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Monster Transmission Releases Single Clutch Billet Cover For 4L65E

Corvettes Online News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 7:53pm
New from Monster Transmission - the 4L65E single clutch billet cover for B85 style converters. These one-piece billet covers are made to handle more horsepower and torque. Check 'em out!

Rebooted Hummer H1 Aims for Perfection

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 7:00pm

If you think the original Hummer H1 is or could be a perfect SUV, then keep reading. Mil-Spec Automotive (MSA) rolled out its Launch Edition H1 and if you like what you see, you can have one as long as you have at least $218,499 on hand.

MSA says its custom-built Hummer takes all the greatness of the H1, ditches its weaknesses, and adds plenty of sorely needed luxury bits. It’s available in five configurations: a four-door hardtop pickup, hardtop slant-back, hardtop wagon, hardtop SUV, or a two-door hardtop pickup with an extended bed.

The company starts with a donor H1, strips it to the frame, and rebuilds the truck using its specialized team in Wichita, Kansas.

“We spent two years researching, designing, and developing prototypes in our quest to build the perfect truck and we have achieved our goal with our Launch Edition,” said Adam Mitchell, MSA CEO in a statement.

A 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax V-8 powers the beast that offers 500 hp and a claimed 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new body is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and gets an in-house textured body coating with a ceramic underbody. Heavy-duty front and rear bumpers are added along with lots of LED lighting and military-styled alloy wheels. Inside you’ll find marine-grade hand-stitched leather, fancier seats, a premium audio system, and lots of optional luxury appointments over its starting price.

Have fun parking that beast in the big city, soldier.

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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Gets an Update

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 6:06pm

Mustang fans, rejoice: For 2019, Ford has given the GT350 a host of upgrades across the board targeting aerodynamics, chassis refinements, and a new tire compound.

Ford first introduced the GT350 as a 2016 model, touting it as the “best handling Mustang of all time.” Stiffer chassis bracing, magnetic ride control, and Brembo-sourced brakes underscored the Mustang’s track-focused mission. In its quest to improve the GT350’s performance chops for 2019, Ford focused on refining these key attributes, drawing on experience from its Mustang road course racing programs, as well as the upcoming Shelby GT500.

Improved aerodynamic updates are among the most visible changes, with the GT350 receiving an optimized grille closeout up front and a redesigned rear spoiler out back. That spoiler is also available with an optional “Gurney flap,” a small tab affixed to its top trailing edge, providing greater aerodynamic efficiency and increased downforce at high speeds.

To take full advantage of these higher speeds, Ford worked with Michelin to redesign the tread pattern and compound of the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. With these tires, Ford claims better grip, improved linear and lateral acceleration times, and shorter braking distances, also aided in part by revised antilock braking tuning. Underneath, Ford updated the suspension with recalibrated springs and revised damping to accommodate these higher thresholds.

The heart of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 continues to be a 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 producing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, paired to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. In our 2016 review, we recorded a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a figure-eight performance of 24.2 seconds at an average 0.82 g. We’ll report back once we’ve had a chance to see if the updates made for 2019 allow us to improve upon these figures.

When the sound of the V-8 isn’t enough, the GT350 now offers a 12-speaker B&O PLAY system, controlled via Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. New standard features include dual-zone automatic temperature control and Homelink garage door opener.

The 2019 GT350 will be on dealer lots starting in early 2019. New owners will also receive a complimentary enrollment in Ford’s high-performance driving school so they can fully appreciate all of the GT350’s improvements.

Source: Ford

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Ready to Battle for 24 Hours at Le Mans 2018

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:47pm

Chevrolet loves to pump up the troops prior to a big race and there is no bigger race on the schedule each year for Corvette Racing than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This video went live Monday afternoon on Chevrolet’s facebook page supporting Chevrolet Europe and so we are sharing it here as well. […]

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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Editions Add Performance, Cosmetic Upgrades

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:33pm

GMC has been applying incremental changes to the Yukon every model year to keep it fresh since its 2015 redesign. For 2019, GMC is adding two Graphite Editions. Buyers can order the special edition treatment on Yukon or Yukon XL models, and with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Based off the SLT trim, the 2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Edition comes with minor cosmetic changes. These include black roof rails, black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, gloss black beltline moldings, 22-inch wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, gloss black-accented assist steps, and a body-color grille surround.

The Graphite Performance Edition ups the ante with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine from the Yukon Denali. That engine, like on the Denali, is paired with a 10-speed automatic. This special edition, also based on the SLT, gets similar upgrades from the Graphite Edition plus 22-inch gloss black wheels, Magnetic Ride Control, Bose Active Noise Cancellation, a head-up display, 8-inch infotainment screen with navigation, trailer brake controller, and an active two-speed transfer case for four-wheel drive models.

The Onyx Black exterior goes particularly well with the black accents, but the Graphite Editions are also available in White Frost Tricoat and Dark Sky Metallic paint jobs. Both Graphite Editions will go on sale this summer, and prices will be announced closer to the launch date. This summer, GMC is also bringing out Black Editions of the 2019 Acadia and Terrain.

Source: GM

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[GALLERY] Midyear Monday: NCRS Motor City Regional Edition (44 Corvette photos)

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 3:51pm

Seriously? It’s Monday again already? Have no fear Corvette fans, CorvetteBlogger is here once again to make your Monday a little bit better. This week’s Midyear Monday gallery the features 1963–1967 Corvettes found at the NCRS Motor City Regional held last weekend in just outside Detroit. Second generation Corvettes-a-plenty took part in Flight judging, the […]

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2019 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition Is Brand’s Tahoe RST

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 1:48pm

The Graphite Performance Edition adds the 6.2-liter V8 engine making 420 horsepower.

Report: Porsche to Introduce Cayenne Coupe

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 1:45pm

Is Porsche ready to launch a competitor to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe? According to Autocar, a coupe variant of the upcoming 2019 Cayenne could go on sale as early as next year.

Unlike the 911 and Cayman, which are actual coupes, the Porsche Cayenne coupe adopts the loose definition put forth by the other Germans: a four-door SUV with a rakish hatch. Up front and underneath, the coupe would be nearly identical to its Cayenne counterpart, save for a unique front bumper design. But past the rear doors, the roof would taper off in dramatic fashion, adding a touch of sportiness (and reducing cargo space in the process). The Cayenne coupe would complete its transformation out back with a taillight design reminiscent of the Panamera.

Underneath the hood, the Porsche Cayenne coupe would bypass the base 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 in favor of the more powerful 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 440 hp found in the Cayenne S, as well as the requisite Turbo model topping the range with a 550-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Both engines would be mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If Autocar’s sources are correct, the Cayenne coupe would go on sale in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. Give the success of the X6 and GLE Coupe stateside, U.S. sales would inevitably follow. We reached out to Porsche for comment and were rewarded with a non-committal “we can’t speculate on future product at this time.” Is that a confirmation or denial? Stay tuned.

Source: Autocar

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[GALLERY] Corvette Racing at Le Mans: Scrutineering in the Town Square

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 1:09pm

It’s race week at Le Mans and our Corvette Racing team is ready for their 19th consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs underwent the required technical inspection on Sunday in the town square of Le Mans. The inspection process is known as Scrutineering and by being held in downtown Le […]

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Spied! Chevrolet Midsize SUV Peeks Out from Under the Camo

Motortrend Magazine News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:42pm

Our spy photographers have caught Chevrolet’s new midsize crossover hot weather testing in southern Europe. Rumored to be named “Blazer,” the model will slot between the small Equinox and the large Traverse.

Although most of the crossover is covered up, we can see its narrow headlights and grille slats popping out from underneath the camo. These elements might not be ready for production, but they give us a better indication on what to expect for the final model. Also notice the model’s flat nose and upright rear end, which align with the rest of Chevy’s crossover lineup.

The new model will likely ride on the Chi crossover platform, which underpins the new GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. Chevrolet may employ a standard 2.5-liter inline-four engine as well as an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Expect the Chevrolet model to compete against the midsize Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. Chevrolet’s new offering may debut at the Los Angeles auto show late this year or the Detroit auto show in January.

Crossovers continue to drive sales growth for the brand. In the first quarter of the year, when sales were last reported, the Traverse and Equinox were up more than 30 percent, while the Trax grew 11.6 percent. Chevrolet reported declining sales for the Camaro, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Sonic, Spark, and Volt.

Photo Source: CarPix

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Corvettes for Sale: Never Registered 1978 Indy 500 Corvette Offered by Original Dealer

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:11pm

In case you missed out 40 years ago, here’s your chance to become the first registered owner of an iconic 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car. This Corvette was delivered to Dick Poulin Chevrolet in Rochester, N.H., in 1978 and has been driven sparingly by Dick Poulin himself ever since. Now, though, Mr. Poulin is downsizing […]

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C8 Corvette Gets Towed Away From Gas Station

Corvettes Online News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:43am
We've all seen photos and videos of the mid-engine C8 driving around, but one lucky enthusiast got to see one getting towed from a gas station.

Here’s What’s New For The 2019 Cadillac Escalade

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:45am

The biggest Escalade gets four new features for the 2019 model year.

Former GM CEO Fritz Henderson Named CEO Of Seating Supplier Ardient

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:28am

Henderson was at the top of GM for just under one year.

[ACCIDENT] Texas Corvette Driver is Killed After Tree Falls on Car

Corvette Blogger - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:18am

Photo Credit: fox4news.com A well-known former baseball coach in McKinney, Texas was killed instantly Thursday night when a large tree snapped off and landed on top of his C6 Corvette. Authorities say Anthony Rex, 53, was inside the Corvette in the parking lot of the privately owned Zinger Bat Ballpark in McKinney, near Highway 380 […]

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GM Says Diesel Won’t Disappear In Europe, But Automakers Have Work To Do

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:05am

GM still holds a major presence in Europe from an engineering standpoint.

Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu Named To Top Family Vehicle List

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 9:42am

Chevrolet and Honda topped the list, which "Parents" magazine and Edmunds compile.

Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac Trucks And SUVs Get Wheelchair Accessible Via Freedom Motors

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 9:19am

Freedom Motors has expanded its wheelchair lineup to include GM trucks and SUVs.

1998 Chevrolet Tahoe Boasts A 6.2L LS9 V8 Engine, Seeks New Owner

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 8:41am

Puttin the "sport" in "sport utility vehicle."

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation: Hot Or Not?

GM Authority News - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 8:25am

Is the latest Sierra variant a looker?

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