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2019 Corvette ZR1 Blows Its Top Off With Convertible Version 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Scoops, Corvette, Reports, Scoops on 11 17th, 2017


The fastest and most powerful version of the Corvette, the ZR1, grabbed headlines when it was unveiled earlier this week in Dubai.

However, Chevrolet is already planning a second version of the menacing supercar, as the images posted by Redditor Coonark00 show.

The photos reveal a three-car convoy seen in Florida a few days ago, and one of them is a convertible, with camouflage wrapped around its front and rear ends, a folding soft top, and a low wing.

“I fish down in the Florida Everglades, and I see these ZR1s testing fairly regularly. They come cruising by me, and often give me a nice throttle blip if I wave. They sound awesome”, said the man who posted the images online.

With Chevrolet bringing out a Corvette ZR1 Convertible, the move will mark yet another important modification for the C7 ZR1, compared to its predecessors, besides the targa roof with removable panels.

Naturally, the Convertible ZR1 will use the same 755hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 of the Coupe, which is so good that Chevy believes it can lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes.

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Is The Base Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T A Proper Muscle Car? 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Videos, video on 11 16th, 2017


The idea of having a Camaro powered by a turbo four-cylinder engine might sound strange to some people, even sacrilegious to some other, but that doesn’t make it necessarily a bad car.

Especially in this case, as the owner found his car -a brand new fully-loaded 2016 Camaro 2.0T with a manual and an original sticker price of $37k- sitting unwanted on a lot for eight months before buying it for just $26,000.

That’s basically Toyota 86-money for a very nicely balanced rear-drive coupe with 275hp and 295lb-ft of torque that also happens to be a Camaro. It’s all about perspective.

Sure, we’ve been used to Camaros destroying their rear tires to the tune of angry V8s but the current generation has also proven that it has a top-notch handling character so the base 2.0T model should be a very nice car indeed.

Let’s find out then if the four-banger Camaro deserves some credit thanks to Matt Farah’s latest One Take video.

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What Do American Parents Love And Hate On Road Trips? 16
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Reports, Study, Tech, USA on 11 16th, 2017


With the Thanksgiving holiday nearly upon us, Chevrolet wanted to find out what stresses American parents the most when taking a family road trip, as well as what gives them peace of mind.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Chevrolet, revealing that keeping the kids entertained actually ranked lower than heavy traffic when it comes to stressing out the average family.

Moreover, parents have indicated that new in-vehicle technologies can improve the road trip experience by making gridlock situations more bearable. In fact, 56% of American parents said that Wi-Fi/internet connectivity is the top in-vehicle tech when it comes to family road trips.

“As families prepare to hit the road this holiday to spend time with friends and family, they can depend on crossovers like the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and Equinox to meet their needs, from storage space to USB outlets, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto2 compatibility,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros.

The survey also revealed that, in spite of stressful moments on the road, taking a road trip with the family is still a positive experience. In fact, 93% of American parents said they enjoy road trips with the family, while 53% went as far as to say they “love” these trips.

Furthermore, 90% of parents who take road trips say their kids also enjoy time on the road, with 69% stating that exploring and stopping at interesting locations and destinations are their top two favorite aspects of family road trips, followed by unplugging from everyday life (49%), indulging in food and snacks (44%) and being out on the open road (45%).

Other interesting stats show that American parents believe the perfect family road trip length is typically six hours, and that packing 6.6 mobile devices on average is the way to go. As for what type of car to use, nearly two-thirds (63%) say they would prefer to take their family road trip in an SUV, with 42% preferring a large SUV with three rows of seats.

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Chevrolet’s Bolt-Based Electric Crossover Revealed, Arrives By 2020 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, Electric Vehicles, featured, GM on 11 16th, 2017


General Motors CEO Mary Barra participated in the Barclays 2017 Global Automotive Conference in New York earlier today and she used her presentation to reveal a new Chevrolet Bolt-based crossover.

Drawing inspiration from the Chevrolet FNR-X concept that debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year, the crossover has an aggressive front fascia with slender headlights that feature boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights.

The model also has dynamic bodywork, plastic body cladding, and a Bolt-like C-pillar. As part of the transition from concept to production, the styling has been toned down and the model has been equipped with traditional mirrors and door handles.

The model will ride on the same platform that underpins the Chevrolet Bolt and it is one of two electric crossovers that is slated to arrive by 2020. The model’s powertrain will likely carryover from the Bolt so we can expect it will have a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor that develops 200 hp (150 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque.

Despite the rugged styling cues, the crossover will likely be offered exclusively with front-wheel drive.

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Chevy Planning Sub-Seven Minute ‘Ring Lap With 2019 ZR1 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Nurburgring, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette ZR1 has finally arrived. However, no Nurburgring lap time for the car has been released. Don’t stress, it’s coming.

At the ZR1’s global debut at the Dubai Motor Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Road & Track that the automaker will attempt a flying lap next year in hopes of cracking the seven-minute barrier.

Although 2019 ZR1 prototypes have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring, they’ve never had a run at the production car lap record. In fact, Juecther revealed that Chevrolet only had a single day to set a flying lap during the German summer a few months ago. The firm opted to use the Camaro ZL1 1LE that day, as its development was more complete than the ZR1’s. It set a blistering 7:16.04 lap.

With all the advanced aero of the new ZR1, as well as its incredibly powerful 755 hp, supercharged V8, there’s no doubt it will be the fastest ever production Chevrolet around the circuit.

The previous-generation ZR1 set a best of 7:19.63 at the circuit in 2011 and beyond its power and aero improvements, the new ZR1 would benefit from Michelin’s sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. A sub-seven minute lap would also make it faster than the Dodge Viper ACR.

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Should Chevy Build A Convertible 2019 Corvette ZR1? 14
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Corvette, Renderings on 11 14th, 2017


Technically, the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can offer a partial view of the sky with its targa style, removable top.

However, to some, this may not be enough to satisfy their needs, so until the automaker decides whether this model is a good candidate for a true convertible body style, XTomi has given it a go.

Having a Chevrolet ZR1 Convertible at your disposal likely means that it’s going to gain a few pounds over the regular one, but that shouldn’t really affect the still-to-be-announced 0-60mph (96km/h) acceleration. For what it’s worth, the coupe’s top speed stands at over 210mph (338km/h).

Of course, such a model would retain the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that powers the fastest and most powerful stock Corvette ever, making 755hp and 715lb-ft (968Nm) of torque, and coming with a choice of two transmissions: a stick shift with 7 speeds, and an automatic with 8sp.

Moreover, it would also benefit from the optional ZTK Performance Package, which adds more visual drama for an increased downforce, in addition to some technical modifications made beneath the skin.

So, should Chevy give the Corvette ZR1 Convertible a go?

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Sounds Like Your 911’s Worst Nightmare 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, GM, new cars, reviews, video on 11 13th, 2017


It’s official, the most powerful road-going Corvette in history is a bad-ass in more ways than one.

We saw the ZR1 break cover today, but those were stills. What we have here is a video tour of the ZR1 courtesy of Doug DeMuro, who traveled all the way to Dubai in order to check out the car.

Before giving us his take, the first thing we get to see is an exhaust sound bite, and let’s just say everybody is going to hear this car’s 755 HP 6.2-liter V8, every time it gets revved. By the way, the engine also produces a massive 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque.

Now, if you like numbers, we reckon you’re going to love the ZR1’s weight, which DeMuro says is just 3,560 lbs (1,614 kg), almost identical to that of a stock Z06, only the ZR1 packs considerably more power. He also says that he anticipates the car to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 2.7 seconds, but we’ll know more once Chevy shares some more official figures.

As for the car’s many quirks and features, we learned that buyers will get a choice of two wing options (low and high, this being the high one), and that the rear wing can be adjusted manually. DeMuro also noticed that it’s going to be really hard for people to load things into the boot because of the wing.

This is also the most carbon fiber-filled GM vehicle ever built. Even the roof panel is made from this lightweight material, and by the way, it’s removable, so you’re basically riding around in a 755 HP convertible that sounds like this.

The all-new Corvette ZR1 is expected in dealerships in Spring 2018.

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Quench Your Corvette ZR1 Thirst With This 730HP Z06 13
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Corvette, tuning, used cars on 11 13th, 2017


Chevrolet let loose the 2019 Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, but a tuned example of the quintessential American sports car could be just as exciting.

If you’re interested in such a machine, then you should check out VOS’ Corvette Z06, which comes with plenty of upgrades, including of course, a lot more power.

By optimizing the ECU, improving the oil and engine cooling, installing a K&N air filter, and a VOS Performance exhaust system, the tuner was able to increase the total output of the 6.2-liter V8 engine to 740PS (730hp) and 960Nm (708lb-ft) of torque.

This makes it just 26PS (26hp) and 8Nm (6lb-ft) of torque shy of the Corvette ZR1, which is capable of reaching a top speed in excess of 338km/h (210mph).

VOS didn’t say how fast their Corvette Z06 actually is, but they’re willing to let you find out on your own for €119,500 ($139,391) in Germany, with 19% tax included. If you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, then you could lease it for 48 months, at €1,795 ($2,094) monthly with tax, with a €12,395 ($14,458) deposit and a residual value of €52,059 ($60,724), though if you do the math, that comes out to €98,555, which doesn’t make much sense…

Other things that potential buyers might want to know are the car’s first registration date – April, 2017, its mileage – 9,942km (6,178miles), and the fact that it features plenty of kit, including DAB, head-up display, automatic control, heated and ventilated seats with electric adjustment, reversing camera, targa roof, ceramic brakes, and others.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Unveiled With 755 HP, 210+ MPH Top Speed 12
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Corvette, Dubai Motor Show, featured, new cars, Top 5 on 11 12th, 2017


Chevrolet has unveiled the highly-anticipated 2019 Corvette ZR1.

Billed as the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever created, the ZR1 features a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine that produces 755 hp (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to either a seven-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet didn’t go into specifics but confirmed the model has a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h).

In order to hit these impressive speeds, the car has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a “downforce-enhancing front underwing.” The model also features a unique carbon-fiber “halo” hood and four new radiators.

Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard “Low Wing” variant is designed to deliver the highest top speed. It enables the ZR1 to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package.

The optional ZTK Performance Package goes even further as it adds a front splitter and an adjustable “High Wing” that provides an estimated 950 pounds (430 kg) of downforce. The package also includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, chassis modifications, and a retuned Magnetic Ride Control system that promises to deliver even greater cornering grip.

Speaking of options, Chevrolet will offer a Sebring Orange Design Package that includes a Sebring Orange exterior with orange brake calipers and orange accents. The package also includes orange seat belts, orange contrast stitching, and bronze aluminum interior trim.

The interior can also be equipped with an assortment of other options including heated and ventilated Napa leather upholstery, a carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel, a Bose premium audio system, and a Performance Data Recorder.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next spring and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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All You Need To Know About The Chevy Camaro In 10 Minutes 12
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Videos, Classics, video on 11 12th, 2017


The pony car industry has become one of the most exciting segments of the automotive market ever since the Ford Mustang was introduced some 53 years ago.

In the decades since the Mustang hit the road, many brands have tried to emulate the vehicle’s success, with varying degrees of success. Of all the Mustang emulators, one car stands out, the Chevrolet Camaro.

To get you up to speed with everything there is to know about the Camaro, Donut Media has published a 10-minute clip tracing the car’s history and detailing some of the most important variants built in the last five decades, including the famed Z/28.

Ever since launching, the Camaro has traded blows with the Mustang. However, that all ended in 2002 when Chevrolet pulled the plug on its pony car due to poor sales, effectively crowning the Mustang as the king of all pony cars. Eight years later, Chevrolet relaunched the Camaro with the generation we’re most familiar with.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



Chevrolet Teases 2019 Corvette ZR1 Before November 12 Debut 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, Dubai Motor Show, Reports, video on 11 10th, 2017


Shortly after images of the long-awaited 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 leaked online, the car manufacturer has released a teaser video previewing the model and confirming its November 12 debut.

The video, posted on Instagram, shows off a host of eye-popping new features of the track-focused Corvette. Among these components is an exposed section of carbon fiber on the hood, a front grille with similar shapes to the Camaro ZL1, a large carbon fiber rear wing, and a new set of quad tailpipes.

As we revealed a couple of days ago, the new Corvette ZR1 will make its public debut at the Dubai Motor Show before heading to the U.S. for a local launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Beneath the skin, the 2019 ZR1 will feature a 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine with an Eaton supercharger, not a twin-turbo setup as originally predicted. Power will sit at 750 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. The new car will also accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, record a sub-11-second quarter mile and lap Virginia International Raceway a full 2.5 seconds faster than the Z06.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Surfaces Early, Could Have 750 HP 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Scoops, Corvette, Reports, Scoops on 11 8th, 2017


The first purported pictures of the Corvette ZR1 have surfaced online ahead of its debut on November 12th.

Posted by Corvette Blogger, the images were reportedly taken from Car and Driver and reveal the model will be equipped with an aerodynamic body kit which that includes a carbon fiber front splitter, air intake ducting, and a massive rear wing. We can also see a ventilated carbon fiber hood, a carbon fiber roof, and lightweight alloy wheels.

The rest of the photos don’t reveal much but they show the cabin will have an Alcantara-wrapped shifter and a flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon fiber trim. There also appears to be a carbon fiber engine cover and a glimpse of the engine itself.

The report says the car’s LT5 V8 engine will be rated at 750 hp (559 kW) and 680 lb-ft (920 Nm) of torque. This is substantially more than the Corvette Z06 which has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 650 hp (484 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the model will reportedly be able to hit a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h).

Pricing is expected to start at around $120,000 which would be almost $40,000 more than the Z06.

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