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.
GM Partners With Shell For In-Car Gas Purchase
Drivers of General Motors vehicles can pay for gas at Shell gas stations without getting out of their car.
The American automaker has integrated its Marketplace system with Shell Pay & Save, allowing drivers of Buick, Cadillac, Chevy or GMC-branded vehicles to simply pay for their gas using their car’ infotainment screen rather than having to use a credit card.
To use the system, the user simply presses a few selections on the vehicle’s touchscreen to generate a three-digit code for activating a specific pump.
Rick Ruskin, Marketplace Line of Business leader, GM, stated:
“Fuelling is obviously an essential part of the vehicle ownership experience and we’re excited to offer our drivers a new way to fuel up with convenience, security and speed. Through Marketplace, we’ve been able to harness the power of the connected vehicle to change the way people think about everyday tasks like filling up.”
Th integration is part of GM’s efforts to develop a car-retail ecosystem. It previously entered into a similar partnership with ExxonMobil for Buick drivers.
2019 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban Get Premier Plus Special Edition
Chevy has given the 2019 Tahoe and Suburban a new Premier Plus special edition that brings to its two largest sport utility vehicles General Motor’s popular 420-horsepower V8.
The Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus feature 22-inch polished wheels, gold Chevrolet “bowtie” logos, chrome nameplate badging, cross rails, chrome power steps and exhaust tip and a unique cargo organizer.
Inside, they come equipped with heated and ventilated Black / Mahogany-colored leather front seats with a Jet Black trim surround, an 8-inch diagonal cluster, a head-up display, a cargo organizer, and a 12-month data plan for the standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 6.2-liter V8 made its debut as an optional performance package for both the 2018 Tahoe RST and 2019 Suburban RST. It produces an is paired with GM’s Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control suspension system to deliver a cozier ride and improved control during cornering.
Since the engine debuted in 2017, Chevy says 36 percent of all its special-edition full-size SUV models are now sold with the 6.2-liter V8. U.S. pricing for the 2019 Tahoe Premier Plus will start at $75,395, while the 2019 Suburban Premier Plus kicking off at $78,195.
Best Pickup Truck Manufacturers You Can Bet On
With more people buying more environmentally-friendly vehicles than eve, you’d think pickup trucks are falling out of fashion. Think again.
It seems that, more-so in the United States than anywhere else, there is less of a regard for emissions and even fuel economy as people continue to buy them in droves. In fact, thanks in large to pickups, “trucks” (a term used collectively in the auto industry for pickups, crossovers and SUVs) now outsell cars by 2 to 1.
While you scratch your head trying to figure out the broad appeal of pickups for the everyday man / family, know that at least four automakers are laughing all they way to the bank, and for good reason.
Not only has the Ford F-Series lineup has dominated the pickup truck segment for more than 40 years, but it’s also been the best-selling vehicle in America, period! And that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.
“Built Ford Tough” is more than just a marketing slogan. Widely considered the most well-rounded full-size pickup on the market, the F-150 in particular has transformed over the years to offer everything for everyone, giving birth to high performance iterations, off-road-oriented models, luxurious examples. Sure, the plain-Jane work versions is still around, but hardly anyone buys it.
Currently in its 13th generation, the highly regarded Ford is the first pickup truck to rely heavily upon aluminum construction, which has reduced its curb weight by some 700 pounds. It remains as rugged, robust, reliable, dependable and just downright capable, if not more so, than ever before.
According to Ford’s spokespeople, there are more F-Series trucks on the road with 250,000 miles or more on them than any other brand of trucks, Is there any wonder why they are the best selling vehicle in America?
GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins have played second fiddle to the F-150 for as long as they’ve been around, and it’s not because they are bad trucks. On the contrary, review after review has shown them to be on the same playing field in all metrics. So what gives?
A lot has to do with brand loyalty, and simply put, the F-150 has been around for much longer and, as such, has accumulated a larger following than both the Silverado and Sierra combined. These are hardcore brand loyalists we’re talking about, so getting them to change sides is as painstaking as gluing wings to a pig and telling it to fly.
GM’s trucks have always been fully capable, highly configurable and very reliable workhorses, and the arrival of the forth generation models only heightens these attributes, upping the style, tech and performance. Could be the fourth time be the charm? Has the General engineers and marketers F-150 enigma? Only time will tell.
Interestingly, despite the F-150’s insurmountable sales volume, it is General Motors that actually sells the most overall pickups. In addition to the full-size Silverado and Sierra, the company also offers the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, two quality, highly- regarded alternatives for those desiring a smaller pickup.
By the time Ford responds with a new Ranger, the Colorado / Canyon would have been on the market for at least three years.
RAM Trucks has been the very definition of an underdog, daring to venture where they others won’t. But that underdog status is quickly changing as sales of the RAM truck lineup inches closer and closer to the Silverado.
From tool of the trade to rolling boardroom, the Ram 1500 has widespread appeal. It is the only full-size pickup available with an fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain and an air suspension that smooths out the ride.
The latest iteration of Fiat Chrysler’s standout contender also boasts arguably the fanciest and techiest interior, thanks in large part to a massive, 12-inch touchscreen (optional) that will make the guys at Tesla brush.
Needless to say, the fifth-generation RAM 1500 has a lot going for, be it in sheer substance or in gimmicks. We younger buyers will be especially drawn to it.
For those looking for a great value but can do without the latest bells and whistles, the previous-generation 1500 will continue to be sold alongside the new model for a few years. Just ask for the 1500 Classic when at your local dealer.
You probably didn’t expect Toyota on this list. Despite building it’s bulletproof reputation on reliable, fuel-efficient family cars, the Japanese automaker is a relevant player in the pickup truck segment.
Like General Motors, Toyota offers both a full-size and midsize pickups. However, its full-size Tundra is long in the tooth and hardly registers on the sales chart. The , on the other hand, is the king of it’s segment, outselling both the Colorado and Canyon combined. More than that, it has been the only non-American pickup truck to have traction in the broader pickup truck segment.
With its diverse lineup, a solid reputation for reliability, and a wide selection of addons, the Tacoma can be anything from a stripped-down work truck to a rocking-crawling off-roader and even something that feigns luxury. It’s a good all-rounder that breaks the longstanding mold of bigger is better.
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