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Performance Exhaust Enhances Sound

Part of the fun of driving a sports car is the low-throated rumble that not only alerts the neighbors to your presence but also makes innocent bystanders do a double-take. Available later this year on the Chevrolet Camaro SS equipped with the LT-1 V8 as well as the LT with the V6, a performance exhaust kit will enhance your rumble as well as your street cred. The system for both vehicles does not alter your factory warranty and replaces the existing exhaust from the rear axles to the back. Get your generation six Camaro now from Chapman Chevrolet so you’re ready to when the cool accessories come out.

Get Down With Suspension Kits

If you prefer your Camaro to be a bit lower to the ground than the standard configuration, Chevrolet is offering suspension lowering kits that can drop your car up to eight-tenths of an inch. Available only on the SS and LT models, the kits deliver a lower center of gravity for improved responsiveness as they improve ride quality and performance. The kits for the SS do not work if your vehicle has magnetic ride control. Also coming soon are Brembo performance brake packages in both four-piston and six-piston configurations. These brakes deliver ultimate performance to bring your vehicle to a stop. The four-piston package is available on LT models, while the six-piston brakes are applicable to all 2016 Camaros.

Make Your New Camaro Show Quality

Stylish engine covers are easy to put on and give your new car the same bling as all those show cars you’ve been drooling over. The engine covers will be ready by the end of 2015 and available for all engines in red, black or blue. Also in manufacturing is a performance air intake kit which helps move air through the engine. It features an open air filter and all the hardware you need to install it on the Chevrolet Camaro SS when equipped with an LT1 V-8. The 2016 Camaro is the sixth generation of the popular pony car. See why it’s the critics choice by visiting Chapman Chevrolet for a test drive.

Other Accessories Personalize Your Camaro

There are a number of other accessories coming to the Chapman Chevrolet parts department that will put your own touch on your new pride and joy. There are three different aluminum wheel designs specifically made for Camaro, grille kits, a blade-style spoiler for the rear, graphics packages and interior trim kits. You can also pick different enhancements for your tail lamps or illuminate your iconic bowtie logo.

Less weight and more power combines for performance success. With weight savings of up to 390 pounds (177 kg), the all-new Camaro resets performance benchmarks for the segment. With the available, 335-hp (250 kW) 3.6L V-6 and eight-speed automatic, the Camaro zips to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and down the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds.

Sixth Generation Pony Car Provides Clean, Crisp Styling

When the Chevrolet Camaro received a total facelift for the 2016 model year, the designers started with the platform and worked their way up. Now built around the same Alpha chassis that sits underneath the Cadillac ATS, the new Camaro is stronger, a bit smaller and gives the driver a better feel of the road. Expect more drivers to opt for the V-6 LT package, which gives a bit more power and creature comforts than the base LS model. Starting at around $26,000, the LT delivers enough sports car performance for a premium driving experience without stretching the payments to the outer limit. Stop by Chapman Chevrolet today for a test-drive and put the new Camaro through its paces.

LT Available in Two Trim Levels

Buyers have the choice of the 1LT or 2LT trim packages. The 1LT comes standard with cloth power seats for both the driver and passenger, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, a rearview camera and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Move up to the 2LT package and you get dual zone climate control, leather heated and ventilated seats, a premium Bose sound system and MyLink with a larger 8-inch screen. Both LT models come with the 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 335 horsepower and 284 foot pounds of torque with your choice of an 8-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual. That’s 60 more horsepower than the base LS with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The V6 also features active fuel management, which shuts off two cylinders to conserve gas when you’re cruising down the road.

Improved Design Creates Greater Visibility

One of the best improvements of the new Chevrolet Camaro design is the increased visibility in the side and rear windows. This has helped reduce blind spots and will presumably lessen the anxiety for drivers who in the past couldn’t see past their passenger’s heads. The interior is much more refined as well. Most controls are available on the steering wheel, allowing you to control your audio and phone conversations, as well as cruise control while still maintaining focus on the road. The MyLink touchscreen is sculpted beautifully into the dash at an easy arm’s reach for the driver or passenger. See how beautiful the command center design is by taking a trip to Chapman Chevrolet.

Need More Power? Camaro Has Plenty

If the V6 isn’t enough to satisfy your inner Danica Patrick, perhaps you need to consider stepping up to the SS model. This trim level is bad to the bone with a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 455 horsepower and 455 foot pounds of torque. It is the most powerful Camaro SS that Chevrolet has ever manufactured.

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Stamped Hood, Single Headlights Provide New Look

Although the changes might be small to the untrained eye, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado has a fresh face to take on the competition. With a newly sculpted hood that provides a raised eyebrow effect, the single headlamps take on the character of a disapproving father looking for answers. The beefy fender flares and high stance provide an authoritative profile heading down the road or on a mountain trail. See the new look for yourself with a visit to Chapman Chevrolet.

Eight-speed Automatic Now Available on 5.3-Liter Engine

The biggest mechanical change for 2016 is the availability of the 8L90 heavy-duty eight-speed transmission on the LTZ and High Country trim packages with the 5.3-liter V8. All other vehicles with that engine or the V6 still get the six-speed transmission. The eight-speed has the advantage of quicker shifting with fewer revolutions per minute, saving on gas and providing more power. Shifting down for long declines is seamless and lets drivers stay off the brakes for longer periods. A major difference in the chassis is the addition of more metal to the front of the pillars and rocker panels. Chevy’s engineers made sure to fine-tune the suspension to not affect the best ride and handling in the light pickup market. The Chevrolet Silverado offers up to 12,000 pounds of towing capability.

Numerous Trim Packages Available

The Chevrolet Silverado offers a wide variety of trim packages, with special edition trucks like the Midnight Edition being announced throughout the year. Along with the base Work Truck, you can choose from the LS, LT and LTZ or High Country trim packages. Within those levels there are regular, double and crew cab configurations as well as two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Now that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, you can even get them in the base work truck by opting for the 7-inch touch screen.

Truck People Love the Silverado

With its no-nonsense look and functional interior boasting all analog gauges, serious truck people love the Silverado. The interior is comfortable with all controls within easy reach of the driver and the extensive use of heavy duty steel creates a long-lasting truck that is as safe on a trail as it is on the highway. Signature LED headlights and accents add to the bold new look that is capturing the heartland, where trucks rule the roost. Stop in at Chapman Chevrolet and test-drive the new Silverado today.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Timing Not Perfect for Release of Original Volt

When the Chevy Volt came to market in 2010, the Toyota Prius was pretty well established as the go-to hybrid for an environmentally conscious market. With a six-year headstart on the Volt, the Prius was the darling of celebrities and those who wanted to promote their “save the planet” lifestyle, making tough sledding for Chevy to grab ahold of market share. That may all be changing this year as the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has made enough improvements to wow those seeking performance and efficiency. You can see the new Chevrolet Volt inventory for yourself and take a test drive if you just visit Chapman Chevrolet.

Extended Range a Big Chip in Volt’s Favor

As a hybrid, the Volt has an electric engine with a gasoline backup that provides much more range than a vehicle that depends solely on electricity. The new Volt has increased its electric-only range by 40 percent over the previous model, allowing for a drive of 53 miles before needing a charge. That’s well within the distance of the average commute, allowing buyers to recharge the vehicle overnight and making trips to the gas pump a rare occurrence. If you want to drive across country, take comfort in knowing that the gas/electric range of the Volt is now 420 miles, which will take you from Los Angeles to Phoenix without having to stop for fuel. Chevrolet estimates that based on average use the new Volt will go more than 1,000 miles between fill-ups, depending on driving conditions. That’s an increase of more than 100 miles from the original Volt.

New Electric Motor Lighter and More Efficient

The new Volt has an electric motor that is not only 100 pounds lighter, but has a 12 percent higher efficiency than the previous model. It has the ability to create 149 horsepower when running just on electric power. The new gasoline engine delivers an additional 101 horsepower while running on regular unleaded gas. The previous Volt engine required premium fuel, which can add up to a 20 to 30 cent per gallon increase. Go and look at the Chevrolet Volt inventory at Chapman Chevrolet and take a test run to see how impressed you are at the little vehicle’s get up and go.

New Volt Now Seats Five

Chevrolet took customer comments to heart and redesigned the new Volt to sit three adults in the back. Although it may not be the most spacious back seat in the world, by adding the ability to carry one more person it makes the Volt a little more versatile. Chevy also redesigned the cockpit to make all the controls  more ergonomically accessible. Charge indicators now let you see exactly how much power you have left and a new charging system helps to save money by plugging in only when local electric rates are lowest.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Increased Power and Less Weight Create Success

By hitting the 4-second mark in the race to 60 mile per hour, the new Camaro SS Coupe proves that cutting weight and increasing power can have dramatic performance results. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is almost 400 pounds lighter than its 2015 predecessor. Combine that with 455 horsepower, and the most powerful SS ever delivers outstanding results. When combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the SS Camaro scores a quick 12.3 second run in the quarter-mile. Feel the power for yourself when you visit Chapman Chevrolet for a Camaro test drive.

Numbers Only Tell Part of the Story

Take the Camaro through its paces and you’ll see why Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer, says the numbers don’t tell the whole story. “The lighter curb weight also makes the new Camaro feel more responsive and agile behind the wheel. It brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, accelerates faster and is more fun to drive than ever,” he said. The SS coupe is not the only quick Camaro. Even the base model with the 275-horsepower shoots to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, plenty fast enough to give the average driver plenty of thrills. Move up to the 335-horsepower V6 and cut three-tenths of a second off that time while racing through the quarter-mile in just 13.5 seconds.

Computer Analysis Results in Stiffer Chassis

Cutting weight and creating a stiffer chassis are two seemingly incompatible goals. The Chevrolet Camaro design team used more than 9 million hours of computer analysis to find ways to accomplish both measures. “Every Camaro model offers exceptional chassis strength and rigidity, but the modular design made the architecture more adaptable and mass-efficient, because we didn’t have to compensate for the unique demands of, say, the SS convertible when building a 2.0L turbo coupe,” Oppenheiser said. This freedom resulted in 12 different chassis components that could be mixed and matched to meet the structural requirements of each model.

Camaro has Model for All Tastes and Price Ranges

Whether you just want a sporty car to impress your friends or crave the performance of the SS, Camaro has a model for you. Starting at just $26,695 for the 1LT coupe, you can enjoy the unbridled power of the SS coupe for just $37,295. This puts it well within the price range of other cars like the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. Check out the new Camaro for yourself when it arrives soon at Chapman Chevrolet.