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Top 10 Track Specials Under $60,000
Driving is a mundane task for some people, but for others it’s a sport, and there’s no better proving ground than a track.
Automakers see that opportunity as well, and love to offer up cars that are designed specifically with track use in mind. Take a look at the latest offering from Subaru and Scion, the BRZ/FR-S twins. Both cars were designed with a priority on light-weight, and achieves an impressive weight balance. In true sporting fashion, it’s rear-wheel drive and can be had with a slick-shifting six-speed manual, or quick automatic with race-inspired paddle-shifters.
The FR-S isn’t the only car out there with racing in its veins. Here’s a list of factory-customized machines designed for time at the track.
Chevrolet recently revealed its 2013 Camaro model with subtle changes, most notably of which was the inclusion of in-car navigation to its sports car. At the time of the release, the American automaker also spoke about a new 1LE performance package, and details of that have now surfaced along with an extensive photo gallery.
Your shoes say a lot about you – including the type of car you drive, at least, that’s what Italian writer and shoe design analyst Andrea Silvuni thinks – she believes you can learn a lot about a person’s character from their shoes and their choice of wheels.
10. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: $54,095
Today’s cars all seem to be focused on delivering fun driving experience that’s still friendly on gas. Those two elements are often an important factor in a car purchase, but sometimes you just want to feral thrill of a big, loud engine.
10. Subaru WRX STI: 305-hp $34,095
One of the most wonderful sensations come when you command a whole handful of power just with the flexing of your right foot. Horsepower is an intoxicating element when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that it’s saved for the most expensive vehicles out there.
Missed out on the limited edition Chevy Camaro Intimidator SS when it first came out? Here’s your chance to get your hands on one that’s basically new with just 48 miles on the odometer and selling for $49,900.
Only 83 of these special Camaros were made, commissioned by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and built by GMMG. The vehicle was originally owned by NASCAR president Mike Helton, where it sat peacefully for 11 years logging barely any miles on the road. The Onyx Black exterior is accented by a Silver stripe on the showroom fresh outside.
Under the hood is an LS1 V8 mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission packing 381-hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. GMMG fitted its Posi-traction rear end with 3.73 gears on the Intimidator SS models while suspension and handling has been upgraded thanks to double A-arm front and three-link rear suspension and Eibach springs.
The sleek Camaro rolls on 17-inch American Racing 200S wheels in a Magnetallic Gray finish wrapped with 275/40 Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber. This particular vehicle is number-43 of 83 and comes complete with the original window sticker.
Check it out at RKmotorscharlotte.com
GALLERY: 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator SS
The well-established parts manufacturer became the first to break the 200 mph barrier in a brand new ZL1, topping the speedometer at 202.67 mph at the Continental Tire North America Uvalde proving grounds in Texas. That’s not all this particular ZL1 has done, breaking the 10 second barrier with a 10.79 @ 134.36 mph at Muncie Dragway a mere two weeks after the vehicle came out.
Lingenfelter will be offering three different performance packages to ZL1 owners and enthusiasts looking to keep up with the GT500′s performance. Power upgrades range from 630 to 700 hp, a significant increase from the factory 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque figures.
“The Lingenfelter crew couldn’t be more excited to make history as the first 2012 ZL1 Camaro to exceed 200 mph, and to celebrate this victory on the heels of becoming the first company to run a ZL1 in the 10s,” said Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Watch a video of the Lingenfelter Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 taking on the quarter mile after the break.
With the advent of hybrids and electric vehicles, many skeptics thought the age of high-performance sports car would die out. Reality couldn’t be any more different, as America has more than 70 cars on sale today that make 500-hp or more.
The number of vehicles pushing out 500-hp or more has nearly doubled in the last five years. What is more remarkable is more than a decade ago, there were just two vehicles in the club: the Ferrari 575M and the Lamborghini Murcielago. Now Ferrari alone has four models pushing out over 500-hp.
The ability to pump out so much horsepower has been aided by the leaps and bounds that engineering and technology has made over the last decade. Automakers are now able to equip their vehicles with smaller, more fuel efficient engines, which thanks to forced induction, can reliably crank out plenty of peak horsepower.
Earlier this month, Chevy halted production on its Camaro ZL1 for a “quality assessment” which appears to have been a potential software issue that the American automaker wanted to assess and deal with if necessary.
It appears that production is back on track now, as Chevy has emailed its ZL1 customers announcing that the hold has been lifted. The customers whose cars had already been produced but placed on hold, will see their vehicles arrive dealerships in the next two to three weeks. For the rest of the orders, production has resumed and estimated delivery times are to come from the American automaker.
Chevy also stated that they need about two weeks to determine remaining ZL1 allocation and distribution.
Will the wait be worth it for ZL1 customers? Read our review on the Chevy Camaro ZL1 here.
GALLERY: 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1
[Source: Motor Authority]
If it weren’t so loud and socially inappropriate, this Chevrolet Camaro’s exhaust roar would make a great ringtone. Then again, being loud and offensive is why it’s cool.
In any case, the video below shows Late Model Racecraft’s project F-body Camaro hitting 253.1 mph after smoking its tires. The intro is set to a remixed version of the instrumentals from Metallica’s “The Unforgiven,” which electrifies the already vicious video.
If you’re a fan of the loud, the agressive, the muscular cars that command attention both in person and on film then this video is for you.
What’s especially nice is how we see and hear the car roaring up to the stated speed from the cabin instead of a bunch of boring trackside angles with the car blowing past.
We spoke to Josh Ledford, co-owner of Late Model Racecraft, who told us that the Camaro in the video recently rated 1,800 horsepower on 28 lbs of boost. In the standing mile video the car was only running 22 pounds from its 82 mm twin turbos which force air down the throat of an LSX Talldeck performance engine.
“I think we were having trouble with our boost controller that day,” he said. “We ran 250 [mph] four times that day, back to back to back. I think we’re the only people to do that.”
Watch the video below and see for yourself.
Last May, Chevrolet debuted its 45th Anniversary Camaro, offering the package to any 2LT or 2SS trim level coupe or convertible. However, the first 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible is a different story. For that, head down to Palm Beach, Fla. on April 6 for the Barrett-Jackson Auction.
All proceeds from the sale of the 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The 45th Anniversary package comes with Carbon Flash Metallic paint, 20-inch wheels, unique stripe package, custom interior with black and red leather seats, custom fog lights, taillights, and 45th Anniversary badging.
Purchased separately, the package is priced at $1,375, which isn’t bad considering what you get.
That price is sure not to apply to the 2SS 45th Anniversary Camaro Convertible, which is one-of-a-kind with VIN 001 sporting the 6.2L V8 with a six-speed manual transmission. Those that can’t attend the event in Florida may also bid online.
GALLERY: 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Based on a 2010 Chevy Camaro, the Kevin Morgan Designs team morphs it into a Trans Am reminiscent of one from the good ‘ol “Smokey and the Bandit” days. The vehicle up for sale is number-8 from Morgan’s collection and is only the second time that one of these newly-styled and licensed Trans Am are available in the used-car market. Morgan claims that the first one sold in excess of $115,000.
Upgrades to the Trans Am include Eibach lowering springs, staggered 20-inch KM Forged T6 wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires, the full body kit to transform the Camaro body underneath, a custom TA graphics package, embroidered head rests in the interior, and custom aluminum dash and door panel inserts.
Kevin Morgan is also offering optional upgrades to whoever ends up purchasing the Trans Am. Options include Katzkin custom seats, a Hurst Shifter, Procharger Supercharger, Hellion Twin Turbo System, or even an LS7 or LSX 454 engine swap. Pricing wasn’t listed on the auction for the available options, but we’ll assume they’re fair market price – especially if you end up paying upwards of $100,000 for the vehicle alone.
Click on the source link to check out the eBay auction.
GALLERY: Kevin Morgan 2010 Chevy Camaro Trans Am
The Sareni United / YACO Motorsport Chevy Camaro GT3 race car is pure awesome. We thought the final version debuted earlier this year, but the team did some last-minute tweaks to make it look better than ever.
Even though the changes aren’t extensive, the Camaro GT3 race car now sports a large carbon fiber splitter and several canards on the front bumper, no doubt enhancing its aerodynamics. It has also gotten some sponsor decals on its door plate where its race number will reside. The short exhaust pipes still run out behind the front wheels and the same big black spoiler sits on the rear.
Under the hood is a 7.9L V8 mated to a Holinger gear box packing 650 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. We can’t wait to see how it does in competition.
GALLERY: Sareni United / YACO Motorsport Chevy Camaro GT3
[Source: Jon Sibal]
This year’s SEMA Show is distant on the calendar, but it’s never too early for builders to release sneak previews of what they’re working on.
Swedish car designer Bo Zolland will be putting his spin on a classic 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for this year’s show, and judging by the pictures, it’s going to be a real winner.
Zolland, who recently renamed his firm from Vizualtech to Zolland Design AB, is previously known for his Jaguar E-Type Growler Concept, that is heading off to limited production as the Lyonheart K. But unlike the classy, clean bodylines we see in the Jaguar concept, this Camaro is all-American mean muscle.
Clearly the custom Camaro will sport a nice widebody with a sleek coat of black paint. It appears that the doors were cut down to lower the beltline; which is contrary to what we see with conventional hot-rod builders that tend to chop the roof of their cars. Nonetheless, from what little we see of this Camaro, it’s already looking great.
Under the hood will be a LS3 V8, supercharged of course, while the factory brakes and suspension have been swapped out for some more modern counterparts. We can’t wait to see this creation in person this year in Las Vegas.
[Source: Motor Authority]
Rumors ran through Twitter today, stirring a frenzy of questions and snarky comments after word escaped that someone wrecked a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Virginia International Raceway today.
Well, it turns out that the rumors were true and the wrecker was Top Gear USA consulting producer Aaron Gold. The picture appeared on Gold’s Facebook page, along with comments that he was OK and that the damage, according to GM, was purely cosmetic.
While we’re not shedding any tears of the auto giant having to fix one of their latest and greatest, it’s pretty funny when these sorts of incidents make the news. After all, press cars are put through automotive hell on a regular basis and these things happen with relative frequency.
While it’s never good to crash a car, it’s probably better to do it when there’s a chance the manufacturer will pick up the repair tab. We’re glad nobody got hurt.
[Source: Facebook via Jalopnik]
The new Chevy Camaro ZL1 is full of surprises. GM is now promoting its newly-improved TapShift technology that the American automaker is claiming “performance car enthusiasts will experience the hands-on driving satisfaction of a ‘stick’ with the ease of an automatic transmission.”
“The faster you can get to the next gear, the better, and from the sound of it, the ZL1 automatic’s performance is going to make paddle shifting more exhilarating and satisfying for drivers of all skill sets,” said Eric Fedewa , director of Global Powertrain Forecasting at IHS Automotive. “We’re seeing a trend toward more manual-mode-capable, fun-to-drive automatic transmissions across all vehicle segments, and GM’s technology is leading the pack.”
Chevy is claiming that the 2012 ZL1 six-speed automatic can deliver a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, which is a tenth of a second faster than the manual transmission-equipped ZL1. For 2012, GM powertrain engineers have implemented a patent-pending software algorithm that improves “tap response time by 60-percent compared to the previous system.”
The new ZL1 Coupe will go on sale in spring as a 2012 model with the Convertible following in the summer as a 2013 model. Chevrolet is expecting that half of the ZL1 vehicles sold will be with an automatic transmission.
GALLERY: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
A classic American icon, the Chevrolet Camaro, is going on sale in England and will be showing up the dealer showrooms in late spring.
The British Camaro will be pack only one engine option, the 6.2-litre V8 that makes 426 hp when outfitted with the manual transmission and 399 hp with the automatic. The manual coupe will make the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds while the automatic will do it in 5.6 seconds.
The coupe will be sold for £34,995 (USD $55,016) and the more expensive convertible option will go for £39,995 (USD $62,877). The 45th Anniversary Edition Camaro will also go on sale for a limited time, offering British customers a highly stylized version of the car complete with racing stripes, 20-inch alloy wheels and a leather interior finished with red, white and blue stitching. The special edition coupe will sell for £36,495 (US $57,375), and the convertible will go for £41,495 (US $65,235).
In case you were wondering, the 6.2-liter Camaro gets a starting MSRP of $32,830 in the U.S. Though the added cost is probably due in large part to shipping costs, it’s hard to imagine Brits buying the Chevrolet legend at anywhere near the rates they’ve sold stateside, even if you exclude the V6 version.
All models will come with a six speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, and offer the upgrade to an automatic for £1,500 (USD $2,358). Interested parties may place orders at select dealerships as soon as they like.