While the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is not yet available at dealerships – including Classic Chevrolet – your wait is almost over. The new Camaro Z28 has a new skin and has been re-engineered. The interior features a new, lower dashboard and a new seating position. The brakes also lost that “squishy” feel on the track.
The new model year has a lighter platform; and that makes a huge difference in the vehicle’s dynamics. It doesn’t matter if you’re whaling on the brakes to hit a sharp curve or you’re going as fast as you can go in a straightaway, you can feel the difference in this lighter model. The Camaro is built on the Alpha platform – the same one used by the Cadillac ATS, so the handling for this muscle car just significantly increased the stakes for its two major competitors.
The stopping power is quite formidable with Brembo four-piston brakes, which come standard on the SS model but are available for all trim levels. Combined with the 300-pound drop in weight, the Camaro’s stopping power will give you a significant edge at the curves. This year’s model line up also features a new V-6 engine that has more horsepower and torque than the 2015 model year. It will definitely be a surprise in the pony car wars; and will benefit with the new brakes.
The interior will be more polished and will have higher-quality materials. One of the two 8-inch color screens provides driving information while the other is the interface fro the MyLink infotainment system. The dash vents are lower on the console; an LED ambient light system was added – giving you 24 colors; and the manual e-brake went by the wayside in favor of a new electronic emergency brake.
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To learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 keep your eye on this space or visit Classic Chevy. You’ll learn more about the options available, standard features, power numbers and the release date.
If you just have to have that fast car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2LZ convertible or the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe. Both vehicles feature a turbocharged 6.2-liter engine backed by a manual transmission, giving both vehicles outrageous horsepower for a street car.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2LZ
The Corvette’s engine makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The engine is backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching. The engine also features a dry sump oil system. Additional mechanical features include a 3.42 gear in an electronic limited slip rear, a rear differential cooler, a performance ride and handling suspension with magnetic selective ride control, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with painted calipers, and a performance aggressive exhaust with 4-inch polished stainless steel tips.
Safety features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, performance traction management, OnStar Directions and Connections for six months, frontal and side impact airbags and driver and front passenger airbags with a passenger-sensing system. OnStar also includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Camaro’s engine makes 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. Additional mechanical features include a rear limited slip differential with a 3.73 ratio gear, a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection and retained accessory power, Brembo brakes and a performance suspension with magnetic ride control.
Safety features include StabiliTrak, daytime running lights, several airbags, Directions and Connections for six months, rear ultrasonic park assist, a rear vision camera, a trunk emergency release handle and the LATCH system for child safety seats.
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For more information on the convenience, safety, security and entertainment features for both vehicles, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive both vehicles.
If you are in the market for a Chevrolet with excellent fuel economy, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS. This economical sedan has many features including safety features and convenience features.
The 2015 Cruze LS features a 1.8-liter engine with variable valve timing and sequential multi-point fuel injection. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with overdrive. This combination puts out 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. The Cruze gets 22 mpg* in the city and 35 mpg* on the highway. This front-wheel drive model features a battery with 438 cold cranking amps, a 130-amp alternator and electric power steering.
Safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control, daytime running lamps, OnStar Directions and Connections for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, a trunk emergency release handle, frontal and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, side impact seat-mounted airbags, side impact roof rail-mounted airbags and a passenger sensing system.
Interior features include premium cloth seating, a silver-painted center stack and instrument panel cluster accent rings, a rear 60/40 split folding seat with adjustable head restraints, center console with sliding armrest, storage in the center console, 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column, a three-spoke comfort grip steering wheel, driver information center, a center stack with ambient LED back lighting, express down on all windows, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer and anti-theft alarm and power programmable door locks with lockout protection.
Entertainment features include Bluetooth, an enhanced acoustic package, six speakers, USB port in the center console, AM/FM stereo, MP3 decoder, CD player, SiriusXM radio and OnStar with 4G LTE capability.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and to learn more about this economical sedan’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.
For over a century, Chevrolet has designed many iconic cars that personify its spirit and style, and the Camaro is one of them. The first generation of Camaros debuted from 1967 to 1969. This hot four-seat sportster turned heads everywhere. It was GMs answer to the popularity of Ford’s popular Mustang. It features a short deck with a long, sleek hood. During this time period, there were only two Camaro models: the convertible and the sport coupe.
During the early 1970s, the Camaro saw little in redesign. GM focused more attention on interior comfort and offered air conditioning, power door locks and a half-vinyl roof covering. The year 1978 saw a minor redesign with T-tops and urethane body-color painted bumper cover. With its two-tinted glass hatches with an innovative T bar in the center, sales of the Camaro soared at Chevrolet Dealerships Texas.
By 1979, the Camaro family had grown to four members, including the Sport Coupe, Rally Sport, Z28, and the Berlinetta. All models featured bright chrome, special wheels and extensive acoustic insulation. In 1985, the Camaro was the chosen care of the International Race of Champions (IROC). This was also the year that the Camaro introduced its IROC-Z model with special graphics. The Camaro’s V8 now featured fuel injection.
Fast forward to today, and the Camaro is still America’s favorite sporty and muscle cars. The 2015 Camaro is the perfect mélange of cutting-edge technology, distinct design and bold performance. It’s what makes a Camaro a Camaro. Keeping in step with its heritage, the Camaro is still offered as a coupe or convertible. Find it in all models at Classic Chevrolet. We’re a Texas Chevy dealer proud to offer the legendary Camaro to Chevy fans who are looking for a sporty car that delivers unparalleled performance.
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The Chevrolet Impala, available at Classic Chevy, was first offered for sale as a 1958 model year. This was the only year in that first generation run. The second generation lasted longer and ran from 1959 through 1960. Eventually, after the seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, the Impala was discontinued. Chevrolet brought it back in 2000 for the eighth generation. Since then, the Impala has run through two more generations: It is now on its tenth generation, which started in 2014.
While the Impala wasn’t offered for sale until the 1958 model year, the name was in use in 1956. That specific vehicle was a full-sized vehicle built for the General Motors Motorama show. The 1956 Impala took many cues from the Corvette, including the grille. While the ’56 probably didn’t survive unless some collector is hiding it in his barn, the Impala name did.
The Impala was built on an “A” body, which it shared with Pontiac. The first year, the Impala was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible and had a choice of three engine and three different transmissions, including the two-speed Powerglide.
The second generation saw many changes. The Impala had five different models: a two-door convertible, coupe and hardtop; and a four-door hardtop and sedan. It offered three different engines and five different transmissions, including a new Turboglide automatic.
Chevrolet kept up with the times, changing the body style and available engines and transmission throughout the years. The seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, gave consumers a four-door sedan on the “B” body platform. It featured a 5.7-liter LT1 V-8 (small block 350) and a 4L60-E automatic four-speed transmission.
The 1996 Impala – the last year this model was available until it was resurrected in 2000 – got body-colored trim, a new unique grille, 17-inch brushed aluminum wheels, and more. After 1996, all “B” body cars – the Caprice, Impala SS and Buick Roadmaster – were discontinued.
Chevrolet decided to bring the Impala back. The eighth generation of this iconic vehicle ran from 2000 through 2005. It was offered as a four-door sedan built on the “W” body, and it featured a front-wheel driver powertrain. Consumers had a choice of three different engines and two different four-speed automatic transmissions.
The current tenth generation went into production in 2013. This generation also features only the four-door sedan.
While the 2015 model year is not yet available at Classic Chevrolet, keep your eye on it – it is expected to be a bi-fuel model. It will run on gas or compressed natural gas and is expected to go up to 500 miles on one fill-up. Stop by our dealership or keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 model year as it becomes available.
When you buy a Corvette at Classic Chevrolet, think about the history of this car – it’s come a long way. First of all, General Motors made Buicks, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, GMCs and Chevrolets – about what you’d think – but the company also made locomotives and home appliances and provided insurance to people. It was not a company that one would have associated with a sports car back in the day.
In 1951, Harley J. Earl, General Motor’s chief designer at the time – and also the man who invented the 1938 Buick Y-Job, had an idea. He wanted to build a sports car that was in line – pricewise – with a typical Chevrolet sedan, which was about $2,000. He came up with some ideas and turned them over to Robert F. McLean. McLean used parts from other Chevrolet models to build this new sports car. It used a 1952 Chevrolet sedan for the suspension and chassis, and the same inline-6 that was featured in all Chevy’s cars.
However, McLean pushed the passenger compartment back so that 53 percent of the car was “front.” He also built the motor with a higher compression ratio, a more aggressive camshaft and triple Carter side-draft carburetors. Since this 150-horse engine was deemed to be too much for Chevy’s three-speed transmission, it used a two-speed Powerglide trans. And, to keep costs down, the body was made from fiberglass instead of steel.
The car came in at $3,498 – higher than expected, which was okay since it was never built to be sold. It was only supposed to be part of the Motorama exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto Show – that is, until Ed Cole, chief engineer for Chevrolet, saw it. At the time, Cole was working on making the 1955 small block V-8 engine and just loved the Motorama car. Because of this, corporate talks were held, and before the auto show even opened, the engineering to put the flashy new car into production began.
Now, Cole needed to figure out what to call the car. Myron Scott, the founder of the All-American Soap Box Derby came up with the name: Corvette. Since Cole liked the suggestion, that is the name he used. The first year of the Corvette – 1953 – saw a vehicle that was nearly identical to the prototype being manufactured. That first ‘Vette went from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds. The 1953 and 1954 models did not sell well, even though people were clamoring for them at the show.
In 1955, Chevrolet added the V-8 engine – a 256 cubic-inch engine with 195 horsepower. It still had the Powerglide, but this one did the zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Even with this slow beginning, Chevy kept at it and the rest is history.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of the new Corvettes – and just remember this little piece of history.
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If you’re a fan of Rob Dyrdek, the guy who set a record for jumping the Chevrolet Sonic backwards – and for kickflipping a Sonic – you know his passion for cars. Recently, one of his custom Chevy Tahoe SUVs was up for sale on E-bay. However, it did not meet the reserve of $22,000, so you might still have a chance to get it.
Dyrdek’s Tahoe is a 2008 LTZ with a 5.3-liter engine and is listed as the “Storm Trooper from the show Fantasy Factory.” It is being sold by the person who bought it from Dyrdek. If you can’t get your hands on that Tahoe, you can get a brand new one from Classic Chevrolet and customize it yourself.
We have a 2013 – brand new – Tahoe 1500 LS with four-wheel drive. This model features the 5.3-liter Vortec engine with FlexFuel and active fuel management. It can run on unleaded or E85. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. It makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque on unleaded and 326 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque on E85.
The transfer case is an active single-speed electronic Autotrac with rotary controls. This setup also features powertrain grade braking, a seven-wire harness, 2-inch trailering receiver, recovery hooks mounted on the frame and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.
The interior features adjustable head restraints, a floor console, six-way power front seats, an adjustable, leather tilt steering wheel with a brake/transmission shift interlock, and mounted audio and cruise controls.
The door locks are programmable and the windows feature express down and lockout features. Additional features include remote keyless entry, a theft deterrent system, tri-zone air conditioning, a rear window defogger, several power outlets, an illuminated entry.
Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For a full list of convenience, safety, entertainment and security features for this Tahoe, stop by Classic Chevy to take a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about options so that you can customize this Tahoe to your liking.
If you drive a Tahoe, Suburban, C10, Impala, Volt, Camaro, or a Corvette, you’re in good company. Many celebrities drive Chevys – some new Chevys and some old Chevys. If you don’t drive a Chevy yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the models on the lot.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Hart, and Rob Dyrdek drive Chevy Suburbans. While you can’t totally black out a Suburban like the celebs – most states have restrictions on tinted windows – you can definitely get a black Suburban and tint the windows as much as the law allows.
- Joel Madden drives a C10. You might have a hard time finding one of these left; and if you can’t, you might settle for the Silverado.
- Tyga and Kobe Bryant drive older Impalas. You can definitely find some older Impala models out there, but they’re better left for special occasions. Drive a new Impala for commuting and save the classic for weekend road trips, especially if you find one with numbers matching and low mileage.
- Cindy Crawford and Bubba Watson drive Corvettes. New, old, it doesn’t matter. Corvettes were and still are bad to the bone.
- Travis Barker drives a K5 Blazer. Here’s another one you might have a hard time finding. You might have to settle for the Tahoe, but that’s okay, because celebrities drive Tahoe models, too. Speaking of which…
- Josh Duhamel drives a Tahoe.
- Nicky Diamonds drives an SS Chevelle and an SS El Camino. You might have a hard time finding these in “restorable” condition, but you can definitely put out a pretty penny on one that someone has restored. Or you can simply head over to Classic Chevy and pick up one of the new SS models or an Impala – that is, if you are looking for a Chevelle.
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drives – what else? – An older Chevy Camaro. A classic, just like the Corvette. It doesn’t matter if you choose old or new, your Camaro will get some appreciative looks.
- Matt Farah drives a Volt. If going green is important to you, then you are in good company. Pick up a Volt like Matt Farah and you’ll save a ton on fuel costs.
To test drive any of these models or any other model Chevrolet, stop by Classic Chevy or visit our website today.
The Chevrolet Impala was first available as a 1958 model year. It was a full-size sedan and Chevrolet’s most expensive car through 1965. Despite the expense, the Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. It easily beat out its competition: the Plymouth Fury and the Ford Galaxie 500. Even through the 1980s, the Impala was Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model.
Currently, US News lists the 2014 Impala as the number one affordable large car. The Impala is sold in the United States, including at Classic Chevy, the Middle East, Mexico and Canada.
The first generation ran for one year only: 1958. The second generation of the Impala ran from 1959 through 1960. The third generation ran from 1961 through 1964; and the fourth generation fan from 1965 through 1970. Also, the Impala SS, which ran from 1961 through 1969 is considered a fourth generation Impala.
The fifth generation ran from 1971 through 1976 and the sixth from 1977 through 1985. Starting in 1994 and running through 1996, the seventh generation was available when the Impala was discontinued. Consumers didn’t see the Impala from 1997 through 1999, when the eighth generation went on sale. The eighth generation ran until 2005. The ninth generation Impala was sold from 2006 through 2013. This year – 2014 – marks the start of the Impala’s tenth generation.
New features for the 2014 model year include 18-inch wheels or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels on higher trims; LED daytime running lights on the LTZ trim and low profile HID headlights on other trims; and a 4.2-inch color display on the LT and LTZ trims.
The Impala offers three engines: a 2.5-liter , a 2.4-liter with hybrid assist technology and the 3.6-liter engine.
Additional new features include HD radio on all trims, Pandora on the LT and LTZ trims and active noise cancelation on all trims with a four-cylinder engine. New safety features include an increase to 10 standard airbags and OnStar.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about its safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features.
The 5th Annual Texas Altcar Expo will be held from March 27-29, 2014. Classic Chevrolet will be there with a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. On Thursday, March 27, the Propane Engine Fuel Summit will be held. Admission is $25 and includes the program, breakfast, and lunch.
On Friday, March 28, the topic is Focus on Fleets. This includes the conference, Ride and Drive – where you can check out Classic Chevy’s Volt – and the Expo Hall. Admission for this day is $35. On Saturday, March 29, admission is free – it is Public Day.
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter internal combustion engine and a Voltec electric drive motor. The gas engine runs on premium fuel and makes 83 horsepower. The electric motor makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor charges the lithium-ion battery, which includes a liquid thermal management system with active control.
This system gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe on the highway. The gas engine by itself gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. Some of the power for the battery comes from the four-wheel antilock disc brakes that provide electro-hydraulic power and includes StabiliTrak and a regenerative system.
Safety features include the StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist and traction control, several airbags, OnStar, a theft deterrent system including an engine immobilizer, the LATCH system for child seats, a lockout switch for the rear doors, a tire inflation kit and daytime running lamps.
Convenience features include a center console with a covered storage bin and dual cup holders, additional storage in the upper instrument panel and in front of the shifter, three auxiliary powr outlets, and a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls.
Additionally, the Volt features a 7-inch diagonal digital reconfigurable LCD screen with the Driver Information Center, selectable efficiency gauge and a compass. The efficiency display shows programmable charge times. The driver can also switch between Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold driving modes.
The Volt also features keyless ignition, keyless access and remote keyless entry. You can even remotely start the Volt. For more information on the Volt, stop by the AltCar Expo or stop by Classic Chevy.