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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
Mid-cycle, mid-year changes made to keep G6 Pontiac’s bestseller
Since its introduction in 2004, the G6 family has been a best seller for the Pontiac brand. In the hopes of keeping the car relevant, Pontiac has decided to give it a series of mid-cycle updates. Interestingly, the refresh also comes mid-year, so the updated G6’s will be classified as 2009.5 models.
The G6 Sedan, Coupe and Convertible will all get a redesigned front fascia inspired from the stunning G8. A new rear bumper is also a part of the package, as are redesigned headlights and taillights. An updated spoiler design will appear on all V-6 models and will continue to be an option on base models.
(The G6 GXP will remain unchanged).
NEW ENGINE OPTIONS
For 2009.5, the G6 Coupe will, for the first time, be available with the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. This move will make the Coupe more fuel efficient, as it will match the Sedan with a 33-mpg rating. The transmission will feature Pontiac’s TAPshift manual shift system with steering wheel mounted paddles.
Pontiac will also offer a 219hp FlexFuel version of the 3.5-liter V-6 engine at no extra charge on all body styles starting in 2009.5. The 222hp 3.9-liter V-6 and 252hp 3.6-liter V-6 (GXP) remain unchanged.
2009.5 Pontiac G6 Sedan
2009.5 Pontiac G6 Coupe
2009.5 Pontiac G6 Convertibe
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