This is the summer when everything changes in a major way for the famed Corvette, and the C8 roars out of the gate in confidence for good. This video was shot recently of final testing at the Nurburgring, and this past week Motor1.com showed us here some new angles of the model. All of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis have not seen any evidence of the car at the Nurburgring since summer of 2018, and being able to brag about how much faster the new generation is on the track would absolutely be a prime asset for the marketing team!
This monumental machine is expected to debut with a 6.2-liter V8 making around 460 horsepower and incorporating a dual-clutch gearbox. It's quite possible that a dual-overhead-cam V8, Cadillac's 4.2-liter twin-turbo Blackwing V8, and eventually even a hybrid variant cranking out nearly 1,000 hp could later join this lightening-fast lineup. The exciting debut takes place on July 18 in Tustin, California, where Motor1.comwill once again be present to cover the release. Standing at 17 stories tall and 1,000 feet long, the twin blimp hangars constructed in 1942 here are a few of the biggest wood structures ever made.
Production for the C8 will take place in the plant that consistently brandishes All-American pride with quality in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Prototypes of the mid-mounted 'Vette saw their way onto design tables and other forms of conceptualization as far back as the early 1960s and could have been potentially been cleared for production around 2007 if the Great Recession had not occurred. As early as 1955 Corvette production developer Zora Arkus-Duntov was convinced that a mid-engine platform was preferable. Two years later, the Corvette was forced to drop out of the Sebring 12-hour race in 1957, because driver John Fitch's feet were being burned by the exhaust pipes. Zora then immediately began to ponder the logic of placing the heat source behind the driver.
At GM's Milford Proving Grounds test facility in mid-2016, heavily-camouflaged C8's were first caught in action by photographers on the hunt for spy shots. Sources then told the Detroit News that GM was pouring nearly $800 million into the assembly plant at Bowling Green and another paint facility to successfully create the new car. All of us high-performance fans are so excited about the mid-engined Corvette being able to stay alive and survive the brand's shift in priorities to crossover SUV production.
Next January, the Daytona 24-hour race will see the debut of the C8 racing version, set to do battle with other mid-engine competitors such as the Ferrari 488. In the supercar world of today, we understand fully that purists still have a high amount of love for the manual transmission, but the crazy fast automatics of today simply provide less complication without the need for designing a mid-engine transaxle. A legend will surely be born just six days from now in California, and the C8 will surely have the stamina, stealth aggression, and speed chops to instill fear in any ferociously-sworn rival on the track!
As the war between all things truck heats up in dire competition during late summer, the brand-new 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is going to be sporting many new changes, and the Edmunds.com blog provided an in-depth feature about it this past week. All of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chevy of St. Louis agree that the most exciting order of business is the very first one listed: Last year's base 6.0-liter Gasoline V8 sees its replacement of a 6.6-liter V8 that cranks out 401 horsepower and a whopping 464 lb-ft of torque. There is also the option of a 6.6-liter V8 Duramax diesel: the six-speed automatic has now been replaced with a 10-speed, and the results are a hefty 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque for specs.
Extra power results in better hauling and towing ability, but there's much more to the 2020 Silverado 2500HD than the shiny new powertrains: all of the frames have seen greater lengthening and straightening, and it's most noticeable in the crew cab's back seat as the rear legroom has grown by 2.5 inches. The bed is much wider than that of the competition inside, and you can get plenty of use out of the 12-standard tie-downs. All four corners of the bed provide easy access to them, and extended towing mirrors are standard across the board on all 2500 HD trucks.
The Advanced Trailering System offers up to 15 views through 8 cameras, including “Transparent Trailer”: this is one that appears as if you are looking back at traffic through a trailer composed of crystal-clear glass. The hauling and towing features are what Chevy has gone after the most aggressively with the incoming 2020, and the extra space in the crew cab will come in handy when you are conducting weekend rec duty instead of weekday work.
The testing team on duty at Edmundsclaimed that the way in which the front end stays composed when put to the test of driving over bumps and challenging washboard dirt roads was a key ingredient in this winning and burly engineering formula! The competition in the forms of Ram and Ford incorporate solid-axle front ends, and the Chevy 2500HD now rides on front independent suspension, featuring very long low-mounted torsion springs.
These improvements in suspension also are noticeable in the steering element: the Silverado 2500HD uses recirculating ball steering to handle the craziest of loads, and the LTZ and High Country trim levels us Active Hydraulic Assist, which provides a much more natural buildup, and a very centered feel that is more like rack-and-pinion. One other standout element of this amazingly-built truck is the transmission: the way in which it downshifts to hold speed on downgrades is class-leading, and you really do feel the difference during every inch of the drive!
Men's Journal has for decades had the uncanny ability to be in the know about everything current when it comes to tech, tools, and especially the latest in cutting edge and alluring toys. The best performing gear is highlighted in the December issue, and they are always killing it when it comes to trends, style, and hot destinations. All of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis knew they would be excited to check out exactly what would transpire when the muscle car stance and stature of a legendary pony like the Camaro was mashed up with the likes of a stellar SUV.
Last week they recognized just how legendary the reincarnated Blazer is with its well-defined wheel wells, sharp lines, and very detailed bodywork. The testing crew still claims right off the bat that with all sporty influence aside, this is a CUV touting ample cargo space, and plenty of room for five. Features such as the adjustable rear seat, many USB ports, and full-screen infotainment system make for a viable offering for today's standards, at a very attractive entry-level price. The available trim levels are the standard Blazer, shiny Premier, and aggressive and sporty RS. Every trim comes with a mounted 8-inch screen and infotainment system, and the Premier and RS models are powered by the heftier V6 with all-wheel drive.
The RS was the model tested by the Men's Journal staff, and it generates 308 horsepower, while paired to a 9-speed transmission. They appreciated the grumble of the exhaust note, and the way in which the cockpit really derives from the Camaro's flavor and style. Bullet-formation a/c vents, sporty digital instrumentation, and very sleek black leather interior accented with contrasting red stitching. On the highway, the driver enhancements made the Blazer seem as if it was practically on autopilot, as the Rear Cross Traffic Alert injects a slight buzz in the driver seat on either the left or right, depending on how far away the obstacle behind you is.
If you happen to veer too close to the edge of your lane, Lane Keep Assist notifies the driver via a slight turn adjustment and vibrations in the steering wheel. It's always nice to hear from someone firsthand when they are literally blown away by a new driving feature, and these well-seasoned gents said just that about the Chevy Adaptive Cruise Control. On the highway with the cruise control set, the group could sit with their feet flat on the floor while the Blazer easily maintained a safe braking distance in the middle of traffic. Make sure you ask us about the Driver Confidence II Package: it provides for you the adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic alert, as well as the addition of a rearview camera mirror, heated and cooled front and rear seats, surround camera, and an amazing 8-speaker Bose sound system!
Whenever we are directed towards secretive spy shots here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, we realize just how exciting and promising every new vehicle in development is! The massive amount of planning, testing, and engineering involved to finally see the finished product roll off the lot is staggering. Seasoned spy shots experts from Motor1.comset their sights on the range-topping Chevy Tahoe High Country this past week, identified primarily by the visible chrome slats in the grille. There was, as usual, camouflage over the entire body, but the semi-transparent covering over the front also indicates that the headlights are a bit smaller on this model.
It's also very evident from the vehicle's silhouette that the noticeably large and chiseled appearance will still be the same, with more than ample room for hauling and even towing. Spy shots from earlier outings this year revealed that a multi-link independent rear suspension is among the new Tahoe's mechanical differences. This would make for a much smoother ride overall, allowing for the large-sized vehicle to absorb bumps of urban nature and off the beaten path with ease.
Exactly what engines will be inside has been a bit of a challenge to predict, but a close look at the new Cadillac Escalade provides a few valuable clues. The current 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s would possibly carry over at launch, but the smaller powerplant would receive the 10-speed automatic gearbox similar to the 2020 Chevy Silverado pickup. There may even be the addition of a hybrid V8, and the Escalade would still sport its own unique 4.2- liter twin turbo Blackwing V8. We are positive that those with the blessing of growing families as well as blossoming businesses will love the bold styling, and upscale and totally connected cabin as on current models.
Acoustic-laminated windshield and inlaid doors with triple seals help to make the Tahoe a quiet refuge from an increasingly noisy world, and the interior is at tech-savvy as it gets. Up to 7 USB ports, a 110-volt 3-prong outlet, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, and a wireless charging station are all available with the Premier trim. Towing capability is up to 8,600 lbs, which is ample power to tow ATVs, boats, and anything else that would drastically up the fun factor during your next trip. This is one of the best available vehicles we could ever think of in terms of a long trip, and available Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray playback is ideal for keeping those in back entertained. You can absolutely drive with the best in added confidence knowing you are also equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Forward Collision Alert to help you prevent potential harm!
The critical components of cars and trucks that make them the fantastic machines that they are sometimes happen to be a long time coming, forcing loyal buyers to let their excitement mount for the features they love! Chevy has finally introduced a turbodiesel engine which was originally scheduled to arrive later during the 2019 model year, and now officially being introduced as a component on the 2020. The staff on duty at Hotcars.com reported this past week on the 3.0-Liter Duramax inline 6-cylinder turbodiesel, which no doubt sports the necessary features to make it a solid hit with enthusiasts here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis!
As far as the all-important power specifics, they reside at 277 horsepower, and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is much better than the 3.0 – liter diesel situated in the sworn rival in the form of the Ford F-150. That power is also generally very accessible to boot, with max torque occurring between 1,500 and 3,000 RPM. This rugged and robust complete package comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and features incredibly advanced emissions and combustion technology to optimize performance at all times.
As far as pricing, the 3.0 – liter Duramax is priced identically to the 6.2-liter V8, but it is also available on lower trims such as the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country as well. It is exciting to note that this means that this Silverado Duramax is way easier to get set up in than the F-150's diesel variant, which requires the buyer to spring for a Lariat trim as an entry point. The Duramax is a cast aluminum block, that is 25% lighter than an equivalent iron block featuring a variable geometry turbocharger as well as a variable intake manifold. It also boasts ceramic glow plugs and Active Thermal Management to the engine heats up rapidly and doesn't require a block heater until the temperature reaches -22 degrees F.
Exact EPA mileage, towing, and payload figures are still on the way, and the Duramax is expected to arrive on lots late during the summertime. It also comes equipped with an exhaust brake, something you don't enjoy the benefits of when using a gas-powered engine. Beginning with the 2500 Crew Cab 4WD, the maximum towing rating is 18,500 pounds, and the maximum gooseneck towing capability increases by a notable 52% to the segment-leading 35,000 pounds.
Built to stand up easily to the toughest and dirtiest jobs, the all-new Silverado HD is engineered with 7 different types of steel, which each gauge chosen to specifically maximize the capability for a truck that comes right off the line ready to tackle the toughest of hauls, moves, or location scouting duties. The Durabed features 12 standard tie-downs, as well as LED cargo area lighting and a built-in 120 – volt outlet with an all-new side BedStep conveniently situated between the cab and rear wheel!
Nearly 70% of drivers in the US are on the road for less than 60 miles each weekday, which has brought about a high level interest as of late regarding electric cars and their rewarding promise. Driving ranges have gotten further, appearances have improved in a way that to effectively blend in a bit more with other cars on the road, and many consumers have enjoyed the benefit of tax credits with their purchase. Chevy has definitely shown an interest in being very committed to cranking out EVS, and has provided an electric Cadillac concept, as well as a confirmed electric pickup.
Chevy has also claimed to all of us on staff here at Jim Butler of St Louisthat another crossover alongside the Boltis due for construction, which is rumored to be called the Bolt EUV, and it is fairly certain that this is the one caught by the spy photographer for this piece presented last week by Autoblog. It looks a bit more like what the daily driver envisions when a crossover comes to mind, and it's more upright stance is the main characteristic contributing to the blend. Underneath the camo shown in the spy shots it is expected to be larger than the current Bolt, with no exhaust present at all and running in complete silence.
Much of the buzz we have encountered lately has been about a new platform known as BEV3, but we suspect that Chevy also plans to use the current Bolt's BEV2 platform for two new crossovers, as clearly laid out in a presentation two years ago. It has also been confirmed that a hefty amount of finances are being invested into the Lake Orion plant to work on at least one of these two. This could very well be the model that is shown in these shots, and it is not known just how this will affect sales and existence of the original Bolt.
One of the reasons we are so excited to see how the development of these new cars progresses is because of just how revolutionary yet practical the Bolt was. Heralded for literally being the benchmark for mainstream Evs, it boasts an impressive 238 miles of range, for a very reasonable price compared to the likes of the Tesla Model 3. The powertrain provides very punchy acceleration, and nearly twice the range of EVS in a similar price point. The charge-termination feature now has more available levels to reduce overall charging costs, and inflating the tires is easier with the tire-fill alert now as standard. Elmer Kades of consulting firm AlixPartners said it best himself last month when he claimed “Electrification, you cannot stop it anymore – its coming”: the options on the horizon are going to assure that your daily drive will be more beneficial and a step in the right direction for the sustainable greater good!
Some of our regular customers here at Jim Butler had expressed their surprise about one very popular element regarding the 2019 Silverado: they were surprised that it was not offered with the incredibly useful adaptive cruise control. In this day and age that has seen features like this become more and more common, it was definitely one that buyers of upper-level trucks such as the Silverado LTZ or High Country would want included. GM Authority reported this week on the fact that the 2020 Silverado will thankfully and most definitely feature the camera-based adaptive cruise control system.
It is slated to be offered as an optional extra on the Silverado LT, LTZ and High Country, and is one of the best additions ever in terms of maintaining a safe distance in general. A high-mounted camera behind the rearview mirror scans the road and incorporates algorithms and proprietary software to maintain safe driving distance to the vehicle ahead. It also boasts full traffic jam assist capability, which brings the truck to a complete stop when necessary and accelerates back up to cruising speed. Also integrated with the truck's stop/start system, it plays a large part in optimizing fuel efficiency, a big win in the very Eco-conscious state of everything auto-related.
GM has also recently expanded the availability of the L87 6.2-Liter V8 engine to the Silverado Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, and RST trims for 2020. The 10-speed transmission is now going to be available with the L83 5.3-liter V8 Equipped trucks, coming standard on the LT Trail Boss and on the High Country as a new option. Just like standard cruise control, adaptive cruise control uses the On/Off, Cancel, Set, and Resume buttons on the steering wheel. While you are following behind a vehicle and steering, you simply select Far, Medium, or Near, and it will reduce the driver's need to frequently start and stop, a pet peeve of any urban driver.
If the system does not detect a vehicle ahead, Adaptive Cruise Control works just like regular cruise control. When the system detects a vehicle ahead in the driving lane, the Vehicle Ahead Icon appears for the driver in green. When the vehicle detected ahead is within the selected following gap, the system has the ability to automatically accelerate or apply limited braking to maintain the chosen width of the following gap. If the system is controlling speed and detects that the vehicle may collide with the one it is following, the driver receives a very urgent Forward Collision Alert to warn them to quickly take control of the vehicle.
As cars become more autonomous by the year, there will be amazing new features that allow the driver to pay less and less attention to the road. In the meantime, the small steps that lead the way will still leave us amazed by their intensely-honed focus on what is practical for today's driving standards.
The internet is always a great source for us to check in on exactly what's been happening in the auto industry periodically: the many different voices and opinions allow consumers to make the right choice when finding the perfect new vehicle for them. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is a more capable take on the Colorado ZR2, which itself is a very upgraded version of the standard Colorado. The knowledgeable staff on duty at GM Authority kept us up to date on the ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept this week, which it built to display at the Overland Expo West show.
It was to be used at the Overland Expo to gauge interest in a production tray bed conversion for the Colorado, which already has high-clearance fender flares from AEV, allowing them to fit a large 35-inch tire to the mid-size pickup without the need to install lifted suspension. AEV tested the Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept by taking it on a very demanding 3-day expedition in the Altar desert in Mexico, seeing if this amazing and very durable desert-crawling model holds up to its name. There the crew was joined by a group of specially outfitted AEV Jeep Wranglers and nailed down a performance billed by the experts as “flawless” in this harsh terrain.
The Colorado Bison is aimed at overlanding and off-roading enthusiasts, and we love the off-road ready equipment such as the optional intake snorkel, AEV front and rear fascias, new fog lamp, and 17-inch AEV off-road wheels. The option of converting into a ZR2 Bison is available for both the 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter diesel, and you can see it up-close-and-personal at the 2019 Overland Expo West, which is in Flagstaff, Arizona from May 17 to May 19. You can also check out more news regarding the Colorado truck here, as GM Authority provides numerous features about the upcoming 2020 model.
Next year's model will sport a new remote locking tailgate, available as an option on the Work Truck trim. It comes standard on LT, Z71, and ZR2 models. All models also will now get Tire Fill Alert, and LT models will now come standard with the EZ-lift tailgate. Inside, the Chevy Infotainment Premium system with Navigation is replaced with the incoming Chevy Infotainment Plus system: we guarantee that you're going to love the look and functionality it provides. The Colorado is proudly assembled at the GM Wentzville factory right here in Missouri, and operated by GM USA. Feel free to subscribe to always receive the latest and most updated news on the Colorado and all other vehicles, and keep in the loop with all things Chevy for 2019!
One thing that we really appreciate from the folks at carbuzz.com is their recognizing in an article last week that there truly is an all-out American pickup war going on. Our beloved Silverado HD vs. Ford F-250 and the rest of the Super-Duty Lineup is really how the stage has been set as of late, and at lots like Jim Butler, every sale counts! The all-new GMC Sierra HD not only has a carbon fiber bed, but also a six-function MultiPro tailgate, that now comes standard on the SLT, AT4, and Denali variants. The new Silverado HD will now have the MultiPro feature, as a recent report from GM Authority detailed spying a camouflaged 2020 Silverado HD prototype, and the tailgate was clearly situated on board.
The cut lines for the MultiPro were visible behind the prototype's tarp, and many think that the tailgate will also become optional for the light-duty Silverado 1500. It makes sense for the Silverado 1500 to get this upgrade before the HD variant, and we are already positive that a direct response from the Ford camp is underway. This article from January does a great job of outlining all of the advanced towing tech put into the GMC Sierra HD, paving the way a bit for an understanding of just how useful and future-embracing the features that have been arriving at a breakneck pace are.
Known as being “the segment's most innovative tailgate ever” aims to be both flexible and functional while minimizing the effort needed to complete the tougher-laden tasks in your workday. It offers four new positions that were never before possible in a pickup, including a standing workstation. There is also enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop options, easier access to items in the box, and a step entry and egress mode that offers step and seated functionality.
This tailgate has undergone more validation and testing than any other in GM's history, and with the primary gate open, the load stop helps prevent items from unexpectedly sliding out of the box. The inner gate folds down for easy access when loading and unloading the box, and the inner gate folds into a large step for easy entry and exit from the box. The ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release, and the MultiPro tailgate is operated via a two-button touchpad, located at the center of the tailgate just above the GMC logo. The bottom button will drop the entire tailgate, and the top releases the upper part. This was an idea that originated as a result of a very hefty internal competition within GM engineers, and one that you'll realize the practicality-with-a-punch factor on immediately!
Publicly showing off a world-class car that has been anticipated for many years is always an event that involves grinning and gusto: after years of development and testing, there is finally “something to really smile about”. Now that the mid-engined Corvette C8 is officially released, Chevy has had a grand time showing it off at choice spots around the nation. This video shows the camouflaged car driving around the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, giving everyone within earshot an official chance to listen to its glorious V-8 exhaust note.
The C8 will make its completely official, minus-camo debut July 18, and go on sale sometime late this year. Onlookers cheered, stared, and took multiple photos of the sports car at it looped around the front of the museum and then took off, with a full-on acceleration run on the way out. You can very clearly hear the V-8 roar, right down to the dual-mode exhaust that can be heard switching over to the thundering louder setting toward the end of the video. We also expect some custom upgrades to be available that could potentially boost output beyond the C7's 460 horsepower.
You can also make out some rapid shifts at the end of the video which reinforce the notion that the C8 Corvette will incorporate a dual-clutch automatic transmission, A first for any Corvette. Most in the industry believe that this will be the only transmission option, and Chevy plans to drop the manual transmission from the lineup entirely. There are sure to be many tidbits and videos to come over the next few month, and we'll keep you posted and up to date as time passes.
This video from Motor1.com shows another set of C8 Corvette sightings recently captured on video. The narrator aptly compares the Chevy to a McLaren and a Ferrari, and most who have made that comparison have the older Ferrari 360 in mind. The C8 still most definitely possesses an edgy style that is all its own, and as amazing as it is, stealth sightings began 3 years ago. Numerous studies and concept cars over the past few years have finally led to this thrilling release, and this is another great video we dug up online that says just how great the C8 will be for everyone.
It is also estimated that GM has added 400 Jobs in Bowling Green for Mid Engine Corvette C8 Production, another great aspect that provides vitality and strength for the hard-working Americans who have a deep appreciation for every single Chevy that rolls proudly off the line!