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."