Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's Back For 2014: The Z28

This Z/28 - Hot Off The Press

500 HP - 470 lb-ft of torque

300 Hundred Pounds less then the ZL1

Manual Transmission only.

The rims, side skirts and new spoiler front and back complement the look of the new Z/28 very well.

The engine is a 7.0 LS7 motor, that  is if nothing changes in the next few months.

 You can expect these components :

  • Titanium intake valves and connecting rods, and sodium-filled exhaust valves
  • CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads
  • Forged-steel crankshaft and main bearing caps
  • High-lift camshaft
  • Hydroformed exhaust headers
  • 11.0:1 compression ratio, and a 7,000 rpm redline.
  • 10.5-quart, dry-sump oiling system

For the Camaro Z/28, the LS7 features unique induction and exhaust systems, and delivers at least 500 horsepower (373 kW) and 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm).

The racing-style, cold-air induction system and large K&N air filter provide maximum air flow.

The standard dual mode exhaust system and larger-diameter pipes enable improved air flow. By bypassing the mufflers during acceleration, the system increases both the torque and sound generated by the LS7 engine.

Here are the early specification. Again nothing is set in stone.

Model: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Body styles / driveline: Four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe
Construction: Unitized body frame, one- and two-sided galvanized steel
Manufacturing location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


LS7 7.0L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 427 / 7008
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.125 x 4.00 / 104.8 x 101.6
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: sequential fuel injection
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower / kW: 500 / 373 (est.)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 470 / 637 (est.)


Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual
Gear ratios (:1):
First: 2.66
Second: 1.78
Third: 1.30
Fourth: 1.00
Fifth: 0.74
Sixth: 0.50
Reverse: 2.90
Final drive ratio: 3.91

Chassis / Suspension

Front: double-ball-joint, multi-link strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; inverted monotube shock absorber
Rear: 4.5-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over monotube shock absorbers; stabilizer bar;
Traction control: StabiliTrak, electronic stability control


Type: Power-assisted, Carbon Ceramic Matrix front and rear discs; six-piston fixed front, and four-piston rear calipers
Rotor diameter x thickness: Front: 15.5 x 1.4 in (394 x 36 mm)
Rear: 15.3 x 1.3 in (390 x 32 mm)
Rear rotor (in / mm):

Wheels / Tires

Wheel size: front: 19-inch x 11-inch
rear: 19-inch x 11.5-inch
Tires: Pirelli PZero Trofeo R
front: P305/30ZR19
rear: P305/30ZR19

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm): 112.3 / 2,852
Overall length (in / mm): 192.3 / 4,884
Overall width (in / mm): 76.9 / 1,953
Overall height (in / mm): 52.4 / 1,330
Track, front (in / mm): 66.14 / 1,680
Track, rear (in / mm): 64.65 / 1,642

The end result is that the legendary Z/28 will be back in the Chevrolet line-up for 2014. 

 The ZL1 Camaro options, outside of the power plant will be probably pretty close to what you will receive with this Z/28. For more information on the ZL1 specifications Camaro ZL1

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This is a look at the all new 2014 Cadillac CTS. This slick new looking Cadillac will be receiving Cadillacs new impressive, efficient 3.6 V-6, 420 hp twin turbocharged motor. With New York's International Auto Show on it's way it's sure to be just one of many new and impressive looks for the new year.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Twin Turbo 420 hp V-6 Cadillac Motor for the CTS/XTS

That's right, Cadillac is at it again.  This time with a V-6 3.6 liter twin turbocharged motor. This bad boy is the first 420 hp V-6 that General Motors has ever produced for production.  The powerful V-6 will be backed up against a eight-speed automatic transmission designed to help with an already pretty fuel efficient motor. This combination along with 430 foot-pounds of torque will be able to lead a Cadillac to a quick 0-60 mph time in 4.6 seconds and is capable of reaching 170 mph.

The 2014 CTS/XTS are both expected to receive the motor, the XTS was supposed to receive a V-8, but Cadillac announced due to the great success of the twin-turbo V-6, the XTS will not be receiving the V-8 treatment.

Not to much is leaked about the new Cadillac engine, but here are some things that we do know about it:

  • All-new cylinder block casting
  • All-new cylinder head castings
  • Strengthened connecting rods
  • Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength
  • 10.2:1 compression ratio
  • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts
  • Two turbochargers produce more than 12 pounds of boost (80 kPa)
  • Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves
  • All-new direct injection fuel system
  • Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators, aluminum cam covers and other features that contribute to exceptional quietness and smoothness.
Combining luxury and power, Cadillac adds one more awesome piece of equipment to their already powerful arsenal.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Callaway Concept - 2014 Corvette Stingray Aerowagon

If you know Corvettes, then you probably heard of the company Callaway. A specialized company that takes already impressive automobiles and customizes them into nothing short of amazing. They usually customize vehicles by adding more power, racing sports suspensions, ground effects/body-kits and anything else in their imagination to make an all already impressive stock vehicle, crazy radical.

With such a buzz around Corvette's new Stingray, Corvettes branching out to Callaway to add a new option for consumers, a Stingray Aerowagon concept. Although, most people may not know, Corvette has played around with the Corvette wagon since 1954 with little success, but this would be the first time the Callaway company would be involved in the making of the wagon. The design is created to give a sports car wagon option to compete with the Ferrari's FF wagon option. The Corvette would be built in Kentucky on the assembly-line at the official Corvette plant and will only run consumers an extra $15,000 dollars for the option. GM insures if the carbon-fiber extended hatch with a glass top does become an option in 2014, the option should not effect the gas millage or performance by much, in better terms meaning: Even though you will be driving a wagon, you will still be driving a Corvette.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

GM Brings Back the Impala SS: The Classic Comfort and Performance

In 1961, General Motors introduced its first stylish performance sedan that would be called the Impala SS. Like a lot muscle cars, they were muscled out of GM's line-up due to their big body-lines and gas guzzling motors. General Motors would eventually bring it back to the line-up in 1995 and 1996, but again production would be halted. During the 2000s, the Impala SS would be brought back here-and-there and would have some success. But now in 2013, GM is ready to take another stab at an all new-Impala SS, but this time with intentions to keep it in the lineup for while.

When GM announced earlier this year that they would be doing away with the (HPVO) High Performance Vehicle Operations department, GM fans were not too thrilled with the decision. But GM did make it clear that the production of the Camaro, Cadillac and Corvette would not be effected by the decision. Although it's unclear what GM's plans are for the future, the way things look is that even without the (HPVO) department, GM will still continue to produce some high-quality performance cars within brands other than the the Camaro,Cadillac and Corvette.

One of the big reasons GM is so excited about moving forward with the Impala SS is for the positive affect that it will have on the NASCAR circuit. NASCAR had agreed to change some rules and regulations so the cars that you shop for on Monday morning will more closely resemble the vehicles you watch racing in the big race on Sunday afternoon. With these new regulations from NASCAR, GM hopes to better benefit their marketing strategies, in turn boosting their sales of the Impala.

GM boasts 415 hp and 415 ft-lbs of torque for the new Impala SS. It also includes a six-speed automatic transmission and the same magnetic ride control that the Camaro, Cadillac and Corvette utilize. On the inside, just like in the '60s and in the mid '90s, there is plenty of space to fit five people comfortably. There is a MyLink central navigation system with controls on the steering wheel for the driver's convenience, also power seats, power windows and a separate climate control system are all to help both the driver's and the passenger's riding experience. On the outside, GM dresses up the Impala with ground effects, chrome rims, a spoiler and some other new feature to set it apart from the standard Impala.

GM is only expected to make about 5,000 SS Impalas per year until they are able to build up enough of a demand for them. GM is keeping a tight lip on what the price tag will end up being, but it is excepted to be somewhere in the range of mid-to-high $30,000.

Corvette's Super Gem

Even with the Million Dollar Supercar craze, the ZR1 is still the best bang for your buck!

Made in America, you can even change the oil and brakes in your own driveway.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari Has now jumped into the crazy Million Dollar 
Supercar Running



950 hp From A V-12 Linked To A Hybrid Electric Motor

   Estimated at $1.3 Million

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Lamborghini Veneno and The Bugatti Veyron


IT'S A  $4.6-Million Lamborghini Veneno.

Four people already have them on order.

It's Lamborghini's attempt to compete with the 

                  $1.8 Million Bugatti Veyron

Both cars will be on displayed at the

2013 Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland.



Friday, March 1, 2013

Difference Between the Yenko Camaro and the COPO Camaro

A lot of people may know of the Yenko and the COPO Camaro, but not too many people know what the difference is. Of course, if you are a diehard Camaro fan with a lot of knowledge of the first generation Camaros, you probably know some or all of the facts, but just in-case you don't, here is a little bit of education.

In 1967, Don Yenko, owner of Don Yenko Chevrolet, contacted General Motors and ordered 54 Camaros straight from the factory. He then took out the existing 396-cubic-inch engines and placed his own 427 cubic-inch engines in them that produced 423-hp. He also took it upon himself to add other goodies to the cars to make them more drag strip ready. The only problem was that these cars were not allowed to race for Chevy in the IHRA or NHRA stock or super stock classes because they were modified with different motors after they came from the factory.

The process of converting the Camaro into Yenko's was labor extensive, included having the problem of getting rid of the extra 396 cubic-inch motors that originally came with the Camaro. With those problems and the fact that Chevy was not benefiting from the process at the race track, the ideal for the COPO Camaro was born.

COPO stands for (Central Office Production Ordered) and contrary to popular belief the COPO division was not started and or was designated for the Camaro.  COPO actually was formed for specialized ordered taxi cabs, special color fleet cars and low production utility trucks, and if you wanted a special ordered Camaro it fell in that category.

So really the difference between a 1967, 1968 Yenko Camaro and the 1969 COPO Camaro is the name, badges and the fact the upgrades the COPO Camaro received came right from the factory. With Don Yenko's connections to GM and GM's participation, the Yenko Camaro would go down as a very valuable piece of Camaro history and the COPO Camaro would grow to be a Muscle Car Legend.

Letting the Yenko project go also helped Don Yenko by lifting the financial responsibility that he had to his costumers. Since he was altering the cars after they left the factory, the factory warranty would be void and would leave Don Yenko responsible for the financial down-fall of the cars that needed to be repaired. But if the Camaros were built at the factory already with the powerful upgraded parts, the warranty would be honored by GM, and even better, the Camaros would be allowed to race in the IHRA and NHRA classes.  

So in a nutshell - the difference really is only that one was built in a factory while the other was upgraded at the Don Yenko Dealership.