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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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
Rick Hendrick, owner of four NASCAR teams under Hendrick Motorsports, picked up the first Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in person at GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant yesterday as production of the 580-hp, 556 lb-ft of torque American sports car kicked off.
Hendrick is clearly a die-hard Camaro enthusiast, having purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe, the first 2011 Camaro Convertible and now the first Camaro ZL1 available for public sale all through Barrett-Jackson auctions. Even better, all three of his purchases had all proceeds benefiting local charities.
The first ZL1 to ever leave the production line features a black exterior with the optional Exposed Carbon Fiber Weaved Hood Insert and power Sunroof. The interior was packed with black leather with suede microfiber inserts on the seat and dash and also on the steering wheel and shift knob.
“Through a disciplined approach and a relentless focus on execution, the Oshawa team has worked efficiently to ensure a successful, high-quality launch of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1,” stated Dan Hermer, plant manager at the Oshawa Assembly Plant.
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 starts at $58,000.
GALLERY: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? This custom classic Chevy Camaro combines vintage good looks with cutting-edge technology, allowing it to accelerate, turn and stop better than the majority of cars on the road today.
This frame-up built Camaro Pro Touring features an LS3 V8 powerplant under the hood and could be yours for the price of $129,900. It only sports 409-miles on the odometer, and its House of Kolor Galaxy Gray exterior is subtle yet classy.
The car originated from Pennsylvania, but was shipped over to The Installation Center out in Cleveland, Georgia where it began its impressive rebuild process. The majority of panels were replaced with high-quality restoration pieces before the vehicle made its way to Classic Cars Southeast in Lebanon, Tennessee where the body was fine-tuned to showroom fit and finish. The Galaxy Gray was then meticulously sprayed onto the vehicle while a set of House of Kolor Laser Red stripes contrasts the otherwise subtle exterior.
Under the hood however is a pristine 480-hp GM Performance Parts LS376/480 Hot Cam V8 powerplant. Cooling on the V8 has been upgraded with a Griffin polished aluminum radiator, an electric fan and fresh new hoses. Ceramic long-tube headers and a true dual stainless steel exhaust system expels out all the fumes.
The suspension on this retro resale has been overhauled with products from Hotchkis, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, and Varishock while the brakes are courtesy of G-street. On each of the four corners are 17-inch Foose Nitrous Chrome Legend wheels sporting Fuzion ZR1 rubber. The interior is traditional ’68 Camaro but has received some custom accents from M&M Hot Rod Interiors and Marquez Design. There is even some good ‘ol Kenwood speakers with Alpine amplifiers to give the Camaro a more sonorous cabin when you’re not enjoying the tone of the exhaust.
GALLERY: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
[Source: RK Motors]
GM has announced “Chevy Happy Grad” as the winner of their Route 66 Super Bowl Ad contest, created by 26-year old Zach Borst of Long Island. The winning ad will be aired during Super Bowl XLVI and had already received over 32-million views between December 22 and January 14.
The best part about this ad is how easy it is to relate to it, considering we’ve all probably received gifts we never wanted, or mistakenly thought a certain gift was ours. The ad was filmed on location out in Long Island near Borst’s home and beat out 400 submitted scripts and 198 films from 32 different countries.
“We asked filmmakers to depict life’s journey and how Chevrolet is there along the way,” said General Motors Global Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick. “When I saw Zach’s spot, I had to laugh, because the situation is something many families can relate to – expectation and reality. ‘Happy Grad’ clearly shows the passion that Chevrolet elicits.”
Borst has been producing films since his childhood and has founded Goat Farm Films, his own production company based out of New York.
Check out the winning ad after the break.
Sure, it was pretty comical to watch Adolf Hitler get upset over the announcement of Shelby’s GT500 trumping Chevy‘s Camaro ZL1 on paper, but now things have gotten pretty serious with Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser predicting that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60-mph than the GT500 and even calls out the GT500′s Nurburgring time.
“We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the  GT500… We ran the Nürburgring and released a time. Ford took the GT500, too, and never released a time. I guess you can draw your own conclusions,” Oppenheiser said openly at an Arizona drive event for the Camaro ZL1.
Now on paper and for those that believe numbers never lie, the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with 650-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque in a 3,850-lb body should easily outpace the Camaro ZL1′s 580-hp and 556 lb-ft of torque in a heavier 4,120-lb body. But Oppenheiser has no doubt that the ZL1 would be quicker around Nurburgring than the GT500.
It’s a bold claim surely, but it could be warranted given that the GT500 still features a solid rear-axle while the ZL1 sports all-independent suspension with third-generation Magnetic Ride shocks and a high-tech traction control system borrowed from the Corvette ZR1.
Hopefully it’ll get settled one day, ZL1 versus GT500 on a real track with the same driver. Until then, it’ll remain a war of the words.
GALLERY: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1