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HANS secured, helmet strapped, I lowered myself into the pre-production Corvette ZR1, still covered in the camouflage and dirt it acquired during testing in Germany at the Nürburgring. Behind the wheel is Chevrolet’s development driver, Alex MacDonald. After I’m buckled in, I shake Alex’s hand and ask, “So, what can this baby do?” Alex replies, “Watch,” and slams my head into the headrest. Expletives and giggles followed.
Within a blink of the eye, we’re at turn 1 of Willow Springs International Raceway’s Big Willow course. While Alex isn’t fazed, my eyes haven’t returned to their upright and locked position. The key to the Corvette ZR1’s prodigious propulsion is Chevrolet’s new LT5 supercharged V-8. While much of the LT5 is rooted in the Corvette Z06’s LT4, there are some quite significant departures from the Z06’s supercharged small-block, including the mammoth 2.65-liter supercharger. Combined with a new 73-mm throttle body, a new dual fuel system that uses both direct and port injection, a new oil system, and a few other go-faster bits, the Corvette ZR1 makes a whopping 715 lb-ft of torque along with those 755 horses.
Yet those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Because the new supercharger itself needs 120 horsepower just to turn its screws, according to Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s small-block chief engineer, the engine is likely generating more than 850 horsepower to produce 755 hp at the crank. Bonkers.
But it isn’t the new Corvette ZR1’s JATO rocket-like oomph that will have Corvette fans shouting “Shut up and take my money!” That will be the ZR1’s organ-rearranging grip and handling.
With Alex standing on the brakes coming into turn 1, I’m glad I waited for lunch. The ferocity at which the Corvette ZR1 changes direction should come with a whiplash clause in every bill of sale. It’s violent. From the passenger seat, in Alex’s capable Alpinestars-begloved hands, it feels like the ZR1 turns in well beyond what the Corvette Z06 is capable of. That’s down to not only the Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires, double heat-treated Brembo-sourced carbon ceramic brakes. It’s also thanks to the new ZTK Performance aerodynamic package, which starts producing noticeable downforce at just 50 mph.
Big Willow may be a power circuit, but power means nothing if you can’t keep that power suction-cupped to the tarmac. The ZTK Performance Package ($2,995) does just that. Through every turn, the ZR1 felt as if it was stapled to the racetrack’s surfaces. Even through turns 5 and 6, where some cars get airborne thanks to a dimple in the surface, the Corvette never lost traction or broke its bond with the pavement. Even more impressive was the ZR1’s suction through turns 8 and 9. As I strained to keep focus on everything going on around me, I saw Alex peg the Corvette’s speedometer at 144 mph through the turns. It never wavered.
My hot laps complete and a smile plastered on my face, I hopped out of the spartan pre-production interior and out into the sun-drenched pit lane. Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer for Corvette and Camaro, came up to me first and asked, “Well, what do you think?” I replied, “I’ll let you know when my brain returns to its normal position and my eyesight returns.”
After a few minutes of pondering on my very brief ride-along, I thought about a story Juechter relayed before our ride. Today’s auto industry spies have telephoto lenses and networks of informants that leak details months before anything is supposed to be released. To combat these disclosures, manufacturers have turned to code names to obfuscate their plans. When developing the 755 horsepower Corvette, GM reached into its more pedestrian parts catalog to obscure its bitchin’ all-new supercharged LT5 V-8 meant for the ZR1.
According to Juechter, when the first LT5 engine mules were being developed, the engineers adorned the LT5’s supercharger with BAS, or Belt Alternator System. The acronym comes from Chevrolet’s truck department, functioning as part of the start/stop system to aid in efficiency, something a supercharged V-8 engine isn’t known for. The engineers gave it a better meaning: Bad-Ass Supercharger. But after getting a few passenger-side hot laps, at least until we drive it, we think it should be changed to Bad-Ass Supercar, as this Corvette is an American GI, storming Europe’s beaches bayonet in hand.
December’s incentives have been enhanced! We are now offering 25% Off MSRP on New 2017 Chevy Cruze and Cruze Hatch and 20% off new 2017 Impala, Malibu, Sonic and Spark. OR-2017 Cruze and Cruze Hatch is offering 0% apr financing for up to 72 months!
This is in addition to GM Employee Pricing on all new 2018 Silverado Crew Cabs and Equinox.
There are pages and pages of December Chevrolet incentives. Truthfully, they are a little hard to keep track of because there are so many. Find out what rebates and/or low finance rates you qualify for by calling our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630. Here are just a few:
Volt is offering a $1500 Loyalty Bonus!
Chevrolet Corvette if offering a $3000 Loyalty Bonus!
$1000 Select Market Bonus Cash on Malibu, Camaro and Impala!
Silverado is offering $2000 Trade-In Assistance!
0% apr for up to 60 months on new/demo 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and Cruze Hatch.
$1500 Conquest private offer on new Chevy Tahoe and Suburban
$8000 Stand alone cash offer on new 2018 Chevy Silverado Crew Cabs
Lamborghini has finally veiled its new SUV. The Lamborghini Urus will set you back $200,000. Here are 10 things you could buy instead.
After months of anticipation, luxury automobile manufacturer Lamborghini finally unveiled the Urus SUV. Packed with the company’s first production turbocharged engine — a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, 650 horsepower, and 627 pound-feet of torque the Lamborghini Urus is nothing short of an automotive monster, but all of this engineering, of course, comes at a cost — $200,000, to be exact. This ungodly sum of cash got us to thinking, instead of buying this big car how could one just as easily, irrationally, and conspicuously blow this much cash? Here are the most investment- savvy ways to burn nearly a quarter of a million clams. Period.
125 SPIKE THE BEETLE PICTURES
Spike the Stag beetle made our list of best pets of Instagram for his general charm, ornate tea parties, and, of course, his penchant for marker-on-canvas original creations. Spike’s original magnum opus auctioned earlier this year and sold on eBay for nearly $1,600. Spike’s next piece will be sold in the coming months with 20 percent of the proceeds going to People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).
2 OF THESE CHEETOS
Harambe stole our hearts in 2016 and while his soul has departed he will live on forever in our hearts and of course our shared cultural meme lore. Anyway, someone found a Cheeto that kind of looks like Harambe and another human being paid nearly $100,000 for said cheese-dust thing. More than a year later it’s still too soon. It will always be… too soon. RIP, big guy.
$200,000 would buy anything we have on the lot. About 12 brand new Chevy Cruze sedans or hatchbacks. Give us a call at 630-898-9630 or visit our website.
Welcome to the Family. We’ve got GM Employee Pricing for All! Save hundreds, even thousands on many of our most popular models.
Which vehicles qualify?
All remaining new or demo 2017 models including Corvette. And, all new or demo 2018 Equinox or Silverado 1500 Crew Cabs.
You can purchase any of the above listed vehicles for GM Employee pricing and not a cent more.
What if I want a vehicle that doesn’t qualify for GM Employee Pricing?
Not to worry. We are offering exceptional Holiday pricing on ALL our new and pre-owned vehicles. Call Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 for details. They will be happy to explain all the December Chevrolet incentives for purchasing and leasing.
The old slogan See the USA in Your Chevrolet still rings true sixty years after it debuted in advertising. It is something millions of Americans have been able to do in hundreds of different models produced by the iconic General Motors brand. One museum in Decatur is dedicated to highlighting the different eras and types that have made Chevrolet such a famous brand.
Looking for your own classic Chevy? Visit Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL or call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630. Feel free to visit our website at http://www.WestphalChevy.com anytime.
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It’s Cyber Monday at Ron Westphal Chevrolet and we’re going all-out to make sure you get the best possible value on the Chevy of your dreams.
Our sales department will be OPEN on Cyber Monday from 9 am to 9 pm. We still have new and demo 2017 Chevrolet models in stock to choose from but hurry in for the best selection.
We also have brand new 2018 models in stock with over 400 total vehicles available to shop from.
We have too many incentives to list them all but here are a few of the available money-saving offers:
0% apr for up to 72 months
2017 Chevy Closeout Cash
Over 20% off MSRP
Low-payment Lease Specials
Select Market Bonus Cash
Trade-In Assistance Cash Back
Loyalty Cash Back
There are so many low finance, rebate and cash back offers it’s difficult to keep track of them all. And, some offers are not compatible with other offers. Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us today to find out which incentives would work best for you.
General Motors is recalling about 35,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks because of a problem with the fuel tanks in the heavy-duty vehicles.
General Motors is recalling about 35,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks because of a problem with the fuel tanks in the vehicles.
The truck recall affects heavy-duty chassis cab-style trucks with dual fuel tanks from 2011 through 2015 model years.
The automaker said that if the front tank overfills, excess pressure could press it into the driveshaft and risk causing a leak. If fuel leaks onto a hot spot in the truck, a fire could start.
The problem is triggered when the low-fuel-level sensor for the front tank sticks, GM said.
Drivers could hear a knocking or grinding noise if an over-pressured fuel tank starts to contact with the driveshaft, GM said.
Owners will be asked to take their trucks to dealers. Technicians will replace the rear tank fuel pump or update the fuel-level sensor software, as well as inspect the front tank, replacing it as necessary.
GM plans to send recall notices to owners in December and then again in February. Owners can also contact GM customer service for Chevrolet (800) 222-1020 or for GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. Owners asking about the recall should refer to GM’s identification number for it – 17399.
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