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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: We Get a 755-HP Thrill Ride around Willow Springs

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“We broke a lot of dynamometers testing this engine,” explained Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s chief engineer for small-block engines, before handlers strapped us into the passenger seat of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for a few laps of Willow Springs International Raceway. It’s understandable, because the engine to which Lee referred is the ultra-Vette’s supercharged LT5 V-8; its 755 horsepower cracked exhaust piping with its heat and decimated flex plates at General Motors’ engine-testing facility. It’s a common problem among blown V-8s making this much power, it seems—Dodge faced similar challenges developing the 840-hp supercharged Hemi V-8 for its Challenger Demon. READ MORE ››


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2017 Bentley Bentayga Retested: Corvette Z06–like Acceleration Confirmed

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What It Is: Currently the fastest (187 mph) and most expensive SUV on the market, the Bentayga is Bentley’s opening salvo to the ever-expanding SUV ranks, and it stands alone as the only nameplate—not simply a more powerful and gussied up variant—to start north of $ 200,000. However, other ultraluxury makers, among them Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Maybach, Aston Martin, and likely even Ferrari, are rushing to join this party as swiftly as possible. A twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 making 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque endows the roughly Audi Q7–sized Bentayga—no surprise given that it’s based on the Audi’s bones—with mega thrust. When called on, the Bentayga points its nose skyward (not unlike many of its owners) and then charges forward like it’s trying to escape the atmosphere. The pricing of this four- or five-seat über ute (a third-row option is being added for 2018) accelerates just about as quickly, with nearly endless options small and large, even including unusual and comprehensive falconry and fly-fishing packages as well as a $ 170,000 Tourbillon by Breitling timepiece. READ MORE ››


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Spot the Improvements! 2018 Chevrolet Corvette and Z06 Receive Minor Updates

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While we all wait, patiently and otherwise, for the Chevrolet Corvette lineup’s mighty 2018 ZR1 to appear, the regular Corvette and Z06 models dive into 2018 with a minimum of changes and a neat Carbon 65 special edition. Don’t worry, a 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 is still standard on the Stingray, while the Z06’s 650-hp supercharged V-8 hasn’t gone anywhere, either.

Starting with the Stingray, Chevrolet has upped the standard wheel package an inch in diameter to 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, added five new wheel choices overall, and broken out the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension as a stand-alone option. (Previously, it was bundled with the Z51 performance package or a separate appearance package.) Exciting stuff, we know, but wait until you hear about the higher-resolution feed from the backup camera, the “enhanced head-up-display rotation setting,” and the handful of new interior and exterior color combinations.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon 65 edition

For the Z06, the story is much the same, with new wheels (including one with a yellow stripe!) and more comprehensive data points (including individual wheel speeds, suspension movements, yaw rate, and intake air and ambient air temperatures) for the optional Performance Data recorder. Like the Stingray, the Z06 receives a better backup-camera feed, improved head-up-display adjustability, and new color choices inside and out.



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That’s not a big list, but at least it’s accompanied by not-big year-over-year price hikes. Chevrolet is charging customers just $ 45 more for a Stingray or a Z06 for 2018, bringing those models’ base prices to $ 56,490 and $ 80,490.

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