The 2018 Chevy Camaro SS Is A Toy For BIG Kids

The Chevrolet Camaro holds a special place in my heart, mainly because the 1992 Camaro Z28 was my first car. Under the hood was a 5.0L V8, which was good for a little over 200 horsepower – not bad for the time. My car had a 4-speed automatic transmission but was available with a 5-speed manual. I was the coolest guy at Saint John Vianney High School (in my mind) with that car… It was fast, looked cool, and I could fit all three of my best friends in it!

Fast forward to 2018 and you have the Chevy Camaro SS with a 6.2L engine. The Corvette derived pushrod V8 is good for 455 horsepower and 455 pounds of torque. Off the line you can do 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat with the 8-speed automatic transmission and 4.3 seconds with the manual. That is Porsche territory for a vehicle that starts at $38,000. The vehicle is obviously no slouch when it comes to raw power, but the new Camaro also makes a decent road course track car. Powerful Brembo brakes are standard on the SS model, as well as, a drive selection mode to tailor the car’s driving dynamics based upon on-road or track use. The noticeable differentiators with each drive mode are throttle response, shift points (automatic), body roll (with optional magnetic ride), the exhaust note, and how much or little the stability computer will let you slide the rear end before it catches you. When going around tight corners, the Camaro SS felt heavy in the front, which lead to significant understeer. But thanks to the immensely powerful V8, you can gently create rotation by carefully applying throttle to the rear wheels.  Continue Reading →

The Bolt… It’s Electric!

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There is no doubt that electric cars are taking over. Tesla started the modern day electric war, but GM is the first to give us an everyday affordable EV – one that you could theoretically use as one an only car.

I want to stress affordable and only car in previous statement, because yes the Nissan Leaf is affordable, but its range is poor. The Leaf will go only go 124 miles per charge. BMW’s and Smart’s options are not any better. The Chevy Bolt on the other hand will go 238 miles per charge. Tesla’s model S will go 335 miles on a charge, but the Tesla costs over twice as much the Bolt: $82,000 versus $36,000.

The Bolt’s range is key to me for being a one car household. The 200+ mile range means that you can drive all over town or to the next town over without having to worry about mobile charging stations. With the Leaf and BMW electric vehicles I tested, I felt range anxiety. Versus with the Bolt, I was able to drive it all week on one charge – and I drive a lot!

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Some may argue the Bolt looks too sci-fi for their tastes, even more so than a Tesla, but shouldn’t a car from the future look high tech. I enjoyed the minimalist design and the use of recycled plastics – it made me feel as if I was doing my part to help the environment. It has that Silicon Valley California vibe, which is a good thing. I could get use to the look…

The only thing I couldn’t get use to was ultra power saving mode. In this mode, you use the accelerator pedal (the gas pedal) to speed up the car by pressing it down as well as slow down the car significantly by lifting off the pedal. In this mode, the regenerative brakes are applied to charge the battery whenever possible – ie when you are not adding accelerating. Luckily you can turn this feature off and drive the Bolt like a normal car with the use both an accelerator pedal and brake pedal.

Visit your local Chevrolet dealer to test a Bolt out yourself or learn more about this all electric vehicle on Chevy’s website.

Is the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe a four passenger Corvette?

When I read the headlines that the Cadillac ATS-V has a 464HP motor under the hood, my mind immediately raced… Does the ATS-V have the same 464HP pushrod V8 from the Cheverolet Corvette? The answer is no, it is even better! The Corvette’s pushrod V8 is archaic when compared to dual overhead cam engines found in the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type, but the Corvette is faster car around the track. As the saying goes, why fix it if it isn’t broken! Unfortunately (but fortunately), the engineers at GM couldn’t fit the Corvette’s massive 6.2L V8 engine into the Cadillac ATS-V. So they beefed up a modern 3.6L V6 with overhead cams and added dual-turbochargers to bring up the power to an evenly matched 464HP. That is over 40% more horsepower per liter than the Corvette!


Despite the Cadillac ATS-V’s horsepower per liter advantage, the 3.6L engine produces 20 pounds of torque less than the Corvette’s 6.2L motor. This paired with being a heavier car than the Corvette means that the zero-to-sixty times are slowed down to 3.8 seconds (compared to the Corvette’s 3.7 seconds). Maybe slow isn’t the right word because they are both faster in a straight line than the $110,000 Porsche 911 4S, and arguably quicker around a racetrack too. The Cadillac ATS-V starts at $60,696 and the Corvette starts at $55,450.

Both the Cadillac ATS-V and the Corvette come standard with sticky Michellin Pilot Super Sport tires design for performance driving both on and off the track, they both also feature best in class Brembo Brakes (arguably the best high performance brake manufacture for road cars), and they both have a sports tuned suspension with magnetic ride (optional on the Corvette). Options on both vehicles include extended use of carbon fiber and authentic Racaro seats in front. Racaro seats are synonymous with racing because of the way they hug your body while cornering and the back support provided for endurance racing.


So with the performance line drawn so closely, is the Cadillac ATS-V a four passenger Corvette? The awnser is no, because nothing can replace the allure of America’s most iconic sports. But it does offer a new luxurious option for those who want Corvette, but need a four passenger vehicle. It is perfect car for those who want a 189 mph track capable sports car that can take the kids to school.

Click here for more information about the Cadillac ATS-V or visit your local Cadillac dealer.

The 2016 Camaro RS Converted Me…


Outside of a brief period in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Ford Mustang was my vehicle of choice in the “Pony Wars.” The Mustang had great styling and a strong culture behind the name. In the previous couple generations, the Camaro one upped the Mustang with independent suspension, but with premium leather and soft touch materials, the Mustang’s interior was far superior than the Camaro.

All of that has changed with the 2016 Camaro. Chevrolet stepped up there game with a modern interior fit for a premium sports car. The Camaro RS with a few small upgrades offers beautifully wrapped leather seats, also with a leather arm rest, gear shifter, and steering wheel. Chrome accents are masterfully placed to infused to give the interior a sporty and modern look. The large touchscreen display is at finger tips reach for audio, navigation, and other infotainment controls. I love the new climate controls; simply turn the center air vents up or down adjust the temperature.

Now take that premium interior and pair it with a V6 and you have the perfect sports coupe for daily driving. I say perfect because it gets great gas mile and has plenty of power to have fun with, 335 horse power to be exact. If you want even more fun, opt for the sport exhaust, which enhances the exhaust note. It makes the V6 sound better and louder than the V8, plus it offers a slight increase in horsepower… Who doesn’t love a good roar? The vehicle I tested was the 8-speed automatic varient, which Chevrolet claims shifts faster than a manual transmission and just as fast as a dual-clutch transmission. The vehicle is able to roll through the gears almost instantly in fully automatic mode, but I noticed a tiny lag when using the paddle shifters to control the gearbox.


Not seen, but easy to feel are the structural and suspension improvements to the 2016 Camaro. The new vehicle is 390 pounds lighter and the body 28% more ridged than the previous generation; this means improved handling and car control…. Finally a Camaro worthy of competing in an Autocross course.

In summary, the new Camaro has won over fanboys, at least this one! Find out more by visiting your local dealer or by clicking here to visit the Chevrolet website.

The Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is the best mid-sized pickup truck on the market!

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If you are looking for a truck that is easy to drive, can comfortably seat 4 to 5 passengers and has a bed that is big enough for most home improvement projects … then the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is your truck!

What I like most about the Colorado is that is the perfect size. It is big enough so you are high off the ground, but not so big that it is intimidating to drive. Because of its size and weight, the Chevrolet Colorado feels solid on the highway. 

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The interior of the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is sporty. Its leatherette and cloth seats are built to be durable and stylish. They remind me of something you might find in a Camaro. The hub of the car is the 8″ MyLink infotainment center. It is powered by OnStar and features access to your navigation system, phone via Bluetooth, and all of your multimedia controls. If you are having trouble locating a venue, you can call OnStar to find it for you. They will then automatically input into your car’s navigation system. In the event of an emergency, you can call for help.

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The bed of the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 comes in two sizes: short box and long box. The short box version that I test was perfect for my trip to Home Depot. I picked up a power washer and patio furniture with room to spare. The EZ-lift tailgate made it quick to load the truck. The rear bumper has a built-in step, which gives easy access to bed. An optional bed liner will protect the bed from scratches.

If off-roading is more of your thing, the Z71 trim level offers an off-road suspension, locking rear differential and transfer case shield. Large Goodyear Wrangler tires are also equipped. I didn’t get a chance to fully test the off-road capabilities, but the truck felt great on a gravel road.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is a sexy looking truck, it feels solid on the road, offers a comfortable ride, and is perfect for hauling… It is no wonder why Motor Trend named it their truck of the year… It’s mind too!