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    Chevrolet Colorado Takes Home Truck of the Year Honors


    • A Surprise Winner For Truck of the Year


    Motor Trend has named its truck of the year today and it has come to a complete shock to those who were expecting the Ford F-150 to take home the golden calipers. Instead it has gone to the Chevrolet Colorado.

    “After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year. Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users,” said Edward Loh, editor-in-chief at Motor Trend.

    The Colorado earned praise for its spacious interior, fit and finish; performance, and price tag. The most surprising part of the Colorado's win was that unanimous vote by the editors of Motor Trend.

    Aside from beating out the F-150, the Colorado also beat out

    • Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
    • Ford F-450
    • Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR
    • GMC Canyon SLT
    • GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

    Source: Motor Trend, GM

    Press Release is on Page 2


    MOTOR TREND Names Chevrolet Colorado 2015 Truck of the Year

    Midsize pickup outclasses competition in design, engineering, efficiency, safety and more

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – After its most comprehensive truck evaluation program in history, MOTOR TREND has selected the Chevy Colorado as its 2015 Truck of the Year®.

    MOTOR TREND’s Truck of the Year program is only open to all-new or significantly updated trucks and vans for the upcoming model year. For 2015, seven contenders were invited to compete; three competitors were asked to bring a powertrain and/or body style variant for a total of 10 vehicles overall:

    • Chevrolet Colorado WT and Colorado Z71
    • Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
    • Ford F150 2.7L EcoBoost and 3.5L EcoBoost
    • Ford F-450
    • Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR
    • GMC Canyon SLT
    • GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

    The 2015 Colorado emerged as MOTOR TREND’s 2015 Truck of the Year by a rare unanimous vote. The editors were particularly impressed with Colorado’s handsome, clean-sheet design, “right-sized” package, excellent handling and overall capability. Colorado’s potent-yet-efficient powertrains also returned best-in-class fuel economy according to Real MPG and EPA testing.

    “After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, MOTOR TREND’s editor-in-chief. “Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

    Said Sandor Piszar, Chevy Trucks marketing director: “The Chevrolet Colorado offers customers the versatility of a pickup in a powerful, refined, fuel-efficient midsize package, with up to 27 mpg EPA highway. For Colorado to emerge from MOTOR TREND’s thorough evaluation as the 2015 Truck of the Year shows how Colorado is changing the game by offering truck customers fresh new choices.”

    To determine which truck deserved top honors, the MOTOR TREND test team subjected all of the contenders to numerous instrumented and real-world road tests. First up was standard MOTOR TREND testing, which included: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip - all without payload or trailered loads.

    A specific payload was then added to each truck and van, and the vehicles were then driven more than 250 miles to the Arizona/Nevada border to evaluate ride quality and loaded fuel economy. The vehicles were driven up and down the famed Davis Dam in Bullhead City, Ariz., for further assessment, including an instrumented test designed to simulate a passing situation while carrying a load.

    The team then moved to a world-class automotive proving grounds for instrumented acceleration tests with nominal weight trailers. Truck and trailer were also driven through a short handling course to evaluate acceleration, braking, maneuverability and outward visibility. The final phase of evaluation involved a 21-mile road loop through hills of Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains.

    Following the team’s intensive evaluation, the trucks were shipped to MOTOR TREND headquarters in El Segundo to undergo proprietary “Real MPG” fuel-economy testing. Using advanced exhaust gas and flow-rate analyzers, Real MPG measures tailpipe emissions every second during a three-hour, 88-mile drive around the Los Angeles area to record accurate real-world fuel economy.

    Once testing was completed, select MOTOR TREND editors convened to determine which truck would be crowned Truck of the Year. The winner is not chosen from a direct comparison against the other contenders, but rather as a result of how each contender performed in testing and against the award’s six criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function.

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    Not that surprised.....truck is nice, and does offer value...something the f150 does not.

     

     

    And many are still out on the new frame.....

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    The Colorado does more to the mid-size pickup market than the F-150 does for the full-sizers.  It seems most full-size truck love goes to the Ram these days.

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    All that with as much negativity from press and fanboi as I've ever seen. On top of that GM owns the Large SUV market that is based on those very trucks.

     

    Yup.. if a person buys a Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade/Suburban/Yukon XL/ESV instead of a Silverado/Sierra, do U think a Dan Ammann cuts the word "hate" in his arm?

    With 225K+ SUVs being sold thus far.. I doubt it. I could see HI-5s going on so loud at RenCen that U'd swear a bag of fire-crackers had just gone off.

     

    U kno some will say that GM paid for this win.. To that person I say.. “RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT.” The most hated corporation on the planet Earth actually has a friend at MT.. of all places. If  its anything I have learned over at MT.. and believe me I have an extreme familiarity with their ways.. is that in order for a GM product to be considered top of the hill it must absolutely "jump thru all FLAMING hoops while doing a back-flip, playing a perfect Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, and at the same time explaining in detail and understanding to a 14 year-old... Einstein's Theory of Relativity. "

     

    We are talking Motor Trend... whose Editor (Angus) had the nerve to tell us back in 2008 that the reason why they "BLACK BALLED" a Pontiac Vibe... was not because it was a POS Toyota... not because it was underpowered by a 1.8L... not because it got worse gas mileage than a Cobalt or G5 with more power... not even because of that WRETCHED interior... but because one of their employees "dropped the ball" and didn't see a TYPO (Sept 2008 Issue of MT... where their car guide listed 162 Models... Toyota Matrix got 4 stars while the Pontiac Vibe got 2 1/2 stars.) http://forums.motortrend.com/7...

     

    I’ve heard people say that the Colorado and Canyon will take away from Silvy/Sierra sales. We'll see. I think every vehicle is cross-shopped if they are on the same lot. I cross-shopped a Chevy Volt with my Camaro. I cross-shopped an Acadia with my Yukon.. I'm sure GM had no issue with me choosing either.

     

    What's interesting is I doubt that they will bring this up at all when the time comes and Ford decides that bring thing Ranger back would be a great idea. Of course Ford will most likely do what I think GM should have done.. and simply call their re-imagined Ranger, the Ford F100 (GM should have called the Colorado the Silverado 1000) and combine the numbers so technically will see no cross-shopping. Its what they so with their "Suburban/Tahoe" the Expy and Expy XL. Ford fans are typically hypocrites. And their bias is fact dodging at its best.

     

    The F-150 lost .  It happened. The truck will be more expensive to make.. More expensive to buy.. and quite frankly even if other makers such as GM wait it out to see how it fairs, haters should be congratulating them for allowing Ford to take the brunt on this one. Fact is that all GM has to do to match or exceed the "Aluminum Monster's" Fuel economy (Gotta Watch It's Always Sunny to get the pun ;) ) in the Silvy/Sierra is put into rotation their already available 8-Speed.

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    The F-150 simply wasn't a game changer like the Colorado/Canyon are. It's was among the heaviest vehicle in its class for years. It only beats a Ram 1500 RWD V6 by 1mpg on the highway but the Ram does it without expensive body materials or turbo-chargers, just their excellent 8-Speed transmission.  The Silverado is only 2mpg behind and it doesn't even have an 8-speed yet which is clearly on the way. 

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    The F-150 simply wasn't a game changer like the Colorado/Canyon are. It's was among the heaviest vehicle in its class for years. It only beats a Ram 1500 RWD V6 by 1mpg on the highway but the Ram does it without expensive body materials or turbo-chargers, just their excellent 8-Speed transmission.  The Silverado is only 2mpg behind and it doesn't even have an 8-speed yet which is clearly on the way. 

     

     

    Some times I really think it takes GM so long to put certain thing sin their vehicles simply because they over-produced them the year before. It reminds me of the 2.4L Engine.. and the 3.5L V6.. and the 1.8L.. and even the 4speed. 

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    My boss got rid of his Chevy and got a ram, I've been in it a few times, it's a great truck. Try to find a Pentastar ram. You almost can't they sell fast.

    I think chevy got the size right on Colorado. It's capable for most casual hauling and svelte enough so it doesn't feel like a big fat truck.

    Ford bet the farm on aluminum and turbos. From the standpoint of amortizing future technologies over a huge selling product it's a great idea. But otherwise the truck itself doesn't bring much new in styling or packaging. Which is not a bad thing, it's just ford trucks are evolving not breaking ground, even if they are pushing new technology.

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    I actually would highly consider a light optioned inexpensive 2.7 ecoboost short box f150. That would be a cool truck. So would the dodge. Gm pickups look old and frumpy to me.

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    I think it's great that the Colorado won TOTY, though, I expected the F150 to walk away with it. After reading the full article with write-ups on each competitor, it begs to reason that they made the right choice. It's pretty blatant when they still favor the much older (though thoroughly updated with goodies like the diesel) Ram over the all-new Ford. For all the progress that was made with making the truck lighter and more technological, Ford's continuing problems with fuel economy did them in.  

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    Various models will have varying weight. Ford did not explain it that way to the media.. and via the media the public who was fooled into believing this was going to lead to fuel economy gains were deceived. I mean seriously.. How many thought that GM and Ram were doomed when the Aluminum.. "700lb lighter" F150 debuted to the news feed? Who thought that Ford was shooting for the 30MPG gas powered truck. I can point to 100 links of speculation like that based on the info that Ford provided on the new truck. Was anyone else a bit disappointed? Was anyone else it bit surprised that they didn't touch that number?


     The bottom line, and seriously so.. I see no real benefits in Ford going to Aluminum other than the usual spin of the Gimmicks Record. Ecoboost was a similar spin. An attempt to answer a question that didn't once get asked. Truth is the depletion of Aluminum supplies and subsequent rise in costs of any and everything made of Aluminum is gonna come back to bite many in the ass. Their engines are simply not efficient enough and this only makes for a glaring visual of the fact. Yes the trucks are lighter.. but finally it has been revealed that the "lighter" is only lighter than itself from a year ago.


    Seriously??? NO!!! SERIOUSLY!!!

     

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    Interesting, did not know that Ram required mid grade fuel. That blows.

     

     

     

    Not a fan of Chrysler products to be honest. I admire Jeep.. but that's pretty much where it stops. I think if GM would do a similar to Hummer trim with minimum 3 RWD based products that admiration could dissipate completely

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    The Hemi "prefers" mid-grade, but will run just fine on regular. There is just a slight dial back in horsepower and torque when it detects the lower octane fuel. 

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    This truck and the Canyon are two of the most overlooked vehicles on the market. GM has done a good job on these and brought a level to this segment never seen before.

     

    As for Ford they have brought you a truck with Aluminum that will reduce the weight of a truck that already was 400 pounds heavier than the GM or Ram. Their marketing has been telling everyone gee we are 700 pounds lighter then our similar older truck but they fail to tell the full story how they were the pig of the market. 

    As for the Turbo engines they are great and have a solid torque feel to them with the wide power band. But to this point the MPG is not a lot better including all that Aluminum.

    Also what Ford leaves out the many unresolved issues of repair and cost. Yes they are going to teach the shops how to repair but we still have only about 10% of the shops that can do this kind of repair. The cost of replacing panels is going to be more expensive vs. repairing panels. You do not do paint less dent repair on Aluminum panels. Aluminum has no memory and in most cases will lead to panel replacement not repair driving up cost.

     

    The fact is Ford is doing one thing really right and that is their marketing. They are building decent cars but their marketing is the top of the market right now. GM on the other hand is building great products but yet are still not marketing them all that well.

     

    As for Ram where they are making up ground is a decent looking product new and the lowest prices in the market. The problem is their repeat buyers as a company as a whole is only around 24%. This is a dead end in growth as people find out over the ownership why they ended up getting a deal. The fact is Chrysler has had a lot of nagging quality issues and many of which still need addresses. Just look at any Ram in the Midwest and just see how the rust is attacking them more than any other brand. 

     

    I truly think that the future of the truck market is going to be a Mid Size truck like the Colorado then next up will be a 2500 Silverado and then your one ton Silverado. We may even see a smaller truck under the Colorado. The key is the Half Ton trucks as we know it can not be saved after the next ten years. They are being regulated out and if you want a full size the loop holes for the 2500 series will keep them alive but you will have to pay a price for them. This is why we seeing more upscale trucks in the 2500 market. Ford will soon join in with the second gen Ranger at some point and Fiat is still sorting out the mess they have and trying to make money of what they have to offer now with Ram and Jeep. Their cars are tanking right now and not much help. My in-laws just bought a new 300 for under $30K with all the discounts.  Nice car but not a great car.

     

    I am gad to see GM leading a segment here. Many people do not need or want a large truck and SUV and this is why we have seen the rise of the CUV as a major force in the market. It is not just MPG and Size but the prices too. Chevy has given people a option on a truck that will be right around $10K-8K cheaper than the full size. As the full size trucks get more expensive I expect this gap to only grow. Also with the use of aluminum the full size trucks will increase in price. Ford is hiding the price increase in the options. While a base truck will not show much increase the more optioned trucks will show a higher price. Again good marketing as Aluminum is not free.

     

    It will be interesting to see how the new Ford and Colorado will do in light of the present low gas prices. This is not going to play to them as much but I feel it will affect the Colorado less since it a new segment for GM again.

     

    We just added a new Silverado 2015 Z71 to the family here. Nice truck but even with the discounts still very expensive. I do not plan to do it soon but will wait to see what special models of the Colorado come out and may look at a ZR2 or a Z06 if they should become available. Or I should say the GMC version if they become available.

     

    I believe the Colorado since I first sat in one last July was going to be the sleeper of the year. I did not expect awards like this but I do expect a good amount of sales and profits with this line and that is where it counts. It also will lead into the future where others will follow. I know we will see more Aluminum but it alone is not going to be the magic pill to solve the future issues the truck market faces.

     

    As an engineer was quoted on the SUV market. Mass is the key and it can not be done just with aluminum alone as size is what will be used in reducing it.

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    At this point they are overlooked because GM did so little lead up to them.  Hell we heard about the Beer Can Fords for how 2 years now, it is almost like they have been around for a couple years with the way the Media has been talking about them and they just arrived.  

     

    The average buyer has just now started to hear about these trucks and it will take time to grow them in the public eye. 

    This is one area GM is still failing is marketing things properly. Ford has everyone thinking they have been first with the DI turbo engines when VW and GM had them years before. Even today GM says little about their engines and not even on the scale of what Ford does. Sam with the Ford trucks as they are not bad but they are not as big of a deal as they are being made out to be. Now if they were really 700 pounds lighter than a Ram and Chevy then we would be talking but they are only 700 pounds lighter than their own older over weight trucks.

     

    GM has an advantage here that they could market but they don't. They will have their own aluminum half tons in a couple years and now is when they should be promoting them.

     

    The only models GM markets well are the Camaro and Corvette and the rest could use a lot of work.

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    At this point they are overlooked because GM did so little lead up to them.  Hell we heard about the Beer Can Fords for how 2 years now, it is almost like they have been around for a couple years with the way the Media has been talking about them and they just arrived.  

     

    The average buyer has just now started to hear about these trucks and it will take time to grow them in the public eye. 

    This is one area GM is still failing is marketing things properly. Ford has everyone thinking they have been first with the DI turbo engines when VW and GM had them years before. Even today GM says little about their engines and not even on the scale of what Ford does. Sam with the Ford trucks as they are not bad but they are not as big of a deal as they are being made out to be. Now if they were really 700 pounds lighter than a Ram and Chevy then we would be talking but they are only 700 pounds lighter than their own older over weight trucks.

     

    GM has an advantage here that they could market but they don't. They will have their own aluminum half tons in a couple years and now is when they should be promoting them.

     

    The only models GM markets well are the Camaro and Corvette and the rest could use a lot of work.

     

    very very very true.... I'm not even sure what the slogan for any of the divisions besides GMC are..... GMC is still Professional Grade right?

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    The last I heard it was.

     

    This has been a problem at Cadillac as they have changed what they are doing so many times and their marketing at best sends a mixed message. The long and short of it is we get Cadillac commercials that have dancing robots or some where Waldo like guy that does nothing to enhance the image of Cadillac.

    With the new firm I am waiting to see how this affects their presentation of the product.  As for the rest of GM the messages have been mixed.

    The Buick deal has worked but they need to follow through. They can not just rely on the initial That's a Buick for ever. I see it that once the new product start coming out in the next year or two they should follow up with now that is a Buick!  Sell it targeted at 30 something's with the things they like a car to represent them. Mark it smart and exciting.

     

    Chevy needs to just get who ever is pushing the Camaro and Corvette to work on the Cruze and Impala. The Volt is not being pushed now because GM is not wanting to sell too many as they are losing money on the present car according to someone on the inside I heard speak off the record. The new car will spur a new surge in marketing that will sell a car that can turn a profit.

     

    The one thing I see lost in many marketing companies is they seldom have anyone working on an account that has a true love for the product anymore. It used to be the guys who sold cars in advertising often were car guys in real life. I know he is a blow hard but Jim Wangers not only sold the product but he raced on his one time right up to a US Nationals class win in 1960.  I just feel the people working on these programs should have some skin in the game so they really know what it is all about and sell it with passion and soul.

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      Chevrolet had its best February retail sales since 2007 and its best February total sales since 2008. Crossovers deliveries set a February record for the brand. Three Chevrolet models ― the Trax, Equinox and Volt ― had their best February total and retail sales ever. Traverse had its best-ever February total sales, and its best February retail sales since 2011. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV approached 1,000 units. The national rollout of the crossover is just underway. The Chevrolet Suburban had its best February retail sales since 2008, and the Silverado had its best February total and retail sales since 2007. Buick had its best February retail sales since 2004, driven by the all-new Envision and the Encore, which set a February record. GMC had its best February retail sales since 2002, with trucks and crossovers up 18 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Standouts include the Canyon, up 21 percent; the Sierra, up 19 percent; the Acadia, up 22 percent; and the Terrain, up 8 percent. GMC Denali penetration, at 26 percent of GMC retail sales, was the highest for any February in history. GM estimates that Chevrolet and GMC earned more than 40 percent of all full-size pickup retail sales, with ATPs up nearly $600 per unit. Cadillac XT5 retail deliveries were 6 percent higher than the SRX it replaced. Average transaction prices are 8 percent higher than SRX. GM 2017 Outlook
      GM is optimistic that the company, and Chevrolet in particular, will continue to gain retail market share in an industry expected to remain at or near record sales levels.

      “Looking ahead, we will stay focused on strengthening our brands, growing retail sales and share, reducing daily rental deliveries and maintaining our operating discipline,” McNeil said. “Our strong small business deliveries are a clear sign of growing confidence in the economy.”
      In 2016, GM was the industry’s fastest-growing full-line automaker on a retail sales basis, and Chevrolet has been the fastest-growing full-line brand for two consecutive years. Ten all-new or recently redesigned crossovers are expected to drive GM’s sales and share higher in 2017, including the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which will compete in the industry’s largest segment. GM’s deliveries to daily rental companies are expected to decline as a percentage of total sales for the third year in a row. GM intends to match production with customer demand, and the company’s overall operating discipline should help drive continued improvements in brand health and resale values. Year-end inventories, which include in-transit vehicles, are expected to be in the same range as 2016.
    • By William Maley
      The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is already a monster with 650 horsepower from a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine. But the people on the Camaro team thought they could further and the end result is the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE.
      It certainly looks the part with new canards, revised grilles, an exposed carbon-fiber air extractor for the hood, and a massive carbon fiber wing. A set of 19-inch forged wheels come wrapped in the widest tires ever offered on a Camaro - 305 mm wide tires in the front, and 325 mm tires at the back. The interior hasn't changed much aside from a lighter back seat.
      Under the ZL1 1LE's skin, there is a set of Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers (the same ones used on the Colorado ZR2), adjustable rear anti-roll bar, and a set of race springs. A six-speed manual is the only transmission on offer.
      GM says the Camaro ZL1 1LE laps their Milford handling course three seconds faster than the standard ZL1.
      No word on pricing, but the 1LE package for the Camaro ZL1 will be available later this year.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2018 CAMARO ZL1 1LE SETS BENCHMARK FOR TRACK CAPABILITY
      Special aero, adjustable suspension, exclusive tires drive unprecedented performance for a production sports car DAYTONA, Fla. — Chevrolet has established a new performance benchmark with the introduction of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the most track-capable Camaro ever.
      Taking the track-focused 1LE formula to an unprecedented level, the ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires,* in an extreme track performance package.
      “The track-focused 1LE package offers progressive levels of performance across the Camaro lineup, from the V6 1LE to the SS 1LE,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “But with the new ZL1 1LE, the progression takes a quantum leap — this is the ultimate track-day Camaro.”
      In preliminary testing, the new ZL1 1LE was 3 seconds faster than the standard ZL1 Coupe around General Motors’ 2.9-mile, 18-turn Milford Road Course test track.
      The improved track performance is driven by four key elements:
      Aerodynamics: New aero features including a carbon fiber rear wing, specific air deflectors and dive planes on the front fascia produce grip-generating downforce to help the car stick harder and drive faster in turns.
      Adjustable suspension: The ZL1 1LE features racing-derived, lightweight Multimatic DSSV® (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers front and rear for exceptional wheel and vehicle control. The front-end ride height is adjustable with the front dampers, which are used with all-new, adjustable camber plates. The rear stabilizer bar also offers three-way adjustability. All of the components are designed for quick changes at the track for optimal performance and a quick return to street settings when the track day ends.
      Wheels and tires: New, lightweight forged aluminum wheels are an inch wider but an inch smaller in diameter, front and rear, than standard ZL1 wheels and are used with new Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R tires that deliver max lateral grip of 1.10g. Developed exclusively for the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the 3R tires are designed to warm up faster to help maintain more consistent grip and speed, lap after lap. The overall footprint grows approximately 10 percent over the ZL1, but the wheel-and-tire package weighs about 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) less per corner.
      Lighter weight: The lighter wheels and dampers, along with reduced thickness rear glass and a fixed-back rear seat, contribute to an approximately 60-pound (27 kg) lower curb weight than a standard ZL1 Coupe.
      “The new Camaro ZL1 1LE offers the supreme track experience,” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “It’s the pinnacle of Camaro performance and advances the 1LE’s nearly 30-year legacy of uncompromising, track-tailored capability.”
      The power behind the ZL1 1LE is the 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match. Brembo brakes, including red calipers with the 1LE logo, are also included. Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, heated/ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
      The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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