Keep On Truckin’ – The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado

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The latest generation of Silverado debuted in 2014 and set the automotive world ablaze with praise for GM’s continued devotion to refining their particular brand of style, safety, performance, and technological advancements. Three years later, the Silverado is still topping the sales charts with new additions from fresh colors to technological upgrades and with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, your choices are greater than ever before.

As usual, the trim levels range from powerful work truck (WT) to the top-shelf beast-mode of the High Country. The starting line for the Silverado’s powertrain is anything but “basic”. The reliably potent 4.3L engine still impresses with its 285 horse-powered V-6 workhorse. Additional technology and upgraded cosmetics evolve with each trim level increase.

Want 20″ aluminum wheels? The ‘Silverado Custom’ is your baby. Looking for satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and standards like Teen Driver mode and a rearview camera? May want to give the LT models a spin.

But if you’re looking for more muscle, don’t worry. Chevy’s got you covered with their LZ and High Country models. You’ll be the king of the road with your 5.3L V8 355 horse-powered 1LZ. Toss in a 6-speed automatic transmission and all the modern technological conveniences and your kingdom will be expanding every time you put it in “drive”.

Still not enough? Then you’re ready for the High Country. An 8-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive replaces the 1LZ’s front wheel (and the 2LZ’s 4-wheel) drive type along with adding 20″ chrome aluminum wheels and the best tech on the market today. All the stops have been pulled with standard interior equipment like power-adjustable pedals and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and that’s just for starters.

Even the safety features get the state-of-the-art treatment by adding features like an ultrasonic parking assist system, forward-collision alerts, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and much more. So, no matter what you’re looking for, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has it in an incredible array of trim levels and in an indescribable kaleidoscope of exterior and interior colors.

The best news of all is you don’t have to wait to test drive Chevrolet’s newest Silverado. It’s waiting for you now at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC at prices you’ll have to see to believe. So, shop us online or stop by our showroom today and experience everything the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has to offer. This isn’t a dream. This is a Chevrolet Silverado…

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Crossing Over: Chevy’s New Era of SUVs

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is almost here and that means we’re finally getting a look at Chevrolet’s final update to their stable of crossovers and SUVs. On January 9th, Chevy will unveil their long-awaited redesign of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

GM has been slowly but surely phasing out their ten-year-old “Lambda” SUV platform and replacing it with their C1XX (pronounced “Chi”) vehicular architecture over the last few years and with the rollout of the 2018 Traverse, that transformation will be complete. This fresh design is guaranteed to put the “full” into Chevrolet’s popular full-sized SUV.

Among the announced specs for the new SUV, GMC has touted a weight loss of around 700 lbs and a horsepower increase from the current 281 hp V-6 to the GMC Acadia’s 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6. So if lighter and more powerful are what you’re looking for in a SUV, the 2018 Traverse needs to be on your short list of test drives.

Of course, as all SUV owners know, weight and power aren’t everything. Three-row SUVs come in many shapes and sizes, but if you’re looking to haul 8 people around, you’re going to want some space. The 2018 Traverse’s reportedly longer wheelbase will definitely stretch out the already spacious interior giving more legroom for everyone, from the front seats to the back row. Filling this spacious interior with the latest premium materials and technology is also on Chevrolet’s to-do list and insider reports indicate that this box has been impressively checked off the list.

With the NAIAS just days away, the wait is almost over. Stay tuned for more details from your friends at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC.

 

Unleashing the Beast: The 2017 Camaro ZL1

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Anyone who’s ever driven a Corvette knows the one thing lacking in Chevrolet’s incredibly powerful sports car is room for more people to enjoy the ride. Enter the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.  Now before you close this blog in disgust, let’s be clear. No one with any knowledge of sports cars is going to mistake a Camaro for a Corvette.  However, when you see what Chevrolet is rolling out for the Camaro’s 50th anniversary, you’ll swear you’re driving a ‘Vette with four seats.

This sixth-generation Camaro is being touted as “the most powerful Camaro ever produced.” One look at the specs will confirm that statement. Taking it’s cue from the Corvette Z06’s supercharged LT4 6.2L V8 engine, the ZL1 is powered by a redesigned-for-the-Camaro version of the ‘Vette’s V8. With an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft of torque coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, it should be pretty obvious that the ZL1 has enough road chewing power to take on pretty much anything that crosses its line of sight.

The engine specs aren’t the only thing similar to the Corvette Z06. Toss in the Z06’s magnetorheological shocks, computer controlled limited-slip differential, Bembo brakes, RECARO® performance seats, and Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder (just to name a few amenities) and the similarities between Chevrolet’s performance cars are obvious. Simply put, when you put your foot into this beast, the Joneses aren’t going to be the only ones having a hard time keeping up with you:

Once you get a peek at the ZL1’s exterior, the similarities disappear. The Camaro’s iconic design still screams “muscle car”, but this time there’s a few twists that will definitely move it off the drag strip and onto the racetrack. Twenty-inch wheels wrapped in 285-wide front and 305-wide rear Goodyear Eagle F1Supercar tires are typically the first thing to catch the eye, but they won’t stop there for long. From the larger front grille and a newer version of the Z/28’s “flow tie” to the two-mode exhaust and rear racing spoiler, the completely redesigned Camaro ZL1 is a visual feast for power-hungry eyes.

The software is just as impressive as the hardware. Sink into the suede-accented racing seats and feast your eyes on the technical wizardry that awaits you. All of the entertainment bells and whistles are there as well as a few extra features for the racing aficionado. The ZL1 comes standard with Chevrolet’s Performance Traction Management system as well as a Drive Mode Selector which allows the driver as much control over the car’s computer assisted features as they want. Want to adjust the launch rpm needed for different track conditions? Chevrolet’s custom launch control has you covered. Want to record and save your racing data and even capture a video of your lap time? The built-in Performance Data Recorder is just what the doctor ordered. Needless to say, if you’re into racing, the ZL1 is loaded with everything you’d ever want in a racetrack machine.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. With a roll out scheduled sometime in the 4th quarter of 2016, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is poised to bring shock and awe not only to the fortunate few car enthusiasts and automotive reviewers who have seen and driven this incredible machine, but to you as well. Schedule your test drive today and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chevrolet’s premier performance sports car with Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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Money Saving Tips on Car Insurance

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Ugh. Insurance, right? What a pain. What a nuisance. What an expense!

The bad news is, if you drive a car, you have to have insurance. Not having it is very much against the law, and will get you into a great deal of trouble if you get caught without it.

The good news is, insurance doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your monthly car insurance payment.

Carry Liability Only

It’s surprising how many people don’t seem to know this, but you aren’t required by law to carry coverage on your vehicle itself. You can have “liability” coverage, which essentially covers you, the driver, if you cause a wreck that damages somebody else’s car. The insurance company won’t pay for repairs on your vehicle, but you’ll stay out of hot water with the law and the other driver.

Now, there is a caveat to this. If you still owe money on your car, your lending institution will probably require you to carry comprehensive coverage on it until it is paid off.

Raise Your Deductible

Buying insurance is essentially a matter of making a bet. The higher your deductible, the more confidence you’re showing in your ability to avoid a collision. Well, the insurance company is making the same bet, so the lower your deductible, the higher your premium will be, and the higher your deductible, the lower your premium will be.

There is no way to “win” here, but if monthly expenses are your biggest priority, then it makes sense to opt for a higher deductible/lower payment.

Find the Discounts

Discounts vary depending on your insurance company, but drivers can often find discounts for things like taking the bus, for driving under certain mileage thresholds and taking defensive drivers courses.

Look through your insurance company’s website. There is probably a discount for you.

Watch Your Credit

Your credit score isn’t just used for evaluating your risk as a borrower of money. Some companies — and insurance companies are among them — use your credit score to make a judgment about your general reliability, like, as a person. Your credit score is a factor in your insurance premium, so it is a good idea to make sure it’s correct, at the very least, and to work to improve it. Paying off outstanding balances, paying your bills on time and avoiding carrying large credit balances are all good ways to improve your score.

Of course, if your car is in bad enough shape that you’re not carrying comprehensive coverage on it, this is probably a good time to shop for a new one. Come see our friendly sales staff at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC, and we’ll get you into just the right vehicle for your budget and lifestyle.

Muscle-Bound: A Brief History of the Malibu

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One of Chevrolet’s oldest sedans is all new and ready to take on the town.  The Malibu has been completely redesigned for 2016, and your friends at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC has them.

Any time Chevy rolls out a fresh take on one of their classic models, we tend to get a little nostalgic. So we thought we’d take you on a quick tour of the Malibu brand starting all the way back to the Muscle Car Era.

A Malibu was a Chevelle

chevyhistoryThere is some debate about which car, exactly, started the muscle-car craze of the 60s and early 70s, but the point is essentially moot because most of the cars commonly credited for it were introduced the same year, 1964. It seems everybody got about the same idea at about the same time, and General Motors — which generally receives most of the credit on account of the Pontiac GTO — entered the muscle car market in 1964 with a mid-sized, A-body car known as the Chevelle.

To put it most simply, the Malibu was a fancier Chevelle — cooler interior patterns, nicer upholstery, a fancier steering wheel, different wheel covers, etc.

You could get them with a V-6 or the iconic 327 V-8, which made 300 horsepower in 1964.

Second Generation

Chances are, when you hear the word “Chevelle,” the image that pops into your head is the second-generation Chevelle, which ran from 1966-72, and included what many consider the ultimate expression of what a Muscle Car was: the 1970 Chevelle SS 454. It’s not only the massive big-block that makes the car a legend (although that is a major part of it). It is the rounder, more muscular body, the aggressive stance, and that beautiful dual-headlight setup that was gone by 1971.

By 1970, Chevrolet had dropped the lower trim packages and sold Chevelles as Malibus only. The overlapping branding didn’t seem to bother customers of the time or enthusiasts of today. Second-generation Chevelles sold like crazy in their time, and remain some of the very most collectible cars in the world, regardless of classification.

End of an Era

That the Oil Embargo of 1973 effectively ended the Muscle Car Era has been well documented. It took several years for all of the effects to change the way American manufacturers and American buyers thought of American cars, but by the 1973 model year you could already see some changes in the works.

The Chevelle was completely re-designed that year. It retained its engine lineup for the most part, but horsepower was down. By 1977, the Chevelle had evolved into the kind of high-cubic-inch land barge people associate with cars of the late 70s.

Also of note, in 1974, the Malibu became the entry-level Chevelle, replaced with something called the Malibu Classic, which had briefly been known as the Laguna.

Fourth Generation

Beginning in the throughs of the Malaise Era, the fourth-generation Malibu had disconnected from its muscle-car roots entirely by 1978. It was a foot shorter and, depending on the package, 500-1,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The once-loping body design was squared off.

This marked the end of the Chevelle nameplate. With the exception of a specialty car sold only in the Carolinas, this generation was known only as the Malibu and Malibu Classic, with a Malibu Classic Landau series offering two-tone paint and a vinyl top.

Ironically, these fourth-gen cars have become popular with enthusiasts and hot-rodders, who appreciate their simple styling, rear-wheel-drive chassick, and the ease with which they can be modified and reconfigured. This may have had to do with the Malibu’s extensive use in NASCAR from 1973-83.

Death and Resurrection

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Chevrolet discontinued the Malibu for the 1984 model year, and it appeared to be gone for good. Throughout the 80s and 90s, first- and second-generation Chevelles soared in popularity among collectors and drag racers, and as a result the Malibu brand name remained strong. It stood for muscle, performance and style, and connected people, particularly Baby Boomers, to a fondly remembered era.

So it made sense in 1997 when Chevrolet decided to bring it back. This was a new configuration to be sure. Front-wheel drive, and not offered with a V-8, the fifth-generation Malibu was not intended to revive the Muscle Car Era — GM had other vehicles in the works for that. But it was named Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1997.

The Malibu has been continually restyled ever since. With the introduction of the 2016 model year, this ninth-generation Malibu remains one of Chevrolet’s strongest brands and one of the best selling models available at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Learn more: 

A history of muscle cars, from History Channel.

An original review of the 1966 Chevelle.

Road Trip Down Memory Lane: A History of The Chevy Impala

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The Chevy Impala: no matter which group you ask, someone’s bound to know what you’re talking about. America’s most iconic muscle car stands just as strongly in our memories today as it did when it started its journey in 1958, as a high-end Bel Air model. Known as one of the few cars that’s ever made history, it’s a memory some can still look back on with fondness. So let’s take a cruise down memory lane and chronicle the Impala’s incredible journey.

1957

The first Chevy Impala is assembled at one of Chevrolet’s factories. Named after the antelopes of Africa, it’s intended for use as a luxury family sedan. The advertising campaigns of the time stated timelessly that the Impala “lets you know you’re the boss”.

1958-1959

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The Impala gains speed, as it flies off the shelves almost faster than Chevy can produce it. The designers made some fast decisions based on demand. A bold redesign resulted in one of the nation’s wildest, best auto designs of all time, with cat eye taillights and a Batmobile-style lid. Impala was no longer a gimmick: it was a line of fully featured vehicles.

1960

After their bold moves in ’59, Chevy dialed the design back a bit and made the accented lines a little less extreme, adapting the new slogan “Space, spirit, splendor” and focusing on new, electric technological features.

1961

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This was the year Chevy invented the muscle car. Another heavy redesign was in store for the Impala, as well as the birth of the legendary Super Sport. The release of the Super Sport with its 409 engine marked the beginning of an iconic era in American automaking. In fact, the Super Sport was so good on the road, that the Beach Boys themselves wrote a song about it. Now that’s history.

1962

Chevrolet refocused the Impala in ’62, building it more and more for the American Everyman. Adding more sedans to the lineup and squaring out the visuals, they focused in large part on keeping the Impala a quiet, stable ride.

1963

Adding even more space to the trunk and interior, by this point the Impala was offered in editions holding up to 9 riders! Trending strongly towards style as well as muscle, Chevy knew its clientele very well, making sure those who bought an Impala were constantly reminded of its above average status and quality.

1964

The Impala smoothed out even more in ’64, featuring a softer look with alterations to the signature taillight. The transition away from the hard corners and straight lines was divisive, but the 64 is still one of the more sought after models.

1965

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You guessed it – another redesign. Impala had figured out that diversification was key. More pronounced cases for the headlights, a switch from an X-frame to a perimeter base and a new suspension were just a few of the improvements. Clearly, this model’s blend of smooth aerodynamic contours was a hit. Chevy set the all-time industry annual sales record with this model.

1967

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Chevy ramped up the muscle in this generation of the Impala. Blending the roof right into the casing and wrapping the front grille around, Chevy also knew that a faster Impala had to be safer, including belts, side lights and a collapsible steering wheel mount.

1970

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The last true year of the blockbuster big sport coupe, Chevy saw the signs and discontinued some superfluous features on their Impala. Rest in peace, Super Sport. Other more direct models lived on to fight the good fight.

1971-1976

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As the years progressed, the Impala lost some horsepower, but gained an exorbitant amount of space, offering unheard-of comforts to passengers and drivers alike. To compensate for the extra space, Chevy packed loads of luxury features into the interior as well, essentially creating the classy cruise machine of the decade.

1978-Present Day

 

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Sadly, as all good things do, ’78 marks the year the classic Impala came to an end. Different demands down the decades meant different designs to deal with, and the muscle ethos of the previous generations just didn’t fit the majority need anymore. These days you can find the Impala in luxury lots, hinting ever so slightly at the glory days of yore.

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In spite of – or perhaps, because of its tumultuous evolution to the present, the Impala deserves to be remembered as one of history’s greatest and most versatile vehicles. Here’s to you, Impala. Run free.

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At Finnegan Chevy Buick GMC in Rosenberg, we have a whole lineup of brand new Impalas featuring the latest technology and performance like a custom-tailored Bose surround sound system, 10 standard air bags, and a 305 HP V6 engine. Come by our location today and take the latest generation Impala for a test drive!

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Transforming A Genre

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When Chevrolet announced a redesign to their best selling sports coupe, you could cut the anticipation for its unveiling with a chainsaw.  When the curtain was finally raised last May, anticipation was quickly transformed into desire.  The sixth-generation Camaro came in lighter, tighter, and loaded to its stylish grille with performance features that industry insiders are still trying to get their heads wrapped around.

So let’s get the preliminaries out of the way. If you like the look of the Camaro (and who doesn’t), you’ll see everything you love about Chevy’s modernization of the classic muscle car plus some new twists.  There is no mistaking the Camaro look, but the 2016 version seems to have been engineered in a wind tunnel.  “Aerodynamic” doesn’t begin to cover how tightly this car has been designed. This is a leaner, meaner looking sports car designed to not simply turn heads but to permanently lock them onto its muscle-bound lines.

But if you’re talking Camaro, you’re talking performance and generation six stands to put all previous generations to tear-jerking shame.  If zero-to-sixty in 3.9 seconds sounds like your speed, then this Camaro should have your full attention. Pop the hood on the SS version and feast your eyes on the Corvette Stingray’s meaty 6.2-liter LT1 small-block V8.  Drop all 455 horses on a chassis that is easily 100lbs lighter than the gen-5 Camaro and you may think you’ll need an altimeter added to your instrument panel.  But lighter doesn’t necessarily mean it feels like a lightweight.  With Chevrolet’s lightning fast electric-assist steering and asphalt-hugging front end grip, the low-riding Camaro corners like a dream and will easily make short work of anything a tour through the back roads can throw at it.

Toss in all of the modern conveniences and technological gadgetry known to 21st century drivers and you’ve found your cure for the rush hour blues. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is already rolling into showrooms across the country and Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC has them. Shop us online or stop in for a test drive today and find out for yourself how the 2016 Chevy Camaro hasn’t just raised the sports car bar, it has redefined it.

 

Conceive The Future, Chevy Style

Every year, Chevrolet rolls out their latest concept vehicles before the SEMA Show and this year was no exception. Chevrolet introduced a trio of concept trucks to exhibit their engineering creativity with two Silverado 1500 pickups and one Silverado 3500HD 1-ton truck.

The first to roll out was a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops truck. With its unique Razzle Dazzle three-tone blue exterior color inspired by the Navy’s traditional camouflaging scheme for all of their vessels, this one-of-a-kind includes off-road tires, bed-mounted GearOn utility rack storage system, sport bar with LED light package, and much more.

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The second Silverado 1500 concept showcased camo company Realtree and Michael Waddell, star of The Bone Collector on the Outdoor Channel. Created for the ultimate outdoor-lover, The Silverado Realtree Bone Collector is loaded with features and accessories like 22-inch off-road tires on black aluminum wheels, Chevrolet’s latest off-road package complete with sport bar, front push bar, assist steps, and more. The Silverado’s 6.2-liter V8 pushes 420 horses of raw power from grille to hitch allowing for 12,000 pounds with the proper towing equipment.

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Finally, we have the beast of the block; The Silverado 3500HD “Kid Rock” concept. This one-ton hauler is a rolling tribute to the American worker with its patriotic paint scheme and accessories for the interior and the exterior inspired by Kid Rock himself. From the black metallic-flecked 22-inch custom chrome wheels to the unique Sky Cool Gray leather seats and everything in between, this truck is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Creativity and engineering have always been a hallmark of all of Chevrolet’s vehicles and these concept trucks are just a small sampling of what you’ll discover when you visit Finnegan Auto Group. Shop us online or stop by our showroom and see for yourself why nobody does it better than Chevrolet and Finnegan Auto.

GM Introduces the Chevy BOLT!

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A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post containing exciting details surrounding the Chevy Volt‘s upgraded battery, and subsequently longer range. Well, Chevy and GM have recently announced they plan to go all-in for the increasingly popular long-range electric vehicle market. Their first hand? The Chevy Bolt. Sounds familiar.

The concept design for the Bolt has already been released, and it’s pretty clear just by looking at it Chevy is going after the global frenzy of SUVs. More specifically, Chevy plans to market the Bolt as a crossover SUV, with the hopes to entice a larger market of buyers. These comments were made at a Detroit event, where they also announced a joint development project for the Bolt with LG Electronics.

While no official numbers have been released on the range of the Bolt, GM’s product development chief, Mark Reuss, told reports it will be in the 200-mile range. More excitingly, they Bolt will cost under $30,000, including a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit. This puts Chevy’s latest EV project on-par, and head-to-head against Tesla’s planned Model III.

While the Chevy Bolt isn’t set for production until 2017, Chevy still has a great selection of fun to drive, fuel efficient vehicles. Come and see us at Finnegan Auto Group in Rosenberg, TX and test drive a new Chevy Volt, or Traverse today!!

2016 Camaro Fast Approaching

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The brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro is set to hit showroom floors in early 2016. While we don’t know its specific release date, we do know quite a few specific details surrounding Chevy’s latest road toy.

Chevy is quite confident consumers are going to love the new 2016 Camaro, and so are we, which is why Chevy is intentionally pitting the Camaro against Ford’s soon-to-be released Mustang. The new Camaro will better in every way compared to the previous generation. That means an upgraded interior, new engine, more aggressive styling, and an all new platform.

We know the new 2016 Camaro will start at around $25,000 MSRP for the base model, which is definitely affordable, especially when you compare it to the competition in the Ford Mustang and new GT86 from Toyota.

The Camaro’s engine is seeing a mix of old and new on a model-to-model basis compared to previous generations. Three engine options will be available – a 275 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo four, 335 horsepower 3.6 liter V6, and a high-end model 455 horsepower 6.2 liter V8. It’s also notable that they only rollover parts from the last generation will be the Chevy bowtie, and the SS badge, which after all of the dimension changes, new parts, and new styling are tallied up – makes this new beast almost 200 lbs lighter. Definitely a welcome change.

When the new Camaro drops in 2016, we invite all of you to come and see this amazing new machine for yourselves at Finnegan Chevy in Rosenberg, TX.

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