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Sneak Peek: Leaked Images of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Droptop set to make its formal debut later this week.

by on Jun.23, 2015

The new Camaro convertible is expected to be debuted this week by Chevrolet, but several photos of the 2016 ragtop were leaked.

Spoiler Alert: Pics of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible have leaked out ahead of the ragtop’s official debut on Wednesday. Of course, if you want to know more, read on.

Actually, beyond these three shots found by forum website, we’re still going to have to wait for more details on such things as the design of the next-generation convertible’s canvas top. But this is a good head start.

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Chevy pulled the wraps off the coupe version of the 2016 Camaro in mid-May during a two-day affair on Detroit’s Belle Isle. And we can expect that many of the basics will carry over the convertible version, including the initial choice of powertrains. (more…)

Camaro Z/28 Buyers will Pony up $75,000

Chevy auctioning rights to the first one for charity.

by on Jan.03, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 posted a faster time than the Porsche 911 on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

In the automotive world, power often means cash, and in the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 it means $75,000 if you want the 500-plus horsepower beast in your driveway.

A surprise introduction at last year’s New York Auto Show, the revived nameplate gives Camaro aficionados a high-performance option rivaling the best of America and Europe. In fact, it delivered an impressive time of 7:37.47 in a drizzly mist on Germany’s famous Nurburgring track, beating the numbers for the Porsche 911.

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“The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that’s bred for the track – and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America, in a statement. (more…)

Chevy Rolls Out Updated Camaro

Detroit maker hopes to maintain its pony car lead.

by on Mar.28, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro gets updates to keep it ahead of the competition.

It was supposed to be the shining moment for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, but the mainstream version of the Detroit pony car was upstaged by this week’s unexpected revival of the track-ready Z28.

While the Z28 will certainly place a spotlight on the broader Camaro range, it’s almost a bit disappointing that the “regular” version had to slip from the spotlight because the tweaks it is getting for 2014 are aimed at helping Camaro maintain the upper hand in the fierce and ongoing battle with its long-time competitor, the Ford Mustang.

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The 2014 re-skin is modest enough that those not familiar with the current Chevrolet Camaro might not even realize what’s changed. But for aficionados, the update is significant.


Mustang Gets World’s Most Powerful Production V-8

More power but more mileage, as well.

by on Apr.27, 2012

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be the first 200 mph American muscle car.

The supercharged 5.8-liter engine in Ford’s newly-updated Shelby GT500 has officially been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the world’s most powerful series production V-8.

The big powerplant, used in Ford’s top-end Mustang, will make 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.  That works out to just over 114 horsepower per liter – and it’s enough to propel the pony car to a top speed of 200 miles per hour, putting it into the rarified atmosphere normally reserved for such European exotics as the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Aventador.

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But what’s equally impressive, the maker boasts, is the fact that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will get 24 mile per gallon on the highway, a 1 mpg boost over the 2012 model, which made “just” 550 horsepower.  The city mileage is up 1 mpg, as well, at 15, with a combined rating of 18 mpg.  That’s enough for Ford to avoid the unwanted gas guzzler premium that often scares potential buyers away.


Ford Offering Free Track Day, Special TracKey With Mustang Boss

Don’t try this at home, maker warns.

by on Nov.11, 2010

Ford's TracKey transforms the Mustang Boss 302 into a serious race-capable pony car.

Looking for a little more excitement out of your new Ford Mustang Boss 302?  It’s as simple as switching keys, the automaker has revealed.

Owners of the 440-horsepower pony car will get two sets of keys, it turns out, the second being a special TracKey that does a few things you normally wouldn’t expect – resetting about 200 different parameters by activating a second engine control module.

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It’s a quick way to turn the Boss into a track-ready bruiser, says Jeff Seaman, Mustang’s powertrain engineer.  “From an engine management standpoint, we’ve done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience.”


First Look: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Maker promising the fastest pony car it has ever produced.

by on Aug.13, 2010

Ford has pulled the wraps off a track-ready version of the 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

The Boss is back…almost.

Ford lifted the covers on an all-new version of the Mustang Boss 302 during a preview at tony Pebble Beach, this morning, and promises to not only bring it to market for 2012, but to deliver, “the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford.”

As one would expect, the 2012 Boss 302 starts out with the solid underpinnings of the updated 2011 Ford Mustang.  But the maker has made moves to optimize the pony car in a variety of ways, among other things increasing horsepower, while reducing weight and aerodynamic drag.

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Meanwhile, the maker plans to offer a track-ready version, dubbed the Boss 302 Laguna Seca – for the challenging track on the Monterey Peninsula – which will delete the back seat for even more weight savings and get a new, race-ready suspension.


First Look: 2010 Camaro Synergy Special Edition

More than 300 horsepower and almost 30 mpg for $27,000.

by on Jan.15, 2010

Famous old color returns along with pony car nostalgia marketing.

Chevrolet will offer a Camaro Synergy Special Edition in “limited quantities” starting next month and continuing through May — limited no doubt by the number they can build for one of the hottest cars on  the market.

Synergy Special Edition, starting at $26,790, is based on a Camaro 1LT, with a 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The V6 delivers 304 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, and returns up to 29 mpg on the highway, but only 17 mpg in the city.

Pony Up Nothing!

Another classic pony car battle is shaping up here as Ford also plans a ~30 mpg, 300-plus horsepower V6 Mustang late this year as a 2011 model in what are the waning days of the American V8 engine in large volume cars because of increasingly stringent fuel economy regulations.

Ford is claiming one more horsepower and one more mpg for the Mustang, two marketing driven numbers that will likely be meaningless to the buyers.

Better looking than the newer version?

The Synergy Green exterior color debuted at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers (SEMA) show. In the final production form, the Synergy Green has Cyber Grey Rally Stripes running the length of the hood and rear deck. A rear spoiler is standard. And Sterling Silver painted wheels have P245/50R19 tires.

The interior continues the theme with a green instrument panel and door inserts. Green stitching contrasts with the black cloth seats, steering wheel, shift knob and center console.


Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Delayed, Z28 Cancelled – For Now

Budget problems corral pony car program.

by on Mar.20, 2009

Meltdown by a key supplier will delay the launch of the planned Camaro Convertible.

The meltdown of a key supplier will delay the launch of the planned Camaro Convertible.

After a long, three-year wait, Chevrolet’s reborn Camaro pony car began rolling off the assembly line earlier this week. General Motors officials are hoping the sporty coupe will play a critical role in rebuilding the ailing automaker’s image in an increasingly skeptical market.

But two key variants of the new Camaro have been delayed — and could even be killed off entirely — due to the worsening budget crisis plaguing GM and its suppliers, a senior company executive tells

The most immediate problem for Chevy will be saving the Camaro convertible.  The project was ready to roll, with production scheduled to begin about a year after the launch of the coupe, according to company officials.  But plans have been put on hold because of the collapse of the German company responsible for supplying the convertible top, explains Gene Stefanyshyn, Camaro’s Vehicle Line Executive. (more…)