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    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 To Start At $75,000*


    • Be prepared to shell out some cash for the new Z/28.


    Chevrolet has announced the pricing for the upcoming 2014 Camaro Z/28 before it goes on sale in the spring. The base price will be $75,000 (includes a $995 destination charge and a gas-guzzler tax). While the pricetag is a bit extravagant at first glance, the number of performance parts that make the Z/28 a road going racecar more than justify it.

    Let's begin with what's under the hood of the Z/28: A 7.0L LS7 V8, rated at 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission with a Torsen limited-slip differential that makes sure all of that power to the rear wheels. Other changes include a weight loss of 300 pounds, light-weight nineteen-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires, new dampers, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, new body pieces, and and microfiber Recaro seats.

    There is only one option package available; for $1,500 you can get air conditioning and and a six-speaker audio system.

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    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Priced at $75,000

    DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will go on sale this spring with a suggested retail price of $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

    The new Z/28 is offered in five exterior colors – Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. Only a single option is available: A $1,150 package that adds air conditioning and a total of six audio speakers. The standard Z/28 package includes one speaker.

    "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. "It takes the Z/28 back to its racing roots and adds to the strong lineup of Chevrolet performance cars, including a revamped Camaro SS and supercharged ZL1, as well as the SS sedan, Corvette Stingray convertible and 2015 Corvette Z06, which we'll introduce at the North American International Auto Show next week."

    The Z/28's unique exterior is designed like a race car to produce downforce that presses the tires against the track for greater grip – up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration – and faster lap times. The aerodynamically optimized design helped the Camaro Z/28 log a lap on Germany's legendary Nürburgring road course that was four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1's and beat published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

    Power comes from the 7.0L LS7 engine, with dry-sump oiling, rated at an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). The engine will be built by hand at the new Performance Build Center within GM's Bowling Green assembly plant.

    A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction. The differential works in unison with Chevrolet's proprietary Performance Traction Management system, allowing drivers to adjust the level of throttle and braking intervention to match their capability and driving environment.

    The Camaro Z/28 is also one of the first production cars fitted with race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping control, enabling engineers to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. The wider tuning range also allows dramatically greater damper stiffness without a significant change in ride quality. Additional chassis changes include stiffer spring and bushing rates for improved cornering response.

    Lightweight, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels and Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires reduce unsprung weight by 49.6 pounds (22.5 kilograms) per car compared to the 20-inch wheels standard on Camaro SS and ZL1.

    The massive 305/30ZR19 PZero Trofeo R tires represent the first production-car application in the industry and are believed to be the widest front tire on any productioThn car. To fully exploit their grip, the Z/28 also features Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix™ rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. The large 394 x 36 mm front rotors are paired with six-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are paired four-piston calipers. Compared to similar-size, two-piece steel rotors, the lightweight carbon discs save 28 pounds (12.5 kg) per car.

    The combination of tire grip and braking power enable the Camaro Z/28 to achieve at least 1.5 g in deceleration. With standard front brake cooling ducts, the Z/28 is also capable of continuous track use.

    Interior details

    On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish called Octane, a flat-bottom steering wheel and Recaro seats with microfiber inserts. The seats feature aggressive bolsters for high-performance driving, as well as seat cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses found on racing seats. To save weight, both front seats incorporate manual adjustment.

    The rear seats of the Z/28 have also been modified for weight reduction. Nine pounds, or four kilograms, were saved by eliminating the seat-back pass-through, as well as using high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom.

    Additional examples of weight savings include:

    Elimination of the tire-inflator kit, except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire, where it is required by law

    Removal of some interior sound deadener, as well as trunk carpet

    Use of a smaller, lighter battery

    Thinner rear-window glass – 3.2 mm vs. the standard 3.5 mm

    Elimination of high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps and fog lights

    No air conditioning except as part of the single option package.

    The Camaro Z/28 will be available to order in late January with the first cars delivered to customers in the spring. Rights to the first Camaro Z/28, VIN 0001, will be auctioned at Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. on January 18.

    The Z/28's suggested retail price includes destination and freight charges, as well as the gas-guzzler tax.

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    That is just too much money for a Camaro. That is Corvette Z06 money.

    Same engine as the Z06. I would have thought it would have been priced below the ZL1--which starts around $56k, or at most comparable to the Shelby GT500 in price--- $65k or so. With dealer markup it will probably be pushing $100k...absurd.

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    Another nutjob pricing strategy by GM. First, their luxury golfcart, the ELR, and now this badass individual. In.sane.

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    people will pay for it.

    Not many. But I am sure a few fools will, 6 people bought an ELR last month, so there is hope. But what ever happened to the Camaro being the affordable sports car?

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    It's probably intentionally priced high to keep volume as low as possible--maybe production volume is limited for this particular engine (how many Z06s did they build) or to avoid issues w/ CAFE?

    I thought when they announced the Z/28 revival it was going to be Chevy's equivalent of the '12-13 Mustang Boss 302 which is priced between the GT and GT500..i.e. I assumed it would be between the SS and the ZL1 (which I assumed to the top end model).. I guess they only want to sell a couple 100 of these instead.

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    There is a difference between a sports car and a race car. This car is in the race car territory with closest street legal offering from a OEM aka a BMW CSL and MB Black Series. It actually runs faster on the Ring than many famed Porsches, BMWs, MB Black Series and Lamborghinis and even its more powerful brother ZL1. That is an accomplishment.

    Let us look at the hardware: LS7 ~$9K difference over LS2, Carbon Ceramic brakes ~$10k, carbon fiber ~$5k. That itself justifies over $25k over a SS2 LE. Other improvements such as light weight wheels, suspension modifications and under body aerodynamics I did not include since I assumed them a wash with the loss of creature comforts in this car (although lopsided in the favor of former).

    As far as being just a Camaro, the ratio of a base C Class (the 4 cylinder ones sold in EU) and a C Black series is more outrageous than this. People don't get how expensive is a race car to make.

    Just because it shares the engine with the Z06, the actual hardware equivalent of a Z06 is the one with Carbon Edition or with the Performance package, which costs another $20K over the base one. That car is then in the $100k bracket.

    Race hardware does not come cheap, people. A M235i race car with puny 333hp (huge 10hp increase over standard M235i) is going to cost twice as much as the 235i. It does not have ceramic brakes, nor carbon fiber nor a vastly superior engine.

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    Yeah, thanks Z. The SS would be enough for me anyway, if I could even afford that. I guess I, like a lot of ppl my age and older, remember the Z28, or Z/28, as a minor appearance and hardware upgrade over a base model car, and that is our problem. This time around it is a whole new ballgame. A lot of people have been asking for a car with a Z/28 option, and a 1LE option, based on what they were in the past. But Chevrolet has gone all serious on us. How many of these new Z/28s will be sold, when such a large majority of the traditional Camaro demographic is priced way out of the market? Time will tell, because I see no way for Chevrolet to go back to the traditional way of marketing a Z/28 or a 1LE after this. It is almost like Chevrolet is doing this as a final send-off so they can justify getting rid of the Camaro all together... or at least, as we've known it since 1967.

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    Let us look at the hardware: LS7 ~$9K difference over LS2, Carbon Ceramic brakes ~$10k, carbon fiber ~$5k. That itself justifies over $25k over a SS2 LE.

    More like nearly a $40k markup over an SS2 (which starts at $37350). Pretty pricey. I know these kind of massive markups and pricey options are SOP with BMW and Porsche, it's just strange to see Chevy trying to play in that arena w the Camaro..

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    Racing is what it is, Racing and the parts are expensive to build and support.

    The Z/28 appearance package of memory is just that a performance package with a small amount of improvement.

    As Z clearly stated, this is a race machine that is barely street legal. You will have people buy them as collectors and they will hold their value.

    Not a bad price if you are looking for a street legal race car. These prices are comparable with other street legal races cars produced.

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    Racing is what it is, Racing and the parts are expensive to build and support.

    The Z/28 appearance package of memory is just that a performance package with a small amount of improvement.

    As Z clearly stated, this is a race machine that is barely street legal. You will have people buy them as collectors and they will hold their value.

    Not a bad price if you are looking for a street legal race car. These prices are comparable with other street legal races cars produced.

    I really doubt if many of these will be raced..they will end up in collector's garages or totalled by incompetent drivers..

    As far as race cars, this is an actual Camaro race car:

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    Z/28 & 75,000 who'd have thunk that...

    I guess the days of 250,000 Camaro units per year are way over

    84k sold for 2012. Probably most were V6s.

    Somewhere around 88,000 2011's were sold I believe. These are pretty good sales numbers considering all the other cars out there now (as compared to 30-40 years ago)

    The Zeta Camaro is a beautiful car, but it's too big & too heavy. Looking forward to seeing the Alpha bodied Camaro, although I am already worried it will still be too big and too heavy. I do like smaller cars - a 2,800 pound Camaro would be very interesting!

    Chevy will make just a handful of these. They are too expensive. If GM offers a Z-28 option on the Gen 6 Camaro, it will be 5 or 6 grand more. Whatever. Totally not interested in it because of the price, don't care HOW much fiber is in its diet.

    I miss the old Camaro days. The 1st & 2nd Gens. I miss the 'ala-carte' option choices - I miss VINYL seats, there, I said it. Even sitting on them when they were steamy hot. I miss the cool tiny trunk with the full-size 14'' spare in it. There was no room, but who cared, you were driving a CAMARO!

    Ramblin' here - GM should have made a Z/28 they could sell 10,000 - 15,000 - 20,000 of instead of 300 -

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    The current Camaro portfolio shares nothing with where the Camaro of yore was besides the name. If it was still a coupe with Nova underpinnings (to a degree), starting off with a 105-HP 250 CI six (top 350 was only 155 HP in '75)... IF the current car NOW was anything like where the pale shadow performance car the Camaro was in the mid '70s was THEN, griping about the price would totally be justified.

    However, those harping on the price, linking it ONLY to the 'Camaro' nameplate and an outmoded ideal that Chevy should be selling 250,000 units is so far off base they're in the parking lot.

    Look at it this way; you can moan there's no serious track package available OR you can thank GM for building one and who the F cares how many they sell; it's there for those who want to shred most everything on the road...., but you can't do both.

    And I'll bet a much higher percentage of the Z/28s will get road raced than whatever equivalent ferrari will. Talk about garage queens...

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    Let us look at the hardware: LS7 ~$9K difference over LS2, Carbon Ceramic brakes ~$10k, carbon fiber ~$5k. That itself justifies over $25k over a SS2 LE.

    More like nearly a $40k markup over an SS2 (which starts at $37350). Pretty pricey. I know these kind of massive markups and pricey options are SOP with BMW and Porsche, it's just strange to see Chevy trying to play in that arena w the Camaro..

    Why I compared over SS2 LE? Because it is one step above SS when it comes to racing pedigree. That car was less than 1.5 seconds off the ZL1 over the VIR. And the cost differential over the SS2 does not refute my statement of the price being right. Mid-grade race Blistein shocks cost close to $5,000 on BMWs. LE package is $4,000 option.

    And another intrinsic costs - cost of engineering the car, cost of manufacturer's full warranty, cost of testing - they have to be recuperated somewhere. Z06 cost is shared with C6R and C7R, this car is blessed with no development cost sharing. ELR may be a markup but this is not.

    Yes, people will race these just like they race the Z06. I do not foresee these to be wholesale garage queens.

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    This just doesn't make sense... not because the price isn't justified based on the components that went into the car, but the pricing for the entire package doesn't make sense.

    (1) The Zeta Camaro is never going to be as light as a Corvette Z06 even when you take 300 lbs out of it. For essentially the same price as a Z06 you are getting a heavier car with less performance -- it just took a lot more expensive parts to get there.

    (2) The Z/28 label does not traditionally have association to ultra exotics. If anything the ZL-1 should been the car getting the carbon panels, carbon brakes and the $75,000K price tag. At least the it'll fit better with its contemporaries with the supercharged LS engine -- namely the ZR1 and the CTS-V.

    (3) The Z/28 could have been a LS7 powered version of the SS otherwise comparably equipped and slotted in at about 45~50K between the 37K SS and the 55K ZL-1 (or a 75K ZL-1 with all the carbon stuff). This will make it about about 20K less than a Z06 -- a lighter, faster, car with a Corvette nameplate.

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    I agree with Dwight, why buy a Camaro Z28 when a Corvette Z06 is the same price, and the new Stingray with performance options is probably cheaper and faster also. Or you could get a 2 year old GT-R. The problem here is it is $75,000 for a Camaro, just like the Equus is $65,000 for a Hyundai, it is a tough sell. At least if you pay $90k for a Porsche 911 you get to tell people you drive a Porsche 911.

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    Because some people don't want a Corvette. This concept can't be that elusive....

    I understand that. But why is the ZL-1 not the 75K car with carbon panels and brakes, whereas the Z/28 is simply the LS7 powered version of the SS at 45~50? Why all the expensive bits on the car with the second tier engine?

    Regardless of how you cut it, breaking the positioning of the Camaro as a cheaper, less expensive sports coupe than a Corvette, then making the most expensive version of the Camaro have 75 hp less than the 2nd tier car selling for $25K less simply doesn't compute for people open to considering a Camaro, a Corvette or both.

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    Plus some Over Educated Marketing Dweeb has to justify his over priced MBA from some over priced Ivy League college. :P

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    Because some people don't want a Corvette. This concept can't be that elusive....

    I understand that. But why is the ZL-1 not the 75K car with carbon panels and brakes, whereas the Z/28 is simply the LS7 powered version of the SS at 45~50? Why all the expensive bits on the car with the second tier engine?

    Regardless of how you cut it, breaking the positioning of the Camaro as a cheaper, less expensive sports coupe than a Corvette, then making the most expensive version of the Camaro have 75 hp less than the 2nd tier car selling for $25K less simply doesn't compute for people open to considering a Camaro, a Corvette or both.

    LS7 is about ~$3,500 more than a LSA. LSA does not feature titanium heads, dry sump, and other racing related hardware that LS7 or LS9 has. So it is not a second tier engine to a LSA when it comes to the guts.

    With the above logic (underlined), we can say that ZL1 is simply a supercharger bolted on SS' LS3. And there is no engineering effort because third parties have proved that zeta and LS are capable of handling horsepowers with that bolt on FI.

    So the basic problem is that it is a "Camaro" and it costs more than a more powerful engine car. Let us compare with the ZL1 shall we?

    Engine price difference ~$3,500, carbon ceramic brakes ~$10,000, carbon fiber and other modifications ~$5,000. Total ~$18,500. Which is a fair delta from the starting price of $56,000 of the ZL1.

    And there is going to be an M2, and yet the M235i racing car is going to cost more than a M4 with about 100 hp less. For cars with big engines, there is no need for FI in racing as one less part to worry about for breaking down. Your many a posts have supported that argument to go bigger for fuel economy and horsepower instead of adding a FI.

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    Because some people don't want a Corvette. This concept can't be that elusive....

    I understand that. But why is the ZL-1 not the 75K car with carbon panels and brakes, whereas the Z/28 is simply the LS7 powered version of the SS at 45~50? Why all the expensive bits on the car with the second tier engine?

    Regardless of how you cut it, breaking the positioning of the Camaro as a cheaper, less expensive sports coupe than a Corvette, then making the most expensive version of the Camaro have 75 hp less than the 2nd tier car selling for $25K less simply doesn't compute for people open to considering a Camaro, a Corvette or both.

    LS7 is about ~$3,500 more than a LSA. LSA does not feature titanium heads, dry sump, and other racing related hardware that LS7 or LS9 has. So it is not a second tier engine to a LSA when it comes to the guts.

    With the above logic (underlined), we can say that ZL1 is simply a supercharger bolted on SS' LS3. And there is no engineering effort because third parties have proved that zeta and LS are capable of handling horsepowers with that bolt on FI.

    So the basic problem is that it is a "Camaro" and it costs more than a more powerful engine car. Let us compare with the ZL1 shall we?

    Engine price difference ~$3,500, carbon ceramic brakes ~$10,000, carbon fiber and other modifications ~$5,000. Total ~$18,500. Which is a fair delta from the starting price of $56,000 of the ZL1.

    And there is going to be an M2, and yet the M235i racing car is going to cost more than a M4 with about 100 hp less. For cars with big engines, there is no need for FI in racing as one less part to worry about for breaking down. Your many a posts have supported that argument to go bigger for fuel economy and horsepower instead of adding a FI.

    The guts doesn't matter, output does. BTW, the LS7 does not have titanium heads. Nothing does really. The LS7 has titanium intake valves. In the Z06 it also has titanium-alloy exhaust mufflers.

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    Because some people don't want a Corvette. This concept can't be that elusive....

    I understand that. But why is the ZL-1 not the 75K car with carbon panels and brakes, whereas the Z/28 is simply the LS7 powered version of the SS at 45~50? Why all the expensive bits on the car with the second tier engine?

    Regardless of how you cut it, breaking the positioning of the Camaro as a cheaper, less expensive sports coupe than a Corvette, then making the most expensive version of the Camaro have 75 hp less than the 2nd tier car selling for $25K less simply doesn't compute for people open to considering a Camaro, a Corvette or both.

    LS7 is about ~$3,500 more than a LSA. LSA does not feature titanium heads, dry sump, and other racing related hardware that LS7 or LS9 has. So it is not a second tier engine to a LSA when it comes to the guts.

    With the above logic (underlined), we can say that ZL1 is simply a supercharger bolted on SS' LS3. And there is no engineering effort because third parties have proved that zeta and LS are capable of handling horsepowers with that bolt on FI.

    So the basic problem is that it is a "Camaro" and it costs more than a more powerful engine car. Let us compare with the ZL1 shall we?

    Engine price difference ~$3,500, carbon ceramic brakes ~$10,000, carbon fiber and other modifications ~$5,000. Total ~$18,500. Which is a fair delta from the starting price of $56,000 of the ZL1.

    And there is going to be an M2, and yet the M235i racing car is going to cost more than a M4 with about 100 hp less. For cars with big engines, there is no need for FI in racing as one less part to worry about for breaking down. Your many a posts have supported that argument to go bigger for fuel economy and horsepower instead of adding a FI.

    The guts doesn't matter, output does. BTW, the LS7 does not have titanium heads. Nothing does really. The LS7 has titanium intake valves. In the Z06 it also has titanium-alloy exhaust mufflers.

    Yes, it has stock titanium intake valves and connecting rods, not heads. Aftermarket titanium heads do exist. C6 Z-06 does not have titanium exhaust mufflers, those are ZR1 specials. C5 Z06 had the titanium mufflers.

    Well if guts don't matter then all your stoichiometric analyses on different engine types you have presented so far just went to dust with that SMKesque blanket statement.

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      With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.
      Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.
      A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row.  Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).
      Connected and protected
      The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply.  Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)
      Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.
      When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:
      Surround Vision D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Front Pedestrian Braking Forward Collision Alert Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle. 
      Performance and efficiency
      A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.
      Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.
      Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.
      New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.
      High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.

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    • By William Maley
      The current Chevrolet Traverse has been with us for nine years and it was time for a replacement. This morning at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the 2018 Traverse.
      The new Traverse's shape carries the spirit of the last-generation GMC Acadia. The shape is boxier with both the front and rear being squared-off. Chevrolet's new dual grille design and narrow headlights are present. In terms of size, the Traverse has grown with overall length measuring 204.3 inches long, riding on a 120.9-inch wheelbase. This makes it slightly bigger than a Chevrolet Tahoe (203.9 inches long, 116-inch overall wheelbase). Despite the increase in size, Chevrolet was able to slice off 351 pounds from the new Traverse (note: comparing front-wheel drive models).
      Inside, Chevrolet promises best in class head and legroom for those sitting in the second and third-row seats. This does come at a price as cargo space does decrease. Behind the third-row, the Traverse will offer 23 cubic feet, which beats the likes the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet). Fold both rows and space increases to 99 cubic feet. Other interior details include either seven or eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, and USB ports for all three-rows.
      Most Traverse models will come with the existing 3.6L V6 producing 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This has us scratching our heads since this engine was one our biggest issues with the current Chevrolet Traverse (and Buick Enclave). The new Traverse RS will use a new 2.0L turbo-four making 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Again, this is slightly odd as the RS is being positioned as the sporty-looking model with blacked-out elements. Both engines will come paired with a nine-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The V6 will only have the option of all-wheel drive. Speaking of all-wheel drive, the top-line High Country will come with the twin-clutch all-wheel drive system found in the Cadillac XT5. This system can decouple the rear-axle to help with fuel economy.
      The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse arrives at dealers this fall.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will arrive at dealers this fall.
      Chevrolet Introduces the 2018 Traverse
      Bold, refined new look with expected segment-best cargo space, third-row legroom DETROIT — Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2018 Traverse. Wrapped in bold and refined styling, the completely redesigned Traverse offers technologies to help keep passengers of all ages and lifestyles comfortable and connected.
      Traverse will deliver what is expected to be best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room and passenger volume with an enhanced roster of available active safety features. 
      “The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”
      When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be the fourth updated crossover or SUV from Chevrolet within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV and 2018 Equinox, further strengthening the brand’s crossover and SUV lineup.
      “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Batey. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”
      Bold and refined 
      The 2018 Traverse has a new look inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with purposeful proportions complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.
      Chevrolet is adding two new trim levels for the 2018 Traverse — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — to offer customers more choices for a personalized appearance.
      The new RS package includes unique, blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more.
      The High Country trim features premium content and technology, including a unique interior trim featuring Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.
      “The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”
      With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.
      Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.
      A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row.  Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).
      Connected and protected
      The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply.  Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)
      Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.
      When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:
      Surround Vision D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Front Pedestrian Braking Forward Collision Alert Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle. 
      Performance and efficiency
      A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.
      Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.
      Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.
      New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.
      High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.
    • By William Maley
      It seems dual overhead cams are making a return to the Corvette in one application. A set of GM service documents made their way on to Reddit sometime this morning. In the documents, there is a 6.2L DOHC V8 with LT5 code. Furthermore, the engine application corresponds to the 2018 Corvette. There isn't any indication of forced-induction being used for this engine.
      LT5 holds a special place in Corvette history. This was the code used for the only Corvette to ever feature a DOHC V8, the C4 ZR-1. 
      What could this engine be used for? The Drive believes this engine could be used for the mid-engine Corvette since it is a break from the traditional. We're wondering if there could be track-special Corvette that could use this engine.
      Source: The Drive, Reddit

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