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Hennessey planning a 1,200-horsepower C8 Chevy Corvette

It was bound to happen at some point, but now we’ve heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Hennessey has designs on giving the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette much more performance than it has from the factory. The Texas-based company says it plans to offer a 1,200-horsepower version of the C8 called the HPE1200.

Hennessey claims it’s going to make this massive amount of power with specially built twin-turbo LT2 V8 engines. The engines will have upgraded internals such as forged aluminum pistons, forged steel connecting rods and other unspecified upgrades. To handle the power, Hennessey says it’s going to “incorporate an upgraded and fortified factory dual-clutch automatic transmission and a full Brembo brake system” among other chassis upgrades.

The pictures you’re looking at are only renderings, courtesy of Hennessey, so the car doesn’t exist yet. It’s a menacing look, if this is what Hennessey ultimately ends up with. We’re in love with the roof scoop, which may become necessary as Hennessey attempts to keep 1,200 horsepower cool. That wing may be a bit overkill, but this car is bound to be ridiculously quick.

Hennessey doesn’t offer up a price or expected sell date for this HPE1200 kit, but it does detail a few other upgrades it’ll put on sale first. New C8 owners can expect a stainless steel exhaust system, a supercharger upgrade good for 700 horsepower and possibly more “once computer tuning becomes available for the new C8 platform.” Hennessey is taking suggestions from the crowd, as well. An online questionnaire is available to let them know exactly what you want to spend your many thousands of dollars on. More power in a car that does 0-60 mph in under three seconds from the factory sounds a bit mad, but that’s what Hennessey does.

One last interesting stat from this news comes from John Hennessey himself. He says they’ve modified over 500 C7s so far. We’ll be interested to hear what the true demand might be to make the already bonkers quick C8 go faster in a straight line.

New C8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 engine rumor posits 900 horsepower

Let’s just go ahead and plan to feast on C8 Chevrolet Corvette rumors for the next few years. Two new reports have come out that drop new info on the ZR1 and gobs of details about what could turn into multiple hybrid Corvette models. Starting with Motor Trend, the magazine cites “a senior official at GM” for confirmation that the coming ZR1 will produce “an even 900 hp” from a performance-oriented hybrid powertrain. Displacement of the gasoline engine component remains a mystery. MT writes that the “ZR1 will build on the Z06’s all-new engine” with a block anywhere from 4.2 to 5.5 liters of displacement, but the potential vibration issues make the larger end of that range unlikely if the rumored flat-plane crank is involved.

Motor Trend sticks by sister publication Automobile‘s story that the Z06 will use an 800-hp twin-turbo engine based on the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 in the C8.R. Countering that, Muscle Cars & Trucks believes the Z06 will go down to around 600 hp and use a naturally aspirated V8, with only the ZR1 getting the two turbos.

MT didn’t get any specs on the ZR1’s hybrid component, but Bozi Tatarevic happened upon internal GM documents that potentially fill in a swath of the picture. In a lengthy report for Jalopnik, Tatarevic suspects there could be “both a hybrid ZR1 and a hybrid base model Corvette.” The documents, along with cutaway models of the mid-engine sports car, show how the front area could house a single electric motor driven by a 1.94-kWh battery pack and power electronics packaged in the center tunnel. The e-motor, which is listed as running through an open differential, would produce about 114 peak horsepower and more than 880 lb-ft of torque after an 8:1 reduction gear. Being oriented toward performance, a pawl clutch would disconnect the motor and gear reduction from the front axle for better fuel economy. Said to be offered in coupe and convertible forms, the base Stingray with the LT2 V8 and hybrid system would throw something in the “mid-to-high 500 HP range if not more.”

Paperwork appears to show the motor would be mounted low enough in front for the Corvette to retain its frunk. In order to fit the shaft through the space currently occupied by the front dampers, the hybrid system will require split yoke dampers akin to those used on AWD versions of the Tesla Model 3. It’s possible magnetic dampers will be standard fit, as well as an electronic limited-slip differential running through a 3.797 final drive. Wheel sizes for what we’ll figure is the ZR1 would increase an inch front and back to 20 and 21 inches, respectively, with respective tire sizes of 275/30 and 345/25. According to codes in the document, carbon-ceramic brakes would be standard. 

We only have a few more years to figure out where all these pieces go, so while you wait, check out Tatarevic’s in-depth report for cutaway images and loads more details on issues like weight balance and benchmarking against the Acura NSX.

2020 C8 Chevy Corvette’s official 0-60 mph time: 2.9 seconds

Official acceleration times are finally here for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Chevy revealed the times today for both the regular Stingray and a Stingray with the Z51 package.

With the Z51 package, the Corvette is said to hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. A base Corvette completes the same task in 3.0 seconds flat, according to Chevrolet. Chevy’s promise at the reveal event was “under three seconds,” and the Z51 with its extra 5 horsepower and 5 pound-feet of torque is able to make good on that promise. The difference between 2.9 seconds and 3.0 seconds is rather minimal, so don’t be too down on yourself if you buy a C8 without the Z51 package. Chevy didn’t reveal times for the C8 Convertible. It also states: “Performance numbers may vary, as different climates, tire conditions and road surfaces may affect results.” No surprises there.

Quarter-mile times are also available. Chevy claims both the base and Z51 package Corvette will complete the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds. The only wrinkle here is the respective cars’ speed at the end of the drag strip. The base car will be doing 123 mph, while the Z51 package car will be doing 121 mph. Chevy told us the lower final speed is entirely due to aerodynamics — the Z51 package adds a front splitter and rear spoiler that produces more downforce than the base Corvette, adding aerodynamic drag in the process.

For some comparison, the 2019 ZR1 ran to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. That’s barely faster than even a base Corvette now, a testament to the optimization of the entire car with the mid-engine layout. We can’t even begin to fathom how quick higher-performance variants of the C8 will be down the road, but it’s going to be fun to watch where the Corvette goes from here.

We also learned that C8 production is officially delayed until February 2020 today. Chevy didn’t say when in February, but the delay was entirely due to the UAW strike. Expect the first deliveries to be at the tail end of winter or the beginning of spring.

Hennessey’s HPE1000 Corvette vs. a Ferrari 488 GTB in a Rolling Drag Race

Yes, the Chevy Wins

This hardly seems like a fair race. Hennessey took the ZR1 Corvette and boosted horsepower to 1,000 and then pitted it up against the Ferrari 488 GTB. It’s clear from the start which car would win. The Ferrari is at a major displacement deficit and down on power. It was bone stock. With that said, it’s still fun to watch in the video below. 

With all of the buzz out there about the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette, Hennessey had to remind people about how insane the C7 Corvette actually is. Also, the Ferrari 488 GTB while down on power compared to the heavily modified Chevy honestly performed very well. The car has a 3.9-liter V8 engine that produces 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. That’s down considerably from the HPE1000 Corvette’s 1,000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque. 

Despite the Ferrari being far down in terms of power and displacement, the car performs admirably. The HPE100 should blow it away, and it does by the end of the strip, but for a split second when they first cross the cones, the Ferrari looks like it’s going to hold on. Then the Corvette begins to stretch its legs and its all over. It’s a short and entertaining video. We highly suggest you check it out. 

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It Looks Like Chevy Will Cancel the Camaro

Say Goodbye to the Chevy Muscle Car

The Camaro was canceled once before. That was in 2002. It made a comeback in 2010 and soldiered on until the present day. Now, it seems GM will decide to let the model die after its current generation’s lifecycle. Plans for the seventh-generation of the car have been shelved, according to Muscle Cars and Trucks. That means eventually the car will die a slow and sad death. 

According to the publication, the Camaro won’t disappear overnight. The model will continue on until 2023, so there’s still time for people to buy and enjoy the car in its current form. That form is arguably the best the muscle car has ever been. According to Carscoops, multiple publications reached out the Chevy after the report hit and the company neither confirmed nor denied the claims. Here is the official response:

We will remind you of our recently announced updates coming to the Camaro lineup this fall. An all-new LT1 model will provide customers V8 power with the design and affordability of our LT trim. The award-winning SS model will feature a new front fascia from the Camaro Shock concept. All of our updates are customer-driven to improve the car and its driving experience.

So, it’s business as usual then, right? Well, Chevy didn’t say they weren’t going to let the Camaro die after the car runs its lifecycle to the 2023 cutoff. They smartly didn’t say much of anything other than point to the fact that they have new versions of the current car in the works. According to sales data at Good Car Bad Car, Camaro sales have been on a downward trajectory since their peak in 2012, so it makes sense that Chevy would consider letting the model go. Time will tell what the company decides to do.

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS from Classic Car Studio

You can’t escape the past. Or perhaps you don’t want to. Such is the case with this brutally sinister 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS from Classic Car Studio. A customer who wrecked his brand new Chevelle…

2019 Chevrolet Camaro In Shock Yellow

Chevy just unveiled a refreshed 2019 Chevrolet Camaro called “Shock” for the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. In a lustrous new Yellow colorway, no less. This Camaro SS coupe comes with a slew of new accessories that customers can buy directly from Chevy dealers throughout the country.

The most notable thing about the car is how Chevy describes its new features. The Michigan automaker says something like “concept front-end styling,” referencing the bowtie emblem relocated from the bumper beam to the upper grille. The center beam is now comes in the car’s body color instead of black. This adds a bit more flair to an already incredible-looking car. You’ll also find extra graphics on the hood and fenders. In effect, you get what’s essentially production car with a slightly tweaked front end.

We have to be honest here. The look of the original 2019 Chevrolet was somehow, well, aesthetically disappointing. It’s not exactly a terrible presentation for a vehicle, it’s just that we’ve definitely seen better coupes. This version corrects that design faux pas and shows that Chevrolet is actually listening to customer feedback and is implementing changes accordingly. And we do like the results.

As for the new accessories, we’re looking at Recaro seats, emissions-legal cold-air intake kits, a Brembo six-piston front brake kit, and suspension upgrade parts from the racy 1LE models. In terms of styling, you get a black rear wing, a carbon-fiber fuel-filler door, and black Camaro badges. This Shock Yellow Camaro variant goes on sale starting early 2019.

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C8 Corvette rumored to launch next summer at dedicated event

GM Authority returns with more insider trading on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette. The site, which recently reported that America’s sports car will be delayed six months over an electrical issue, says now that the launch won’t come at an auto show. Citing “sources close to the matter,” GMA says we’re looking at a summer reveal, “perhaps May at the earliest,” at a dedicated event where the ‘Vette won’t share its new look on life with any other vehicle. Seems only fitting, since two years ago Chevrolet launched the latest Camaro at a standalone event in May in Detroit.

Price has been an even more confusing topic than the launch date, with numbers from $70,000 to $170,000 making claims. Seems that three months ago, Bob Lutz told Autoline the C8 would run roughly $5,000 more than the current C7. With 2019 C7 prices having just risen for the new year, the entry Stingray Coupe starts at $56,995 out-the-door, putting a Lutz-based estimate around $62,000.

The Bob has revised his figures, though. The Mid-Engined Corvette Forum got hold of Road and Track‘s December 2018/January 2019 issue, and posted a snippet from Lutz’s “Ask Bob” column. He writes, “I expect the goal is to sell the C8, version for version, at a little more than the C7.” We don’t know how Lutz defines “a little?” If Chevy can get the cap the starting bid at $70,000, that feels like win in spite of a 25-percent price jump. There’s a healthy gap to the C7’s price, which will sell beside the C8 for a while, and that buys a 6.2-liter mid-engined V8 with more than 455 horsepower. Besides, the 992-series Porsche 911 starts at $110,000.

More expensive versions will come, though. In the same column, Lutz wrote, “The superfast variants will come out two to three years later and cost more than $100,000.” Those roaring trims are predicted to include the much-discussed twin-turbo DOHC V8, and a hybridized model with four-figure horsepower and all-wheel drive thanks to an electrified front axle.

On a side note, Hagerty ran a story in October interviewing three previous Corvette chief engineers whose tenures ran back to 1975, when Zora Arkus-Duntov retired. They talk about why the mid-engined Corvette has taken so long, from GM skepticism to core-customer apathy. There are a few revelations, such as when Dave McLellan says it was clear Chevrolet designed the C8 first, then designed the C7 to be an obvious evolutionary step from the C6. And Dave Hill, sounding just like Porsche 911 boss August Achleitner, says of the C8’s automatic gearbox, “Traditional customers will certainly resent that change because the manual-shift cars are fun to drive. But I believe that machines often outdo humans…”

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Hennessey’s “Goliath” 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

American tuner Hennessey now comes out with its own six-wheeled version of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, nicknamed Hennessey Goliath 6×6.

The car began life as a Trail Boss Z71 model, but now it’s gained a third axle with an additional pair of wheels (all six run on automatic transmission), which means it also has a new suspension system as well. Hennessey says it lifted the truck by eight inches to help it course through anything that stands in its way.

You’ll find more upgrades upon closer inspection. Among them is the 6.2-liter V8 engine (same as the base vehicle) with a 2.9-liter supercharger. That’s if you want to boost the Silverado’s horsepower to 705 at 6,200 rpm and 675 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Outside, you’ll find that Hennessey created a grille specific to this model. In addition, there’s also a roll bar in the bed. Also, you’ll find BF Goodrich 37-inch off-road tires for the 20-inch wheels. However, there’s no information yet on whether the company did some tinkering in the interior, too.

Planning to get your hands on the Hennessey Goliath? Bear in mind that it’s not going to be easy. Production of the custom car is underway, to be sure. However, Hennessey is only making 24 examples worldwide, costing $375,000 apiece. Optionals include Brembo brakes on all three axles, a custom-designed interior, and an upgraded V8 engine. That’ll bump the horsepower to 808 if you’re mad for speed.

The best part about all this is that Hennessey’s latest handiwork is actually approved by Chevrolet, which means customers will be able to order the vehicle at participating Chevrolet dealers knowing that Chevrolet itself gave the go-ahead.

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Photos courtesy of Hennessey 

1972 Chevrolet Blazer On Auction

Classic Car Studio teases nostalgic car lovers with a professionally restored 1972 Chevrolet Blazer. Also knows as the Cheyenne, this special frame off project showcases amazing paintwork with its Medium Olive exterior—that blends exceptionally well with the Olive shade of the cabin.

A full rework has likewise been done on its 5.7-liter 350 V8 engine which is now paired to a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. Therefore, you can expect its performance to be as close to the day it rolled off the production lines. We love the fact that everything was laboriously handled to offer the same experience as the original did.

Another feature that remains intact is the removable white top, which is a great way to get some fresh air if the weather is agreeable. Moreover, it frees up more space to allow bigger stuff that wouldn’t normally fit with the top on. Nevertheless, a roof rack is likewise available for more options when it comes to your cargo. Four-season air conditioning is built-in to keep you comfortable during your drive.

1972 Chevrolet Blazer

Photos courtesy of Classic Car Studio

1969 Chevrolet Camaro On Auction

Those who are in the market for a classic muscle car are in for a treat. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro just recently went up the auction block and could be yours for a listed price of $124,900. Buyers need not worry about future maintenance and repair since there is ample aftermarket support for this beauty. The folks over at RK Motors currently have it on offer and we think it won’t stay that way for long.

This appears to be a factory-perfect rebuilding of a quintessential American muscle car. The project was handled by Scott Whidby, an award-winning restoration guru for Camaro projects based in Moultrie, Georgia. They reportedly spent around six figures as well as sank multiple hours into this particular venture—so it’s understandable as to why it looks so unbelievably good.

Even though it is intended to look exactly the way it did back when it made its debut, this one features a few upgrades. Added creature comforts such as modern air conditioning and audio systems might raise a few eyebrows for purists. However, we believe that it was purposely-rebuilt to be enjoyed and flaunted as the owner sees fit.

Moreover, Its eye-catching color scheme is not only limited to its exterior—painstaking attention to detail was spent to ensure that the interior, engine, engine bay, and even the trunk featured the same Hip Hop Red and Silver combination.

For those who are wondering, yes, it is one powerful machine. Armed with a 600-horsepower V8 engine that’s mated to a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission, this is not a car that you want to pick a fight (race) with.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Photos courtesy of RK Motors

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Borrowing looks from the Camaro and build from the GMC Acadia, the 2019 Blazer announces the model’s comeback, this time arriving in a midsize crossover SUV body instead of the old full-size frame.

The new SUV boasts a muscular, aggressive stance, with a sharp front, thin LED headlamps and a massive grille. Power will come from either a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine producing 193-hp & 188 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6L six-cylinder with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft, both coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission to engage the front wheels (all-wheel drive is optional).

The five-passenger crossover offers up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space and up to 4,500 pounds of towing capacity. Other noteworthy features include a rearview camera for lining up the hitch to a trailer and a new rail cargo system that allows the load to be separated and secured for an effortless hauling drive.

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition

Chevrolet has just rolled out their 2018 Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition, a stealthy, blacked-out SUV that’s as capable as it looks and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Based on the LS trim, the rugged, full-size SUV features off-road-inspired styling cues with its 18-inch black wheels wrapped in aggressive Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac rubber, a black grille, off-road assist steps and black bowtie emblems. Those in need of extra room will be happy to know the third-row seat was removed and now the vehicle offers 54 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.

Available in 2WD and 4WD configurations, the Tahoe Custom Midnight packs a 355-hp, 5.3L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management offering an estimated 23 MPG on the highway.

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GM’s European Opel division may eventually go all-electric

General Motors’ Opel division in Europe may transform itself into an all-electric vehicle maker by 2030. Granted, a lot can happen between now and then, including a potential buyout by French automaker PSA Group. Regardless, Opel appears to view its electric future beyond the Ampera-e, which is the sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Bolt, and more like Tesla.

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann indicated that focusing on electric drivetrains would be a superior strategy to expanding its EV technology while pushing forward with conventional drivetrains, says Automotive News Europe, citing comments Neumann made to German publication Manager Magazin. General Motors could make the decision to move towards an all-electric vehicle line for Opel as soon as May.

Of course, that depends on whether Opel is bought out by PSA, the parent country to Peugeot and Citroen. PSA is in talks to buy General Motors’ Opel and Vauxhall divisions, though government and labor representatives in Germany have expressed concerns over potential job losses from the proposed buyout, Reuters says.

Regardless, GM has hinted at expanding its electric-vehicle line far beyond the Bolt, which has a 238-mile single-charge range and debuted late last year. Mary Barra, in an interview with CNET, said the Bolt’s all-electric platform could be applied to a “huge range of vehicles,” though wasn’t specific about additional EV models.

Opel first showed off its Ampera-e at the Paris Motor Show last fall. The name of the model raised some eyebrows because the Ampera badge had been previously used by Opel for the sister version of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in. Either way, Opel is looking to take on Renault for electric-vehicle sales supremacy across the Pond.

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