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|2014 Camaro Bumblebee Concept Revealed for Transformers 4 Movie||
We revealed many of the new Transformer 4 vehicles but left everyone guessing as to what the newest Bumblebee Camaro would look like. Well here it is in all of its controversial-looking skin. Of course it is very different from the all-new 2014 Camaro that we have seen with its new fresh face-lift. This new Bumblebee is just… ‘different’. Transformers 4 is said to be released June 27, 2014. What are your thoughts?
|2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Video||
The ultimate modern-day pony car war starts and ends with the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. These two cars are the epitome of modern American muscle cars utilizing the best that automotive technology has to offer. What everyone wants to know, despite the Shelby GT500 having an obvious 98-rear-wheel horsepower advantage over the Camaro ZL1, which one is apt to take home the checkered flag.
What it all comes down to in finding a true victor, is the type of tests that you put these two American muscle monsters through. The Shelby GT500, sporting the most powerful production-car V8 engine, is the obvious victor when it comes to straight-line 60 mph or even quarter mile runs. After-all, it is over 200 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1. Of course you better be a good driver to be able to claim a win over the ZL1 in a straight-line, it isn’t much of a pushover. Straight-line performance is not the tell-all as you will have Camaro ZL1 fans tell you. When it comes to the handling department, it seems the Camaro ZL1 is more of the conqueror.
So, you have the Shelby GT500 with and slight edge in power and the Camaro ZL1 with an edge in handling attributes. Which one would you take to the track confident to walk away in 1st place?
Hit up the comparison video below and check out some of the hard numbers Inside Line gets from these two vehicles.
|2012 Chevrolet Camaro Graces Europe with Exclusive Styling||
The European version of the Chevrolet Camaro, finally reaching Europe as a 2012 model after a decade-long hiatus, receives exclusive styling tweaks that American Camaro fans may grow envious of.
The new 2012 Camaro, finally making its return to Europe, gets slightly different styling from the American version. The most noticeable changes are found on the rear of the vehicle with new LED taillights and rear fascia design. Additionally, European Camaros, both convertible and coupe versions, will all be powered by the 6.2-liter V8 engines found in SS trims here in America.
Other design characteristics unique to the European Camaro are reflectors positioned just above the exhaust pipes and larger side review mirrors. With the new 2013 Ford Mustang getting a well-perceived design refreshing, we are sure to see American Camaro owners adopt the new European styling from aftermarket suppliers very soon.
|Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Camaros On 32s: Video||
We might as well give you this disclaimer up front: we’re about cars that go fast, not about cars that look, frankly, like something that belongs in a circus. A donked-out Caprice or Crown Vic is one thing, since even in stock form the cars handled like an apartment complex on wheels. If rolling on 22s is your thing, there’s no shortage of Crown Vics to be had on used car lots from coast to coast.
On the other hand, a Camaro rolling on 32s (and worse, spinner 32s), like this example caught on Inside Line, just looks ridiculous. Worse, it adds a massive amount of unsprung weight and raises the car’s center of gravity, both of which are the enemy of handling. We doubt those stretched-rubber-band tires were made for performance, either, so cornering at even posted speeds would be a challenge.
We’re sure that finding tires for 32-inch wheels isn’t easy, and even made-in-China brands would have a hefty price tag due to their rarity. Since the tire’s life span (without any sidewall to speak of) would be exactly one pothole, we could see this ride being as expensive to own as a Veyron.
If you have a friend who thinks this looks good, it’s time for an intervention. Friends, after all, don’t let friends mega-donk.
|Chevy Sells A Third Of The Sports Cars In The U.S.||
In 2011, the Chevrolet Camaro earned a 37-percent share of the sports car market in the United States, while its Corvette sibling picked up 28-percent of the luxury sports car market. Some 88,249 customers took delivery of a new Camaro last year, while 13,164 buyers snapped up a Corvette. The Camaro’s closest rival was the Ford Mustang, which sold 70,438 units last year, followed by the Dodge Challenger, which sold 39,534 copies. The Corvette, on the other hand, more than doubled the sales of its closest competitor, the Porsche 911, of which just 6,016 examples were sold.
GM’s North American president, Mark Reuss, attributes the success to the cars’ flexibility, saying, “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.” In other words, both cars can be used to win on Sunday, commute on Monday.
Chevy has even bigger goals for 2012 with the launch of the Camaro ZL1, which packs some 580 horsepower from a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8. At Virginia International Raceway, the ZL1 recently shaved six seconds off the published lap time of a 2011 Shelby GT500 Mustang, but don’t expect the ZL1 to be top dog for long. Ford is bringing a 650 horsepower Shelby GT500 to market in 2013, and we expect it will rise to the challenge of beating the ZL1’s lap time.
At the end of the day it’s academic, since there are Ford guys and there are Chevy guys. Regardless of which car is faster, we doubt performance will be enough to change a hardcore fan’s mind.
|Super Bowl Car Ads: I’d Score It Kia 1, Chevy 0||
Let’s face it: if your team isn’t playing in the Super Bowl, half the game’s entertainment value is going to come from the ads. Every single advertiser pulls out all the stops to film a budget-blowing spot for the Super Bowl, because it ensures they’ll get their product in front of millions of beer and hot-wing fueled television viewers. Short of staging your own halftime “wardrobe malfunction”, there’s no better way to build brand awareness than with a Super Bowl ad that stands above the rest.
Kia is on a roll these days, launching one successful new model after another. The new Optima is a stunning car, and its quality is on par with anything else on the market these days. Kia’s already known for their Super Bowl ads, since it’s kind of hard to forget a marital aid getting down with a sock monkey on a road trip. How to top that for this year? I won’t spoil the video (below), but I’ll say this: it’s got super villains, aliens, and hopped up Mayans (or Aztecs; I always get them confused).
Chevy’s ad for the Camaro, on the other hand, just doesn’t cut the mustard. Sure, it’s got good visuals (and a stunning blond), but where’s the plot? where’s the build-up, where’s the conflict, where’s the resolution? Why do I get the feeling that the narrative is exactly how the ad agency came up with the idea? Like the bulk of their “Chevy Runs Deep” ads, this one just leaves me scratching my head and thinking about what could have been.
|2010 Chevrolet Camaro Synergy Special Edition Review & Test Drive||
‘Green With Envy’
After an eight-year hiatus, the all-new 2010 Chevy Camaro is a hit with muscle car enthusiasts by outselling the all-new 2010 Ford Mustang by a good margin. To keep the momentum going Chevy has introduced a ‘synergy’ special edition model that should keep enthusiasts very happy.
With a design that is very close to the original 1967 through 1969 Camaro with a long hood, short deck, and a low, wide stance, this two-door sports coupe features those classic proportions tightly drawn over a 112.3in. wheelbase, 190.4in. total length, 75.5in. width and 54.2in. height. These proportions are pushed to the far corners of the muscular fender forms, and a fast, 67-degree rake windshield.
The front shows the new face of Chevy with a wide blacked-out center grille, blacked-out lower air-intake, round halogen headlamps, round foglamps, and a lower airdam. The rear shows quad squared tail and brake clusters, a bold rear bumper with parking sensors warning of objects that you can’t see when backing up, a diffuser to better manage the air out the back, and dual, 2in. polished stainless steel exhaust tips at the sides. The silhouette shows the steeply raked A-pillar, drawn up door glass, aerodynamic designed power-remote side mirrors, deep lower side extensions and pull-out door handles.
My Synergy Special was painted in Synergy Green Metallic paint with cyber gray metallic rally stripes on the domed hood, trunk and integrated lip spoiler. This new special edition really stands out from the crowd and turned heads everywhere I drove it.
Chevy designers didn’t stop there but included the Synergy Green paint scheme on the inside door trim and dashboard, with glowing LED light pipes. They also added black cloth sport bucket seats with green accent stitching, green accent stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, on the door armrest, the leather-wrapped stick shifter, boot, and center console cover. This Synergy Green model is not for the faint at heart as all eyes are glued to you as you pass by or park.
The success of the all-new Camaro is not just its retro-exterior style or special paint color package but what you’ll find inside the cabin when you are behind the wheel. Inside the four-passenger cabin is a well-executed balance of heritage, modern design and attention to detail conveying simplicity and refinement with contemporary details in the instrument cluster, switches, big dials and lighting.
Deep recessed gauges, located in square housings outlined in chrome, give a nod to the classic Camaro interior. The instrument panel gauges include a 160mph speedometer and 8,000rpm tachometer, with a driver information center located between the large gauges-its readouts and features controlled via a stalk on the left side of the steering column. My Synergy Green Special Package also included inside-AM-FM stereo, CD player with aux input jack in the center console and six-speakers, XM satellite radio, climate control system with air filtration, front reading lights, sporty, 3-spoke, tilting/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls for the audio system and Bluetooth phone system, cruise-control, 6-way powered driver’s seat and 2-way powered passenger seat, full folding rear seat with trunk pass through, variable, intermittent windshield wipers/washers, front carpeted floor mats, dual cupholders, power windows with express up/down, remote trunk release, rear window defogger and power door locks.
Another highlight of the Synergy Green Special Package is the performance under the sheet metal. The 3.6 liter all-aluminum, DOHC with continuous variable valve timing premiered on the Cadillac CTS and is a potent powerplant generating 304hp at 6,400rpm and 273lbs. of torque at 5,200rpm. The flat torque band allows the V6 equipped Synergy Equipped Camaro to launch out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.5sec. That’s plenty of acceleration to keep any enthusiast happy and the loud growling sound that the dual exhaust makes when you mash your foot down on the throttle is music to the ears.
The V6 is matted to a Warner/Aisin 6-speed manual, that I tested, or a 6-speed automatic. The manual is a short-throw and very quick up or down the gears. It is fun and easy to use and the short, narrow ball topped shifter fits perfectly in your right hand.
The fully independent is very unique and engineered with the 21st. century in mind. Up front is a double ball-joint, strut setup with progressive-rate coil springs, and a direct-acting stabilizer bar. The rear features 4.5-links with progressive-rate coil springs over mono shocks, 3-lateral ball joints per side, a de-coupled hollow stabilizer bar and a double-isolated subframe to stiffer and increase cornering ability and decrease any noise, vibration or harshness.
With a variable ratio power-assisted rack & pinion steering system the car reacted to my inputs immediately, almost like a racecar. Feel for the road and on-center feel is excellent. Standard StabiliTrak and Traction Control keeps you on your chosen path. With an excellent 52/42 front/rear weight distribution the car handled very nimbly with a neutral feel whether going straight-ahead at high speeds or when encountering curving mountain roads. It’s an excellent front and rear setup for this sporty coupe.
Big, four-wheel power-assisted steel disc brakes quickly and safely brings the Camaro to a stop. Up front are 12.64in. vented discs clamped by duel-piston calipers, while 12.2in. vented discs are clamped with single-piston calipers. Standard ABS helps you maintain control when traveling over slick pavement.
The Synergy Green Camaro rides on huge 19X8in. painted aluminum wheels wrapped with high-performance Pirelli 245/50ZR19in. P Zero Nero tires for the ultimate in traction and grip.
Standard safety features include front dual stage airbags, side impact airbags, front and rear head curtain side airbags, one-year ONSTAR accident alert and turn-by-turn navigation, 3-point safety belts for all four-seats with front load limiters and pretensioners, tire-pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, LATCH system for child seats, emergency trunk release, theft deterrent system, battery rundown protection, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door.
To sum up the all-new 2010 Chevy Camaro-it is a well designed and engineered, fun, easy-to-drive, efficient sports car for the 21st. century and very modestly priced for all the goodies you get. Would you believe only $23,880.00 for the base model and $26,210.00 for my tested Synergy Green model. Amazing!