Late last year, we reported that the new, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 destroyed Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife with a record lap time that beat that of the previous generation ZL1 and fifth-generation Z/28. Well, it didn’t take long for it to concede its top-dog status — the new Camaro ZL1 1LE is now the fastest Camaro to lap the infamous race track.
The 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE lapped the Nurburgring’s 12.9-mile tarmac in only 7:16.04, an impressive 13.56 seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1. It was able to do so with such upgrades as Multimatic DSSV front and rear dampers, special front dive planes, a carbon-fiber rear wing, and exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires. An LT4 supercharged V8 engine with 650 horsepower breathes under the hood.
Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, stated:
“With chassis adjustability unlike any vehicle in its peer group, the Camaro ZL1 1LE challenges supercars from around the world regardless of cost, configuration or propulsion system. To make up more than a second per mile on the Nordschleife compared to the ZL1 automatic is a dramatic improvement and speaks to the 1LE’s enhanced track features.”
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $69,995. Are you impressed by its performance?
New, 2019 Chevy Silverado Debuts With Diesel Engine, 450-lbs Lighter
It’s hard to believe Chevrolet has now been making trucks for over 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of Chevy Trucks, General Motors publicly unveiled the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
This is a clean-sheet design for the new Silverado, and GM brought its A-game. Compared to its predecessor, the truck is notably lighter; roomier all around and more comfortable; more practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; safer; and, to our eyes, more attractive inside and out.
When Ford went mostly all-aluminum for its latest F-150, many expected GM to do the same for its next half-tonne. It didn’t, choosing instead to stick with old-fashioned steel for its fixed panels and frame. Only “Swing” panels — anything on a hinge, such as the doors, hood and tailgate — are all-aluminum.
The new Silverado is slightly bigger than the old model, boasting a longer wheelbase and slightly increased overall length. Some of that extra room went to the bed, which is now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box more raw volume (63 cubic feet) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500 — up to 20 percent more, in fact.
Larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, while an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting make the cargo bed even more useful. As a first, there is also an available a power up / down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand.
Despite the larger size, the 2019 Silverado manages to be 450 pounds (204 kg) lighter, an impressive weight reduction considering its still mostly made out of steel. Buyers will have the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel.
The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that GM co-developed with Ford, while the 5.3L V8 and base engine (likely a V6) will make due with the existing six-speed auto.
Inside the cab, the redesigned Silverado offers more interior volume thanks to the increased length, with crew-cab models now have 3 inches more rear-seat legroom that before. Chevrolet promises improved refinement, higher quality materials and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections.
General Motors will release full specs, pricing and sales date at a later date. Until then, what do you think about the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?
Chevrolet Volt Production Ends In 2022?
It was reported months earlier that General Motors planned on killing off at least models due to slow sales, a list that included the Chevrolet Volt. A new report now claims that the company will pull the plug on the extended range electric vehicle in 2022.
According to AutoForecast Solutions and , the shrinking car segment combined with GM shifted focus to electric crossovers leaves no room for the Volt. In fact, it is expected to be replaced by a plug-in hybrid crossover or, possibly, an all-electric crossover, both of which will likely sell better since buyers are flocking to crossovers en masse.
When production ends, the Volt will have fulfilled its mission of serving as a stop-gap on the path to full-electric cars. It’s not slow sales that killed it; rather, better technology did.
GM already has plans to introduce at least 20 new electric cars by 2023, including two new Chevy Bolt-based crossovers that will arrive sometime in 2018 and 2019.
New Corvette ZR1 Convertible Drops 755 Horses Like A Beast
The C7 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has received a convertible version, and it’s just as bonkers as the coupe.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Corvette ZR1 Convertible is the first drop-top ZR1 since the ZR1 first launched in 1969.
It has the same mechanical bits as the ZR1 coupe, meaning power is provided by an LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a choice of either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, the addition of a retractable top results in a weight penalty (60 pounds, to be exact) that should impede overall performance a tad bit. Zero-to-60 mph (96 km/h) is expected to come in at less than three seconds, and the quarter mile in the high 10-second range. Top speed is approximately 212 mph (132 km/h).
Like the coupe, the Corvette ZR1 Convertible is available with the $2,995 ZTK Performance Package, which adds a large rear wing, front splitter, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Magnetic Ride control suspension. It can produces up to 950 lbs of downforce.
The new, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible starts at $123,995 in the United States, representing a $4,000 premium over the coupe.