Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2016 Camaro: Little Changes


This Is The Best Rendering Of The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Yet
Possible New Hood
Some Camaro lovers probably hoped for a little different look for the Camaro in 2016, but it does not look like that is going to happen. For the most part, what is flying around at the Nürburgring is a heavy camouflaged 2016Camaro that looks to have little change to the body and styling.

There was a lot of talk about a possible throwback design to the earlier 70's look. Then there was also a lot of talk about just moving forward with a new generation of design. Then there is the actually outcome, pretty much the same as last year and why not, this style Camaro has been selling like hot cakes and Camaro lovers really seem to like it.

We do know that there will be a slight change in the look, like every year, but what will really be different is that the Camaro will now be put on the Cadillac ATS frame. I can't see how a lighter, smaller frame could hurt with performance on the already powerful Camaro. What will really be cool is that smaller frame with a twin turbocharged V-6 that has been rumored as a very serious considered option for 2016. All-and-all, it will still be a fun car to drive.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The New El Camino: The Holden ute

Ever since 1959, the Chevrolet El Camino has been somewhat of an infatuation for car lovers. The sedan-slash-truck is a popular among car shows and car cruises and definitely stands out as a vehicle in a class of its own.  

Since 1987, the rare looking car has been discontinued, leaving a lot of El Camino fans wondering when and if they were ever going to bring it back. Chevrolet has brought back the COPO and the Yenko Camaro, GM as well has brought back other vehicles from the past and still planing to bring back others.

The question is if America loved the El Camino so much and Chevrolet was having such success with them, then why does Australia get to enjoy a version of the El Camino and Americans doesn't. The Australian car company Holden owned by GM produces a Holden UTE that looks just like an updated version of an El Camino.

General Motors has plans to have all of their production interest out of Australia by 2016 and that probably means that will be the end of the Holden UTE, especially since sales have been way down in the past 3 years on them. But one must wonder with GM making such strives by making big splashes in the industry from year-to-year with cars like the ATS-V, ZO6, Z28, a possible Grand National etc. -- could an El Camino comeback be on the Horizon?

The UTE is already designed with all top-of-the-line technology. The SS-V Redline series UTE already packs a 6.0L V-8 engine with about 367hp connected to a six-speed auto or manual transmission. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels with Brembo brakes and a FE3 Ultra Sport suspension is what helps control that power. All this would make it very easy for Chevrolet to put a LS motor and drive train in it practically with no modifications.

The Bells and Whistles:                             
8'' touch screen with Mylink
5 star ANCAP safety rating
Electronic Stability Control
park assist
rear view camera
blind spot alert
front collision alert
electric parking brake
push button start
lane departure waring
full range of air bags
Trailer assists
And much more...

It would just be pretty cool to see these Holden UTEs in America roaming around with a Chevy emblem on the front grille.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cadillacs Bad Ass 2016 ATS-V


Recently Cadillac has been working hard to keep up with BMW sports sedans, and yes, they have been doing a good job of it too. The CTS-V was a good start, the CT6 really puts Cadillac on the map with its design and the 2016 ATS-V, just unveiled, looks and has the power to definitely take some customers away from BMW.

Competing against the BMW 3-series is what Cadillac had in mind when they went to work designing the new ATS-V. Skipping the V-8, like what they used for the CTS-V, was a huge risk, but a V-6 twin-turbo seems to work well and competes more equally with BMW and other vehicles from across pond.

The V-6 twin-turbo that Cadillac went with packs 450-RWHP and 445 ft-lb of torque. Buyers will have a choice of an eight-speed paddle shifter or a six-speed manual gear box. For more improved performance, the ATS-V will come with an optional track-pack that will add 100 lbs. of down-force at 100 mph. You will also find that the new ATS-V will have 50 percent more stiffness in the handling than the original ATS.

With a curb weight of 3,600 lbs. and riding on a Magnetic Ride Control suspension with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires sticking to the ground, this is another Cadillac that not only can dazzle, while putting you in the lap of luxury, but also get you around corners like you're being chased in an action film.

Suspected price -- around $70,000.00

Friday, November 7, 2014

2015 Yenko Camaro: 700-HP it's Really Back

Unless you have been living under a muscle car rock for the last 40 years, you probably know about the Yenko/SC Camaros of the late 60's. They were very rare sought-after muscle cars that used the Corvette 427-cu.-in. powerplant to produce legendary Camaro power. Thanks to Don Yenko and the help of his dealership, they not only put the badass Corvette motors in them, but they also added cool visual effects that help the Yenko Camaros of the 60's standout and still draw huge prices on auction blocks today.

With the end of production of those Yenkos Camaros – probably didn't leave to many Camaro enthusiasts left that thought they would ever see another Yenko Camaro in production let alone a 21st century Yenko/SC Camaro. But General Motors had a few tricks up their sleeve when they bought the rights to the Yenko name in 2009 and moved forward in 2010 by unveiling a Yenko/SC prototype. It was pretty obvious after the enthusiasm that the Yenko prototype created it would only be a matter of time that we would see an actual production push of these bad boys.

At the 2014 SEMA show, Chevrolet unveiled a 2015 Yenko/SC Camaro that was built to tell the world that there would be a Yenko Camaro going into production. It was a joint project that involved the SLP company. A company that has joined up with Chevy many times in the past for high-performance specialty cars.

The new Yenko/SC will be much like the old – packed with all kinds of goodies and visual upgrades. Those upgrades start with an Eaton TVS 2300 supercharger stacked on a GM LS7 7.0-liter engine that packs a monster 700hp punch. Backing that will be either an automatic transmission or a manual trans with a dual-disc clutch assembly.

Visually the Camaro has a heritage style front-grille to go with an RTM cowl-induction hood. Yenko hood and body graphics are added with exterior 427 badges and Yenko door sill plates. To top all that off will be a badass looking black ZL1 rear-spoiler and five-spoke rims with a gunmetal finish and sYc center caps.

Only 50 of these Camaros will be produced this year and they will have to be ordered from SLP. So if this sounds like something you desperately want -- then you better order soon.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Camaro Gets Different Chassis for 2016

non-official 2016 design
Although no photos leaks of what the new Camaro is going to look like, Chevrolet did confirm it will be using the Cadillac ATS coupe's chassis. The current Camaro chassis is a rear-drive modified version of the Holden Commodore by GM's Australian brand. The big move is due to the fact that GM no longer wants to be building vehicles in Australia in 2017, and this will insure production will convert easily with no unneeded production shut downs.

The Camaro will be on sale some time next year, but don't expect any spoilers until at least the North American International Auto Show, and GM says maybe not even then. Motor Trend has produced some spy pictures that showed what could be the 2016 Camaro all wrapped up, but they admitted they were not sure if they were on the right track.

The ATS chassis was designed to help the car compete with the BMW 3-Series. Out of all of GM's chassis, the ATS coupe's chassis is the closet fit to the Camaro. It is shorter in length, narrower and weighs less than the current Camaro chassis. Chevy says it could help bring a little more of a European sports car feel when comes to the type of ride it will produce. But I'm not sure if that is a huge selling point for American sports car lovers.

The ATS already offers a four-cylinder turbo motor, and Chevy has confirmed that it is possibly to see one in the Camaro as an option for 2016. Mustang, Camaros long time rival, already offers one, and since it would take no extra engineering to put a four-cylinder turbo in the Camaro to compete with Mustang, not to mention the European cars, I'd say the possibility is very real.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

1970-72 Corvette ZR-1: The Rarest Small-Block Corvettes Ever Produced


Out of all the years the C3's were produced, it's usually the '68 and '69 L88 big-block Corvettes that tend to grab the attention of the muscle car enthusiast with big pocket books. Maybe that's because some of those enthusiast don't know what they're missing in the 1970-72 ZR-1's.

From 1970 to '72, the ZR-1 was a limited-edition Corvette that was produced pacifically for the race world. Only 53 were built: 25 in 1970, 8 in 1971 and 20 in 1972. These cars are great investment cars, definitely poised for growth, especially the ones from 1970 when their horsepower was at its highest.

So what did you get with this Corvette Limited-Edition ZR-1?
  • LT-1 350ci. 370HP-suffix CTV-1970, CGY-1971, CKY-1972
  • J-56 heavy duty brake package with dual pin front break calipers
  • F-41 heavy duty suspension package, 7 leaf rear spring, heavy duty shock absorbers, heavy duty 5/8 front sway bar and heavy duty spindle struts
  • Large aluminum radiator w/expansion tank (only LT-1 to come with one so far)
  • Steel fan shroud
  • No radio, air condition, power windows, power steering, alarm system, rear window defrost, no special trim options.
  • And all the specialty options that were found on the L88s that were retired the previous year.
Much like the COPO Camaro, the 70-72 LT-1 Corvette was a rare rugged sports/muscle car designed to produce numbers at the track. Although one was designed to produce at the drag strip and one was designed to produce on road courses, they were both designed to race.

For a car collector who wants to make a good investment, the LT-1 is the way to go. Limited numbers produced, the most powerful Corvette of  '70-'72 and well, it's a Corvette. Also, low options make for low maintenance, power steering, power windows, air condition, etc., can't go bad if you don't have them.

Friday, September 19, 2014

All New Cadillac LTS RWD -- A Much More High-End Version for Cadillac in 2015

 The Flagship RWD Cadillac LTS Will Go Into Production Next Year

Although car lovers and GM lovers are already lucky enough to have beautiful high-tech Cadillacs to choose from, GM announces they will began building an even more top-end Cadillac for 2015.

The assembly of these new Cadillac cars will be taking place at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. It will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle and is expected to make its first debut sometime in the first half of the 2015 year.

The Hamtramck plant borders on Detroit and Hamtramck. As of now the plant produces the Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac ELR, and a luxury version of the Volt.

This is a project that GM is throwing $384 million at as an investment. Let's just hope after a rough Bankruptcy, they're not taking on more than they can chew. They have some very sweet sports and luxury cars, but let's face it, they're not the type of vehicles that keep the doors flying open at the dealerships. They may keep us looking at them on a computer screen or in a magazine, but the Average Joe is usually looking for something a little more practical.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sales Are Down


It's been almost a year now since the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel went on sale, the first diesel passenger car that General Motors put on the market since 1986. 

General Motors had high hopes for the Cruze with the European turbodiesel engine, which was designed to compete with the well-established Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Jetta and the Cruze are the only two competitive diesel compacts that are on the market today. 

So far General Motors has sold roughly 300,000 Chevy Cruzes for 2014, but only 5,974 (2.0 percent) were diesel models. Since GM was hoping on about 10 percent sales, the number is not a good number considering the Jetta TDI has sold 46,409 in the same period of time. But it should also be noted that one of the problems that the Cruze Diesel suffers from is the lack of marketing support it receives opposed to the already well-established Jetta Diesel.

Power Ratings
One thing the Cruze does have going for it is it has more power than the Jetta. The it is fitted with a 151-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which produces a substantial 264 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a beefed-up six-speed automatic; unlike the diesel VW Jetta, there's no manual gearbox offered.

The current Jetta TDI has a 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 236 lb-ft of torque. It should be noted, however, that Volkswagen is about to fit a new line of more powerful diesel engines across its entire small- and medium-size car range.

Fuel Economy 
The Cruze Diesel is rated at 33 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 46 mpg highway). That's higher than the Cruze Eco automatic, at 31 mpg combined (26 mpg city, 39 mpg highway) but lower than the automatic version of the VW Jetta TDI at 34 mpg (30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway).

To boost its fuel economy, the diesel Cruze also adopts some elements of the high-efficiency Cruze Eco gasoline model, including automated grille shutters that block airflow through the engine compartment at higher speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag.

What People Are Saying
The Cruze Diesel has received mixed reviews. It gets praised for its quietness, smoothness on the highway and a lack of noise, vibration, and harshness, but it's also been dinged for slow response and uneven power in stop-and-go city and suburban driving.

The 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel isn't cheap. It's priced at $26,695 including delivery--or about $600 more than a Volkswagen Jetta TDI fitted with an automatic.

Compared to the comparably equipped gasoline version of the Cruze with 2LT trim level, there's a $2,400 additional cost to get the diesel.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Darth Vader Hot Wheels Chevrolet Corvette
I have never personally seen Star Wars before ... but Corvette can attach their name to anything and make it work -- Hot Wheels, Star Wars, kids toys, big-boy-toys -- anything.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2015 Cadillac ATS Video -- Looking Cool

The video was not supposed to be released so soon, but it's nice to see the 2015 Cadillac ATS looking good. The front end is sleek looking and the whole car just has a nice feel to it.

With a nice sticker price on this Cadillac, GM should enjoy a nice amount of these cars being sold, maybe even steeling some customers from some of their competitors. And if there is one thing for sure, with everything going on with GM right now, they can use the business.

Like always, Cadillac offers many great standard options, three different engine options, and two different transmission options.  

  • New coupe body style available
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • Cadillac DockSpot wireless charging available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available Engines:
  • 202-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • 321-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • 272-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Transmissions:
  • 6-speed manual w/OD
  • 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Four-Cylinder Turbo 2016 Camaro Happen?

Not sure how I feel about this? Everyone likes changes, but as powerful as Chevy has been with their powerhouse sports cars lately, do we really have to follow suit?

Do we have to change because Mustang did? Since when did Camaro have to keep up with the "Jones?"

I like the idea behind changing the curves of the already cool looking Camaro. Change is not a bad thing, but having a four-cylinder, a six-cylinder and a V-8 to choose from might be a little bit much for a company that had and still has nothing but financial problems.

A billion-dollar bail out, even more money soaked into recalls; now Chevy wants to offer three different engine options. Turbos are the wave of the future, but why fix something that just isn't broken. Camaros use raw horsepower to move and they always have.

I say keep it that way.

I'm pretty sure if I remember correctly, their was no Chevy four-cylinder turbo Muscle Cars.

I not saying GM should stair away from turbos, it's great tech., but the Camaro should stay with the raw horsepower. Hell, if they want to put a turbo on the V-8, let's do it, but a four-cylinder? GM has enough of those. A smaller Camaro with a bigger engine, sounds fun, but a smaller Camaro with a smaller motor, sounds like going backwards.

The new curves that Chevy says their coming with, to look more like a 70s look, sounds like fun, but a Camaro with a smaller motor, not sure if that is something that will sell.

If Camaro is going to change, maybe this is what it should look like?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

2015 Hot Rod Camaro – Limited Edition


When the legendary HOT ROD Magazine corporation teams up with anybody to make a project car, you know it's going to be something special. Just like in 2001, when Dennis Barker at Todd Wenzel Chevrolet in Hudsonville, Michigan joined forces with the magazine to design Special Edition HOT ROD Camaros, they produced something special. And that's why they're back at it again this year to build 2015 Special Edition Camaros.

A 2014 Special Edition Camaro made its first appearance at the HOT ROD Power Tour on June 7, 2014, at Zmax Dragway. Although this one was a 2014 Camaro, outside one other 2014, the rest of the Special Editions Camaros will be 2015s.

When asked about it at the Power Tour, HOT ROD and dealership staff both admitted to having a hard time agreeing with each other on even some of the smallest details, but both sides say regardless the project was fun and the outcome was spectacular. 

There will be 67 of these Special Edition Camaros sold at the Todd Wenzel dealership. Each Camaro will be sold in all V-8 trim levels including convertibles and will have plenty of HOT ROD Special Edition items including: badges and emblems, stripes, embroidered headrests, floor mats, sill plates, Forgeline wheels and center caps, exhaust diverters, slotted rotors, billet valve covers, and plug wires. You will also have a choice of many different colors, and each Camaro will have many different optional dealership performance upgrades to choose from.

Each Camaro will be built by the legendary Nickey High Performance and will have decals to prove it. What makes these Camaros so cool, with only 67 built, you can bet that you will be the only one on your block that owns one.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mecum Auto Auction Will See Another Possible Multimillion Dollar Corvette

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe Factory Side Exhaust, Tank Sticker presented as lot S113 at Seattle, WA 2014 - image1

It's a 1967 Corvette coupe L88, 1 of 20 produced. With the original gas tank sticker that proves it's authenticity, the Corvette should be able to bring an amount of at least a million, maybe more at the up coming Mecum Auto Action being held in Seattle on June 13th and 14th.

A rare Marina Blue paint graces the exterior body color while the inside interior is wrap in black. What makes this L88 Corvette even more rare is the factory side exhaust that it has. Although, factory side exhaust are not rare on Corvette Stingrays, on the side of Corvette L88's, they are. This Corvette went on to win three decades of awards including multiple Bloomington Gold Special Collection Awards.

L88 versions of the Corvette did not come with simple things that makes driving easier. Power steering, heat, air and radio were axed at production. Even the fan shroud and choke got the ax, making the Vettes notoriously hard to keep running until they warmed up to operating temp, and if caught in traffic you could expect over-heating problems, but the car was built for racing.

What it did come with was a high performance power brake system and a heavy duty racing suspension. A close-ratio 4-speed transmission, 4.11:1 competition rear-end, and to top things off was a 427 CI. engine with 430hp @5,200rpm. The horsepower rating was underrated to help stay with in safety regulations. The 427 actually red-lined at 6,500rpm and probably was more capable of horsepower ratings around 560.

This Corvette was first bought from Bast Chevrolet in Seaforth, New York. The owner installed a roll-bar and a safety harness and the Corvette spent the next few years where it belonged, on the racetrack. It was then sold to a lady in Canada and then made it back to a new owner in the U.S., where it was restored and started to rack up a resume of awards. In 1998, Naber's Motors Corvette Restorations in Huston, TX., did a frame off restoration where it's sticker and correct numbers were verified. After that, the Corvette moved on to add to it's awards resume, winner more prestigious Bloomington Awards and getting the chance to be displayed in the “L88 Invasion” Special Collection.

Now with it's documented original factory tank sticker and Bloomington Gold literature and paperwork, it will be auctioned off to the public at the Mecum Auto Auction, and when this Corvette hits the block, Corvette lovers with deep pockets are sure to step up and play the game.

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Cadillac CTS Gets New Technology To Help Save Lives and A Revised Look

The new Cadillac CTS will sport a revised front-clip with the new wreath when it hits the showrooms soon, unfortunately, price or images of the new CTS has yet to be released. To add to the new look, Cadillac says it will also be introducing two new exterior colors: Crystal White Tricoat and Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic. Cadillac also says there will be two new interior and trim color combination for the cabin.

The CTS will offer an exciting new option called the DockSpot, which provides magnetic inductive charging for wireless phones without the need for cords or cables. The Cadillac will also receive the OnStar 4GLTE data network system including a Wi-Fi hotspot that comes with a 3 month 3GB trail -- many other Cadillac versions will receive this OnStar technology as well.

Two other great functions will be added to the Cadillac standard CUE infotainment system: text messaging alerts and assistants and teen driver settings.

The text messaging alerts and assistants is designed to keep drivers safe while receiving a text message by simply reading the text messages to them -- it will also allow you to return a preset message with the touch of a button, e.g. "Message received, driving right now, will get back with you as soon as I can -- Thank You." All of this will allow you to send and receive messages without the need to look down at your phone and fumble around with the keys.

Teen driver settings will allow the owner to set functions like audio mute until seat belts are fastened, audible speed warnings, and a nifty little tool called the report card. The report card will alert you of any bad driving habits a teenage driver has been engaging in including wide-open throttle occurrences, ABS events, top speed frequency, and how many miles were put on the car while in the teenagers possession.

Between the text messaging alerts and assistants and teen driver settings, Cadillac is definitely working on making our roads safer.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cadillac Announces Impressive Low Price Tag for the 2015 ATS

The entry level 2 door base trim 2015 Cadillac ATS 2 door coupe with a 2.0 liter turbo-4 engine that can put out 272 horsepower will be available this summer for a cool $38,990. It's a new and impressive price to give Cadillac an impressive edge over its competitors.

With more power for less money than the BMW 428i, Audi A5, and the Mercedes C250 – Cadillac may find themselves with some new customers this summer – maybe some already General Motors fans that are looking to move up in class to floss around a powerful Cadillac logo, or maybe they can poach some customers from their fierce competitors, either way it's an intriguing car for a great price. 

Although Cadillac threw this number out to the public, they have yet to release a price tag on any other trim options. Still to come for the ATS is an All-Wheel Drive option, six-speed transmission option, 321 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 engine option and more. Those price options are expected to be announced closers to the release date of the 2015 ATS.

The new base ATS comes in $1,430.00 less than the current 2014 CTS sedan and has a $5,000.00 premium over the base 2014 ATS sedan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hennessey Gets Involved With Two More General Motors' Vehicles

Hennessey Performance has spent more than the last 20 years putting on performance kits that perform on a whole other level for General Motors and many others companies. Recently they have showed off two more of their projects that will be available to General Motors' fans for 2015.

2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 - 557hp   542 ft-lb torque

2015 Chevrolet SS HPE1000 - 1,000hp @ 6,300 rpms

The Escalade

The 2015 Escalade comes with a stock 6.2L V-8 EcoTec3 with 420hp and 460 ft-lb torque. Hennessey changes all that with a supercharged intercooler system with tweaked engine-management software. The 557hp it will then produce is pretty impressive since the supercharger only boast a modest 6.0psi. An optional up-grade for this project is H10 20 inch rims and tires which will set you back an extra $6,950.

Although, the Escalade is what Hennessey uses to promote this high-performance package, John Hennessey assures that any 2015 model that is equipped with the 6.2L V-8 EcoTec3 motor will have the option of having the HPE550 installed including: 2015 GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon Denali XL and 2014-2015 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. 

If you already own one of these vehicles you can contact Hennessey and have the HPE550 package installed or if you want one turn-key, you can have the performance packaged ordered through participating dealerships. The package will set you back $15, 950 with a 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty.

The Chevrolet SS  
This four door sedan comes stock with a 415hp 6.2L V-8 which makes it an already fun little car to drive. But if you choose to have Hennessey work their magic and put a HPE1000 performance kit on it you will have more than enough power to call your experience fun.

Hennessey starts out with twin turbos, a new intake, headers, a high flow catalytic converter and a new ECU to produce at least 1000hp. To put up with that power they add an up-graded suspension, exhaust, brakes and a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission conversion or a high-performance rebuild with torque converter on your existing automatic.

Also some cosmetic up-grades include individual numbering dashboard, an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, new wheels, and custom carbon fiber aero features.

You can expect to pay about $20,000 for the HPE1000 performance-package with a 12,000 mile warranty. But if that power and the money is too much for you to swallow, Hennessey has more reasonable packages including: HPE475, 550, 600, 650, and 800. 

Hennessey has proven for over 20 years that when it comes to performance and technology they are No. 1 in the industry. They have dealt with GM cars since their beginning and continue to make impressive mile-stones with every vehicle they produce. 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chevrolet Tries to Prevent New Camaro Z/28 Cloning By Restricting Specific Parts

So the word is out, with the successful completion of selling out the 2014 Z/28s so fast, rumors sparked that Chevrolet would up the ante for 2015 and produce 2,500 Z/28s. That is no longer a rumor, there will be a total of 2,500 Z/28s built for 2015 opposed to the 500 built for the 2014 year.

But more interesting than the limited edition Z/28 selling out so fast, to help keep rarity of the Z/28s exclusive to the owners who actually shelled out the $75,000.00 for the Camaro, Chevrolet has made a move to prevent the cloning of a Z/28 by restricting the sale of certain parts.

Raging from high-performance parts to cosmetic, Chevrolet sent a list of 35 different parts to dealers that make up the Z/28 package and are not to be sold on the market to individuals or companies that can't prove the ownership of a Camaro Z/28.

Some of those banned parts include: the Brembo brake system and carbon-ceramic rotors, 19-inch wheels, rear differential and rear axle, front fascia, the "flowtie" grille badge,  Recaro seats, hood scoop, fender flares, rocker panels, and rear fascia and spoiler, and the list goes on.

Now if it's the power of the Z/28 you are looking for, you can buy the power-plant in the form of a create motor. The 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 has been available since it was placed in the C6 Corvette ZO6.

It's easy to see why Chevrolet would want to put this plan into motion, but the question is just how long will this plan prevent cloning of Z/28s. The want to clone prestigious cars has been around since hot rodding its self. So even if Chevrolet won't sell these specific parts, aftermarket companies will see an even bigger market to make money. Never the less, no matter how many clones are out there, they can't take away from the authenticity of a real one and numbers don't lie. If you have a true Z/28, 1-of-500 or 1-of-2,500, you still have a significant piece of "Hot Rod History." 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Will Chevrolet Have to Build More Camaro Z/28s


2014 Camaro Z/28 - SOLD OUT

It wasn't too hard for Chevrolet to sell all of their 500 brand new 2014 Camaro Z/28s. Now with no more for car enthusiast to get their hands on this year, Chevrolet is faced with the question of, "Do They Build More?" 

Building more will definitely help the already popular Z/28 trending well into next year, but for the lucky owners of the first 500 units, it will take away from the rareness factor that Chevrolet was shooting for and probably what owners were counting on. Although the chances of Chevrolet building more Camaro Z/28s this year is probably slim to none, next year's plans for more than just 500 being built to meet demands is highly possible.

Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser, has said that next year could possibly see the likes of 2,500 units being built depending on demand and whether or not they decide to build more this year and if they do launch a project like that this year how it ends up panning out.

So unless you have been living under a rock for the last year and a half, you probably know what the 2014 Z/28 is all about. But I don't think anyone really expected this $75,000.00 Camaro would sell out so fast. If Chevrolet decides to build more this year, or ramp up the amount built next year, it's pretty hard to believe that they could lose on their decisions.