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ZL1 Camaro Coming Soon – Chevrolet Enters The Realm of Advanced Performance Technology at Bob Maguire Chevrolet

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted today at the Chicago Auto Show. It is the highest-performing Camaro and the most technically advanced car ever developed in its class. The new ZL1 continues the momentum of Camaro, propelling it into an entirely new realm of leading-edge performance technology. It is planned to arrive at Bob Maguire Chevy in the beginning of 2012.

The all-new, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is powered by the LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine that produces an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 550 lb.-ft. of torque (745 Nm).  This high powered machine is officially in the Chevrolet Production Pipeline, which means that it will be here at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown, NJ in just a few months!

Motivated by a supercharged V-8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower (410 kW), the Camaro ZL1 will be the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet. And more than just power, the ZL1 features technologically advanced and highly developed
chassis and suspension systems that help it deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power to complement its high engine output. Rigorous development of the ZL1 is ongoing, and official estimates of the car’s capabilities will be released later in
2011, as testing nears completion.

The LSA is the most powerful engine ever offered in a Camaro, eclipsing even the original ZL1 engine from 1969 that inspired the name of the new, maximum-performance model. Built on GM’s legendary small-block V-8 architecture, it features an intercooled supercharger system, premium heat-resistant aluminum cylinder heads and other details designed to ensure its exceptional performance is delivered with smoothness and refinement.

“The LSA is the ultimate engine for the ultimate Camaro,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for small-block engines. “It has a broad power band that matches the Camaro ZL1’s performance capabilities at every notch on the tachometer.”

Components and design elements that contribute to the LSA’s performance include:

  • Balanced, lightweight reciprocating assembly
  • High-strength hypereutectic pistons Sixth-generation Eaton supercharger with four-lobe rotors
  • Center-feed fuel system
  • Piston oil squirters.

A Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission is matched with the LSA. It uses a 240-mm dual-mass flywheel matched with a 240-mm twin-disc clutch system to provide excellent shift smoothness.

Compared to the Cadillac application, the LSA used in the Camaro features the following unique components and details:

  • Black intercooler housing with unique heat exchanger and plumbing to accommodate the Camaro engine compartment
  • Cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds for enhanced thermal management
  • Camaro-specific oil pan
  • Revised accessory drive with unique alternator and air conditioning compressor
  • Idler pulley in place of the conventional power steering pump pulley, because of the use of electric power steering
  • Special engine cover in red.

Supercharged power delivery

The LSA engine’s sixth-generation Eaton supercharger, with high-helix, four-lobe rotors, enables a broad range of power through the rpm band, giving the engine great low-end torque and excellent horsepower at higher rpm.

“The design of the supercharger’s rotating internal components extends its effective range, giving the engine a wide, flat power band that is usable at all rpm levels,” said Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer. “Whether at low speeds or on the highway, the feeling of power is instant, strong and sustained.”

Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components support the engine’s high-rpm, supercharged performance. The parts are housed in an aluminum cylinder block that features nodular iron, six-bolt main caps. Cast iron cylinder liners – measuring 4.06 inches (103.25 mm) in bore diameter – are inserted in the aluminum block and they are finish-bored and honed with a deck plate installed. The deck plate simulates the pressure and minute dimensional variances applied to the block when the cylinder heads are installed, ensuring a higher degree of accuracy that promotes maximum cylinder head sealing, piston ring fit and overall engine performance.

Nestled inside the LSA’s deep-skirted cylinder block is a forged steel crankshaft that delivers a 3.62-inch (92 mm) stroke. It features an eight-bolt flange – the outer face of the crankshaft on which the flywheel is mounted – that provides enhanced clamping strength. Other non-supercharged GM 6.2L engines have a six-bolt flange. A torsional damper mounted to the front of the crankshaft features a keyway and friction washer, which is designed to support the engine’s high loads.

Connected to the crankshaft is a set of lightweight powder-metal connecting rods and hypereutectic pistons, which, when combined with the cylinder heads, delivers a 9.1:1 compression ratio. The alloy of the pistons was selected for its strength and heat resistance properties, while the cast design provides inherent quieting advantages over other piston materials, such as forged aluminum.

“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a
name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”

The ZL1 name is derived from the all-aluminum racing engine of the same name, which was developed in the late 1960s and installed into a handful of regular-production 1969 Camaros. Only 69 were built with the engine, but they’ve achieved mythical status
among enthusiasts, as they represented the pinnacle in Camaro performance – until now. The 2012 ZL1 model is designed to be a major leap forward for the Camaro, bringing a new level of performance capability to the segment.

The central goal of the car’s development was creating something new – a Camaro intended to reach optimal lap times on top road-racing circuits and excellent driving dynamics on the street. To achieve that goal, engineers evolved many of the existing
Camaro’s systems, as well as incorporated new technologies such as electric power steering and Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system.

Camaro ZL1’s design communicates and supports its performance mission. Rather than using decorative elements, ZL1 is visually differentiated from other current Camaro models with elements vital to the car’s elevated capabilities.

“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully
sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”

Major elements of the ZL1’s design are a new front fascia and hood with air extractors, designed in tandem to create aerodynamic downforce to aid handling. The car’s hood includes a signature center section constructed of carbon fiber and rendered in satin
black finish. New rocker panels, wide tires, 20-inch wheels and exhaust tips portray the car’s handling and power.

The ZL1 badge appears on the grille, hood and the brake calipers, all key areas portraying the technology within.

Tech overview:

Because the Camaro ZL1 uses electric power steering, the engine does not incorporate a conventional hydraulic power steering pump on its accessory drive system. This enhances performance, because no engine power is used to turn a steering pump pulley

Transmission – The high-performance Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual is matched with the LSA engine. It is the “MG9” version of the transmission, with a higher torque capacity. It is used with a dual-mass flywheel and twin-disc clutch for easy operation
and shift smoothness. A new, shorter-throw shifter actuates the gear changes.

Exhaust – ZL1 is equipped with a dual-mode exhaust system, which alters the sound level and character in response to engine rpm. First used on the legendary Corvette, and specifically tuned for Camaro ZL1, the dual-mode exhaust will give the car a
signature sound.

Drivetrain – It is revised with a stronger driveshaft and rear axle system, featuring a larger and stronger cast iron differential housing, stronger axles and heavy-duty limited-slip differential. This patent-pending system is designed to ensure that ZL1’s
tremendous power is delivered smoothly to the ground.

Suspension – The suspension features completely revised tuning and the inclusion of segment-exclusive Magnetic Ride Control. ZL1’s Magnetic Ride system will include driver selectable modes (Tour and Sport) tailored for the preferred style of driving. It
uses advanced magneto-rheological science to produce shock damping with the highest level of precision, enabling body control optimized for excellent performance in everyday driving as well as track situations. This technology appears on only a small
roster of some of the world’s finest performance cars. Other chassis elements are redesigned to support the car’s high-performance limits. Rear stabilizer bars have drop links repositioned outboard of the control arms. This makes the bars more effective in
controlling body roll in turns, with crisp response to driver commands.

Brakes and Steering – Camaro ZL1 features an advanced track-capable braking system, developed in conjunction with experts from Brembo. The large 14.6-inch (370 mm) two-piece front rotors have six-piston calipers; the 14.4-inch (365 mm) rear rotors
have four-piston calipers. ZL1 marks the entry of a new electric power steering system to Camaro. It is being developed to ensure precise control and feedback to the driver, with greater variability of effort for high-performance driving.

Exterior – ZL1’s signature from the front is the redesigned fascia and aluminum hood with a raised, carbon fiber insert. The fascia includes a front splitter and new vertical fog lamps. The fog lamp area includes air intakes designed for brake cooling. The
hood features front-mounted air extractors that direct air precisely over the car. Visually, this center section, in satin black carbon fiber, communicates the car’s high-performance intent as a visual contrast to the car’s exterior color. Functionally, the air
extractor is a key in connecting airflow closely to the bodywork, creating aerodynamic downforce. The carbon fiber center section reduces the mass of the hood. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and fog lamps are standard. The rear of the car
includes a diffuser and spoiler, also functional elements that enhance the car’s aerodynamics.

Wheels and Tires – New-design, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, which are lighter than the 20-inch wheels used on the Camaro SS, are used with new Goodyear Supercar F2 ties developed specifically for the ZL1.

Interior – ZL1 is tailored for high-performance driving. The front seats feature microfiber suede inserts. Other enhancements include a redesigned steering wheel, alloy pedals, Head-Up Display with unique performance readouts and the “four-pack” auxiliary
gauge system featuring a boost readout.

Production details

All of the Camaro exterior colors will be offered with the ZL1, but black is the only interior color. The unique exterior features are complemented with a black center section on the hood. Inside, the Camaro ZL1 has heated leather seats with microfiber inserts
and ZL1 logos embroidered on the front headrests. Microfiber suede is repeated as an accent on the instrument panel, adding a richer look to the interior. The ZL1 will include the same content as the current 2SS package and include the following new or
unique features:

  • Six-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Unique instrument panel and door panel inserts; and ZL1-logo sill plates
  • Steering wheel audio controls with Bluetooth capability
  • Wireless PDIM and USB-port
  • Boston Acoustics premium audio system
  • Rear parking assist
  • Rear camera system (displayed in the inside rearview mirror).
  • Engineers have already driven Camaro ZL1 prototypes extensively at demanding road courses in the U.S. and Germany, with final testing being completed through the balance of 2011.

We are less then a year away from truly experiencing the greatness of this vehicle so reserve your Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 today at Bob Maguire Chevrolet – Located at 237 US Highway 130 in Bordentown, NJ 08505.

2010 Corvette

The Corvette comes with no less than 430 hp, even in base trim. Corvettes will never be mistaken for economy cars, but it does get a surprising 26 mpg on the highway with the 6-speed manual transmission. The ‘Vette’s value comes in its racing-derived engine and handling, its sexy curves, and grins per mile. All this comes at an entry price of just under $50,000.

2010 Chevrolet Grand Sport

2010 Chevy Grand Sport

With the addition of the Grand Sport model this year, there are several Corvettes to choose from. The Corvette coupe and convertible have a 6.2-liter, 430-hp V8 engine, known as the LS3, and a standard 6-speed manual transmission, though a 6-speed paddle-shift automatic is an option. The paddle shifter has been revised to include a “push and hold” function to make it easier to transition back to automatic after you’ve had your fun through the chicanes.

The sport-tuned Z06 has the larger LS7 engine, a 7-liter powerplant that makes 505 hp and is connected to a 6-speed manual only. This combination is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds — in first gear. The body is lightened by using an aluminum structure with bonded carbon fiber composites. It features a firmer suspension; red, 6-piston brake calipers; and 18-inch front and 19-inch rear aluminum wheels.

The ZR1 turns up the heat with the LS9 6.2-liter engine and Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, plus a new Performance Traction Management system for improved on-track performance. With 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, the ZR1’s top speed has been tested at over 200 mph, making it the fastest production Corvette ever. It’s built on the same chassis as the Z06, but with a specially tuned suspension and Michelin performance tires exclusive to the ZR1.

2010 Grand Sport Corvette

2010 Grand Sport Corvette in Red

The new Grand Sport coupe and convertible share the LS3 engine with the base model coupe and convertible, and it can be had with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. As a replacement for the previous Z51 performance package, the Grand Sport comes standard with wider wheels and tires, a revised suspension, extra cooling, larger brakes and specific manual gear ratios.

All Corvettes come with standard air conditioning, keyless entry, a stereo system with MP3 playback, cruise control, power everything, dual-zone climate control, leather seating and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. Chevrolet provides its flagship sports car with plenty of standard safety features, too, like ABS, driver and passenger air bags, TPMS, traction control, and a limited-slip differential.

The Corvette is a purpose-built driving vehicle, and as such, Chevrolet doesn’t offer a wide array of optional equipment. Packages include heated seats, a Bose sound system, a navigation system and Bluetooth. A custom leather-wrapped interior package adds 2-tone leather with crossed flags embroidered in the headrests and leather on the console, instrument panel, and door panels. And you can prove you live in the twenty-first century with the available dot-matrix head-up display that shows speed, rpm, oil pressure and g-meter readings.

The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition: A Corvette Collector’s Dream

With only 500 units lined up for production, the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition serves as a must have for any Corvette collector! The new Z06 is “designed to further incorporate technology through racing”, and is, “…a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans”, says Chevrolet General Manager, Jim Campbell. According to Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer, the Z06 Carbon is, “the best balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1”.

This limited edition Z06 will boast Bremo carbon ceramic brakes with specific dark gray metallic calipers. The Corvette will also sport black 20 spoke 19-inch/20-inch rear wheels wrapped by Michelin PS2 tires. And, for the first time, the Z06 will have Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The car also features a special carbon pattern engine cover. The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in two colors: Inferno Orange and Supersonic Blue. It is enhanced by black headlamps and mirrors, a ZR-1 style body color spoiler, body color door handles, carbon raised hood, and black carbon fiber rockers and splitter. For track events, you can even install Euro-styled racing numbers (that come with each car).

The 2011 Corvette Z06 is decked to the nines. Its ebony leather and suede interior is enhanced by blue or orange seat stitching (depending on what color you choose), and you will also find a unique steering wheel emblem, sill plate and logoed headrest. The suede used on the steering wheel, shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors add to the luxury of the Z06!

The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition will be available late this summer! So look into buying yours today, there are only 500!

The #1 sports car – Corvette Z06

In 2009 the Car and Driver were decorated with the award of Corvette Top 10 Best Cars. Corvette was most excellent class sports car by J.D. Power in the whole industry. New 2010 Grand Sport has detachable roof coupe and exchangeable models. Grand Sport has a matchless mixture of presentation and competence with 0-60 under 4 seconds, 1.0 g skid pad, and 26 mpg EPA highway rating and can be had in manual or paddle shift automatic. ZR1 is the last Corvette for track or street 638 hp, 205 mph, 0-60 3.4, 0-100 in 7.0, ¼ mi 11.3 @ 131, and has features like Carbon Fiber panels, aluminum frame, ceramic brakes, and is supercharged. Corvette Z06 has  racing expertise for the street 505 hp 7.0 l 427 ci, 198mph, 0-60 3.7, 1/4 mile 11.7 @ 125 along with carbon fiber fenders, dry sump, aluminum frame, low 3180 lb curb wt. The Corvette coupe has usual removable roof panel under $50,000 430hp, 190 mph, 0-60 4.2, 1.4 mi 12.3@117. The Convertible ah price range under $55,000 and the. 2LT package is inclusive of 18 second power top that does not reduce the trunk room able of holding 2 golf bags. Corvettes acquires fine fuel saving and driving range 26 mpg on highway usual with 430 hp. The owners report improved Z06 gets 24 mpg with 505 hp and no guzzler tax. Even ZR1 is adequate 20 mpg with 638 hp. Unsurpassed warranty in the market with  Corvette offering a 3-yr/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus a 5-yr/100,000 mile power train warranty with roadside aid and courtesy shipping. Corvette is America’s Performance symbol having over 57 years of history. Corvette is the #1 car sold in the range of better performance sports car.

The Best Grand Sport Car – Chevrolet Corvette

2010 Chevy Corvette

2010 Chevy Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette is the longest running brand name in the automobile world. The name started back in 1953 with 6 engines and two automatic transmissions. Corvette had won numerous awards of its sporty look and performance. With V8 engine added to Corvette in 1955, the car could hit 60 kmph in less than 6 seconds.

Over the decades, Corvette had passed through various phases and added new themes and names to it. The era of 60’s was known as muscle bound, 70’s defined high style, 80’s was the electronic aided era, from 90’s onwards Corvette was redefined and refined to compete the world’s best.

The latest Corvette by Chevrolet is available in 3 models: Base, Z06, ZR1. The latest base model offers removable roof coupe and convertible body style. The later 2 models are ultra high performance models with fixed roof coupe. All three models are action-packed with high performance engines starting from 6.2 litre, 430 horsepower and V8 technology. The ZR1 moves the earth with its V8, 638 horsepower and six gears manual.

The car boasts off about its superfine interior design accompanied with all gadgets and functionalities. In short, the new Chevrolet Corvette creates raves with the combination of comfort, strong performance, affordability, style and fuel economy.

Chevrolet Corvette has claimed many awards and accolades for its performance, design, best vehicles, etc. Some of the prestigious ones are: JD Power award for quality score and 5th best vehicle, Strategic Vision’s 2009 Total Quality Awards for best sports car 2009, Corvette ZR1 will be covered in new Sony Playstation game.

Corvette had received Grand Sport 1st drive accolades:

Road & Track: The new Grand Sport a ZO6 Lite is best known as a bargain. It provides you the best foot to the floor drop the clutch and feel the awesomeness launch control. This will be the best Corvette for your money spent.

Car and Driver: the car is a power house which can easily withstand serious time track race and it is impressive that it runs soft on the track. The power brake provides great strength to break the rear tires loose.

Corvette is one of the best performance bargains on the road. The car matches pretty well with the Porsche 911 GT3, which is twice expensive in comparison.

Chevy Corvette | Bob Maguire Chevrolet

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Competition Sport Package

If a normal Corvette or Z06 is too bland for your taste, but you’re not ready to step up to the ZR1, then the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Competition Sport package is for you. This package is available on both the 1LT and Z06 coupe and comes equipped with gray racing stripes, headlamp bezels, and wheels. The interior comes with special aluminum pedals and Corvette Racing logos embroidered into the seats. This package also comes with a new custom engine.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette Competition Sport Package

If a normal Corvette or Z06 is too bland for your taste, but you’re not ready to step up to the ZR1, then the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Competition Sport package is for you. This package is available on both the 1LT and Z06 coupe and comes equipped with gray racing stripes, headlamp bezels, and wheels. The interior comes with special aluminum pedals and Corvette Racing logos embroidered into the seats. This package also comes with a new custom engine.

New Corvette Roars Off Assembly Line

 

The first ZR1, the fastest model of the Corvette series, has come off the assembly line. The ZR1, has a supercharge 638 horsepower V-8 engine, has a top speed of 205 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds. Dave Ressler, a car dealer from Montana, bought the first ZR1 for $1 million. The car sticker had a price of $103,300 and the additional $896,700 will go to United Way. GM makes 35,000 Corvettes each year and employs about 960 people and plans to add two additional vehicle lines here by 2012, creating an additional 2,000 jobs.

New Corvette Roars Off Assembly Line

The first ZR1, the fastest model of the Corvette series, has come off the assembly line. The ZR1, has a supercharge 638 horsepower V-8 engine, has a top speed of 205 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds. Dave Ressler, a car dealer from Montana, bought the first ZR1 for $1 million. The car sticker had a price of $103,300 and the additional $896,700 will go to United Way. GM makes 35,000 Corvettes each year and employs about 960 people and plans to add two additional vehicle lines here by 2012, creating an additional 2,000 jobs.
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