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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Gets $31,800 Worth of Mods

Aside from its versatility and power, the real fun in owning a pickup truck comes in the variety of aftermarket modifications that you can put into it. With that, one owner of a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado seemingly took things too far in the customization process until he ended up spending $31,800 into the vehicle.

The price tag is already enough to buy you a nice car. In fact, you can already buy a Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan just by adding $700 into the said amount. So is it worth spending that much in the Silverado? The owner who goes by the name Chevy Dude on YouTube gives us a rundown on the mods he made for the truck that cost him that much.

According to the video, the pickup truck uses the LTZ trim of the Silverado that is worth $50,295 alone. The vehicle is equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine priced at $2,495, then it is fitted with the $550 Z71 package that includes Rancho shocks and skid plates. Moreover, it receives the spray-in bed liner for $545 as well as the LTZ Premium Package, which gives the auto a powered liftgate and navigation system, among others.

Breaking down the aftermarket options totaling to $21,000, the upgrade includes a two-tone paint, six-inch lift, running boards, exhaust system with blacked-out exhaust tips, a set of BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, Black Widow trims, and tinted window.

Going inside reveals high-quality leather seats emblazoned with the Black Widow logo, heated seats, sunroof, LED footwell lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and gloss black highlights on the side panels and center console.

Overall, most of the add-ons may not be needed, but if the added appeal, luxury, comfort, and performance that the package offers to the Chevrolet Silverado are put to the table, then everything is justifiable.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Versus 2019 Corvette C7

It’s a battle of Corvettes wherein one is mid-engined and the other is front-engined. Recently, the debate as to whether or not the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is quicker than the 2019 Corvette C7 was settled at the Grattan Raceway in west Michigan.

Both cars were equipped with the track-focused Z51 Performance Package for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The two were also fitted with adaptive dampers and they feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The C8 and C7 were wearing Corvette-specific Michelin tires but the C8 had the new Pilot Sport 4S rubber while the C7 settled for the old Pilot Super Sports tires. Then as mentioned, the C8 features a mid-engine setup while the C7 had its engine positioned in front.

The electronic stability control (ESC) of the cars was deactivated so that the organizers could make a more accurate comparison of the chassis differences of the vehicles. Next, the RaceLogic VBox LapTimer of the Corvettes was activated for more precise data logging.

The face-off between the Corvettes took place in a 2.2-mile stretch for each lap. After 6 laps, the C8 finished faster with a lap time of 1:26.1 as opposed to the C7’s 1:27.0, which is nearly a second difference. The older car appeared to close the gap in some instances but the C8 was just too much for it.

The C8 was more agile and it conquered corners more smoothly than the C7. Furthermore, the tires of the newer Corvette were more planted on the ground during the event.

Overall, the Corvette C8 managed to hold its own against its predecessor with its better performance and better handling.

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra To Receive Interior Upgrades Soon

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Reports are coming in and it looks like the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra, both 2019 models just released, will get an interior update for the 2021 model year.

So, why is a major change coming to both models after the launch of an all-new model? It doesn’t seem like the type of plans Chevrolet is known for—launching 2019 models and bringing significant changes (albeit in the interior) in under two years. But GM isn’t working on its own timeline. It’s working against Ram’s all-new 2019 1500 pickup.

The positive response to the new 1500 pickup was enough for GM to want to start anew for its Silverado and Sierra. The plan is to fit these two models with a more upscale interior—especially on the higher-end trim levels.

The report did not give any more details about what the changes could be. It described only a revised center stack that will feature a larger infotainment screen. The materials and smaller details used in the interior will be changed to make way for more environmentally-efficient materials. And since there are criticisms against the Silverado’s and Sierra’s exterior design, maybe we can expect a few tweaks in that direction, too.

With a new Ford F-150 coming in 2021, these proposed changes in the Silverado and the Sierra are not too far-fetched.

Thought the interior for the current cars is not bad, it didn’t have any major upgrades from their 2017 models. And that’s a bad thing, considering the number of new technologies that have been launched since then. Ram, on the other hand, probably has one of the most beautiful and generous interior setups of all time.

Sales for both the GM trucks have been falling while the Ram 1500 truck continues to report soaring figures, thanks in part to the success of the previous-generation Ram Classic.

5 Options You Can Choose For The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette isn’t available for purchase yet, but Chevy released an online configurator that we can have all fun with. There are a lot more options than ever before for the mid-engined sports car.

Here are eight of the options you just need to choose for the best-looking and best-performing 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette:

1. Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic

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There are 12 colors you can choose from: black, white, silver, gray, red, bronze, orange, and yellow. There are two different shades of blue—the Rapid Blue and the Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic. The latter is the more exotic hue of blue available. The Rapid is a lighter shade.

2. Visible Carbon Fiber

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If you’ll have the removable top, you can customize it with a carbon-fiber lid with a transparent finish instead of the standard body color. The transparent lid lets you see the carbon weave. This is a cool option because it will shed some weight off.

3. Z51 Performance Package

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This package adds the performance exhaust that brings five more horsepower and five pound-feet of torque. After the package is applied, the total output would be 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The performance package is also bundled with higher performance suspension, larger brakes, electronic limited-slip differential, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

4. Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke

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There are six wheels options to choose from, but the rim design that stands out is the Trident Spoke. It has a five-spoke design with Y-shaped elements. The design is available in three finishes: black and silver, Spectra Gray Machined finish and dark gray with silver. The Spectra Gray, with its two-tone look, is the coolest option.

5. Carbon Fiber Exterior Accents

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The carbon fiber option is available not only on the removal top, but also on the mirror caps, the front bumper side vents, the front splitter, and the side skirts.

Hennessey Provides 1139 HP to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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While everyone’s attention at the moment is focused on the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, another Chevy, the Corvette ZR1, just made the headlines too because Hennessey Performance Engineering revealed its new tuning package for it.

HPE just gave us a preview of the most powerful Corvette ZR1 to date by giving it a boost to bring its total output to a whopping 1,139 hp while its torque going to the rear wheels reached 994 lb-ft.  An E85 fuel was used for the car during the dyno testing.

In comparison, the stock configuration of the Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. HPE’s tune raised the figured by a mindblowing 384 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. The difference is already nearly the power of a high-performance car like the new Mercedes-AMG CLA45 with 387 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

When the Corvette ZR1 made its debut, HPE promised that it would be working on models of the car to raise its bar to up to 1,200 hp. Being true to its word, the unit we are looking at here is only 61 hp below that target.

HPE didn’t reveal the full details surrounding the performance upgrades of the Corvette ZR1. The description of the video mentioned though that its supercharger was tweaked to deliver 13 psi.

The sweet sound of the vehicle’s V8 unit can be heard as its pedal was put to the metal. It’s also worth noting that due to the enormous power of the car, it’s digital speedometer was already going nuts and hitting the numbers by tens.

Watch the video showing the dyno testing of the HPE-enhanced Corvette ZR1 below:

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray Officially Unveiled

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The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray was just unveiled. The car features a mid-engine setup, which is a first for the Corvette series.

The mid-engine configuration for the Corvette is not entirely a new idea from Chevrolet. More than half a century ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov already conceived such, and it spawned several prototypes along the way. It’s only now that his vision has been realized for the range.

Power

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The C8 is equipped with its maker’s new LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine. It is derived from the LT1 unit found in the C7 but it features an all-new architecture because of the new engine placement in the C8.

The power unit produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. With Chevy’s optional Z51 Performance Package, the numbers are subtly raised at 495 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. The output is distributed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with an option to switch towards manual using the paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel.

Chevy promises a 0-60 mph sprint from the C8 in under three seconds. In comparison, the C7 does that in 2.8 seconds, so that’s a good start for the C8, which is expected to spawn more powerful trims.

Styling

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Traces of the C7 can be seen in the design of the C8. However, the C8 distinguishes itself from its predecessor with its cleaner but sportier look showcasing huge side intakes. Like the older models, this one also offers an open-air driving experience through its detachable roof. The front end of the vehicle can be elevated too in order to provide some ground clearance when passing through those pesky speed bumps.

Interior

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The C8 has an aeronautical-themed interior inspired by the F22 and F35 jets, and it also draws inspiration from the layout of Formula 1 cars. Two digital displays adorn its cockpit but it ditches the popular approach of automakers nowadays that prefer touchscreen controls over the physical ones. Instead, the Chevy still uses a lot of buttons to control its key functions such as climate control, suspension, and drive mode, among others.

Availability and Pricing

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The Chevy will start the production of the new C8 in the late part of 2019. It is expected to arrive in dealerships next year. The company said that the car will have a starting price less than the $60,000 mark.

Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming On July 18

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For years, a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette was like a mystical creature we cannot fathom if real or not. But the 2020 C8 Corvette has just made its first public appearance in New York City with full-on leopard-print camouflage and towing General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

The production trim will be making its first public appearance on July 18 at a location that’s still to be determined. Expect the production version to be made available for sale next year. This new Corvette is the eighth generation of America’s greatest sports car and it features the most radical engineering change since it first debuted in 1953.

The change comes from moving the engine from under the hood (which made it possible for the car to have a shorter hood than most) to tucked between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels (as evident of the big air scoops ahead of the rear wheels).

Nearly all of the world’s fastest and most maneuverable cars put their engines behind the passengers. This setup allows the driver to better handle the car because the weight of the engine is in the middle, which means better balance and plenty of grip in corners. It also provides better traction for the rear wheels.

According to Car & Driver, the C8 Corvette will launch in Stingray trim, which will use an updated version of the car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces around 500 horsepower. There will be many high-performance options that we can choose from once the production version is ready. Sadly, a manual transmission is not in the mix.

The C7 Stingray has a starting price of $56,995. Some auto pundits predict that Chevrolet will increase that price by $5,000, putting the entry-level C8 Corvette in the $62,000 mark. Based on the projected specifications of the new mid-engined Corvette, that’s pretty reasonable.

Top 4 Features 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features a lot of new upgrades compared to the 2018 model. Among the updates include a new engine, larger space on the rear bed, changes on the dimensions and new trims.

Appearance

There’s no noticeable change in the design of the pickup truck. However, it gains a few chunks of metal that increases its length by 1.6 inches and wheelbase by 3.9 inches. The extra size translates to a roomier interior and a total bed space of 63 cu ft.

Despite its added measurements, the vehicle is 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the V8 version of the auto can now tow as much as 13,200 pounds and haul up to 3,270 pounds.

Engine

At present, the Silverado has two new engines to choose from. The additional engines are the new 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and 2.7-liter inline-four units. The 2.7-liter engine replaces Chevy’s old 4.3-liter V6. A 3.0-liter “Duramax” inline-six version will arrive soon. Six-speed and eight-speed automatic transmission systems are available for the pickup truck.

The most fuel-efficient variant is the 2.7-liter-equipped Silverado 1500. The EPA figures of the vehicle are 20 mpg in city and 23 mpg in highway.

Pricing

The base trim of the 2019 Silverado pickup costs $31,290. The most expensive variant is the High Country trim with a starting price of $55,990. The amount can go up depending on the extra-packages and customization options installed by the owner though.

Tech

The new Silverado does not offer the same level of fancy equipment offered by its competitors but going for the LT will at least get you an eight-inch touchscreen that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity plus a 4G LTE wireless integration for up to seven smart devices.

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2019 Chevy Blazer Crossover Starts At $29,995

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The bold new looks of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover can be yours for only $29,995. That’s the base price, which will come complete with a naturally-aspired four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Not bad, considering that the price falls below the 2019 Ford Edge’s $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano’s $31,795.

The Chevy Blazer L, the base model, will also get a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the four-cylinder engine. Front-wheel drive will be standard to the variant. Inside, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and starting, heated mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are two other variants and trim levels available for this midsize crossover, but the company has not revealed their pricing details just yet. There’s the RS and the Premier, both of which have bigger wheels and styled rather more aggressive than the Chevy Blazer L.

The two trim levels are also packing the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes a whopping 305 horsepower. This is an option for the L trim, but Chevy has not made the option price available yet. All-wheel drive is available on all trims, but the front-wheel setup will be standard.

If you want more style and convenience, Chevy is also offering the Blazer crossover with a host of cool features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats and the rear-camera mirror first found on Cadillacs.

You would think that Chevy will find a way to lower the price to around $25,000 when it announced the bold styling of the new Blazer. The price is fairly competitive when put alongside its more dominant competitors such as the Edge and the Murano. For its two-row capacity and plenty of cargo space, the 2019 Chevy Blazer should challenge the segment well enough.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS Commands A $24,995 Price

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At this year’s New York Auto Show, Chevrolet announced that its 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS, the brand’s sporty sedan, should sell for $25,000. Reports recently find a buying guide that shows the package for the midsize sedan will be priced at $24,120 plus an $875 destination charge. That’s a total of $24,995.

The Malibu RS will exactly be $1,000 less than the lower LS trim, which sells $23,995 after the destination charge.

The Malibu RS, together with all the other 2019 Malibu lineup, will have reworked front and rear fascias. Its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will produce 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque will be paired with a CVT instead of the six-speed automatic in the current model. This is the brand’s first use of the CVT in a non-hybrid model aside from the subcompact Spark.

Once inside the cabin, you will notice that the infotainment screen grew by an inch to a total of eight inches and the Malibu RS will also enjoy the brand’s Infotainment 3 system. The steering wheel is going to be wrapped in leather. The shift knob will also get the same treatment to complement the black cloth seats.

And that’s not all because the 2019 Malibu RS will also add a black sport grille and black Bowties, black mirror caps, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust, and 18-inch wheels to wrap off the new look.

The Malibu RS is Chevrolet’s entry into the field of aggressive mid-size sport sedans. Pricing it under $25,000 is a smart move considering that the Toyota Camry SE sells for $26,470 and the Honda Accord Sport is priced at $26,675. However, the sporty Mazda 6 Sport lies beneath the Malibu RS with a $23,895 price tag.

By comparison, the 2019 Ford Fusion is selling for $32,065 and the 2019 Dodge Charger for $28,995.

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