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Chevrolet pitches 640-hp Camaro ZL1 as ultimate all-round pony car

As muscle cars move away from their unrefined past in search of broader appeal and better handling, the number of choices facing prospective buyers continues to grow. People keen on the Chevrolet Camaro already have to decide between four, six and eight cylinder options, but the decision just became more difficult with the addition of the 640 hp, supercharged ZL1 - a car designed to be the perfect all-rounder for fans of powerful pony cars. Read More

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Callaway supercharges Chevrolet Camaro to 610 hp

In a motoring world dominated by downsizing, it's easy to forget what forced induction used to be about: creating extra horsepower, fuel economy be damned. That's why long-running American tuning house Callaway has bolted a GenThree supercharger onto the Chevrolet Camaro's V8, and in the process given GM's pony car an extra injection of attitude.Read More

Chevy goes drag racing with new Camaro COPO

The latest Camaro might have been built with a new focus on handling and light weight, but that doesn’t mean Chevy has forgotten about the drag racing crowd. Debuting at SEMA, the Camaro COPO is a hand-built racer designed to tackle NHRA Stock and Super Stock Eliminator drag-racing classes.Read More

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EcoCAR 3 competition tasks students with designing a greener Camaro

For the past 26 years, the US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the North American auto industry, has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) to provide the next generation of automotive engineers with a practical learning experience. The previous EcoCAR Challenge saw students convert and massage GM Malibus into super-efficient models, and this time for EcoCAR 3, teams are tasked with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid-electric vehicle. Read More

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In pictures: The best of the 2014 New York Auto Show

Even though this year's Detroit and Geneva auto shows provided us with a number of big concept releases and production debuts, the New York Auto Show still remains one of North America’s premier events. Gizmag was on the ground last week to investigate some of the show’s more interesting debuts and North American reveals. Here’s our first-hand look at some of the highlights and the key designs from the 2014 show.Read More

Luxury muscle: The Equus Bass 770

While the big American automakers continue to battle for market share in the muscle car segment, one boutique manufacturer in Michigan has developed its own interpretation of the genre. The Equus Bass 770 is an unashamed impersonator that mixes the old world and the new ... a muscle car with a taste for life's little luxuries.Read More

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Chevy surprises New York with return of the Camaro Z/28

At this week's New York Auto Show, Chevrolet rolled out its restyled 2014 Camaro line with the highlight being the return of the Camaro Z/28. The four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupé is billed as the “most track-capable offering in Camaro’s history” and the ”most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006.” Read More

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Hot Wheels Camaro-matic vending machine accepts tweets in lieu of loose change

Last weekend, at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, toy car makers Hot Wheels, together with Chevrolet Canada and marketing firm TrojanOne, displayed Canada’s first Twitter-activated promotional vending machine – aptly called "The Hot Wheels Camaro-matic Trending Machine." By tweeting the correct hash-tag, it dispensed free (if small) Camaro’s to attendees.Read More

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GM's TapShift technology shows why automatic transmissions may soon replace manuals

The 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 - the most powerful production Camaro ever - will make use of the latest iteration of TapShift technology. This automated transmission option allows drivers to move through gears using paddle shifters. The updated 2012 TapShift system creates faster shifts, that make the automatic Camaro quicker to 60 mph ( 96.5 km/h) than the manual version. While the transmission choice for a muscle car as fast and powerful as the ZL1 would traditionally have been obvious in the past (manual all the way), GM's updated TapShift technology makes a strong case for the automatic. Read More

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