October 14th, 2011 by Car and SUV
When it comes to modern muscle car news it’s been one-way traffic for the Chevrolet Camaro this week. First the Camaro ZL1 set a smoking hot time of 7:41.27 at the Nurburgring closely followed by Chevrolet announcing that the 2012 Camaro ZL1 convertible will be launching next month (read news). Now to finish the week in style, specialist American tuner Hennessey has revealed its latest special edition – 20th Anniversary Edition Camaro.
It’s not the Camaro’s 20th anniversary, but it is Hennessey’s 20th birthday so the tuner is going big with this celebratory Camaro. Officially named the HPE650 Camaro, this muscle car packs 655 horsepower achieved by fitting a TVS2300 supercharger. There’s also a new cam, replacement headers and intake and exhaust upgrades.
The upgraded engine can be matched with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and the hot Camaro will sprint to 100 km/h in around 3.8 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds. Read the rest of this entry »
October 12th, 2011 by Car and SUV
It was 100 years ago that industrialist William C. Durant and Swiss-born race car driver Louis Chevrolet founded the Chevrolet car company. In the same year, 1911, the two men built Chevrolet’s first automobile in a rented garage near downtown Detroit.
Since then Chevrolet has gone on to build more than 209 million vehicles and enter the motoring markets of more than 140 countries. Annual sales for Chevrolet are around the 4.25 million unit mark. It’s been the expansion into global markets that has made Chevy the automotive monster it is today. Once it was mostly confined to the American continent, now it’s a global brand that sells more than 60% of its total production outside the U.S.
In 2010, Chevrolet had its best year ever with 4.26 million sales – a record that’s set to be broken in 2011 giving extra reason to celebrate the brand’s centenary.
“Like many of the strongest global brands, Chevrolet is founded in American values that are admired around the world”, said vice president for global marketing and strategy Chris Perry. Read the rest of this entry »
October 11th, 2011 by Car and SUV
With its all-new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, General Motors has just announced that it has built the world’s most powerful roofless production model ever. The new high-power drop-top will be officially revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
The convertible Camaro shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Camaro ZL1 Coupe and is scheduled to reach showrooms from late 2012. Powering the convertible is GM’s 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 engine producing 432 kW and 754 Nm of torque.
General Motors was quick to point out that its drop top Camaro ZL1 has more power output than Euro performance models like the Aston Martin DB9 with 350kW and the Porsche 911 Turbo with 395kW. However models like the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport were conveniently forgotten about.
“The Camaro ZL1 convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 10th, 2011 by Car and SUV
Isuzu has revealed its 2012 D-Max ute at an event in Thailand before it goes on sale in selected markets from later this year.
The reveal follows the unveiling last week of the 2012 Holden/Chevrolet Colorado on which it is based.
The new D-Max shares the basics of its ladder-chassis platform and mechanical components with the 2012 Colorado but Isuzu’s ute gets a unique appearance. It will be distinguished by unique upswept headlights and a more conventional three-bar grille design.
In the cabin the D-Max will be almost identical to the Colorado with it’s dashboard, control stack and steering wheel all matching up with Holden’s next ute.
While full details for the new D-Max haven’t been revealed just yet, Isuzu has confirmed that a choice of two 2.5 litre diesel engines will be offered. Expect outputs of 85kW with 350Nm of torque for the lower spec diesel mill and 110kW with 470Nm for the higher spec model. There will also be an upgraded version of Isuzu’s 3.0 litre diesel which delivers 130kW and 380Nm of torque. Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2011 by Car and SUV
General Motors has revealed the production version of its 2012 Chevrolet Colorado which will be rebadged as the Holden Colorado when it arrives in NZ next year.
The new Colorado was unveiled in Thailand where it will enter the local market shortly. Holden hasn’t officially announced a schedule for its entry into the Australian and NZ markets.
According to GM, the Colorado is the end result of a vehicle program that began five years ago and cost $2 billion USD. It will be offered globally with a total of 26 variants, two diesel engines, two- and four-wheel-drive layouts, different ride heights, wide and narrow body styles and various cab options.
Engine options will include two Duramax four-cylinder diesel engines. One will be a 2.5 litre motor and the other a larger 2.8 litre unit. The 2.5 litre mill produces 110kW and 350Nm of torque, the 2.8 litre turbodiesel pumps out 132kW and 470Nm of torque when mated to the six-speed auto box. In five-speed manual form the engine is tuned to output 440Nm of torque. For now there is no word on any petrol-powered variants. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2011 by Car and SUV
Cadillac’s smooth styled ELR Coupe has been given the green light for production. With its sharp looks and range-extending hybrid drivetrain, General Motors has high hopes for the luxury two-door.
The model was originally shown as the Cadillac Converj concept at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show, rumours have been around ever since that it would enter production. Now, development has been officially confirmed with the new model, named the ELR Coupe, heavily borrowing technology from the Chevrolet Volt.
“The concept generated instant enthusiasm,” said Don Butler, vice president-Cadillac Marketing. “Like other milestone Cadillac models of the past, the ELR will offer something not otherwise present – the combination of electric propulsion with striking design and the fun of luxury coupe driving.”
No official specs have been released but Cadillac has confirmed its ELR will use a version of the same Voltec drivetrain as the Volt, but possibly a more advanced set up. This will feature a T-shaped lithium ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator. Read the rest of this entry »
August 1st, 2011 by Car and SUV
Fans of all things Camaro just can’t get enough info on the new top-spec ZL1 model. It’s understandable too with the ZL1 being the most advanced and progressive Camaro to come from GM in some time.
To keep everyone happy, a new video is doing the rounds online showing the latest high-performance coupe at the Camaro Homecoming event in, Ontario, Canada. Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser brought the car to the crowd, and then spent a few moments running through the ZL1 on camera.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the ZL1′s progress, the 2012 model gets a range of upgrades over the standard Camaro offerings. In terms of design there are improved aerodynamics all around the car, including the ‘Mohawk’ bonnet vent. In the cabin, Chevrolet has gone with plenty of suede trim, adding it to the seats, steering wheel and shift lever. Under the bonnet things are more hush hush with no word yet on the ZL1′s exact power output. The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine is a beast and there’s rumours that the ZL1 could be pumping out over 570 horsepower, but for now, all GM’s saying is that there’s at least 550 horses.
To find out more about the 2012 Camaro ZL1, check out the video below. Read the rest of this entry »
July 25th, 2011 by Car and SUV
Let’s say we’re all Transformers robots for a minute. When you’re no in robot form, you’d want to transform into something pretty cool, like a jet plane or a big truck. That’s why the character Bumblebee from the Transformers film franchise morphs into a pre-production Chevy Camaro. Keen American fans are then put on to the Camaro Bumblebee special edition car, which looks just like the one in the movie.
But not everyone can afford a brand new Camaro, most people have a more limited budget and they can’t afford to play ‘Transformers’ every day on the way to work. But in China that has just changed with the release of the Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Edition. Sure, it’s not a Camaro and sure, there isn’t actually a Transformer in the movie that doubles as a Cruze but you can still pretend. Read the rest of this entry »