Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Camaro ZL1 Revealed

Chevy took the wraps off it's new Mustang GT500 killer, the 2012 Camaro ZL1, today at the Chicago Auto Show.  Many had speculated that the car would wear the Z/28 moniker but instead Chevy decided to resurrect one of the most iconic names in Camaro history.   Does the new car live up to the name?

They've stuffed the supercharged LSA V8 from the Cadillac CTS-V under the bulging hood which should be good for at least 550HP in this super Camaro.  The standard rear tires are huge 330 series Goodyears which should help getting all that power to the ground.  Initial estimates indicate that the 6 speed manual equipped ZL1 should be able to rip off 0-60 runs in under 4 seconds.  All that forward momentum is halted by huge two piece Brembo brakes and handling is aided by GM's latest magnetic shock setup.

The ZL1 will also look the part with a larger opening in the front fascia as well as four fog lights and a large splitter.  That bulging hood I mentioned will have a carbon fiber center while the rear gets a set of four exhaust tips and a larger trunk spoiler.

The car is set to go on sale in February of next year, so we still have a while to wait.

So far so good.  Let the battle begin.

Here is a bonus video from youtube.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The Chicago Auto Show is going on this week and there have been some cool introductions.  The first of which is the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8.  Based on the newly redesigned Charger, this Hemi powered beast sports the new 6.4L V8 producing 465HP/465TQ but with better fuel economy due to a cylinder deactivation feature that will allow the big motor to run as a 4 cylinder when not under load.

Top speed is estimated at around 175 and 0-60 should fly by in less than 5 seconds with a 1/4 mile time in the 12s.

The suspension setup is comprised of active dampers that can change as needed and the brakes are big 14.2 inch in front and 13.8 in the rear. A new front fascia, 20 inch wheels, LED taillights, and huge dual exhausts take care of the visual excitement.  Inside, the car sports a new flat bottom steering wheel, nice seats and the requisite monster stereo/entertainment system.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

10 Years Since Dale Earnhardt's Death

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the death of NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt.  Now, I'm not a very big NASCAR fan anymore and I had already lost interest back then, but I was an Earnhardt fan.  He was a throwback to the early days of NASCAR and it's Southern roots and he was loved for it.

I can't believe it's been 10 years.

There is a great article on Automobile Magazine's website about the 10th anniversary of Earnhardt's death and it's affect on NASCAR.  It's a good read.

Check it out here: 10 Years After