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ZL1 Most Powerful Production Camaro in History
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is ready to light up the streets when it’s released for sale this fall. With a time of just 3.5 seconds to go from a stop to 60 mph and an 11.4 second quarter-mile with a top speed of 127 mph, the ZL1 provides supercar performance at a price far less than other top sports cars. The coupe will start at $62,135 and the convertible will begin at just a smidge above $69,000, including destination charge. It’s a reasonable price to pay for a 650-horse monster that comes with a supercharged 6.2L V8. “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe-at any price-around the world,” according to Chevy marketing director Steve Majoros. Be one of the first to take a test drive when the ZL1 comes to Chapman Chevrolet in September.
1LE a Bit More Tame, But Still Exciting
The 1LE Camaro is a performance package you can add to either the Camaro LT V6 coupe or the 1SS V8 coupe. The package upgrades the suspension on the LT to SS status for a more dynamic ride and superior handling. The SS package gets an electronic differential to control traction to the rear wheels and an FE4 suspension package that includes magnetic ride dampers. The LT runs the 0 to 60 mph race in just 5.2 seconds, while the SS shaves a full second off that time. “Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” Chevy’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, said. “You’ll be hard pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.” The upgrade to the LT coupe will be a $4,500 sticker option. The SS upgrade will cost $6,500.
Camaro Riding Wave of Camaro Honors
After it was redesigned for this model year, the Camaro was honored with a slew of awards, including the prestigious “Car of the Year” from Motor Trend magazine. The editors loved everything from the exterior styling and upgraded interior trim to the power and handling. Even the V6 RS package got rave reviews. “The performance you get out of this six-cylinder is amazing,” said one of the judges. Rather than rest on their laurels, Chevrolet has found a way to make the Camaro even more amazing with the ZL1 and 1 LE upgrade packages. Stay tuned to Chapman Chevrolet to see when you can get your hands on one for a test drive.
Hood Scoop Keeps Inner Workings Cool
As beautiful as it is functional, the new, patented air intake system for the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD keeps the diesel engine cool under the most extreme driving conditions. Although any vent could provide outside air to the motor, the system developed by Chevrolet also makes sure the air is both dry and clean. It features a separator to keep water and air apart and ensure only dry air feeds the motor. “The 2017 Silverado HD was engineered to provide maximum utility for our customers in even the most extreme situations, “ according to Silverado HD chief engineer Eric Stanczak. “While developing this all-new induction system, we considered our customers towing a maximum-weight trailer through the Eisenhower Tunnel on a hot, rainy summer day.” The Eisenhower is 11,000 feet above sea level and provides one of the toughest tests for trucks in America. See how cool the new air intake system is with a visit later this fall to Chapman Chevrolet.
Eliminating Moisture the Result of Extensive Testing
The new air intake system of the Chevy Silverado HD is the result of many hours of testing by driving in all sorts of different conditions. Once the system takes the air in, it follows a 180-degree turn that causes any moisture to coagulate into heavier droplets that are released through a drain. The dry air then continues on through the filter housing and to the engine. Testing involved real-world conditions including heavy thunderstorms, fog, snow and ice. According to the engineer in charge of splash methodology, heavy rain is not the biggest problem. “Big, heavy raindrops from a thunderstorm are relatively easy to eliminate from air,” Kevin Dunn said. “The more challenging issue comes from the mist-like spray generated by semi trucks on wet highways. Those very fine water droplets prove more challenging to separate from the air. The air intake is an elegant solution that works well with water droplets of all sizes. For customers, the results deliver maximum engine performance and even greater towing confidence.”
Pick the Right HD for Your Needs
Chapman Chevrolet offers a complete lineup of Silverado trucks to fit your needs. The half-ton 1500 is suitable for most people with average towing and hauling requirements. The 2500 HD and 3500 HD bring a lot more power, cargo handling and towing ability to those who need it. The 2500 tows up to 9 tons when properly equipped, while the 3500 handles trailers all the way up to 23,200 pounds while producing an amazing 765 pound-feet of torque.
Rolling Hotspot Just Got Cheaper
Because more customers are using the OnStar 4G LTE System, Chevy has announced it has lowered the price of the data plan by up to 50 percent. “Wireless connectivity has proven to be a beneficial technology for many Chevrolet customers, from contractors who use their Silverado as a mobile office to families using their Suburban on a summer road trip,” Chevy truck marketing director Sandor Piszar said. “As our customers increase their usage of the technology, we are able to make it more affordable for them.” Chevrolet has been tracking the data usage by customers since the inception of the OnStar program. In just the last two years, customers have streamed the equivalent of 100 million hours of music while using 3 million gigs of data. See how OnStar and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi system can enhance your driving experience with a trip to your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Chapman Chevrolet.
SUV, Truck Owners Big on Wi-Fi Use
Whether driving a Suburban or Tahoe for work or play, SUV owners are some of the prime users of the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi network. Silverado owners account for the most usage, which is not surprising considering how many businesses utilize the popular truck as a mobile office for construction and other in-the-field work. Following close behind are Suburban owners, 60 percent of whom use Wi-Fi. Tahoe and Traverse owners account for the next greatest data usage. 4G LTE is a standard feature on all new Chevrolets with the basic OnStar plan, offering Wi-Fi and remote vehicle connectivity.
New Pricing Structure Cuts Costs, Adds Levels
Under the old contract, a person who used 1 gigabyte of data a month would pay $20. The new plan costs just $10. It also adds a 4 GB level for $20, effectively offering four times the usage of the old plan for the same price. Under the old construct, 10 GB a month cost $80. It has been reduced to just $40. A yearly plan used to offer 10 GB a month for $150. The new plan costs the same, but doubles the data to 20 GB. ”As more people embrace the technology, it brings down the cost of entry for all users,” according to Laura Keck, OnStar marketing manager. “With these lower prices, we expect even more customers to use 4G LTE connectivity during this busy summer season.” Get the full picture on the OnStar system and Wi-Fi availability by talking to the pros at Chapman Chevrolet.
Big Party Happening in Michigan
Now 50 years since the very first Camaro hit the road, Chevrolet is hosting a huge celebration in Detroit and the surrounding area. The first event will be an anniversary celebration on August 18 at the Lansing Grand River plant, where the public will be able to take tours of the Camaro production facility. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at building the Camaro from the ground up,” according to Camaro marketing manager Todd Christensen. “Whether you’re a Camaro owner or simply a fan, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. Along with the tour, there will be a display of Camaros throughout the year, car show and the chance to talk with Camaro team members.” If you can’t make the party, you can celebrate right here with a test drive of the new Chevrolet Camaro at Chapman Chevrolet.
Have a Camaro? Get Some Coffee
Camaros and Coffee is an event set for August 19 at the Joe Louis arena in Detroit. There’s room for 500 Camaro owners with first come, first served securing the spots. At mid-morning, there will be 50th Anniversary Camaros leading the rest of the pack onto Woodward Avenue for a cruise through the city. The Woodward Dream Cruise will be held on August 20, featuring a number of modern and heritage Camaros. “Over the past half-century, the Camaro has fostered enthusiasm, camaraderie and memories like few other vehicles,” said Chevy car marketing director Steve Majoros. “It’s a passion Chevrolet takes seriously and the activities this summer are a way of giving back to those who made the Camaro an icon.”
Camaro Debuts in September 1966
When the Camaro first debuted in 1966, it was after a long rumor that the car would be called the “Panther.” In truth, Panther was Chevy’s code name for the project, but they always wanted to use a name that starts with “C” to stay in line with Chevelle and Corvette. It was the start of the pony car war between Camaro and Mustang, a battle that continues to this day. When asked what a “Camaro” was, a Chevy executive told the press that it was “a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”
2017 Camaro Coming This Fall
When the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro hits the showroom at Chapman Chevrolet this fall, it will offer a variety of engine and transmission pairings, as well as interiors that focus on the driver. The ZL1 comes with a supercharged LT4 6.2L motor and available 10-speed automatic transmission that combine to deliver 640 horses and 640 pound feet to the rear wheels. Whether you choose a convertible or coupe, the Camaro is the most fun you can have on four wheels.
No Compromise in This Sporty Convertible
Because convertibles are usually heavier than coupes, the drop top models are traditionally slower and don’t handle as well as their hard top brethren. The editors at “Car and Driver” magazine put the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible to the test and found that what has been traditionally true can be thrown right out the window. The Camaro SS convertible is not only the fastest drop top pony they have ever evaluated, it also held its own against the hardtop version of the SS. With the 6.2L V8 pumping out 455 wild horses, the Camaro convertible blasted to 60 mph from a standing stop in just 4.1 seconds. That’s only 2/10ths of a second slower than the hard top and 3/10ths of a second faster than the Camaro ZL1 convertible, despite the fact that the ZL1 was packing 125 more horsepower. Check in with Chapman Chevrolet for the chance to test drive and take home the new SS convertible.
Underbody Bracing Gives Ragtop Greater Stability
The SS Convertible is 206 pounds heavier than its hardtop counterpart, thanks to some undercarriage bracing that provides both safety and superior handling. “We noticed no squeaks, no rattles, and no rearview-mirror shake,” the “Car and Driver” editors wrote. “The steering remains as razor-sharp and tactile as the coupe’s, and our 152-foot stop from 70 mph is outstanding.” An optional Brembo braking package improves the car’s stopping ability even further. The new Camaro bested the Ford Mustang GT convertible in comparisons of braking, acceleration and cornering as they continue the battle for pony car supremacy that first began in the late 1960s.
Camaro Convertible Brings Out Your Inner Extrovert
Prepare yourself for everything from sideways glances to uncomfortably long stares as you pilot your new Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible down the road. With an aggressive exterior and absolutely sumptuous interior, the pony car is enough to drive any gear head into a state of jealous depression. Although summer days in Arizona might force you to leave the top up, heading out on the town after dark is the perfect way to show off the leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels and ergonomic design. The infotainment screen is smartly pointed slightly downward, to help view the controls when the sun is out. The superior handling, sophisticated cockpit and throaty rumble all added up to earn the convertible a place on “Car and Driver’s” “10 Best Cars” list for this year. Swing by Chapman Chevrolet and experience the joy of open air motoring with a test drive.