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Motor Trend Car of Year Earns Title

When “Motor Trend” named the sixth generation Chevy Camaro as its “Car of the Year” following a redesign for 2016, it said the Pony Car no longer competes only with Mustang and Challenger, but now is a serious contender for expensive German exports like BMW and Audi. The magazine decided to test that theory in a big way recently, putting the Camaro SS up against the BMW M4. The M4 is backed by a racing team experienced in the ways of the European circuit, so this was no challenge to be taken lightly. Suffice it to say, the Camaro did very well against its European counterpart. Head to Chapman Chevrolet to put the new Camaro through your own paces.

Numbers are “Freaky Close”

When running pure numbers against each other, the Chevy Camaro SS and BMW M4 are nearly identical, or “freaky close” as described by MT editor Chris Walton. The Chevy (4.1 seconds) beats the M4 (4.2 seconds) in the race to 60 mph. It also won the quarter mile by a tenth of a second, completing the run in 12.4 seconds with a top speed of 115.8 mph while the M4 took 12.5 seconds but hit 116.5 mph. Completing the figure eight loop took 24.1 seconds for both vehicles while displacing nearly the same amount of g force. The Camaro had a clear victory in braking, stopping in 102 feet compared to the 108 feet for the BMW. Perhaps the most important victory for Chevy came in the price as tested. The Camaro SS came in at $46,095 compared to $77,495 for the M4.

New Camaro Based on Lighter Architecture

When Chevy engineers started redesigning the Camaro for the sixth generation, they went with the assumption that lighter is better. The new Camaro is smaller, wider and more athletic than previous versions. By shedding up to 390 pounds, the car is much more responsive and fun to drive, attacking both the entry and exit of sharp corners with wild abandon. Every piece of this sculpted body, from the reverse Mohawk roof to the stanchion spoiler, adds to the aerodynamic success that helped defeat the M4.

Fun Features Make This Ultimate Driving Machine

With apologies to BMW, the new Camaro has tons of fun features that make it the ultimate driving machine. A color spectrum that changes 24 different hues, depending on the driving mode and other factors, turns the interior into an ambient light show at night. The Camaro convertible lets you raise or lower the top while driving up to 30 mph. Other features include magnetic ride control, a choice of three different engines delivering up to 455 horsepower, and an eight speed automatic or six speed manual transmission. Test drive the new Camaro today at Chapman Chevrolet for the driving experience of a lifetime.

The new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine to deliver exceptional performance. The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes and black wheels. the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

Inspired by Legacy of Performance

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a tribute to a legacy of racing success that started in 1963. That’s when Chevrolet first produced five Grand Sport models to take on the racing world. Now 54 years later, the newest Corvette model features a lightweight structure and aerodynamics fine-tuned on the race track. “Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” according to Chevy executive vice president Mark Reuss. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.” The Grand Sport coupe and convertible will be on sale at Chapman Chevrolet this summer, with a special collector edition coming later in the year.

LT1 Engine Provides Plenty of Pop

The Chevy Corvette LT1 V8 delivers 460 horsepower, which is more than enough performance for this lightweight vehicle. Michelin Pilot sport summer tires, mounted on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear rims help you grip the road as you put the car through those weekend runs. A high-tech Brembo brake system helps you stop and standard magnetic ride control and stabilizer bars deliver a comfortable and sporty drive. A seven speed manual transmission is standard, with an available eight-speed automatic paddle shifter.

Add Z07 Package for Superior Performance

Although the new Corvette Grand Sport is a high-performance machine with its standard configuration, an available Z07 racing package ups the ante of your driving experience. “We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.” The result is a car that is only a second off the track record at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

Collector Edition Adds Tension Blue Leather Interior

Step up to the Grand Sport Collector Edition and you get a Watkins Glen Gray Metallic paint job with Tension Blue graphics, satin black stripes, black wheels and a leather interior wrapped in suede that has a matching Tension Blue accent. Headrests are emblazoned with a three-dimensional representation of the original Grand Sport race car. That shape carries over to an instrument panel plaque that also displays the car’s build number. See how beautiful a car can be when the Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition hits the Chapman Chevrolet showroom later this year.

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package returns for 2017, poised to set new benchmarks for attainable track performance. The package builds off the success of the previous-generation 1LE, offering increased handling and track performance. In response to customer demand, Chevrolet will offer two distinct 1LE packages, for both V6 and V8 models, each visually distinguished with a satin black hood, specific wheels and more. (Vehicles shown with optional black Chevrolet bowtie accessories and concept green color on LT model.)

Separate Packages Boost V6 and V8 Performance

The popular Chevy Camaro 1LE performance package is back, new and improved for the 2017 model year. One improvement is the addition of a V6 package for the Camaro 1LT or 2LT coupes. The V6 package include standard Brembo brakes, a more athletic suspension setup and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires to really grip through hard turns. Recaro sport seats help keep you in place when flying around corners and you can also opt for a Performance Data Recorder to save and share your experience on the track. Get more information on the V6 performance package by stopping into Chapman Chevrolet.

V8 Package Includes Magnetic Ride Control

For supreme handling through tough turns, the 1LE performance package for the Camaro 1SS includes magnetic ride control, a limited slip differential and FE4 suspension tuning. You’ll exceed 1G in lateral acceleration, thanks to the suspension, engine power and the large Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Recaro seats and the Performance Data Recorder are also available on this package. “The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate,” according to Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. “Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling. The result delivers better performance in all measures.”

V6 With 1LE Package Compares to V8 Performance

Chevrolet development tests show that the 3.6 liter V6 when equipped with the 1LE performance package produces lap times that are comparable to the previous generation Camaro equipped with a V-8. The Chevy Camaro SS 1LE shaved 3 seconds off the lap time at Big Willow track in Willow Springs that was accomplished by a stock SS. Expect the packages to be available for the 2017 Camaro SS and LT V-6 models later this fall at Chapman Chevrolet.

Camaro Provides Unmatched Handling and Performance

When equipped with the 1LE performance package, both the LT 1LE and SS 1LE offer performance unmatched by competitors. The LT 1LE comes with a V-6 that delivers 355 horsepower. With the special handling package, load handling fuel system and rear spoiler, it blows away the competition. “With a curb weight under 3,500 pounds, excellent front-to-rear weight balance and the precision of theFE3 suspension, the Camaro LT 1LE offers unmatched capability in its class,” according to Oppenheiser. The performance package also turns the SS into a track monster, harnessing all 455 horses in each run with little energy wasted on drift or oversteer.

Chevrolet and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will offer an exclusive opportunity for Chevrolet customers to take delivery of their new vehicle at the Speedway starting in late 2016. The Chevrolet Delivery Center at DIS will be located in the infield adjacent to Gatorade Victory Lane and will have the familiar appearance of a neighborhood Chevrolet dealership. Select new Chevrolet vehicles will offer the option for delivery at DIS during the ordering process at U.S. Chevrolet dealers for an additional fee.

Buyers Looking Forward to ‘Take a Lap’

Unlike hearing it from your old gym coach when he caught you misbehaving, some new Chevy buyers are giddy with excitement with the possibility of being told to “take a lap” at Daytona International Speedway. Chevrolet has teamed up with the famed racetrack to offer buyers of select vehicles a chance to take delivery of the car at the track and then take a lap in that vehicle. The buyer will also get a tour of the speedway, a keepsake memento and certificate of authorization that the car was driven at Daytona. “Chevrolet is committed to offering our customers the best overall vehicle ownership experience possible – starting with the most technologically advanced and most dynamic vehicles in the brand’s history,” said GM North America president Alan Batey. “Beyond the vehicle, we are determined to deliver exceptional service through our dealers and unique experiences that only Chevrolet can offer, like driving your first miles in your new vehicle at the famed Daytona International Speedway.” For more specifics on the program, check in with the pros at Chapman Chevrolet, your Phoenix Chevy dealer.

Chevy Delivery Center Adjacent to Victory Lane

Along with the thrill of owning a new Chevrolet, buyers will get the excitement of taking delivery in a special center made to look like a neighborhood Chevy dealership. The center will be located adjacent to Victory Lane, home of many thrilling moments in car racing history. “The Chevrolet Delivery Center is the type of elevated experience that guests visiting Daytona International Speedway come to expect,” said Joie Chitwood III, racetrack president. “This new offering complements the enhancements already made to the ‘World Center of Racing’ through the $400 million Daytona Rising redevelopment project.”

Expect Camaro and Corvette on Select Vehicle List

Although Chevrolet hasn’t announced which vehicles are eligible for delivery at Daytona, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Corvette and Camaro will be on the list. The 2016 Camaro has been completely redesigned. It comes in a variety of packages from the extremely affordable and efficient LT to the 610-horsepower Camaro SS. Either would be at home taking a lap at Daytona, as would the iconic Corvette. The 2016 Stingray is a perfect blend of performance and beauty. It’s laser-sharp design cuts through the air while delivering premium excitement and excellent fuel efficiency. When you’re looking through the Phoenix Chevy inventory, stop by Chapman Chevrolet to see the new Camaro and Corvette and talk about the options to take a lap at Daytona.