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Does 576 HP Vauxhall VXR8 GTS Hint at More Powerful Chevy SS?

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When we presented you with the UK-exclusive Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, we made sure to highlight the disparity between its output and that of the similarly-equipped Chevrolet SS. Seeing that the U.S. market is a lot bigger and, thus, more important than the UK market, surely American enthusiasts deserve something at least as powerful as the new VXR8 GTS.

As a refresher, the VXR8 GTS packs an Eaton supercharger-equipped 6.2-litre V8 — identical to that used in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 — that produces 576bhp and 545 lb-ft (738 Nm) of torque. By comparison, the Chevy SS makes 415-hp and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque from an LS3 6.2L V8.

Aside from the powertrain, the two vehicles are essentially the same performance-tuned VF Commodore, so replacing the LS3 with the LSA, and making available a six-speed manual transmission, would be an easy upgrade for the talented engineers at General Motors.

As things stand, not only is the SS less powerful than the Vauxhall, it is also beaten by the Dodge Charger SRT8 with its 6.4 HEMI V8 rated at 470 hp (477 PS) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. While it takes more than just a powerful engine to make a capable sports car, we are sure Chevrolet wants the competition beat in all things tangible and objective, horsepower being one.

GM hasn’t hinted at a more powerful variant of the Chevrolet SS — possibly a rebadged VXR8 GTS — but we think such a vehicle is well within the realm of possibility, especially when considering the company has everything it needs to develop one in a jiffy.

Don’t be surprised when the General starts dropping hints a few weeks after the SS goes on sale.

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12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 2

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1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, front

These American classics made a name for themselves in a field dominated by Mustangs and Corvettes.

In Part One of our article on second-tier muscle cars, we looked at six of 12 models that are certainly considered genuine muscle cars but failed to make the waves that some of their bigger-engined brothers did. Here are the remaining six lesser known gems of the muscle car era.

1967 Dodge Coronet RT

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

The R/T was a special model produced to make a statement. While a more domestic version with a 440 CID engine was available, buyers had the option of a monster.

Yes, according to , the Dodge Coronet could be optioned with the 426-cid Hemi. Drivetrain options were Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual.

1964 Mercury Marauder

1964 Mercury Marauder

The debuted in the middle of 1963 to take part in the horsepower wars. It was available with the 390, 406, and 427 cubic-inch engines, which could be paired with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 3-speed automatic.

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

The all-new 1965 Biscayne was available with just one engine, a 250 cu in inline-six. That all changed in 1966 when the in-line six became the entry level engine, replaced by the Big-Block 427 cu in V-8 as the top engine.

The high-powered, high-revving 425 hp V8 version with solid lifters proved to be what the doctor ordered.

1965 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe

Introduced in 1964, the Pontiac Catalina was 2+2, a full size coupe based on General Motors’ iconic B-body chassis. It sourced its power from a 421 cu in powertrain with dual exhaust, heavy duty front springs, a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission (a 4-speed with a Hurst shifter came as an option), and a 3.42:1 performance axle ratio.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

Built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 — yes, it was around for that long — the Firebird was a very capable machine. Two Ram Air 400 cu in engines were available for the 1970 model year: The first was the L74 Ram Air III model (335 HP) and the second was a 345 hp LS1 Ram Air IV (370 HP) that were carried over from 1969.

The was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

The Fairlane Thunderbolt introduced in 1964 as a limited production, factory experimental model. A total of 100 units were produced — forty-nine featuring a 4-speed and fifty-one making due with an automatic — which was enough to secure Ford the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title.

The Thunderbolt’s combination of Ford’s light weight, intermediate-sized body with a “high rise” 427 cu in V8 powertrain and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors proved to be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR.

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Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Supercar, black

The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.

Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.

For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…

2019-Chevy Corvette Price increase chart

Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.

It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.

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GM Kills Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac CT6 In North America

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2019 Chevrolet Volt EV

The American automaker is cutting back on its sedan lineup with the closure five factories in North America.

General Motors has announced that it will discontinue production of several of cars as it shifts its focus to trucks and crossovers.

The company plans to idle its Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada, Lordstown Plant in Ohio and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan by the end of 2019. The slow-selling Chevy Volt, Impala, and Cruze, as well as the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS will all be casualties of the plant closures.

Production of the Chevy Cruze and Volt are expected to cease in by March 2019, while the Impala will live on until the end of 2019. Buick LaCrosse will say adieu in March 2019, followed by the Cadillac CT6 in June 2019 and the Cadillac XTS in Q4 2019.

The decision coincides with an industry-wide preparation for lower sales and continued shift away from sedans as buyers increasingly gravitate towards high-riding models. Earlier in 2018, Ford announced that it would stop making cars except for the Mustang in order to focus exclusively on trucks utility vehicles.

GM intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in next-generation battery-electric architectures and consolidate 75 percent of its global sales volume onto just five vehicle architectures by 2030.

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