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2013  Camaro ZL1

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2013 Camaro ZL1

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Grace

The 2013  Camaro ZL1 is the highest performing production Camaro of all time. With jaw-dropping output figures like 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V-8, this car is barely street legal. It has been tested on some of the most rigorous tracks around the world, even clocking 7:41.27 at Nürburgring. Chevy built the ZL1 to be track capable right off the lot.

Power and performance comes with a relatively inexpensive price tag starting at $54,095 before taxes, licensing and a destination charge. But this Camaro will be hard to get your hands on; they are rolling off showroom floors faster than the ZL1 can lap Nürburgring.

 

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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Grace

The Chevrolet Camaro has taken the sports car segment by storm since the introduction of it’s  fifth-generation in 2010. Camaro outsold its biggest rival the Ford Mustang this year, for the second year in a row.

Camaro isn’t the only Chevrolet that boasts impressive sales numbers for 2011. Twice as many Corvettes sold this year than its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911. See full press release below.

Official Press Release

DETROIT – Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance brand, with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States in 2011.

Chevrolet accounted for 37 percent of the sports-car segment last year, selling 88,249 Camaros, which surpassed its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units. That lead is expected to increase when the new Camaro ZL1 goes on sale this month.

 

Chevrolet accounted for 28 percent of the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, selling 13,164 Corvettes. Currently the only domestic car in the segment, Corvette more than doubled the sales of its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911.

 

Top 5 Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
1. Chevrolet Camaro 88,249 37% 1. Chevrolet Corvette 13,164 28%
2. Ford Mustang 70,438 29% 2. Porsche 911 6,016 13%
3. Dodge Challenger 39,534 16% 3. BMW 6-Series 3,903 8%
4. Honda CR-Z 11,330 5% 4. BMW Z4 3,479 7%
5. Hyundai Veloster 9,284 4% 5. Mercedes  SLK 3,220 7%

 

“With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.”

 

“And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar,” Reuss said. “They will discover what enthusiasts already know – that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world’s best performance cars for the money.”

 

To demonstrate the capabilities of the Corvette and Camaro, Chevrolet recently tested full-production models with no performance modifications on the “Grand Course” at Virginia International Raceway. The Grand Course configuration is a challenge for production cars because it requires prodigious power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap.

 

In a 2012 Corvette ZR1, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, Corvette engineer Jim Mero lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car.

 

In a 2012 Camaro ZL1, Camaro engineer Aaron Link lapped the Grand Course in 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on the same track.

 

Car and Driver Magazine, which conducts the annual Lightning Lap shootout at Virginia International Raceway, called the track “the nearest thing to the Nurburgring’s fabled Nordschleife.”

 

“The Grand Course at VIR is an excellent test of all-around vehicle performance,” said

 

Reuss.  “Like the Nurburgring, a single lap at VIR tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip and chassis balance.  To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car.”

 

The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful vehicle Chevrolet has ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LS9 V-8 delivering 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight material used for structural components on the ZR1 including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. As a result, the ZR1 is also the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $112,575, including destination.

 

The Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LSA V-8 delivering 580-horsepower, and 556 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most-sophisticated Camaro ever, with exclusive performance technologies including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension. Other standard performance features include six-piston Brembo brakes, and coolers for the rear differential, brakes, and transmission. As a result, the ZL1 is also the most-capable Camaro ever, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 184 mph, and lapping the famed Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $54,995, including destination.

 

Both Corvette and Camaro have also recently been recognized by IntelliChoice as the best overall value in their segments – further evidence that consumers get more performance for their money from Chevrolet.

 

 

 

 

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Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

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Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

Posted on 12 January 2012 by Grace

Chevrolet is celebrating Corvette’s 60th Anniversary in the best way possible, by releasing a powerful special edition Vette.

The Corvette 427 is a convertible with 427-cubic-inch engine under the hood. The special edition’s name pays homage to the 427 block that powered Vettes in the past.

This Corvette will pack a punch that will surely earn the respect of car enthusiasts. It’ll offer 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the only available gearbox, and the driveline and rear axle are borrowed from the Z06, too.

Also this car is loaded with features like Magnetic Ride Control, a trunk-mounted battery, special wheels (19-inchers up front, 20s in the rear), to name a few.

This beauty is scheduled to hit dealerships early this summer. Visit Ron Tonkin Chevrolet to see their wide selections of Corvettes.

 


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Centennial Corvette Z06

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Centennial Corvette Z06

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Grace

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, GM released the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06. This Vette was a century in the making and worth the wait! This 100th anniversary sports car pays homage to Chevrolet’s performance heritage with a package inspired by Chevrolet’s daredevil racing spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sleek sports car commands attention with carbon flash metallic paint, large wheels and red accents on both the brake calipers and wheels.

Inside, the exterior theme is reflected with black leather seats and red stitching. Badges of Louis Chevrolet are featured on the B-pillars, wheel center caps, and steering wheel.

Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 is now available!

 

 

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Grace

NADAguides.com an online provider of new and used vehicle pricing information, announced that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has been awarded the NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze beat out ten highly qualified competitors. The 11 cars were considered based upon performance, styling and design, fuel ratings, safety features and cost of ownership.

The Cruze was named the ‘Car of the Year’ because it’s an overall fantastic value.  It combines comfort, fuel economy and safety in a stylish package.

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Chevy Spark World Debut

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Chevy Spark World Debut

Posted on 08 November 2011 by Grace

At this month’s LA Auto Show, the Chevrolet Spark is set to make it’s world debut. Lucky visitors to the LA Auto Show will have the first peek at the all electric Chevy.

This new micro-compact will add a youthful edgy-feel to the Chevy lineup. The Spark is equipped with an all electric motor, 114 hp and optional touchscreen radio. The Spark is expected to have superior speed, space and style to any car in it’s segment.

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100 Years of Chevrolet

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100 Years of Chevrolet

Posted on 03 November 2011 by Grace

Today marks the official 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. To celebrate GM is pulling out all the stops, from a commercial that highlights Chevrolet’s legacy to a Pandora station that plays 100 Chevy-themed songs.

Here in Portland, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is celebrating with a classic car display. Our lot has turned into memory lane with classic Chevrolets dating back to the 1930s.

Below are photos of some of the classic cars at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet. For more information call 503-255-4100

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Top Ten Reasons To Buy a Camaro

Posted on 29 October 2011 by Grace

1. The current Camaro is the modern inspiration of the Classic American Sports Car – the Sports Car for the 21st century

2. Camaro is offered in both coupe and convertible models

3. Camaro is one of the hottest cars in the industry, the car to see and be seen in

4. Camaro’s 3.6L V6and 6.2 L V8 powertrains set the standard for fuel efficiency and performance in the segment

5. Camaro SS with 6-speed manual offers 426hp and 420 lb. ft. of torque

6. Camaro SS with 6-speed automatic transmission features Active Fuel Management and achieves EPA-estimated 16/25 with 400 hp/410 lb.-ft. of torque

7. Every Camaro comes standard with six months of OnStar Directions & Connections, which features turn by turn navigation

8. Camaro safety features include such standard equipment as six air bags, StabiliTrak; Traction Control, ABA and OnStar Advanced Crash Response

9. Camaro RS Exterior Appearance Package HID Halo Ring headlamps sets itself apart on the road

10. There is no other coupe on the road like this for under 30k

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Clasic Chevys

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Centennial Celebration

Posted on 28 October 2011 by Grace

Celebrate Chevrolet’s Centennial at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet!

Clasic Chevys

Stop by Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Thursday, November 3rd to see locally owned, classic, Chevrolet cars. Between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. our lot will turn into memory lane. Take a stroll and experience Chevy’s legacy of greatness.

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Portland Sonic Adventure

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Portland Sonic Adventure

Posted on 28 October 2011 by Grace

People are flooding into Chevy showrooms around the country to take a Sonic for a spin. The Sonic is a new favorite among car enthusiasts, press, and customers alike. What makes this car stand out in the competitive subcompact segment? In short, the Sonic has a sporty style with a motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster, a fifteen-inch wheel standard, and optional hatchback. It is also fun to drive, having the highest horsepower in the segment and suspension engineered by Corvette engineers.

To celebrate the latest addition to the Chevrolet lineup, local dealers are sponsoring a one day treasure hunt in PDX.  On Sunday, November 6th you will have the chance to win a new 2012 Chevy Sonic! Visit www.chevysonicadventure.com to sign up and stop by Ron Tonkin Chevrolet for a hint that will help you on game day.

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