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    Published on 02-19-2013 12:29 PM   
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    If you or a direct family member (mother/father/sister/brother/spouse/child) own a GM performance vehicle (car OR Truck) then you're welcome to become a member of the club. The best part is that it's also FREE! If the vehicle is ever sold you will still retain your membership, because family is family! We're still setting up the automated online form, so for now just PM ITMerc AND Dangeruss via the forum once you finish getting that account set up and verified. Include information about your vehicle and request your membership.
    by Published on 07-31-2014 02:18 PM

    Hey guys. We normally have our meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month, but we're going to move this one to August 16th. We'll go to the same parking lot, but may choose a different restaurant. Stay tuned here and on Facebook.

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Food TBD
    20940 Katy Fwy
    Katy, TX 77449

    We'll be parking in the back as always. Hope to see you all there.
    by Published on 07-16-2014 10:50 AM

    It’s hardly a secret that sales of Chevrolet’s C7 Corvette have been extremely strong since the automaker put the all-new sportscar on sale last year. Chevrolet has sold 17,744 Stingrays through to June of this year, more than the 5,673 it sold in same period in 2013 and significantly more than its closest rivals from Germany and Japan.

    According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, Porsche has sold 5,169 911s and SRT has sold 354 Vipers as of June, significantly less than the sales figures the Corvette has posted. The far less expensive Nissan 370Z couldn’t outpace sales of the Corvette either, with 4,114 units sold so far this year.

    The Viper, with its 8.4-liter V10 engine and six-speed manual transmission, is a more difficult car to live with day-to-day and at a starting price of $102,000, is more expensive than the Corvette. Because of this, Viper sales were never going to compete with sales of the more attainable Corvette. The 911 is also more expensive at a starting price of $84,300, but is more of a sportscar like the Corvette and less of a supercar like the Viper.

    Chevy moved 2,723 Corvette coupes and convertibles in June, a 219% improvement over June 2013, but still not as many as the 3,328 units sold in May. Demand for the Corvette isn’t expected to slow down though, with NADA saying the automaker is on track to sell 35,000 Stingrays by the end of 2014. Furthermore, the introduction of the 650 horsepower 2015 Z06 should turn more attention to the Corvette, as will the updated 2015 model.

    Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2014/07/...#ixzz37eAkkHMv
    by Published on 06-17-2014 09:54 PM

    Hey guys. I know it's been a long time coming, but we're having a meeting this Saturday. We'd like to talk more about growing the club, and upcoming events.

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Texas Borders Bar & Grill
    20940 Katy Fwy
    Katy, TX 77449


    We'll be parking in the back...tons of space back there. See you guys Saturday!

    by Published on 06-13-2014 09:40 AM


    From the Detroit Free Press:

    General Motors is recalling more than 500,000 current-generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key fob and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.

    The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year. GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.

    “Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.

    The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall of 2.6 million small cars from model years 2003 through 2008.

    The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the fob and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and key fob independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the fob won’t move the key from the “run” position. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.
    by Published on 06-09-2014 11:39 AM


    After watching this video, we're not sure which is a more sure-fire way to make a man cry happy tears: hand him the keys to the car of his dreams, or show him how much his children love him. In this case, it was probably the insuppressible combination of the two.

    The story starts when an eight-year-old boy promised his dad that, when the father would turn 57 years old, the son would buy him a '57 Chevy. Decades later he made good on the promise, buying this pristine two-tone teal and white 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air when the opportunity arose. He held on to it for two years so that he could, true to his childhood word, give the car to his dad on his 57th birthday.

    It's about as touching a story as we've ever run, especially with Father's Day now just a week away. Watch the (regrettably poor) footage of the handover in the video below to witness the embodiment of a father's happiness.

    by Published on 06-06-2014 11:07 AM

    2015 Chevy Corvette Z06: 650 hp, 650 lb-ft, Most Powerful GM Ever

    The most powerful car General Motors has ever built will soon hit the streets, packing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. It’s the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and it promises to be America’s fastest production car, in both coupeand convertible forms.

    Creating all of that power is a 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V-8 engine, officially certified at the dual 650 mark. Peak power comes at 6,400 rpm, while peak torque arrives at just 3,600 rpm. While the horsepower curve looks like a financial analyst’s dream—always up and to the right—the torque curve is a much flatter, rising from 457 pound-feet to its peak, then gently descending back again as the engine’s RPMs range from idle to redline. Over 90 percent of peak torque (592 pound-feet) is available from 2,500 rpm to 5,400 rpm.

    The LT4’s prodigious output has Chevy talking tough. “Torque is the pulling power of an engine and the LT4’s abundance of it at every rpm in the engine’s speed range helps the 2015 Corvette Z06 accelerate quicker and respond nearly instantaneously,” said Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines. “It’s the very definition of power on demand.”

    Fans of supercharged Corvettes will note that the Z06’s torque output eclipses even the last-generation ZR1—by about 7.5 percent. It has 12 more horsepower, too.

    “It’s also worth mentioning that the LT4’s supercar performance numbers are achieved with an engine that is nearly the same size as the very compact LT1 engine introduced in the 2014 Corvette Stingray,” Lee said. “The power density of the LT4 makes it one of the smallest and lightest 650-hp engines in the industry.”
    Ford fans might counter with the example of the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500, which rates an even lairier 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque from its own supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine, but Z06 aficionados will be quick to point out that their Bowtie-branded car will likely weigh at least 300 pounds less than the Blue Oval's beast once the final figures are released.

    The motive force behind the LT4’s power output, aside from its 10.0:1 compression ratio, forged aluminum internal components, titanium intake valves, direct injection fueling, and the Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads, is the Eaton R1740 TVS 1.7-liter supercharger rotating at up to 20,000 rpm. Stainless steel exhaust manifolds help cut weight, while a dry-sump oiling system helps ensure even lubrication even under hard cornering loads. The engine can be mated to either the standard seven-speed manual gearbox, or the new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, which Chevy says has been tuned to perform on par with competitive dual-clutch units.

    Accompanying the data release on the engines is a brief infographic outlining the Z06's ranking among the world's most powerful production cars, three of which are limited-production hyper-hybrids. For its price and its expected performance level, the Z06 is once again shaping up to be a world-beating performance bargain. Just how much of a bargain will have to wait until Chevy sees fit to release pricing and performance specs, however.

    While the LT4 will be assembled at the Performance Build Center in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant—the origin of all Corvettes—it will also be assembled at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York.

    The first 2015 Corvette Z06s will reach customers in early 2015.

    by Published on 06-06-2014 08:02 AM


    The most surprising thing about the all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS isn’t any particular facet or feature of the car itself. Rather, it’s that General Motors built the car at all.

    The Australian-built SS is the production version of the car that Chevrolet races in NASCAR. It’s also the first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan Chevrolet has sold in the United States since 1996.

    Based on so-called Zeta platform also used on the current-generation Camaro and the Aussie Holden VF Commodore, the SS will be instantly familiar to fans of the late, lamented Pontiac G8, with power coming from a Gen IV Chevrolet LS3 engine similar to the ones used in the Chevrolet Camaro SS and 2013 Corvette.

    The SS is big, reasonably nimble and quick and very, very comfortable. It’s also a limited edition vehicle with minimal options. There are but five colors offered on the SS – Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black, Heron White and Mystic Green Metallic – and you can have any interior color you want, as long as it’s black.

    Base price on this bad boy is $45,770, with a tiny list of options, just a power sunroof for $900, a full-sized spare tire for $500 and some dealer-installed trim geegaws. Considering the base price of a top-of-the-line Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ is $36,715 and a loaded Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ is $30,775, the SS is pricey, no question about it.

    It’s little wonder that among the three Chevrolet sedans, sales volumes are inversely proportional to prices: Through April, the latest month for which sales data was available at press time, Chevrolet had sold 68,080 Malibus during calendar 2014, vs. 50,773 Impalas and just 1,148 SS models. Even the Chevy Volt outsells the SS by a margin of almost 5-to-1.

    As noted, with such limited sales volumes, it’s a little surprising that Chevrolet and General Motors even committed the resources to build this car in the first place – especially since they could have simply continued to use the Impala nameplate in NASCAR.

    With that caveat in mind, the SS is a very, very good sedan.

    When I opened the door to our silver-over-black test car and sat down in the plush interior, my first thought was, “four-door Camaro with a much nicer interior.”

    And as a former Camaro owner, this car makes an awful lot of sense. Certainly, the four-door SS isn’t as dead sexy as the sleek Camaro is, but unlike the Camaro, you can actually put live human beings in the back seat and you have excellent visibility at all four corners.

    The big leather-covered bucket seats were roomy and comfortable, and the standard equipment list is indeed impressive:

    Color, in-dashboard touch screen that supports Chevrolet MyLink and the standard GPS-based navigation system Audio system with navigation – including SiriusXM radio (with 12-month trial)
    Bose 220-watt, nine-speaker premium sound system
    Color head-up display and color driver information center
    Dual-zone automatic climate control
    Alloy pedal covers
    Heated and ventilated front seats
    Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
    Keyless access and push-button start
    Remote start

    Although I’m not a huge fan of all-black interiors, the SS has enough subtle contrasts – a little bit of red stitching here and there does wonders – to keep the interior from being too dull and monochromatic. Make no mistake about it, this is an attractive, comfortable and functional interior that will easily swallow four or five adults.

    From an ergonomic standpoint, the SS dashboard is far more intuitive and logically designed than the one found on the old Pontiac G8.

    Wisely, Chevrolet made sure there were plenty of go-fast goodies. The Gen-IV LS3 powerplant is a wonderfully smooth and torque engine that provides plenty of power and a pleasing exhaust note at most any speed. The only transmission choice is a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

    Massive 14-inch Brembo four-wheel disc brakes are standard, as are four-wheel independent suspension and big, fat Bridgestone ultra-high-performance tires on 19-inch alloy wheels. Chevrolet says the SS has a nearly 50-50 distribution of weight and a low center of gravity.

    As noted, the SS has the same engine as the Camaro SS and, given that the two share similar architecture, it’s little surprise that the feel very similar on the road. Chevy claims 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration of just 5 seconds flat for the SS, but like the Camaro, subjectively the SS doesn’t feel quite as fast as its objective performance data would suggest.

    Predictably, road noise is higher in the SS than in an Impala and the ride is a little rougher, too. But the SS is light-years ahead on performance.

    All told, the SS is fun to drive, powerful and roomy. The execution is spot on and it does what it’s designed to do exceptionally well. And if what you really want and need is a four-door Camaro, it’s damned near perfect.

    VEHICLE TYPE: Five-passenger, four-door sedan, rear-wheel drive.
    ENGINE: 6.2-Liter V-8, 415 horsepower, 415 pound-feet of torque.
    TRANSMISSION: Six-speed automatic
    WHEELBASE: 114.8 inches.
    OVERALL LENGTH: 195.5 inches.
    CURB WEIGHT: 3,975 pounds.
    EPA MILEAGE RATING: 14 city, 21 highway.

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