We’re going to start a blog series about the awesome new Camaro Z/28 here. Now there’s no guessing how long (or short) it will run. We tend to get swept up with other exciting Chevy news all the time. We also don’t know how frequently we will post other stories between posts in this series. All we do know is that we love the Camaro Z/28 and if any new car deserves a series dedicated to it, this is the one!
To kick off our series about what makes the Z/28 so special; our first post will talk all about “Adding Lightness”. This is a term frequently heard in the racing industry but even so, it’s easy to overlook how much of a difference it can make when you cut a few grams off of every essential part of a car. With 505 horsepower and a power-to-weight ratio of 7.6 hp per pound, the new model might just surprise you. Check out some of the modifications that help the new Z/28 track racer to achieve its impressive 3,820 lb curb weight.
A/C Delete – If you live in a hot or humid climate, air conditioning is probably one of your favorite features on your current car. However, on the track it’s an unnecessary weight and one of the biggest sources of parasitic loss on the engine. The A/C Delete helps cut 12.9 kg (28.4 lbs) and also makes for one less accessory to be powered by the main belt drive.
Unsprung Weight – Weight in the spinning parts of a car is one of the most crucial areas for improvement. The loss of a few grams here can mean better responsiveness in both acceleration and turn in. Carbon Ceramic brake rotors cut 9.6 kg (21.2 lbs) while offering similar performance and less brake fade compared to traditional steel rotors. Lightweight wheels and tires also help to reduce unsprung weight. 19-inch aluminum wheels feature a back cut at the outside of the rim to reduce spin inertia by 5%. A set of track-ready tires cut 13.2 kg (29.1 lbs) also help with weight savings.
Lightweight Rear Window – By using thinner glass in the rear window of the Z/28, engineers were able to cut 400 grams (.88 lbs) of weight. The new glass is 3.2 mm thick rather than 3.5mm and offers the same performance.
Lightweight Rear Seats – Let’s face it, the back seats in this Camaro are probably just for insurance purposes anyways. That’s why engineers have cut 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs) out of seat foam and the folding/pass through feature. With a fixed back design, the extra weight of hinges and locks is no longer necessary.
If you just add up these few changes, it equates to nearly 90 lbs of weight loss with over 50 lbs of that coming from unsprung weight. That’s downright impressive for a production vehicle that still offers the safety and features expected of a modern car! For more info, stop by your local Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL. We’re always happy to talk about the new Z/28!
Want your very own Guinness World Record-setting vehicle? Then come in to Bill Shultz Chevy and pop yourself inside one of the Chevy Sonics currently in our inventory—because it’s the new owner of the world’s Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car record. Rob Dyrdek, the star of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” and former professional skateboarder, got behind the wheel of the Sonic and launched it 89 feet and 3¼ inches before landing perfectly on the catch ramp and driving away to complete the record.
“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”
You can check out the video of the amazing jump on Autoblog, which was performed at Six Flags Magic Mountain, here. Or catch it on the finale of “Fantasy Factory” which airs on MTV on Thursdays.
Leading the industry in J.D. Power Dependability Awards for 2014, GM vehicles including Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models show the quality and engineering that goes into every GM vehicle. While it is quite an honor for any single vehicle to earn one of these Dependability Awards, the fact that eight GM models earned top ranks and thirteen total models were in the top 3 of their segment is even more impressive.
These surveys by J.D. Power were given to owners of 2011 models in their third year of ownership. This means that the owners will have real-world experience with the day-to-day maintenance and reliability of their vehicles. Check below for the full list of GM vehicles that were in the top 3 for their segment:
Volt – Segment Leader for Compact Cars
Camaro – Segment Leader for Midsize Sporty Cars
Tahoe – Ranked 2nd for Large SUVs
Silverado HD – Ranked 2nd for Large Heavy Duty Pickups
Avalanche – Ranked 3rd for Large Light Duty Pickups
Escalade – Segment Leader for Large Premium CUVs
DTS – Segment Leader for Large Premium Cars
Lucerne – Segment Leader for Large Cars
LaCrosse – Ranked 2nd for Midsize Cars
Sierra LD – Segment Leader for Large Light Duty Pickups
Sierra HD – Segment Leader for Large Heavy Duty Pickups
Yukon – Segment Leader for Large CUVs
Canyon – Ranked 3rd for Midsize Pickups
For more information about these vehicles or the awards, stop by and visit us at the dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL today or set up a test drive to check out one of these great vehicles yourself.
Just last week, Chevy brought their new 2015 Chevy Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) to the Chicago Auto Show to show everyone what a real cop car looks like. There’s no doubt at all, this isn’t what you want to see in your rearview mirror! What’s different about the PPV model you might ask?
Well for starters, the new model is an automatic 4WD pursuit vehicle so it can chase down law-breakers just about anywhere. Thanks to its large size and versatility, the Tahoe PPV is popular with patrol, first response, tactical, HAZMAT, Border Patrol, and K9 units. The new EcoTec3 powertrain provides 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque for improved acceleration and gear-hauling power. Paired with technology like direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and advanced engineering, the V8 also maximizes efficiency.
Special features that set this model apart from civilian models include a unique Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission calibrated for police driving, v-rated tires mounted on 17-inch steel wheels, heavy-duty 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS tuned for police driving, StabiliTrak ESC with Proactive Roll Avoidance and Traction Control, and a fully integrated electrical system for use with police equipment.
For the 2014 Chevy Suburban, GM is pulling all the stops and adding all sorts of standard equipment to the large SUV. Since the 2015 Suburban will be the start of a new generation and redesign for the SUV, the 2014 model is going out with a bang! This year, all models including the LS trim get standard equipment upgrades, including Remote Start, Auto-Dimming Inside Mirror with Rear Camera Display, Power-Adjustable Pedals, Rear Park Assist, and a Rear Vision Camera. This comes as a result of GM deleting the Convenience Package and rather, including all features as standard equipment. GM has also removed Black Granite Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic as exterior color options and adding Concord Metallic as a new streamline color.
Under the hood of this comfortable and spacious SUV with seating for up to 9 adults is the driver’s choice of two powerful V8 engines (one has FlexFuel capabilities) connected to a modern six-speed transmission with tow/haul mode. The 5.3-L V8 makes 320 hp and can tow up to 8,100 lbs. Rear wheel drive is standard, but the Suburban can also be optioned with four-wheel drive that makes it near unstoppable.
Everyone loves a classic muscle car, especially famed car collector and talk-show host Jay Leno and Tim Allen. That’s exactly the two guys who star in the recent Jay Leno’s Garage webisode featuring Tim Allen’s latest toy, a resto-mod 1968 Camaro.
This is no standard Camaro though, it has been given the once over with a fine-toothed comb and features a number of period-accurate modifications and modern enhancements that make it a real joy to inspect. The body of this custom Camaro has been reworked to feature painstakingly formed fender flares, a rain rail delete, custom wheels in the style of the original, and countless other modifications. Under the hood, a 427 big block increases power in the same way customers in-the-know could have ordered their Camaro back in the day. In order to handle the extra power the frame and body have been modified for extra structural rigidity and the brakes have been upgraded to a set of “retro-style” Brembo disc brakes.
The Z06 has been a high-performance, track racing, version of the Corvette as far back as the 1963 C2 Corvette. The Z06 package is known for turning an incredible road car into a track monster with upgrades to the suspension, brakes, aerodynamics, and more. The new C7 Corvette Z06, however, goes a step even further and completely transforms the Corvette. The new 2015 Corvette Z06 has only just been revealed at NAIAS in Detroit earlier this week and it is already expected to be one of the fastest supercars on the road.
First and foremost, the Z06 gets the impressive new LT4 6.2-Liter Supercharged V8. This new engine makes use of a 1.7-Liter Eaton supercharger that tops out at 20,000 rpm, direct injection, variable valve timing, and a larger capacity dry sump oil system to produce at least 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque. To put that into perspective, the 2013 Corvette Z06 produced 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Also new for 2015 are a host of other handling and performance upgrades. Drivers can choose between a 7-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission (8L90) which has been developed for the Z06 with upshifts as quick as 8/100ths of a second, paddle shifters, and a super lightweight but strong construction. The wheels are wider and sport Michelin Pilot Sport tires (Pilot Sport Cup tires and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes available with the Z07 package) on all four corners for ultimate grip. Magnetic Ride Control suspension and an electronic limited slip differential are also standard performance parts for this supercar.
Perhaps the first thing that will catch most people’s eye, the aggressive aerodynamics, wider stance and body, and functional vents all work together to increase downforce for handling at speed. Check out the video below or be sure to stop by Bill Shultz Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL for more information as it is released.
Car and Driverrecently pitted the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze TD against the Jetta TDI in an effort to evaluate the current diesel-engine small cars on the market today, and one of the cars ran away with the competition. 2014 marks the first year that Chevrolet has offered the turbo-diesel version of the Cruze, and in its first year of competition, it has already ripped the standard away from the Jetta and set the bar higher by itself.
The Cruze TD comes with a 2.0L diesel engine that with 151 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, crushing the Jetta’s numbers of 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. While the Cruze TD may cost a tad more than the Jetta, it comes with many more standard features, including an automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet Cruze TD also comes with 36 mpg highway and 25 mpg city, further proof that the switch to the diesel option is a profitable one, both for Chevy and their customers. Come in to Bill Shultz Chevy today and test drive the turbo-deisel Cruze for yourself!
The light of the Chevrolet Spark, a popular choice in the subcompact car segment, burns a bit brighter now after being named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The Spark earned the title for its 2014 model, the first year the Spark was even eligible for the title. The Spark becomes the first and only vehicle in IIHS’s minicar segment to achieve the rating.
The Spark scored “good,” the highest possible rating, on four of the five safety tests administered by the IIHS en route to being awarded as a Top Safety Pick. The newest model of the Spark features a bolstered front-end structure and cradle extension, and the car’s frame is made mostly out of high strength, lightweight steel. The entire frame of the car is structured specifically to reduce risk in the event of a crash.
Gay Kent, GM’s general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, reiterated that the Spark’s success in the safety tests was no accident. “Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” Kent said. “Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard air bags.”
The Chevrolet Spark proves opting to drive a small car does not have to be the same as taking your life in your hands. The Spark is efficient, fun to drive, and—best of all—one of the safest cars on the road, period. Come in to Bill Shultz Chevy to test drive the Spark yourself.
Though only one would have sufficed, Chevrolet went ahead and earned itself two spots among WardsAuto’s 10 Best Engines yearly list.
The magazine reviewed 44 engines from 16 automakers, analyzing various traits such as power, efficiency, refinement, and technology. In the end, two of the engines they were most impressed with included the all-new LT1 Small Block 6.2-liter V8—found in the 2014 Corvette Stingray—and the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel—found in the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.
Delivering the power of 460 horses and the efficiency of 29 mpg is no easy task, but the LT1 Small Block manages it anyway thanks to its innovative combination of advanced technologies like direct injection, Active Fuel Management, and continuously variable valve timing.
The 2.0-liter turbo-diesel is an ultra-economic engine offering class-leading 46 mpg on the highway and a range of 717 miles on one tank of fuel, making the Cruze Turbo Diesel the best non-hybrid passenger car in America when it comes to efficiency. On top of that, it’s capable of delivering the kick of 280 pound-feet of torque, which is very impressive in the segment.
Stop by Bill Shultz Chevy to get your hands on the 2014 Corvette Stingray and the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.