October 2011 Chevy High Performance Garage - Letters

Modern-day Performance

Sean Haggai Sep 7, 2011 0 Comment(s)

Stronger F-body Subframes

Complete OE-style reproductions from Classic Industries offer a new alternative for F-body subframe replacements. GM discontinued production of the subframes long ago, and finding a suitable replacement that isn’t already rusted, dented, bent, or warped is all but hopeless. These high-quality reproductions feature factory-style welds for an OEM appearance, along with extra bracing to the lower crossmember for added chassis strength when jacking up the car. These are designed to retain a 100 percent authentic appearance, and the added reinforcement is invisible from the exterior. The subframes also feature all of the factory correct holes and brackets, as the original. Check out www.classicindustries.com for more information.

Booked Up

With the spotlight shining on the Camaro again, this big book chronicles the rich history of an American muscle car icon. This is the full story of Camaro’s 40-plus years, accompanied by outstanding photographs of the models that made history. Beginning with Chevrolet’s race to capture the emerging youth market in the ’60s, the book follows Chevrolet’s efforts to devise a car that would out-muscle the Mustang. The Camaro was that car, and in the years after its ’67 introduction, it set some of the most important performance marks in American automotive history. From the classics of the muscle car era like the RS, SS, Z/28, and IROC-Z to the models that jump-started a new era of American performance in the ’80s, all of Camaro’s greatest hits are detailed in this new book, including the fifth-gen. Don’t pass this one up! To find your copy, head over to www.motorbooks.com.

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Be “Bumblebee!” Transformers Special Edition Camaro

The ’12 Transformers Special Edition will be offered as a $3,000 package on 2LT and 2SS Camaro coupes with Rally Yellow paint. In addition to the content offered in the popular RS appearance package, the Transformers edition will feature black rally stripes that stretch over the hood, roof, decklid; a unique high-wing rear spoiler; 20-inch, black-painted wheels wrapped in high-performance summer tires; and Autobot Shield logos on the center caps and front quarter-panels.

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Inside, the Camaro has a black leather interior accented with yellow stitching on the instrument panel, center console, armrests, and seats. Autobot Shield logos are embroidered on the front headrests, as well as the center console lid. Two dealer-installed options are also available: exclusive 21-inch, black-painted wheels and a black ground-effects package. The ’12 Transformers Special Edition Camaro is now available for order, with vehicles arriving at dealers in the United States and Canada in September. Also, be sure to check out the movie.

What’s Next?

GM’s 2013 Lineup

Ever wonder what’s next for GM? With GM’s recent revival from the financial grave, they’re finally back with a list of new product launches and several updates for most of its Chevrolet vehicle lineup. Although we can’t list them all, we’ve included our favorites—including the Silverado truck. For more, check out gminsidenews.com for additional updates on all of the latest from The General.

Camaro: No major changes expected as a mild refresh is expected in the 2014 model year. However, GM could surprise us with the launch of another specialty model to complement the ZL1.

Corvette: No major changes. The current car will soldier on until the all-new Corvette in 2014 model year.

Cruze: The Cruze may have a sizable update for 2013, including enhancements to the interior and exterior. A diesel engine may also be available.

Impala: The Impala will be all new in 2014 on the Premium Epsilon platform. As such, the 2013 model will be almost entirely carryover from the current car.

Malibu: GM has already revealed the ’13 Malibu! The eAssist model will launch in January 2012, followed by the new 2.5 liter in late summer.

Silverado: No major changes. The all-new Silverado launches in the 2014 model year.

Spark: Chevrolet’s first mini car will launch as a 2013 model.

Suburban: No major change as a new Suburban will hit in 2014 model year.

Tahoe: No major changes. The all-new Tahoe will launch in the 2014 model year.


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