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About two years ago at the SEMA show, Chevrolet showed off a collection of vehicles with a concept trim package known as Red Line. The vehicles featured a number of trim pieces finished in black and red to give off a sinister look. The reaction to these concepts was positive, causing Chevrolet to investigate whether or not to bring this into production.

This morning, Chevrolet revealed the Redline special edition. This brings a set of black wheels with red hash marks, blacked-out grilles, black Bowtie badges, and black nameplates with red outlines. Chevrolet mentions that each model in the Redline lineup will have their own exclusive touches. For example, the Silverado and Colorado will get red tow hooks.

Chevrolet will offer eight Redline special edition models. Aside from the Silverado and Colorado, Redline will be available on,

  • Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback)
  • Malibu LT
  • Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible)
  • Trax LT
  • Equinox LT
  • Traverse Premier

Chevrolet says you can order the Silverado Redline right now. Other models will be available later this year.

Source: Chevrolet
Press Release is on Page 2


REDLINE TAKES CHEVROLET DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL

  • Broadest cross-portfolio special edition offers customized vehicles right from the factory

CHICAGO – Today, Chevrolet announced the introduction of the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show. Available on nine Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers, Redline is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand.

Redline made its debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by a strong positive reception from customers and the success of special editions across the portfolio, Chevrolet expanded Redline across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments:

  • Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback)
  • Malibu LT
  • Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible)
  • Trax LT
  • Equinox LT
  • Traverse Premier
  • Colorado LT
  • Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, Crew Cab LTZ Z71

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.” 

All Redline vehicles are equipped with black wheels featuring distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevrolet bowtie logos.

From there, vehicles feature design elements tailored to the preferences of those specific customers. For example, the Silverado and Colorado Redlines feature red tow hooks, while Camaro Redline features unique black hash marks above the wheels, a design cue taken from Chevy’s long heritage in motorsports.

“Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”

Silverado Redlines are the first available for purchase; orders can be placed at Chevrolet dealerships now. Availability will be cadenced, and all Redline vehicles will be available for purchase by the end of 2017 calendar year.


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Hmmmm not sure how I feel about it. I think they look pretty dang awesome but I'm just picturing these older, used, down the road after being in the hands of 'average joe' with those wheels... and being trashed...

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Meh :smilewide: GM has done this before, nice but nothing new. Saturn had a complete redline series like this and the last one was the Saturn Sky Redline edition.

http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/2007-saturn-sky-red-line

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24 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Meh :smilewide: GM has done this before, nice but nothing new. Saturn had a complete redline series like this and the last one was the Saturn Sky Redline edition.

http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/2007-saturn-sky-red-line

Yeah but THOSE Redlines were actually performance models not just a "sticker" package.

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42 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Yeah but THOSE Redlines were actually performance models not just a "sticker" package.

No so sure how much Performance I would put into those past versions. To me it was more a packaging grab for profits just like this one.

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

No so sure how much Performance I would put into those past versions. To me it was more a packaging grab for profits just like this one.

Red-Line at Saturn meant a 2.0T instead of the 2.4 NA in the Sky. It meant a higher performance V6 in the Vue (at a time when most of it's competition only had 2.3 - 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engines).  The Ion got the same 2.0T that the Cobalt SS got.... and the Cobalt was running with BMWs at the time on the Nurburgring.

That Saturn Red-Line was a serious performance package... not just stickers. 

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13 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Red-Line at Saturn meant a 2.0T instead of the 2.4 NA in the Sky. It meant a higher performance V6 in the Vue (at a time when most of it's competition only had 2.3 - 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engines).  The Ion got the same 2.0T that the Cobalt SS got.... and the Cobalt was running with BMWs at the time on the Nurburgring.

That Saturn Red-Line was a serious performance package... not just stickers. 

Very Cool, I just remember them but had never researched or heard much about them. That is cool info. Thanks Drew.

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Red-Line at Saturn meant a 2.0T instead of the 2.4 NA in the Sky. It meant a higher performance V6 in the Vue (at a time when most of it's competition only had 2.3 - 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engines).  The Ion got the same 2.0T that the Cobalt SS got.... and the Cobalt was running with BMWs at the time on the Nurburgring.

That Saturn Red-Line was a serious performance package... not just stickers. 

Thanks, I thought they all had the more powerful engine. They were similar to the GXP line for Pontiac, right?

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

Thanks, I thought they all had the more powerful engine. They were similar to the GXP line for Pontiac, right?

Yes, though only the three models I mentioned got a redline package.  There wasn't one for the Astra nor Aura for example... though the Aura with the 3.6 was probably just as fast as any G6 GXP

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Well I think the Cruze and Trax desperately need jazz and this does the trick.  The Cruze LT hatch and Trax LT Redlines look good, imo.

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Well this is nothing but what Chevy also has been doing just this time it is a collective special trim on the entire line. For years Chevy did special editions in trim just for the Camaro and the trucks now they did once single trim package for them all. 

These packages normal last 6 months in production then they either change the color or move on. It is just a cheap way to stimulate sales, attention and excitement if you like the special color.

Since there is no real engineering here and no regulations that add to the cost this is a cheap program to bring in more profits. New engines and suspensions are great but too often they do a package and on many cars they sell about the same number as special paint will and then with the added cost make little to no money. 

I agree they should do more but in the end they are doing what makes the most money. 

Case in point. Chevy did the SS package on the Cobalt and HHR and at the end of the day great cars much like the Redline but go back and look at the sales and figure out how much it cost to develop them. The Cobalt SS sold in low numbers the sedan in the last year of 2 sold in the hundreds. The HHR sold less than 9K units in 3 years. 

The problem for Chevy is to do special cars like this the price goes up as they really only have the North American market unlike Ford with the RS sell it globally and spread cost out over more markets. 

GM is better off doing this with the Buick, Opel, Holden, and Vauxhall line with the OPC models. They can spread the cost and they can get a higher price more easily. Lets face it people will only pay so much for a Cobalt or Malibu no matter what engine is in it. Would you pay $42K for an AWD 2.0 Turbo Cruze hatch? A few will but like we will see with the Ford NA sales will be low but globally sustainable. 

As for the name they could have gotten away with it for the most part because so few people knew about the Red LIne at Saturn. But they should have left the tag line "the First Red Line"  off as not only is it not the first but they even stole the lame marketing line from the G6 Pontiac.

So far the comments I have heard on these cars from the average person is nice looking but the lines on the wheels look a bit odd. The OCD people really hate them. 

None of this is my endorsement to not to do these cars. I think they should do them but there was some things that they could have done to make this go over a little better. I just hope they do not get stupid on the price. 

Lets face it the Denali package is pretty lame for what you pay for on most vehicles. But if you look to see how many are out there and how profitable it is God Bless them and more power to them for doing it. I really wish the Denali would be a top line AWD system with an engine with a little more power but it is just come cheap plastic chrome and stitching for the most parts. 

I priced the Denali Canyon and I can save a lot more money and get a much more fun truck with the ZR2. Nuff said. 

In the end hey if they make money go for it. These days it is difficult to make a special edition with more power and a special suspension if only 5K or less units are sold and make much more money with special wheels and paint. 

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15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Yes, though only the three models I mentioned got a redline package.  There wasn't one for the Astra nor Aura for example... though the Aura with the 3.6 was probably just as fast as any G6 GXP

Yeah a buddy of mine had the Ion Redline that was supercharged identically to the Cobalt SS(pre-turbocharged). It was a pretty sweet car at the time. He, sadly, didn't take very good care of it though...

2 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

Case in point. Chevy did the SS package on the Cobalt and HHR and at the end of the day great cars much like the Redline but go back and look at the sales and figure out how much it cost to develop them. The Cobalt SS sold in low numbers the sedan in the last year of 2 sold in the hundreds. The HHR sold less than 9K units in 3 years.

Crazy then that I know of two people who've had or has them, you and one of my best friends. I knew they were rare but I didn't realize they only sold 9k in 3 years of production.

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2 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

So far the comments I have heard on these cars from the average person is nice looking but the lines on the wheels look a bit odd. The OCD people really hate them.

I actually really love them! I just don't think they will look as good down the road with how poorly most people take care of their cars...

2 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

I really wish the Denali would be a top line AWD system with an engine with a little more power

I was really impressed when I read that the top of the line Expedition will have a power bump to 400/480(I believe).

2 hours ago, hyperv6 said:

I priced the Denali Canyon and I can save a lot more money and get a much more fun truck with the ZR2. Nuff said. 

There is almost always that battle between 'money for luxury' vs 'money for fun'. Camaro SS vs BMW 440i or to get the same or similar performance you have to spend insane money for luxury AND performance on the M4.

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48 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I actually really love them! I just don't think they will look as good down the road with how poorly most people take care of their cars...

I was really impressed when I read that the top of the line Expedition will have a power bump to 400/480(I believe).

There is almost always that battle between 'money for luxury' vs 'money for fun'. Camaro SS vs BMW 440i or to get the same or similar performance you have to spend insane money for luxury AND performance on the M4.

Here is my take. The Denali originally had a larger engine and a full time AWD. You got a lot for the substantial price increase. Today in most models it is the cheap chrome and stitching but there is a significant bump in price. The luxury aspect is not much.

Take my Terrain. I have the V6 and 19" wheels and chrome that is shiny not satin. The red stitching would not make me feel any better and the plastic wood on the wheel is not worth the additional cost. These vehicles are more about status than anything else and that is fine as they make money. More power to them but for me the SLT2 is just as nice and generally several thousands cheaper.

The Canyon doe $50K should get the Camaro V6 but I know the cost to get it approved for the Canyon may negate the profits they now see. There is what I wish and the fiscal and profitable realities.

I do with they had carried the hash marks to all models not just the Camaro.

But 6 months from now look for this package to be a different color or just gone all together. GM is not the only one doing these packages and they will continue doing them as they are easy to do and they prove to be popular. People generally are happy today with just the looks part of things.

 

Even on the ZR2 I was shocked at how much work it got and how they kept the price down. I still would have loved to see the Camaro V6 offered but I understand the cost involved to put it in vs. how much money they would have made. It is about maximizing profits anymore not just making some money.

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I am not a fan of black out wheels and trim, looks dumb to me.  But there are people that will pay for wheel and sticker packages, see Lexus F Sport as proof of that.

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2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

I am not a fan of black out wheels and trim, looks dumb to me.  But there are people that will pay for wheel and sticker packages, see Lexus F Sport as proof of that.

You're one of those guys who still likes CHROME EVERYTHING?

Heck, half of the Dodge and Ram lineup are wheel and sticker packages! :rofl:

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9 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

You're one of those guys who still likes CHROME EVERYTHING?

Heck, half of the Dodge and Ram lineup are wheel and sticker packages! :rofl:

I like chrome also, though with wheels I like aluminum alloy finish rather than chrome.   blackout or body color trim screams late 80s-early 90s to me, not in a good way.. depends on the model, of course, some wear it better than others.   I do like black wheels in some contexts.  

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3 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I like chrome also, though with wheels I like aluminum alloy finish rather than chrome.   blackout or body color trim screams late 80s-early 90s to me, not in a good way.. depends on the model, of course, some wear it better than others.   I do like black wheels in some contexts.  

Powder Coated Rims and trim can look nice as an Alternative.

Also BLACK CHROME. Just imagen if this new 2018 Ford Exy had all the chrome bits BLACK CHROME. Then just that lovely shade of red, black windows and all the bits are black chrome.

AWESOME! :metal: 

2018-ford-expedition-chicago-2017-1.jpg

 

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1 minute ago, dfelt said:

Powder Coated Rims and trim can look nice as an Alternative.

Also BLACK CHROME. Just imagen if this new 2018 Ford Exy had all the chrome bits BLACK CHROME. Then just that lovely shade of red, black windows and all the bits are black chrome.

AWESOME! :metal: 

 

I could see that...but got to keep the Ford logo chrome and blue...I've seen too many Fords with the logo covered in matte black that looks so freakin' stupid, IMO...

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4 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I could see that...but got to keep the Ford logo chrome and blue...I've seen too many Fords with the logo covered in matte black that looks so freakin' stupid, IMO...

Yup, the Blue oval would compliment the Black Chrome grill. It would offer the Logo to POP when people look at the SUV.

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23 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I could see that...but got to keep the Ford logo chrome and blue...I've seen too many Fords with the logo covered in matte black that looks so freakin' stupid, IMO...

Ford needs to do something about their logo.. They need to start offering a body color background because the blue sticks out like a sore thumb. Same thing with Chevy. I love that they're offering it in black but I think if they did the inside body color it would look way better.

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6 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Ford needs to do something about their logo.. They need to start offering a body color background because the blue sticks out like a sore thumb. Same thing with Chevy. I love that they're offering it in black but I think if they did the inside body color it would look way better.

Meh...the blue oval has been the blue oval for so long, wouldn't make sense in body color...brand logos have very specific colors and fonts, using arbitrary colors would violate every rule of design and branding.    Chevy bowties need to be chrome w/ gold or blue...

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17 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Meh...the blue oval has been the blue oval for so long, wouldn't make sense in body color...brand logos have very specific colors and fonts, using arbitrary colors would violate every rule of design and branding.    Chevy bowties need to be chrome w/ gold or blue...

So you disagree with Chevy offering the black bowtie and their "flow through" bowties then?

I'm also only saying to offer it, not match the body color of every vehicle they're on. Or offer it through their own aftermarket catalog.

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Just now, ccap41 said:

So you disagree with Chevy offering black bowtie and their "flow through" bowties then?

I'm also only saying to offer it, not match the body color of every vehicle they're on. Or offer it through their own aftermarket catalog.

I think the black bowties are weak, but that's just my opinion.. 

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18 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I think the black bowties are weak, but that's just my opinion.. 

Here is where I am looking to replace my traditional bowtie on my red Trailblazer AWD SS as I think the Black bowtie would look way better.

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      The first-ever Malibu RS offers a sporty, personalized appearance starting at around $25,000, driven by styling cues that include 18-inch machined wheels, black sport grille, black bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler and a dual-outlet exhaust. Inside, Malibu RS features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats and a standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen running the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system.
      Offered on five 2019 models, the RS trim is a Chevrolet success story that gives customers distinctive choice, strong value and performance-driven design. 
      The new, standard 8-inch diagonal touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system and new CVT transmission mated to the standard 1.5L Turbo engine further refine the 2019 Malibu line. The Premier trim retains its 2.0L Turbo paired to a nine-speed automatic.
      Performance-inspired design
      The Malibu’s front fascia, grilles and headlamps are all-new. The headlamps are integrated with the upper grille and the larger, bolder lower grille, giving the car a more powerful presence. High-performance LED lighting are integrated into the headlamps for Premier models, and there are new LED signature daytime running lamps for LT and Premier. There’s greater attention to detail in the grille and headlamps, with bold chrome accents reinforcing Malibu’s premium appearance.
      A new rear valance pushes the dual-exhaust outlets farther toward the corners, emphasizing the car’s width, while new taillamps deliver a more dramatic execution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-element design. The LT and Premier trims feature LED taillamps.
      “The Malibu’s fresh look refines and enhances the sculptural beauty of the Malibu,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It will also be an obvious member of the Chevrolet car family.”
      Additional 2019 updates across Malibu’s lineup include:
      A new, standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 New 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable driver information center display on the Premier model Rear Vision Camera1 system is now standard on the Malibu L model The up-level Malibu Premier features standard heated outboard rear seats New available interior and exterior colors New wheel designs available in multiple sizes, including 16-, 17- and 18-inch The restyled Malibu joins the 2019 Cruze and Spark as part of Chevrolet’s freshened car portfolio. It goes on sale this fall.
      RESTYLED 2019 CHEVROLET CRUZE POSITIONED TO STRENGTHEN MARKET MOMENTUM
      DETROIT — Chevrolet today introduced the restyled 2019 Cruze with a more premium appearance that enhances its on-road presence and strengthens its value for customers. The updates for 2019 position Cruze to continue its success in the compact car segment.
      “Cruze is a cornerstone of Chevrolet’s car strategy, bringing new customers to the brand,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “In fact, 53 percent of Cruze customers in 2017 were new to Chevrolet. Cruze has been so successful at attracting new buyers to Chevy because its lineup offers something for every customer, from body style to fuel choice to trim and design.”
      Recent introductions of the Cruze Hatch and Diesel models helped push the car to a 0.6-percent retail market share gain in 2017 and helped Chevrolet secure its third consecutive year of higher overall retail market share.
      New design
      The 2019 Cruze’s front fascia and grilles are all-new. Revised grille designs reinforce Cruze’s premium appearance. In the Premier trim, Chevrolet’s signature dual-element taillamps now feature LED accent lighting, which adds to Cruze’s sculptural beauty.
      “Cruze’s refreshed styling gives Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design.
      What’s new for 2019
      Chevrolet is the most awarded, fastest-growing brand for the last four years overall* and as part of that, the first-ever Cruze Hatch LS continues Chevrolet’s commitment and momentum in offering a broad car portfolio with choices for every budget and need.
      Additional updates include:
      New Chevrolet Infotainment 3 running on a standard 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio Remote start and automatic climate control standard on LT and Premier models New wheel designs Black window moldings, bowtie emblems and 17-inch (and available 18-inch) machined wheels for Cruze’s RS package New available Umber interior color The 2019 Cruze goes on sale later this year, offered in sedan and hatchback models, with 1.4L turbo and available 1.6L turbo-diesel engines. It also features 4G LTE connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (with limited service trial), and one of the segment’s biggest rosters of available active safety features, including:
      Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Rear Park Assist Following Distance Indicator Forward Collision Alert Front pedestrian braking Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking CHEVROLET INTRODUCES RESTYLED 2019 SPARK
      DETROIT — An updated face and new available active safety technology for the 2019 Spark add attitude and purpose to Chevrolet’s feisty, segment sales-leading mini-car.
      “Customers can easily personalize Spark, which is a main reason why it leads its segment in sales, attracting both young buyers and women to the brand,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “Spark is an excellent value for customers seeking an affordable car that offers great safety technology and connectivity.”
      Spark’s fresh front-end styling takes its cues from the Chevrolet line, while new, available Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking1 can help drivers prevent or reduce the severity of low-speed front-end collisions by applying the brakes or enhancing the driver’s braking.
      The new styling boosts Spark’s premium appearance with a rich use of chrome in the grille. Available projector-style headlamps further enhance Spark’s chic styling. The available LED daytime running lamps are moved lower, giving Spark a more powerful presence and a family resemblance to the rest of the Chevrolet car lineup.
      At the rear, dual-element taillamps further the signature brand cue. Spark continues its tradition of offering customer personalization through bright and distinctive paint colors.
      The 2019 Spark is offered in LS, LT, 2LT and ACTIV trims, with the ACTIV featuring crossover-inspired design cues and a ride height raised by 10mm. All trims feature standard air conditioning, 10 standard airbags2 and a rear-vision camera system.
      New, segment-exclusive Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking joins the available Driver Confidence Package, complementing the package’s additional active safety features, Forward Collision Alert1 and Lane Departure Warning. 1
      When it comes to connectivity, Spark delivers a standard Chevrolet infotainment system featuring phone integration compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a limited trial of OnStar and connectivity access at no additional cost, plus access to the MyChevrolet mobile app.
      Spark is powered by a 1.4L DOHC engine offered with a manual transmission or an available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
      The refreshed Spark joins the 2019 Malibu and Cruze as part of Chevrolet’s updated car portfolio, which offers new styling, new technologies and more choices and value. It goes on sale later this year.

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    • By William Maley
      Chevrolet has announced pricing for the upcoming Colorado ZR2 Bison. Built with the help of American Expedition Vehicles, the Bison takes the capable ZR2 and adds some more features to allow it to go further in the bush. But it will set you back a fair amount of cash.
      When it arrives at dealers in January, the Extended Cab will set you back $48,045. The crew cab begins at $49,645. Both prices include a $995 destination charge. That represents a premium of $5,000 to $6,000 when compared to the standard ZR2.
      That price premium may seem a bit much, but it is going towards some proper upgrades. The includes new skid plates protecting key items such as the oil pan and transfer case; steel bumpers, and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. A snorkel will be available as an option.
      It will be interesting to see Chevrolet can draw some buyers away from the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
       

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    • By William Maley
      Chevrolet has announced pricing for the upcoming Colorado ZR2 Bison. Built with the help of American Expedition Vehicles, the Bison takes the capable ZR2 and adds some more features to allow it to go further in the bush. But it will set you back a fair amount of cash.
      When it arrives at dealers in January, the Extended Cab will set you back $48,045. The crew cab begins at $49,645. Both prices include a $995 destination charge. That represents a premium of $5,000 to $6,000 when compared to the standard ZR2.
      That price premium may seem a bit much, but it is going towards some proper upgrades. The includes new skid plates protecting key items such as the oil pan and transfer case; steel bumpers, and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. A snorkel will be available as an option.
      It will be interesting to see Chevrolet can draw some buyers away from the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
       
    • By William Maley
      How do you celebrate 50 years since the introduction of the original COPO Chevrolet Camaro drag car? If you're Chevrolet, you unveil a concept COPO Camaro with an electric powertrain.
      Today at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet introduced the eCOPO Camaro Concept. Developed with pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the eCOPO uses an electric motor providing 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet estimates that the eCOPO can do the quarter-mile in nine seconds.
      Beginning with a standard COPO Camaro, the V8 engine is swapped for an electric motor assembly comprised of two BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motors. This teamed with a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. In the trunk resides an all-new 800-volt battery pack that allows for "a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging." The battery pack is arranged in such a way to allow for a 44/56 front-to-rear weight ratio.
      What makes the eCOPO concept unique is the electric motor "has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange" as Chevrolet's LS family of engines. This means you could swap the standard V8 engine for an electric powertrain without having to change other driveshaft components. 
      “The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers. Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We’re not there yet, but it’s something we’re exploring,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors.
      H/T to @67impss for letting us know about the eCOPO
      Gallery: Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept
      Source: Chevrolet
      eCOPO Camaro Race Car Concept Electrifies Drag Racing
      LAS VEGAS — Fifty years after the original COPO Camaro special order performance models were introduced, Chevrolet’s eCOPO Camaro Concept demonstrates an electrified vision for drag racing.
      Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race car — based on the 2019 COPO Camaro — is entirely electric powered, driven by an electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
      Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. Testing is ongoing.
      “The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors. “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”
      Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not only because of the team’s success in NHRA drag racing, but also its involvement with Patrick McCue, the driving force behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric drag racing car, and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program. With the racing team’s assistance, more than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of the electrified drag car.
      “This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors’ commitment to engaging young minds in STEM education,” said O’Blenes. “It also represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there.”   
      800 volts
      Just as the original 1969 COPO Camaro models relied on creative engineering to make them successful in Stock Eliminator drag racing, the eCOPO breaks new ground with its unique motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery back.
      The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine. It is connected to a conventional  racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automatic transmission that channels the motor’s torque to the same solid rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.
      The all-new 800-volt battery pack enables a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing.
      “Eight hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory,” says O’Blenes. “As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip.”
      The battery pack is composed of four 200-volt modules, each weighing approximately 175 pounds, mounted strategically in the car for optimal weight distribution. Two are located in the rear seat area and the other two are in the trunk: one in the spare tire well and the other in the area over the rear axle.
      A full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and temperatures within the pack. It ties into a comprehensive safety system that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper function and safe operation. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.
      With the modules’ strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a 56 percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the car more efficiently.
      Electric crate motors
      The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors’ electrification development and supports future product development. It also suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet’s crate engine and performance parts portfolio.
      The eCOPO Camaro’s electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet’s crate engine portfolio. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. In fact, the transmission, driveshaft and other drivetrain components remain in the same locations as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro race car, meaning the electric motor simply bolts into the engine compartment in place of the gas engine.  
      “The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers,” said O’Blenes. “Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We’re not there yet, but it’s something we’re exploring.”
      In the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will continue to develop the eCOPO Camaro and test it on the drag strip, seeking quicker elapsed times with all-new technology.
      The eCOPO Concept, shown in Electric Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race car and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas through Nov. 2.

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