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New Chevy Silverado Makes History With A 4-Cylinder Engine

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The Chevrolet Silverado can now be equipped with a fuel-sipping four-cylinder for the first time in the model’s history.

In the full-size pickup truck segment, Ford may have kicked off the concept of smaller turbocharged engines to boost fuel economy with its popular 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost engine on the F-150, but the Silverado goes a step further by being the first full-size pickup to offer a 4-cylinder engine. The lineup now includes six different engines, including a 3.0L six-cylinder turbo diesel engine and several updated V8s.

Chevy’s new turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder is mated to an eight-speed automatic and generates 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft. of torque. That’s more power than the 4.3L V6, which is paired with a six-speed automatic and makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft.

The 5.3L V8 now cranks out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft., while the 6.2L generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. The former is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the latter a 10-speed automatic.

As for the the 3.0L inline-six cylinder turbo diesel, it is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and will be available in early 2019.

Sales of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado begin in the third quarter of 2018. How will you equip yours?

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2020 Chevy Corvette C8 First Drives Are Positive, It’s A Serious Supercar

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New, 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray, driving

It’s a serious supercar despite its bargain basement price.

The new C8 Chevrolet Corvette is the real deal, at least if the first drive impressions are anything to go by.

According to an aggregate of automotive outlets that had the chance behind the wheel, the first-ever mind-engine Corvette drives and feels like, well, a mid-engine supercar. You feel like your sitting at the center of the car.

The steering is also lighter than the C7 Corvette, and there is more connection between driver and front wheels.

The C8 Corvette is much more sophisticated and refined than any Corvette before it, striking an uncanny balance of comfort and sportiness between its various driving modes.

The interior, which received some criticism for its rather peculiar layout, is very well thought out. According to one outlet, the square steering wheels lets the driver see the entire gauge set without trouble, while the controversial long line of buttons that divides the driver and passenger is very ergonomic.

The same could be said about the infotainment touchscreen, which is ideally placed for utilization and can be controlled by a very stylish mode control mouse.

It feels like plane’s cockpit inside, and the leather quality, panel gaps and general ambiance, while not on par with the Ferrari and Porsche of this world, greatly exceed anything ever seen in a Corvette.

The 495 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque produced by the 6.2-litre small-block V8 is enough to get the C8 up and going, but some reviewers didn’t find the exhaust note exciting enough for a car of such performance.

Overall, the C8 Corvette Stingray appears to be every bit the performance bargain we cracked it out to be, if not more so considering the leap in driving and handling sophistication, incredibly improved interior, and chassis refinement.

Did you think it would disappoint?

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Gets Slightly New Look For 2021

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

It now looks a lot more like the Silverado from the front.

Over 520,000 Colorado midsize pickups have been sold over the fives following the model’s re-introduction in the U.S. market. To keep it competitive with rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, Chevy has given it some updates for the 2021 model year.

The ZR2 package receives the biggest changes, gaining a new new flow-through grille inspired by the larger Silverado, with the world ‘Chevrolet’ spelled out across it.

Designers also moved the bowtie emblem to an asymmetrical position beside the driver-side headlight, while the tow hooks are finished in contrasting red paint.

As with the grille, the brand’s name is fully spelled out across the tailgate.

The 2021 Colorado ZR2 comes equipped with front and rear electronically locking differentials, Multimatic dampers, a 2.0-inch suspension lift, and 3.5-inch wider track relative to the standard Colorado, and multiple skid plates to protect its underbody.

The lesser Colorado WT, LT and Z71 trims all receive updated center bars, lower fascias and front skid plates.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 makes its world debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Nearly a year ago, Chevrolet Performance Engineering teamed up with Multimatic and Hall Racing to develop 15 performance parts for the ZR2.

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2020 Corvette C8.R Is Chevy’s First Mid-Engine GTLM Race Car

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8R Race Car

The race car will make its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24.

The automotive world anticipated a new Corvette Convertible would make its debut in early October, but few expected the 2020 Corvette C8.R race car to be unveiled alongside it.

The C8 Corvette is the first Corvette to have a mid-engine layout and a duel-clutch transmission, while the new Corvette Stingray Convertible is the first Corvette to have a power-folding retractable roof. In yet another first for the iconic nameplate, the Corvette C8.R is Chevy’s first mid-engine GTLM race car.

“The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8R Race Car, driving

Unfortunately, aside from what we see, Chevy didn’t reveal much details about the race car. A massive diffuser dominates the rear, and there’s plenty of new aero features all around.

As for what breathes in the engine bay, there is a good chance its a version of the 6.2-liter V8 found in its predecessor, or possibly some variation of Cadillac’s Blackwing twin-turbo DOHC V8.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R makes its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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