ZURICH – At the 2017 Geneva International Motorshow Chevrolet will present its current Performance Car Model Range and unveils a new Camaro concept car.
Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept
This special model combines the qualities of a fast sports coupe for daily road use with the high-performance features for track use on weekends. The Camaro Track Concept, for instance, has special 20-inch wheels with wider tires, a chassis optimized for fast lap times that lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity by thirty millimeters and more powerful Brembo brakes, plus exclusive design features that distinguish this new concept version from more civil Camaro models.
New Camaro with comprehensive enhancements
The sixth-generation of the Chevrolet Camaro has higher levels of performance and technology, lots of interior and exterior refinements, as well as a smaller and lighter vehicle architecture.
To make it not only the best Camaro ever, but one of the most competitive performance cars available, Chevrolet focused on three pillars of development: Design, performance, and technology.
“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” says Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the new Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”
Lightweight architecture and chassis systems
Approximately 70 percent of the architectural components are unique to Camaro. Through extensive computer-aided engineering, structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the total curb weight for the Camaro has been reduced by more than 90 kg.
The Camaro features a new, multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with Camaro-specific geometry. The double-pivot design provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system. At the rear, a new five-link independent suspension yields outstanding wheel control and reduces “squat” during acceleration.
In addition, the Magnetic Ride Control is available on the Camaro V8 for the first time. The active suspension reads road and driving conditions 1,000 times per second, and automatically adjusts the damper settings to optimize ride comfort and control.
World-class performance from an American icon
The new Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by a lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range. Included in this is the first-ever Camaro Turbo engine package, with a new 2.0L turbo at 275 hp (202 kW) and 400 Nm – and which delivers 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in less than six seconds. Even with all this, the new Camaro is the most fuel-efficient ever.
In addition, Chevrolet presents the most powerful Camaro V8 ever, with a new 6.2L LT1 direct-injected Small Block V8 rated at 453 hp (333 kW) and 617 Nm of torque. For the first time, Magnetic Ride Control active suspension is available for the Camaro V8 and costumers can apply an Active Fuel Management (cylinder de-activation technology) for the Camaro V8 Automatic, allowing the car to achieve 25% better fuel efficiency than the previous generation.
The LT1 engine is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission – with new Active Rev Match technology that “blips” the throttle for perfectly timed downshifts – or the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed paddle shift automatic. When equipped with the eight-speed paddle shift automatic the Camaro V8 is capable of sprinting from 0-100 km (0-62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds.
Each engine has been carefully tuned for a distinctive performance sound. All Turbo models feature active noise cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise.
Coupe or Convertible
The sixth generation Camaro can be had in either Coupe or Convertible body styles. The Convertible benefits heavily from the new lightweight architecture and modular underbody bracing, which significantly improves performance and handling. What's more, the fully automatic soft top can be operated remotely via the key fob or from inside at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph). The top takes just 20 seconds to cycle both up and down and folds away neatly beneath a hard tonneau cover.
Corvette Grand Sport
With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. In keeping with the time-honored tradition of the Grand Sport launched in 1963, the third Corvette model range complements its Stingray and Z06 sister models.
Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, high-performance chassis components from the Z06, Michelin summer tires and a naturally aspirated engine.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers up to 1.2 g in cornering capability with the available Z07 package.
“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years, and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” emphasizes Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link, and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
Available as coupe and convertible the Corvette Grand Sport is on sale since early 2017 for
€ 94,900 respectively € 99,900 (Germany) or CHF 106,400 respectively CHF 111,500 (Switzerland).
Content highlights for the Grand Sport include:
In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.
Grand Sport models are offered with the Corvette range’s full exterior color selection and 3LT trim from the Stingray. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered.
Corvette Z06 – the most capable Corvette ever
The Corvette Z06 is located at the intersection of Le Mans and the autobahn. A true world-class supercar and the most powerful and most technologically advanced Corvette ever. As the seventh generation of the iconic car from the early 1950s, the new Z06 presents itself with a lightweight and rigid aluminum space frame as well as a supercharged 6.2L aluminum V8 engine. Prices start from € 116,500 (Germany) and CHF 128’900 (Switzerland)
The Z06 and the C7.R race car share unprecedented levels of engineering and components, including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies. With the Stingray as a foundation, the Z06 and C7.R were co-developed to push the envelope of performance beyond expectation. The 2017 Corvette Z06 is a street-legal race car with an outstanding price-performance ratio and will be offered in coupe and convertible models.
The Corvette Z06’s capability is rooted in its LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine with fuel injection, Active Fuel Management™ with cylinder deactivation and infinitely variable valve actuation. The highly efficient engine is certified with 659 hp (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 881 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm – making it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in Europe.
With the available Z07 package, its capability enables 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.4 seconds with the eight-speed automatic and 3.8 seconds with the seven-speed manual transmission. It offers lateral acceleration of 1.2 g and 100-0 km/h braking in only 30.3 meters.
The Z07 package adds adjustable rear and interchangeable front aero components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires for enhanced grip and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced un-sprung weight.
With a choice of transmissions as well as Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management™ (cylinder deactivation) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing, Z06 is a powerful, efficient sports car.
Designed for downforce
To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06’s performance targets, the car is fitted with larger Michelin tires. And to cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 56 mm at the front and 80 mm at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance further emphasized by a unique rear fascia.
To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 is tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that enhances tire grip at high speeds.