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YACO Racing’s collaboration with Sareni United and Reiter Engineering has come to fruition. We kept our eyes on Sareni United after we previously saw a preview of their new Chevy Camaro GT3 race car, and it appears that the final product is ready for public consumption.
Sareni United, founded and owned by Hans Reiter of Reiter Engineering, got the inspiration for a GT3 Camaro race car when he went to America in 2010. Armed with a team of a dozen people, the new car was developed within one year and the FIA approved the start of the homologation in October of 2010.
Powered by a 7.9L V8 with a newly developed Holinger gear box, with 650-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Prototype testing was promising, with the Camaro running similar lap times as Lamborghini‘s Gallardo but the team continued to fine tune the vehicle.
YACO will be campaigning a pair of these race cars at the ADAC GT Masters races and may compete in the GT3 European Championship.
Pricing isn’t cheap, with the Camaro priced at over $250,000 (€195,000) based on today’s conversion rates.
GALLERY: Sareni United Camaro GT
Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of their 2012 Best Resale Value Awards with Toyota being the best resale value brand and their luxury counterpart, Lexus, topping best resale value luxury brand.
Coming out on top of the list of this year’s top 10 best resale value vehicles however is (In order from first to last): Audi‘s Q7, Chevy‘s Camaro, Honda‘s CR-V, Hyundai‘s Tucson, Infiniti‘s FX, Jeep‘s Wrangler, Lexus’s RX, Nissan‘s Frontier, Toyota’s FJ Cruiser and their Tacoma.
Resale value is always important to those spenders hoping to get the best bang for their buck for their vehicle down the road. But oftentimes these are just estimates and market changes should be taken into consideration as that can impact resale value of vehicles.
[Source: Kelley Blue Book]
In their desire to offer their customers a greater variety of exciting cars that they can rent, Hertz’s Adrenaline Collection will now feature the 6.2L V8 powered Camaro SS and Corvette convertibles. The Camaro SS comes packing 400-hp and a six-speed automatic transmission while the Vette has 430-hp and a six-speed manual. The Adrenaline Collection is available in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey.
The Prestige Collection now adds Cadillac’s CTS to its lineup, featuring a 3.6L V6 with 318-hp, NeverLost GPS, satellite radio and Bluetooth capability. Hertz’s Prestige Collection is available in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
We could only imagine what Chevrolet was thinking about the Camaro ZL1 when the specs for the much more powerful Ford GT500 were released. Of course, Chevrolet took the high road of taking credit for inspiring the GT500′s power, but on the Internet, Ford vs. Chevrolet fanatics raged war as each came to the defense of their brand.
And then there’s this video. Quite possibly one of the top 10 best things on YouTube. Some very talented and clearly comedic individual took a clip out of the 2004 film Downfall, laid some cleverly written subtitles on it and Hitler suddenly does a fantastic job playing Chevrolet.
You see, Hitler’s all excited about debuting the Camaro ZL1 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, thinking it’s done a fine job besting the 550-hp GT500. Oh wait, the GT500 has 650-hp? Uh oh. Hilarity ensues and the references to Internet culture are abundant from thread size references to mocking Michael Bay and his Transformers movies. And of course you can’t end any video making fun of Chevrolet without jabbing the Volt.
Watch the hilarious video after the break – warning for subtitle language.
[Source: The Smoking Tire]
Today is the 112th playing of the infamous Army-Navy Game, and this year Chevrolet will be doing something even more special than normal for America’s Game.
In addition to hosting several military families and Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans members at the game, they will also be paying tribute to wounded servicemen and women and the team with a 30-second commercial.
But to one-up last year’s donation of a Silverado HD pickup to the Achilles team, this year Chevy will be auctioning off a custom Military Tribute Camaro at a Barrett-Jackson auction in January with the proceeds going towards the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
The Military Tribute Camaro represents all five branches of America’s armed forces: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. It will be auctioned off at the January 17th-22nd Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Designed by award-winning artist Mickey Harris, the Camaro features extremely detailed airbrushing and clearly an American-influenced military theme.
GALLERY: Military Tribute Chevrolet Camaro
You can stop rubbing your eyes. That’s not a computer generated 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28, that’s a real deal second generation F2 in immaculate, restored condition. To us, it’s not just the world’s cleanest 1979 Camaro Z28, but probably one of the cleanest cars we’ve ever laid eyes on.
What’s probably more remarkable is its asking price: only $29,900 with only 3,191-miles on the odometer. The jet black exterior is genuine GM code 19 black paint and was recently restored to better-than-new condition after seeing very limited road time through its 32 years of existence. Only the vivid orange stripes offset the immaculate paint job.
Under the hood is the car’s original LM1 350-cubic inch small-block V8 powerplant. And as you can imagine with just a little over 3,000-miles on the odometer, the motor sounds as healthy as can be. The motor is mated to the factory three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission while the suspension is a Z28-specific F41 setup.
The wheels on the car were also restored, sporting new-age 225/70/15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As on all four corners. The interior is just as perfect as everything else on this retro resale, sporting GM’s Carmine Red throughout. Everything on the inside is classic Z28 without a single flaw to be seen.
The one-of-a-kind collectible comes with all the original documentation, owner’s manual, original maintenance pamphlet and a 1979 Camaro sales brochure.
GALLERY: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
[Source: RK Motors]
Check out a video highlighting this immaculate classic below:
With November vehicle sales numbers released, Toyota‘s Sienna still tops the minivan market, but Dodge‘s Caravan in closing in closely for the year while Honda‘s Odyssey and Chrysler‘s Town & Country are no real threat to take the 2011 sales lead. Chevy‘s Camaro however is at the top by a huge margin, compared to its Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger rivals.
While the Sienna has clearly enjoyed success throughout 2011, but only has a 882 vehicle lead to Dodge’s Caravan for year-to-date sales. Toyota is nearing the 100,000 mark with 99,865 Siennas sold through November while Honda’s Odyssey is at 95,579 and Chrysler’s Town & Country is at 84,701.
For your favorite domestic sports coupes, Chevy’s Camaro has no real rival when it comes to sales with its figure coming in at 81,495 compared to Ford’s 65,381 Mustangs and Dodge’s scant 36,250 Challengers.
And despite Saab’s production being halted last spring, they managed to sell 356 vehicles in November bringing their year-to-date sales to 5,340 vehicles.
[Source: Automotive News]
We could be wrong about this, but we always thought the idea of a limousine was for added comfort and a sense of luxury while going from point A to point B. So label us confused when we spotted this eight-passenger, stretched, matte black, Chevrolet Camaro up on eBay with a current bid of $28,100 at the time of this posting.
As if the look of the stretched Camaro wasn’t silly enough, a glance at the red and black interior proves just how ridiculous of an idea this was. Package it with the dual rear gullwing doors, LED lighting in the wheel wells, and the multiple TV screens and you’ve got an official 140″ head shaker. It also sports 14,655-miles on the odometer and the reserve still wasn’t met.
We’re hoping whoever ends up buying this awesome Camaro gives it over 700-hp and takes it down the quarter mile.
Check out the video after the break.
GALLERY: Stretched Chevrolet Camaro Limo
Often times people think that cars are just all about horsepower. Throw some more into it, add a couple of letters and a number to the model name, and sell it as a new model where everyone is just drooling over the performance.
But Chevrolet knew there’s more to just bragging about the 580-hp in the new Camaro ZL1, they knew that they had to thoroughly improve the aerodynamics to start making it a real impressive machine.
Maybe Chevrolet wanted to educate general consumers that the ZL1 was about more than just extra horsepower by releasing this video. Or maybe they just wanted to show off the hard work, research and technology that went into improving the ZL1′s aerodynamics helping to reduce drag and improve grip to net itself a 7:41.27 time on the Nurburgring.
The ZL1 is the fastest Camaro ever, with over 100 hours of testing and tuning the car’s front bumper, hood, front splitter, front tire deflectors, belly pans, rocker panels and rear spoiler. The result is a thoroughly tuned machine inside and out, and we can’t wait to see it perform once its on sale in 2012.
Check out the video after the break.
We’ve been teased with photos of Chevrolet‘s newest and meaning Camaro yet, the ZL1, but the manufacturer has been tight lipped on its complete specs…that is, until now. It seems that dealerships now have the full specs on the ZL1, with a leak getting posted on the Camaro5 forums revealing that it’ll be packing 580-hp and 556 lb-ft of torque in a 4120-lb body. It’s also worth noting that the Camaro ZL1 has already posted an impressive Nurburgring time of 7 minutes and 41 seconds. (See the video here).
Enthusiasts interested in the ZL1 will have a choice of nine colors (Black, Ashen Gray, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red and Crystal Red Tintcoat) to choose from, two wheel options (five-spoke and 10-spoke) in a 20-inch sizing, and the option of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. In addition to the standard four-pack console gauges seen in the existing Camaro SS, the ZL1 will also sport a boost gauge.
GALLERY: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
See the complete details after the jump:
Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing have teamed up with Mobil 1 as their oil brand of choice and with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships to their respective names, it’s a pretty good sponsorship for Mobil 1. Now they’re leveraging their relationship with Stewart (to your advantage we might add) by offering a Tony Stewart-customized Chevrolet Camaro SHR as a giveaway, among other various prizes.
The grand prize will be a special edition 2011 Camaro Convertible customized by Tony Stewart and the Mobil 1 team. The approximate retail value of the vehicle will be $50,000, so it’s a good bet that there’s a few nice goodies packed into the convertible. 20 lucky people will receive a Mobil 1 twill jacket while 45 will get a Mobil 1 pit shirt. 150 more people will have the opportunity to win a Mobil 1 fleece sweatshirt, while 300 will get their hands on a Tony Stewart t-shirt. Last but not least, 450 people will get a consolation price of a Mobil 1 pit cap.
The random drawing will be conducted on October 17th, 2011 and the grand prize Camaro winner will be notified on or around October 19th.
In celebrating its 100th year anniversary, Chevrolet has decided to release a video paying homage to all the special edition Camaros that have been released in the past 45 years of their flagship model’s existence. Even though the video is rather short, it does a great job showing off the special editions of Camaros made throughout its five generations.
Obviously the video is focused on the fifth generation Camaro, but it’s interesting to see how the model and its branding has evolved over the years and the role that Special Edition models have played in generating such a loyal fanbase.
Check out the video after the break.
While putting on a drifting demonstration out at the Milan Dragway in Michigan, the driver and passenger in this Chevrolet Camaro got an unsuspecting surprise when the side air bags deployed, slightly burning the arms on the passenger. Amazingly, the entire sequence of events got caught on video, which was then instantly uploaded to Youtube.
Obviously having technology work to your advantage when it comes to safety is something each of us wants when we get inside our vehicle, but this might be a little discomforting for some Camaro owners that may have aspirations to do some fun, spirited driving in a responsible fashion. GM spokesperson Alan Adler has already responded to what happened in this particular incident:
It is unusual to have this occur. However, it is possible for a driver to create conditions where the air bag sensors believe a rollover is imminent. This can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment. On rollover side curtain bags, the vehicle’s rollover sensing system is looking for a certain set of factors that ‘predict’ a vehicle is going to roll over. The airbag system cannot wait until it is too late to deploy the airbags. Drifting or creating a situation that has a certain combination of speed and vehicle angle can lead to an unwanted air bag deployment.”
While it didn’t seem to us that the Camaro was on the verge of rolling over, clearly its electronics thought it’s best to be safe than sorry. Hopefully all those Camaro owners out there watch this video before doing any drift demonstrations.
Check out the video after the break.
Those fans of Transformers’ Bumblebee can now get themselves a $3,000 package to their 2012 Rally Yellow Camaros, transforming it to the movie-inspired Autobot. Available in all major markets around the world, the Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro will be available for order starting in July with deliveries in North America estimated to begin in September.
Clearly Chevrolet believes that the Transformers franchise has helped reintroduce the Camaro to the general public after its seven-year hiatus. And who are we to argue with its impressive sales numbers. Chevrolet claims it sold 40,275 Camaros this year, widening the gap to Ford’s Mustang, who only sold 30,206 units in the same time frame.
The Transformers Special Edition package will be available on 2LT and 2SS Rally Yellow Camaro Coupes and has several more add-ons in addition to the RS appearance package. Your personal Bumblebee replica will include black rally stripes over the hood, roof, decklid and rear spoiler to give it the infamous Bumblebee look. For wheels, black-painted 20-inchers will find their way on the Camaro with Autobot Shield logos on the center caps. Those same logos can also be seen on the front-quarter panels.
For the interior, don’t expect this Camaro to come to life and speak to you, nor will it come with Megan Fox in the passenger seat. Instead, you’ll be treated with black leather interior with yellow accents and Autobot Shield logos embroidered on the front head rests and center console lid.
GALLERY: 2012 Chevy Camaro Transformers Special Edition
The Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang together outsold all hybrids in the U.S. market for the month of May. With fuel prices skyrocketing and the cost for a gallon of gas around $4, many would think this is absurd. However with advancements in technology, the fuel economy efforts by GM, Ford and Chrysler have made these models far more efficient than in the past. And besides, Spring is the perfect season to buy a summer toy.
The 2012 Camaro lead muscle car sales in May 2011, with the introduction of the convertible model, selling 9,451 units. This is a gain of 5% over May 2010, however 10,000 Camaros were sold in April, so there was a slight decline from the previous month. The 2012 Mustang came in second place selling 4,407 units which also suffered a 36% decrease over May 2010. The 2012 Dodge Challenger came in third place with 3,418 units sold in May. Even with the slump in sales for May, a total of 19,476 Challengers, Camaros and Mustangs were sold compared to 17,852 hybrids sold in the U.S.
The Earthquake in Japan prevented vehicles from coming into the US and this needs to be taken into consideration when looking at these numbers, but it is still amazing that with gas this high, many Americans are not ready to let go of their favorite muscle cars.
[Source: Mustang Forums]
Assembling 587 Camaros in a parking lot across the street from where the current fifth-generation model is built, General Motors Canada set a Guinness World Record for the largest car mosaic. OK, technically speaking the record has yet to be confirmed by the folks at Guinness but they’re probably just out having a pint, and when they get back from an extra-long Friday lunch the mosaic (a Chevy bowtie no less), is certain to oust Volkswagen Brazil’s 413 car mosaic, spelling out “Gol” – to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that car.
The gathering of so many Camaros is part of the Camaro Homecoming, organized by GM Canada and the Ontario Camaro Club to help celebrate the car’s 45th anniversary, as well as the 23rd annual Ontario Camaro Nationals. Drawing owners from across that country to the Oshawa, Ontario plant, owners arrived from all over the U.S as well, with plenty driving from Michigan, as well as from as far away as New Orleans and Texas.
Running all weekend, GM opened up the Camaro plant to attendees today, and estimated that they expect from 5,000 to 6,000 individuals to take part in the tour over the course of the day.
Browse through our gallery of photos from the meet today, showing many of the cars from the mosaic, as well as numerous other special edition models and concepts.
GALLERY: Ontario Camaro Nationals
GALLERY: Camaro Plant Tour
Schools looking to improve the grades of their students should learn a lesson from Northwest ISD. The Texas high school holds an annual car giveaway with two other neighboring schools, and this year’s prize was a shiny new Chevy Camaro.
Deigned as a way to motivate students into improving their grades and attendance, students earned raffle tickets through their grades, with higher grades getting more tickets and, therefore, more chances to win.
This year’s winner was Kenzie Deaton, who will have to settle for being driven in (not driving) the American muscle car. Deaton, after all, is just 14.
The 24 runners up don’t walk away empty handed either, with each getting a Dell Streak 7 Touch Screen Tablet.
The school didn’t say if overall grades for the year had improved, but we have to think the prize is worth a few extra nights doing homework.
The most die-hard Dale Earnhardt fans can now own a piece of machinery dedicated to his namesake and prowess on the NASCAR track. Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is now offering a Chevy Camaro fit to be nicknamed the Camaro Intimidator, paying homage to the fallen NASCAR driver. Thing is, you have to be a pretty die-hard Earnhardt fan to shell over the $80,000 they’re asking for it.
The price tag is somewhat warranted however, as you’ll be receiving the keys to a 704-hp supercharged Camaro. And power underneath the hood isn’t all that the Intimidator will offer; the aesthetics sport a bit of a NASCAR flavor with an aluminum blade spoiler and front racing splitter. Along with the Eaton supercharger, other modifications include upgraded suspension, chassis modifications, a custom exhaust and larger brakes.
Minor accessories to the vehicle include a vented hood, chrome plated Intimidator badges, a new grille, afterburner-style tail lights, 6LE Designs gauges and engraved chromed wheels. And for those that think $80,000 is too small a price to pay in order to show off your Earnhardt respect there’s a Historic edition available for $85,000, but no details were available on what makes it historic.
GALLERY: Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Camaro Intimidator
Tintek, a tuning company from the Czech Republic, specializes in wrapping sports cars with unique finishes. And while matte finishes are all the rage right now, there’s no denying that certain enthusiasts prefer something more flashy…like chrome.
While we don’t really expect chrome and gold chrome wraps to take off here in America, it’s interesting to see the trends overseas for those looking for something on the opposite end of subtle. We have to admit, both the TT and Camaro look pretty nice decked out in full chrome; and if your goal is to be seen, this is probably a very good option for you.
[Source: GT Spirit]
A special edition Chevrolet Camaro has been announced to celebrate the car’s 45th anniversary. Available as a 2012 model, the Camaro will sport a graphics package featuring a red stripe, unique badging and 20-inch wheels. In addition, aesthetic upgrades include lighting modifications with dark silver trim on the foglights and taillight bezels. Horsepower will also be increased to feature 323-hp, 11 more than last year’s 3.6L V6. That extra output comes from a new LSX engine that is also 20 lbs lighter than its predecessor – and the Camaro could certainly use the diet.
On the inside, the Camaro will feature Jet Black leather interior accented with red, white and blue stitching. A 45th anniversary logo can also be seen, which is a nice and tasteful feature. The gauge cluster also sports special white gauges.
In addition, for 2012 GM is also offering an FE4 suspension package for the SS Coupe. The package includes dampers for each corner, 23-mm front sway bar and 24-mm rear sway bar. Plus, 20-inch wheels will also be available for SS owners.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the special edition Camaro.
GALLERY: 45th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro
Baldwin Motion is looking to benefit from the resurgence of Chevy‘s new Chamaro, launching five different models with horsepower figures ranging anywhere from 525-hp to 800-hp, all based on the Camaro SS. Dubbed the “Fantastic Five”, the base model is SS-427, next up is the Phase III 427 then the SS-454, Phase III 454 and last but not least, the Phase III 427-SC.
Following the naming designation, each Camaro SS is powered by either GM’s LS7 427 powerplant or their LSX 454 engine. Hit the source to see specs on each and every model, but it’s worth highlighting the Phase III 427-SC that takes the Camaro SS to an impressive 800-hp. Baldwin Motion supercharges a fully built GM’s LS7 427 engine with a 2.8L twin-screw supercharger. The heads are also completely redone with a custom Redline R3-SC blower camshaft to up high-end horsepower.
Baldwin Motion doesn’t just focus on the horsepower, installing Brembo six-pistons front brakes and four-pistons rear brakes. On the outside custom Motion painted striping, wheels accompany Phase III-SC’s hood and rear spoiler. The front end has also been swapped out for a much more aggressive piece.
Lastly, the interior also receives front and rear seat accents with embroidered headrests with a carbon fiber finish
GALLERY: Baldwin Motion Chevrolet Camaros
[Source: Baldwin Motion]
If you’ve been paying attention to the muscle cars wars between Ford and Chevy, likely you already know that the Camaro is poised to out-sell the Mustang for the first time since pretty much anyone can remember. The opposite is true in Canada, where our neighbors to the North have a noted preference to the Mustang, despite the fact that that the Camaro is built at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant.
So far in 2010, Chevy has moved a total of 75,685 Camaros in the United States, compared to Ford having sold 68,264 Mustangs. Ask any Chevy representative and they’ll be quick to point out that the Camaro is on top despite the fact that it’s only offered as a coupe, while with the Mustang consumers can also get a convertible, or a high-performance Shelby GT500.
The numbers are very much the reverse in Canada and with a population roughly one-tenth the size of the U.S., Ford Canada moved 4,935 Detroit-made Mustangs, compared to GM Canada selling 3,974 Canadian Camaros.
Chevy intends to flip those statistics around, however, with the launch of the Camaro Convertible in 2011. Chevy spokesman David Caldwell explains that despite Canada’s colder climate, convertible models make up roughly half of the sales in a segment like this, whereas in the U.S. convertible sales make up just 15 to 20 percent. Canadians, apparently, view any high-performance rear-drive vehicle as summer-only car, opting to park sports cars in the winter instead of driving them. Their purchasing decision is reflected by that, opting for convertible models that allow them to fully experience the summer months.
And there you have it folks, Lingenfelter’s wickedly-sounding Chevrolet Camaro has broken the 8-second barrier in the quarter mile. It was just back in July when we broke news that Lingenfelter’s Camaro had ran a 9.974 and just four months later, they’ve shaved a whole second off their time going 8.997 @ 158.8 mph.
More astonishing is the car’s insane 1.384 60-foot launch by driver Jon Ebert. It’s obvious that Lingenfelter has tuned the Camaro inside and out, tweaking every component imaginable to get it into the 8-second range. The 377 ci LS9 features a GM LS9 Eaton TVS2300 supercharger mated to a fully built motor with JE pistons, ported heads and more.
On the dyno, the Camaro puts down a ridiculous 1,243-hp with 1,328 ft-lbs of torque to back it up. And even with a 4,075 lb race weight, it’s good enough to plant the Camaro into the prestigious 8-second club. We’re going to guess that there will be some diminishing returns now on Lingenfelter’s tuning efforts, but we’re confident they can get this thing running 8′s consistently and safely.
Video available after the break.
[Source: Inside Line]
The Chevy Camaro was definitely the darling of SEMA 2009, and it looks like this last pony car to the party might steal a few hearts this year too. GM invited us out to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump to preview some of their show cars, and along with the similar Corvette Z06X, they had this Camaro – the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SSX Track Car Concept.
As Chevy describes it: “the Camaro SSX Track Car is a concept for transforming a street Camaro SS into a closed-course track car, and a showcase for new performance parts.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The Camaro SSX Track Car gets many of the same changes seen in the Z06X, some of them straight out of the GMPP catalog, and others pure racing touches. The white and black paint scheme and carbon fiber accents look great on this show car, and the suspension tweaks that come as part of the package will probably make it go as look as it looks.
And who wouldn’t like a lighter Camaro? That carbon fiber and the deletion of some standard equipment should shave a few hundred pounds from the Camaro’s bulk. Like the Zo6X, Chevy was tight-lipped about production, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Pics and press release after the break.