Monday, October 20, 2014

Camaro Gets Different Chassis for 2016

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 ensure production will convert easily with no unneeded production shutdowns.

The Camaro will be on sale sometime 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 closest 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 possible 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.