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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Tears Up The Competition

There is no car that has a following, or is regarded with such reverence, as the Camaro Z/28. During the Camaro’s first generation, the Z/28 option code was introduced in December 1966 for the upcoming 1967 model year.

It was designed to be a race-ready Camaro that wasn’t advertised in any sales literature, so it was unknown to most buyers. People who did find out about the special package got power front-disc brakes, close-ratio four-speed manual transmission a 302-cubic-inch V-8 motor producing an underrated 290 horsepower.

The engine was designed specifically to race in the Trans Am series which required engines to be smaller than 305 cubic inches. Only 602 Camaro Z/28s were sold in 1967.

Fast forward forty odd years and you have the new, 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28—though it isn’t hiding its power figure anymore. Powered by a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine, the Camaro Z/28 produces 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. It clocked a startling 7:36.47 second lap around the Nürburgring, one of several racetracks it was designed at.

The Camaro Z/28 was designed to attack the Ford Mustang Boss 302, continuing a rivalry that is the epitome of the automotive war for superiority.  While the Z/28 is fast, it is not as fast as the Camaro ZL1, though the purpose of the Z/28 isn’t to win drag races, but to win on the race track.

Aerodynamic trim adorns the car, but here it has a true purpose. On the racetrack, grip matters and all the aero helps the Camaro achieve up to 1.08 lateral gs in turns—read: it’s freakishly fast through the corners.

Even though the Camaro Z/28 is set for track duty, the interior of the car is quite pedestrian and civilized. The car still has carpeting, headliner, full interior trim with lighter rear seats—this Camaro is 300 pounds lighter—even the race ready Recaro seats feel designed for all-day cruising instead of the track. If it wasn’t for the flat-bottomed steering wheel and rescaled speedometer and tachometer, it would be hard to tell it apart from any other Camaro.

For more information on the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, be sure to visit us at Chapman Chevrolet.

Bumblebee Camaro

In theaters this summer, Transformers: Age of Extinction will feature a new Chevy Camaro concept to play the part of BumbleBee. According to Chevrolet, the automaker has been a generous partner for the Transformers films, both footing the bill for a new fleet of Autobots for each film and also marketing the movies pretty aggressively with its own cash.

While the Camaros in the first 3 Transformers movies were essentially production version Camaros that can be found at Chapman Chevy with some unique aero parts added, the new Chevrolet Camaro is a futuristic twist on the Bumblebee’s usual classic design, with a slim and angular design, bringing a raw street-racer appeal to the Bumblebee Camaro.

The concept Camaro featured in this summer’s blockbuster will feature special bodywork, especially on the front end. The entire front end of this concept movie car is custom and shows where the Camaro’s style is expected to go in 2015 or 2016, according to Chevrolet, with the sunken horizontal plane of the grille becoming slimmer and smoother for less aerodynamic drag.

There’s aslo a new longer, thinner headlight design that stretches toward the fenders, while the half of the grille has been thinned out to be barely larger than the gold bow tie logo it surrounds. The bottom half of the grille has grown a bit to make up for the top half’s sleeker design. The rear fenders feature an air vent and aggressive lower door character line and side skirts. The rear features vents on the hind quarters and a sporty diffuser, as well as a high spoiler.

For more information on the BumbleBee Camaro featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction, visit a Phoenix Chevy dealer.

2015-Chevrolet-Spark-Redesign

Bigger proves to not always be better when it comes to car purchases for Millennials, first time buyers, and those under the age of 35 are choosing sub compacts, compacts, and urban SUV’s in greater numbers. Smaller vehicle choices usually mean saving money on gas, saving space, advanced tech features, and of course, a more affordable price. On average these Millennials clock fewer miles per year and live in downtown urban settings. Constant connectivity is a must, and is met with safe technology features allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Chevrolet’s share of buyers under 35 continues to increase year over year, led by vehicles such as the Cruze, Sonic, an, the Spark mini car. Leading the segment of all new Chevrolet cars is the  Cruze, which is among the top-selling Chevrolet vehicles to those under 25. One in four Sonic and Spark buyers are also under 25, while nearly seven in 10 buyers of those cars are new to Chevrolet.

Younger buyers rank vehicle technology among the top features influencing purchase decisions. Both the Spark and Sonic feature Chevrolet MyLink infotainment systems powered by smartphones. The MyLink system easily pairs with a variety of smart phones to allow music streaming through apps, hands free calling, voice text, and screen access in the car. Drivers can plug in and charge thanks to a USB port hidden in the upper glove box, another necessity for young drivers.

Apart from technology, those buying sub compacts, Urban SUVs, and other smaller cars are looking to save space in their garage, or perhaps live in a crowded apartment and downtown setting with tight parking and tricky navigation. Cars like the Spark, Sonic, and Trax make city navigation and parking a breeze compared to bulky sedans or SUVs. Fold down back seats or rearrange your passengers and mean young drivers will find they have more cargo space then perceived for equipment, groceries, or other large objects. These small cars can even be transformed into ultimate sports vehicles with roof racks for a variety of sports equipment, allowing them to transport without needing a truck.

While small, tech savvy, and affordable cars are popular amongst younger buyers, experienced Chevrolet owners may find themselves falling in love with them also. New designs, fun colors, and fresh interiors are just a few more of the options vehicles like the Trax or Spark offer all consumers. Stop by Chapman Chevrolet to view our inventory and find the best subcompact Chevy for your needs.