 1969 GTO is considered by many to be one of the top ten muscle cars of all time. Available this fall, this modern day version incorporates the look of yesteryear with the modern convenience and technology of today.”
Hardened fans of the classic GTO Judge – and the Camaro, for that matter – will probably snicker at the thought of driving a kit version of the old classic, but as the market has shown in recent years, there are some people that will still pay for conversion kits, even if it isn’t the real thing. If you’re one of these folks, here’s your chance to own a modern-day iteration of an all-time classic. Just make sure you don’t promote it as an original.
Art cars have become quite the rage these days with so many of them being introduced in the past year or so. But of all the ones we’ve seen, we dare you to find a car that’s as mind-blowingly detailed as this Chevrolet Camaro.
This is the work of General Motors’ show car division and Mickey Harris of Mountain Muscle Cars in Cosby, Tennessee and if you have any ounce of patriotism running through your veins, then you’re going to fall head-over-heels for it. Airbrushed with just about all the relevant images of American history, the entire body of work was finished after three intense months of laborious work and was officially presented to the public at the recent Camaro5 Fest in Arizona.
Everything about art work done on the Camaro screams our love for the red, white, and blue, from the images of our past presidents to historical images from the Civil War, Iwo Jima, and Desert Storm. As far as airbrushing art is concerned, you’d be hard-pressed to find a car that can bounce this off of the top our list.
Trust us, you’d be crazy not to check out this insane piece of art in the gallery provided. These pictures will astound you.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has never been shy when it comes to their packages for the Chevrolet Camaro. For these guys, it’s all about meat and muscle, and they’ll go through great lengths to pack whatever ounce of it they can put on the Chevy muscle car. Their latest project, one that comes with 800 horsepower, was proudly displayed at the 2011 Camaro5Fest in Chandler, California.
Judging by what they’ve put on it, this Camaro is one hell of a doozy.
Lingenfelter wanted to give the Camaro some mean power to with its bulging muscles. Thanks to a 7.0-liter V8 engine with twin GT30R turbochargers, the Camaro’s output was bumped all the way up to 800 horsepower with an 8.8:1 compression ratio.
Aesthetically speaking, the Camaro will come with a new front-fascia splitter, rocker extensions, a new bonnet with its own air inlet, a rear deck lip and spoiler, a new rear fascia extension, Lingenfelter badging, and a set of 20” Nitto tires on the front and back. Inside, the car gets a new custom steering wheel with a fancy rear view mirror with its own video display. There are also CNC-machined pedal covers to go with an embroidered interior.
Hit the jump to see the full list of gadgets put into this amazing Camaro.
John Hennessey is no stranger to the world of auto tuning. After all, he does have a company that’s considered as one of the best in the business. The company, Hennessey Performance Engineering is so good at what it does that it was actually able to build it’s own supercar based on the Lotus Elise: the Venom GT. Not a lot of tuners can stake the same claim, too.
In this particular video, John Hennessey is sitting behind the wheel of another one of his company’s creations, the 2011 Hennessey ZR750 Corvette. Based on the Corvette ZR1, the ZR750 was born from a special tuning kit the aftermarket company gave to the ZR1, one that nets the American sports car an improved engine output of 755 horsepower, an increase from the standard model’s 638 horsepower output. The increased power of the Hennessey ZR750 also translates to improved lap times, including a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds compared to the standard ZR1’s time of 3.4 seconds.
Hit the jump to watch John Hennessey test driving the car.
Anytime you have a car that is being sold at a fund-raising event for a charity like the Kids Wish Network HERO program, then it’s a great source of pride for those behind the initiative. Having a car that’s been worked on by a tuning firm like Lingenfelter is extra gravy.
The car, a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, that has been designated as the ‘Brad Paisley Hero Edition ZR1’, is a one-off Corvette that’s powered by an LS9 supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine with a Lingenfelter performance upgrade system that nets in over 700 horsepower, up from the 638 horsepower the stock Corvette comes in. This Corvette is then mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a twin-disc clutch that provide exceptional clamping power.
Apart from Lingenfelter’s engine upgrade, this special edition ZR1 also comes with a signature under its hood of no less than the man to which to car was named after, country music star Brad Paisley. As part of the 2010 Corvette Dream Giveaway, this one-of-a-kind Corvette will be up for grabs together with a fully-restored 1967 427 Corvette Roadster.
But the best part about these two cars is that the proceeds of the initiative will be used to help support the Kids Wish Network HERO program that’s currently active in over 150 pediatric hospitals across the country.
In the end, Brian Landgren, a businessman from Washington, walked away as the winner of the 2010 Corvette Dream Giveaway, where he will be presented the keys to his two new sports cars at the tail end of February. Landgren, however, wasn’t the only winner of the entire program. More important than him, the young children that are part of the Kids Wish Network HERO program all walked away as the biggest winners of them all. And considering that the Lingenfelter-tuned Corvette played a big role in the program, we’re pretty sure that the boys at Chevrolet and Lingenfelter were pretty happy about the fund-raising turned out too.
Chevrolet, along with various other manufacturers, are now wholly catering for the most die hard fans of the brand – the aftermarket enthusiasts. The Synergy Series of limited edition Camaros will feature a new, differently themed customized model each year. The first Camaro Synergy model was the 2010 Synergy Green special-edition car. As you would expect, the Camaro Synergy Series 2011 model contains a mix of exterior and interior accessories that sets it apart from the normal Camaro. These include an exclusive gray interior with red accent stitching throughout, which is based on the Camaro Chroma, a show car first exhibited at SEMA in 2009.
Some of what you can look forward to includes Cyber Gray paint, a Chevrolet accessory grille and ground effects package, 21-inch painted wheels, and a body colored antenna. Inside, it’s all as special as a Camaro gets, with a bit more of an individualistic feel. The gray theme is carried through from the exterior with matching gray leather and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, door panels, console lid, shifter boot, shift knob, and headrest. A red instrument cluster and accent lighting gets the nod over the boring stock items. The Silver Ice interior accessory trim kit and floor mats with red border and silver Camaro lettering look right at home in the Synergy model. Functional and cool additions are the footwell and cupholder lighting.
Performance mods also appear on the special addition – the 6.2 liter LS3 V8 is mated to a six-speed manual tranny along with sports a Hurst shifter and red cam covers to identify the power hike. Stopping is courtesy of Brembo brakes, complete with matching red calipers that sit lower to the ground thanks to the Pedders suspension lowering kit.
We’ll find out more about the Synergy Series when we hit the SEMA show floor this week!
The Chevrolet Equinox is the car that ushered in the era of the utilitarian Crossover at General Motors, so it is only appropriate that the new model come equipped with certain features that make for a very functional automobile with standard features like a 6 speed automatic transmission, direct injected gasoline engines, XM satellite radio, an iPod input jack, power everything and OnStar roadside assistance. However there is more to the crossover segment than reliability, these are the cars that will take families down the street to soccer practice and across the country to Disney World, so they need to be comfortable, attractive and engaging; especially for the back seat passengers.
Our well equipped 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD 2LT also came with some of the more desirable features being offered by GM, like the back up camera with park assist, power tailgate, Vehicle Interface Package that includes Bluetooth, the Chrome Exterior Appearance Package to dress up the outside, the Cargo Management Package that makes storage a snap in the back of the truck and the Rear Seat Entertainment System that includes some of the best designed backrest monitors on any new car today. However our personal favorite was the 18 inch machined aluminum wheels, Chevrolet offers rims as big as 19 inches in diameter, but we didn’t want to be too flashy. Of course, because we are Top Speed, Chevy made sure we tested the 3.0 Liter direct injected V6 that makes 264 HP and 222 lb-ft of torque version that is still able to get 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
Continued after the jump.