New Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06

The new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06, an uprated version of the Corvette C7, has been unveiled at the Detroit motor show.

Chevrolet’s high-performance Z06 moniker first appeared on the C2 generation of Corvette, in 1963. It was followed, decades later, by the C5 Z06 and C6 Z06.

This generation of Z06, however, is the first with a removable roof, optional eight-speed automatic transmission and – more notably – a supercharged V8 engine.

Power comes from Chevy’s new supercharged 6.2-litre ‘LT4′ V8. It utilises direct injection and variable valve timing to help produce “at least” 625bhp and 635lb ft.

In line with its high-performance nature, the LT4 in the Z06 benefits from a dry sump oiling system, ensuring the correct oil pressure is maintained in strenuous conditions.

Other notable design features of the engine include a 10:1 compression ratio, titanium intake valves, forged aluminium pistons and machined connecting rods.

Thanks to the use of a compact 1.7-litre Eaton supercharger, the LT4 is only 25mm taller than the standard LT1 engine. This helps keep the Corvette’s centre of gravity low, improving its handling characteristics.

Chevrolet is yet to announce any official performance statistics for the C7 Z06, but it’s likely that it’ll perform in a similar fashion to the 638bhp ZR1, which accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.4sec and can reach a top speed of 205mph.

No official fuel consumption figures have been released either, but the use of cylinder deactivation should help the Z06 return acceptable figures. The standard naturally aspirated C7 is currently claimed to average 28mpg, while the outgoing supercharged ZR1 returns 19.2mpg.

In classic Corvette style, the Z06 retains the C7′scorvette-c7-z06 standard transverse-mounted composite springs, while magnetorheological electrically adjustable dampers serve to reputedly improve both handling and ride quality. Double-wishbone suspension is used all round, with cast aluminium control arms helping reduce weight.

A ‘Driver Mode Selector’ offers customisable stability control, launch control, variable traction control and adjustments to the way the electronically controlled limited-slip differential locks up.

Braking power is provided by six-piston aluminium front calipers, four-piston rear calipers and steel disc brakes. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 run-flat tyres are standard, mounted on 19×10 alloys at the front and 20×12 alloys at the rear.

Drive is sent to the Z06′s rear wheels via a seven-speed manual gearbox or a rapid-shifting eight speed automatic. The seven speed features active rev matching, like that found on Nissan’s 370Z

The eight-speed gearbox is a new addition to the Corvette range, and benefits from wheel-mounted paddle-shifts for faster manual control. According to Chevrolet, the torque-convertor-based automatic can “deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many super cars”.

The company claims, for example, that its eight speed can perform full-throttle upshifts up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than that of Porsche’s PDK.

“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America.

“It leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”

Buyers can also opt for a track-focused ‘Z07′ performance pack that adds upgraded Super Sport Cup tyres, Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs and tweaked aerodynamic components. A carbonfibre aerodynamic package will also be available.

The Z06 also features cosmetic and aerodynamic changes. Tom Peters, Corvette design director, said: “The flared arches accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip.

“Larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability.”

Interior upgrades, compared to the standard C7, include unique colour schemes and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Two seat options will be offered, a conventional GT seat or a more aggressively bolstered ‘Competition Sport’ seat. Both feature magnesium frames, for weight-reduction purposes.

According to Chevrolet, the new Z06 is reputed to deliver “faster lap times” than the outgoing range-topping 2013 Corvette ZR1 – a car capable of lapping the Nürburgring in 7:19.63, quicker than many more costly rivals.

The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will go on sale in early 2015. Pricing and exact performance data is yet to be announced;

Betting on NASCAR 2013

Betting on NASCAR 2013

At one point it appeared as if Jimmie Johnson might run away with this season’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but in recent weeks his lead at the top of the standings has been pegged back somewhat. He is still in a commanding position, but with the season not due to end until November, the thirty point cushion he enjoys at the top will surely not be wide enough for him to be able to rest on his laurels. Betting on NASCAR 2013 has been underway for months now, but with nearly three months of the season gone, who are the drivers who could realistically compete with the 7/1 favourite Johnson for the Series?

Certainly the driver just below him in the standings – Carl Edwards – must be considered a genuine contender. You can get odds of 10/1 on him with the bookies, and he will attract plenty of gambling interest at that price, although it should be noted that he has won only one race so far this season. This could be why he is behind the likes of Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch in the odds reckoning – despite being ahead of them in the standings – as they have won three and two events respectively this season, indicating that they have the speed and the winning mentality. All of these different factors should be considered before betting on the winner of NASCAR 2013, but if you are still unsure you might find a motor racing online casino game a bit more congenial.

One of the best of these games, found at Lucky Nugget, is Motor Slot Speed Machine, which is a slot with five reels and a jackpot of $50,000. Like most slots games this one can be played very cheaply, with $0.05 coins suitable for using on it, and it presents a very good chance of a payout – thanks to the presence of a wild reel icon (the speedometer). The other reel icons are equally motor sport related, including motorcycle gloves, petrol pumps, helmets and traffic lights, while the game bonus features a race between three motor bikes, offering a prize to those able to pick a bike that finishes second or first – which should be great fun for any motor sports fans.

Silverado High Country

from Detroit News by Melissa Burden

General Motors Co. is introducing an all-new, top-of-the-line Chevrolet Silverado model as part of its rollout of new 2014 pickups, hoping to capture a bigger portion of the premium truck market, the automaker said Sunday.

The 2014 Silverado High Country will come in crew cab only and be available this fall. The truck, which has more amenities than the Silverado LTZ, features a chrome grille with cross bars, 20-inch chrome wheels, halogen projector headlights, body color front and rear bumpers and a mountain range High Country badge. That badge is prominently featured on the front doors, tailgate, door sill plates and is embroidered into the headrests.

Saddle brown is the only interior color available in the High Country. The truck features heated and cooled leather seats, Bose audio and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.

“It’s got to play well in Texas, so a touch of Western flavor from a design standpoint can be seen in the interior in particular,” said Maria Rohrer, Chevy marketing director for full-size trucks and crossover.

Silverado High Country GM said 30 percent of pickup buyers — up from 25 percent a few years ago — spend more than $40,000 when purchasing a truck. And GM is hoping to win new customers, as buyers in that part of the truck segment are a little less brand loyal. The Detroit automaker will compete with Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 King Ranch, the 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 and the Ram Laramie Longhorn.

Lloyd Biermann, Chevrolet Silverado marketing manager, said GM may be losing some customers to competitors such as Ford’s King Ranch.

“I think that’s why we’re putting a model in this segment,” he said. “We see that segment, that portion of the market growing and we want to be there.”

Chevy expects High Country volume to start will represent 3 percent to 5 percent of Silverado sales, Rohrer said.

High Country is targeting customers who want something nicer, but not too flashy. Biermann said High Country customers will differ from GMC Sierra pickup or Sierra Denali buyers.

Pricing, which is not available, will be higher than the Silverado LTZ, but lower than a GMC Sierra Denali, GM said.

Rohrer said it’s possible the High Country badge could be included on other Chevy models in the future.

“We’re going to see how it goes,” she said.

High Country comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine, though the 6.2-liter V-8 is available. Options include features such as a corner step, sunroof, navigation and rear-seat entertainment package.

Pickups are selling well this year and GM’s large pickup sales have jumped 21 percent through April compared to the same months in 2012. The company’s new 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups begin to hit showrooms in the next few weeks.

Ford says about 30 percent of F-150 sales are luxury models such as the King Ranch, which it’s sold for more than a decade.

The Z-28 Returns

by Michael Zak, AOL Autos

2014 Z-28

2014 Z-28

Chevrolet has unveiled a new Camaro complete with an old and storied moniker: Z/28.

The news took a run-of-the-mill announcement on the Camaro’s mid-life facelift and made it something exciting. GM handed out earplugs at the unveiling — a sign that some serious engine noise was about to occur.

The Z/28 was last made in 2002, and is a racetrack-ready Camaro. The automaker wanted to make it exceptional, so they removed the regular Camaro engine and replaced it with the engine that lives in the C6 Corvette — a small-block 7.0 liter V8. That engine produces “at least 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque,” Chevy says.

Even if it’s not as powerful as the current 580-horsepower ZL1 Camaro, Chevy made some other distinctive tweaks to make the Z/28 awesome: It’s 300 pounds lighter than the ZL1, making it a full three seconds faster per lap on the race track.

The new car got some styling tweaks, which are aesthetic and improve aerodynamics, as well as some solid interior features. Recaro racing seats are standard, as is the ZL1′s flat-bottomed steering wheel. The whole interior is finished in a matte-metallic finish called “Octane.”

The Z/28 Camaro was first introduced back in 1966. Although the base Camaro was designed to provide adrenaline-pumping power, the Z/28 took it a step further. Using a special high-compression 302-cubic-inch V8, the gnarly engine, which was mated to a much more aggressive suspension, produced 290 horsepower and made for a truly white-knuckle ride.

The Z/28, along with the recently redesigned C7 Corvette, is evidence that General Motors is undergoing a full-on muscle renaissance. As the company gradually comes out from the under the watchful eye of the U.S. government and taxpayer base who have been clamoring for more fuel-efficient vehicles, the American automaker returns to offering a classic desire of the American car consumer: pure, unadulterated power.

New Chevy Corvette

from Newsday

2014 Corvette When General Motors engineers and designers started work on the next-generation Corvette, they drew up the usual requirements for the star of American muscle cars.

Killer looks. Big engine. Handles like a race car.

But topping the list back was something at odds with the roar of the car’s big V-8: Gas mileage.

The new Corvette could not be a gas guzzler. Stricter government rules were forcing a leap in fuel economy. If the car burned too much gas, it would trigger fines from regulators and never get built.

“There won’t be a Corvette if we don’t care about fuel economy,” said Tadge Juechter, the car’s chief engineer.

But the 2014 Corvette is here, the first all-new version in nine years. The king of American sports cars, driven by astronauts and celebrated in a Prince song, rolled out Sunday night in Detroit. It will arrive in showrooms this fall.

To many fans, the new Corvette symbolizes the rebirth of America’s auto industry after its near death in 2009, showing the world that it again can lead in technology, styling and performance — at a lower cost that European competitors.

Getting there was tough for the 1,000-member Corvette team, which gave the car the code name “C7.” GM’s bankruptcy slowed development twice. With each delay, new safety and gas mileage regulations forced changes. The Corvette team overhauled the car: aluminum replaced steel, super-light rivets held parts together, and the V-8 engine kicked down to four cylinders at highway speeds, saving fuel.

2014 Corvette All the changes helped it overcome nine years of government crash safety requirements that could have bloated the car. But even with the lighter materials, the regulations have pushed its weight to a little more than the current base model’s 3,200 pounds. Still, it’s an engineering achievement. The Corvette is so new that it only shares two parts with the current model.

GM said testing is still being done on the car’s fuel economy, but it’ll be better than the current base model’s 16 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Juechter said the window sticker highway mileage won’t reach 30 mpg, but he wouldn’t be surprised to see some drivers get that or more.

The car’s usual buyers — men in their mid-50s — will also notice dramatic changes on the outside of the two-seat car. The hood slopes low to slice through the wind. All the vents and scoops have functional purposes like cooling the brakes or transmission.

On the back, designers took cues from the1963 Corvette, with a sloping roof that tapers toward the bottom. The car has a small Stingray badge on each side, complete with gills. And there’s a more modern rendition of the Corvette’s crossed-flag logo.

A 6.2-liter small-block V-8 with 450 horsepower takes the car from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. That’s at least a few tenths of a second faster than the current base model.

Engineers also redesigned the somewhat-chintzy interior, giving it a jet cockpit look with leather, carbon fiber and soft plastics.

GM hopes the styling, performance and updated dashboard electronics will expand the car’s appeal to younger buyers. The Corvette’s been a favorite of adrenaline junkies for 60 years. Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard owned one from the first year — 1953.

The company won’t quote a price on the 2014 model. But Juechter said someone who bought the current version can afford the new one. The Corvette starts at $49,600. That is more than $30,000 below what GM considers its chief competitor, the Porsche 911. The car makes a decent profit for GM despite relatively low sales, Juechter said.

2014 Corvette GM wouldn’t give sales targets for the new car. Last year it sold only 14,000 of the aging Corvettes, down from over 30,000 the first few years after the current version was rolled out. Porsche sold about 8,500 911s last year.

The prospect of a new ‘Vette has fans waiting anxiously, browsing the Internet for unauthorized photos or drawings. Thousands of aficionados live in the U.S., and even Europe and the Middle East.

John Browning, 70, president of the Renegade Corvette Club of Hollywood, Fla., one of 600 such clubs in the U.S, said some Corvette lovers can’t contain themselves.

“I’ve got one member, he just sold his ’13 in anticipation, to wait for the ’14,” said Browning. “I think the Corvette is the icon. As far as I’m concerned you can’t get a better deal.”

Tips for Choosing the Right Car Parts Dealer

With so many car parts dealers competing in the market, choosing the one which meets your needs can be a challenge. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there are a few quite reputable dealers of used auto parts. If you purchase from such a dealer, you would get quality-tested car parts at low prices. Moreover, you don’t need to compromise on the efficiency and functionality of the components, but how will you ensure that the used auto parts retailer you are dealing is reliable? Well, you have to consider a number of factors such as the reputation, equipment that the retailer have and the promptness in responding to your needs.

How to search and select?

Today, the majority of reputable companies have official websites. This is to extend their businesses to a wider audience and reach their target market. According to car parts experts, the best and the most convenient tool to locate reliable car parts dealer is the Internet. Buyers can use various keywords or key phrases to run a search. For instance, if you are living in Dallas, you can use key phrases such as “car parts Dallas, TX“, “auto parts dealers Dallas, TX,” and “Dallas auto parts retailers.” Generally, there are thousands of sources that appear in the search results. Examples of car parts websites are AutoPartsWarehouse.com, iSeeCars.com, and AdvancedAutoParts.com, all of which carry parts from the major manufacturers. However, it’s better to choose the dealers’ websites that have a better ranking in the search engines. Choose two or more websites and visit those. This provides you a better insight to the experience and status of each retailer. You can also check the status of those dealers with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to avoid scams. Narrow down your search based on how quick the dealer responds to your calls and queries. It also very important to compare the rates by asking quotes from two or more dealers.

What if you don’t get the required components?

There are times when you fail to find the required auto parts in the directory of an otherwise reputable dealer. Generally, reliable used car parts dealers have a large listing where you can find various car components. However, in case you cannot find the ones you need, the dealer should be able to assist you to find the parts. A reliable company has efficient parts finder tools or systems through which the agents or customer assistants are able to find the car components you need within seconds. Hence, you should not waste your time and money finding for car parts yourself.  Not only will they will search for the best and affordable parts for you, but will also deliver the product to your doorstep, intact and economically.

Risky Bet on New Chevy Impala

from the Wall Street Journal

In its heyday, the Chevrolet Impala inspired a song by the Beach Boys and held a starring roll in the gritty, 1970s detective show “Baretta.” But in recent years, the big sedan has become almost forgettable, drawing mostly rental-car company and government agency buyers.

Now General Motors Co. is betting it can make the 54-year-old Impala a head-turner again, all part of a broader plan to reinvigorate its offerings with 13 redesigned cars and trucks next year and regain the favor of American car shoppers.

The 2014 Impala, which hits showrooms in April, would be the first remake of the car in seven years, mixes technology—such as an eight-inch movable infotainment screen and lane-departure control—with a fashion knack that includes colored stitching on seats and chrome lettering.

Dealers and reviewers say reconnecting the faded nameplate with consumers won’t be easy. The Impala makeover comes much later than other aging models from the era of land cruisers that have already undergone overhauls—such as the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and GM’s own Buick LaCrosse.

“The redesign looks better than the old model,” says auto-information website Edmunds.com reviewer Dan Frio. “Is it good enough to compete against the Taurus and Chrysler 300? I don’t know.”

Leo Bunnin, owner of Bunnin Chevrolet in Culver City, Calif., sells less than 100 Impalas a year. But he says, the brand has staying power and the redesign could work. “The Impala name was a magnet and I think it could be again.”

GM needs some hits in its bread-and butter Chevy brand, which accounts for about 75% of its vehicle sales in the U.S. Years ago, GM could credibly tout Chevrolet as American as baseball and apple pie. But a string of poor quality cars and its government-backed bankruptcy have left GM with a tarnished image, and it is paying a price. Through the end of the third-quarter, GM’s market share stood at 17.6%, compared with 19.7% in the same period of 2011.

Next year, GM will redesign and upgrade 13 Chevrolet vehicles, including big sellers such as the Silverado pickup truck, its iconic Corvette sports car and the Suburban and Tahoe sport-utility vehicles.

The Impala likely faces the toughest battle. First introduced in 1958, the Impala name grew to encompass a series of different cars. In the ’60s one featured a big block engine that inspired the Beach Boys’ song “409.” In the ’70s, actor Robert Blake drove a rusted 1966 Chevy Impala in “Beretta.”

Today’s lumbering sedan offers few modern features to tempt car-buyers. In a cost-saving move a few years ago, GM stopped equipping the car with the chrome, leaping antelope that had symbolized the Impala for decades.

Chevy Impala Hybird

 Automotive spy photography firm Brenda Priddy & Co. caught GM engineers testing the Eco version of the Impala.

The Impala Eco will offer a four-cylinder engine, mated to a low-energy hybrid system, with an anticipated 35 mpg in highway driving.

The 10th generation of the Impala will go on sale early 2013 as a 2014 model, and this will be the first to offer a mild hybrid powertrain system in the shape of what GM calls eAssist.

The prototype caught in pictures, wears a newly styled grille with styling cues linking to the Chevy Volt’s grille. Aside from this new grille and the “Eco” badge on the trunklid, the prototype does seem to be style-wise just like its regular, non-hybrid version.

This mirrors the strategy used by Toyota for its Camry lineup, where the hybrid version is details apart visually from its regular sibling.

The revised Impala will be built both at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities. Prices have yet to be announced.

 

From the Editors’ Desk

by Robert Thomas and Frank Ochal

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