THE 212-MPH, 755-HP CORVETTE ZR1 IS A STREET-LEGAL, TRACK-READY MONSTER

With the 2019 ZR1, the Chevrolet Corvette has ascended to the ranks of the genuinely fire-breathing super-sports cars, joining the rarefied likes of the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Aventador.

Chief engineer Tadge Juechter showed us a photo of the car’s blue-tinted breath as proof.

But its fire-breathing case is equally strong in the metaphorical sense as well, because the bellowing 755-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter small block V8 beast is now the loudest car sold in America, according to the engineers who worked on it.

The ZR1’s gut-shaking rumble, combined with its race-spec carbon fiber aerodynamic bits and shockingly fat Michelin tires project an aura of seriousness that is difficult to match in a street legal vehicle. Maybe the Viper was as intimidating, but even that wasn’t as fast as the new ZR1.

The ZR1 is so fast that it made the Z06 Corvettes on hand look slow by comparison. As it might well, with its 110-horsepower advantage over them. But still, the Z06 is seriously fast in its own right, so it is surprising to see it so comprehensively beaten.

Here’s why. The ZR1 has a bigger 2.56-liter supercharger with an updated, more efficient design that moves more air into the engine. It also has a big black carbon fiber wing bolted through massive braces directly to the frame and looking for all the world like Batman’s own Bat-boomarang.

There’s another one too, invisible beneath its front bumper to balance the rear wing. They combine to produce 950 lbs. of traction-enhancing downforce at speed without increasing drag compared to the Z06.

That means a track-proven two-way average top speed of 212 mph. The car went faster than that on one pass, as will the production cars depending on any wind or slope of the road.

But the ZR1 is electronically limited to 215 mph because that’s Michelin’s certification for the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are pretty much racing slicks for the street. The tires are actually the exact same ones as on the Z06, with only half-inch wider front wheels making a small change to their behavior.

Chevy wisely upgraded the ZR1’s Brembo brakes, with the six-piston front calipers squeezing the biggest brake pads I’ve ever seen on the 15.5 inch carbon ceramic rotors. The rotors are made by a new process that improves their ability to conduct heat away, resulting in a 150-degree reduction in brake temperatures.

These brakes not only withstood the ZR1’s ferocity on the race track, but they also are utterly docile on the street, with none of the squealing, grinding or propensity to be grabby at low speeds that we saw on the Ferrari 488 Pista.

The ZR1 blasts to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and rips the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph. On the undulating circuit at Road Atlanta, we hit a top speed of 159 mph before having to brake for a chicane at the end of the track’s back straight.

The top-of-the-line Corvette feels absolutely mighty prowling the track. The V8’s rumbling sound track serves to encourage delinquency, but the sticky Michelins and an engine management computer programmed to reduce torque output in the lower gears help keep the ZR1 pointed in the intended direction while the driver is stoking coal onto its fire as furiously as possible.

The 950 pounds of aerodynamic assistance is also noticeable, most obviously in Road Atlanta’s terrifying downhill turn 15 onto the front straight and on the courage-checking turn one up the hill at the opposite end of the same straight.

The grip provided by the wings and tires is incredible, and it instills tremendous confidence that the car will never betray the driver. This could make it easy to get in over your head, but some aspects of the ZR1’s power deliver prove to be self-limiting.

Run wide over a curb at the corner exit and hammer the throttle and the LT5 small block spins the rear tires, so the car won’t accelerate until the rubber is back on the proper asphalt and not skimming along the concrete exit apron.

Acceleration is more explosive with the 8-speed automatic transmission thanks to its extra gear, lower ratios and the torque-multiplying effect of the torque converter. The 7-speed manual transmission is a blessed throwback to times when drivers had to drive, even if the automatic-equipped car is faster on both road courses like Road Atlanta and at the drag strip.

The automatic’s programming proved spot on while driving in Track mode on the race track and in both Sport and Touring on the road, so the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles proved truly redundant. The classic planetary automatic transmission is an area where General Motors is world class, and the transmission’s performance in this application is perfectly executed, as it greases fast, smooth shifts in all situations.

Foreign car snobs will insist, against all evidence, that dual-clutch automated manual transmissions are better. They aren’t, even if famous YouTube car-reviewing personalities say otherwise (Looking at you Doug DeMuro😉).

The manual is still more fun. With seven forward speeds, the shifter’s gates get pretty crowded, so shifts are best made deliberately to minimize instances of aiming for one gear and hitting other one by accident. The ZR1 has rev matching for downshifts, which traditionalists can deactivate, if they want to go slower.

Another concession to customer requests in addition to the automatic transmission is the ZR1’s available convertible top ($4,000). The convertible’s 204 mph top speed is reduced from that of the coupe, with the top up. How fast will it go with the top down? “We don’t know,” Juechter replied. None of the company’s engineers were interested in performing that particular test.

One might expect, reasonably, that such a high-strung racetrack thoroughbred as the ZR1 would be pretty challenging to live with on the street. Remember how hot and stiff and difficult the Viper was? But that isn’t the case here.

As with the Z06, the ZR1 is as utterly docile in street driving as your mom’s Accord. The throttle meters smoothly in response to pressure on the gas pedal, with no ridiculous on/off light switch reactions that some manufacturers think are appropriate for sporty cars.

That raucous exhaust that earns the America’s Loudest title when driven flat out on the track, automatically hushes its voice when driving more gently thanks to a patented variable flow device that bypasses the car’s mufflers at full throttle and progressively applies more muffling as the driver eases off the gas.

The aforementioned Brembo carbon ceramic brakes reveal their true nature only in the on-track effectiveness, not by their street-going sound or response to pedal pressure.

All that delicate carbon fiber aerodynamic bodywork? Chevy guards its welfare with a phalanx of parking cameras that provide both close-up views of curbs and an overall birds-eye view of the car’s position to help drivers keep the carbon fiber in one piece while parking at Target.

The ginormous Michelins do generate substantial noise at highway speed even on smooth pavement, so be prepared for a tiresome drone when traveling in the ZR1.

Otherwise, life inside the ZR1 is comfortable. The car’s seats are far cushier than the wanna-be race seats typically installed in such stratospheric performance cars. Where those machines’ seats seem to have been sourced from The Pit of Despair, the ZR1’s are day-long comfortable.

Their corresponding lack of lateral support for holding the driver in place during the ZR1’s 1.25-G cornering on the race track was a source of complaint from colleagues who evidently failed to employ the Corvette’s intended driver restraint. Like all Corvettes the ZR1 has a racheting seat belt mechanism.

These are normally used to cinch child safety seats into place, but in a Corvette, you slide the seat back, pull the seat belt all the way to engage the racheting lock, and then slide the seat forward until you’re squeezed as effectively into the seat as Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner when he won the Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach last week.

The Testor’s model glue aroma that has permeated Corvettes since time immemorial is now blessedly absent, eliminating that subconscious cue that has previously undermined the car’s stake on claims of prestige.

The ZR1 is already in production and they’ve begun to reach customers. You know where your Chevy dealer is, get over there. Just stay clear of the car’s fire-breathing tailpipes. They are literally 800 degrees.

source: maxim.com

THIS $1.79 MILLION HARLEY-DAVIDSON IS THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE MOTORCYCLE

Swiss watchmaker Bucherer has partnered with custom workshop Bündnerbike to deliver an obscenely luxurious spin on an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The result, the Harley-Davidson “Blue Edition,” is reportedly the most expensive new bike in the world, clocking in at $1.79 million.

The first thing you’ll notice is the bike’s strikingly iridescent blue hue, the result of six layers of color coating applied to silver-plated metal.

There are 360 diamonds and gold-plated screws integrated into the tank, which contains a one-of-a-kind Bucherer timepiece that features elements of a motorcycle engine on its dial.

Bucherer jewelry also adorns hand grips, and there is a 5.40-carat diamond secured in an armored glass dome on the body. Just in case this thing wasn’t already flashy enough.

The details were done by hand, which accounts for the 2,500 hours of manpower it took to complete the limited-edition line.

The biggest Chevy Silverado ever is on the way next year

Chevrolet will sell its biggest Silverado ever when it launches a new line of trucks in the medium-duty truck segment next year.

The automaker has confirmed the Class 4 and Class 5 trucks will wear the Silverado 4500 and Silverado 5500 nameplates, similar to how Ford brands its medium duty trucks under the same F-Series banner as its light and super duty pickups.

CHEVROLET CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF TRUCKS WITH SPECIAL EDITION PICKUPS

“We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow,” Chevrolet U.S. director of Commercial Product John Schwegman said in a statement announcing the new models.

“The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, highly maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more.”

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The trucks will be available in regular and crew cab configurations and available with 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains with Allision transmissions and Chevy’s Duramax diesel engine, which is rated today at 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque in heavy duty pickup applications. Full details will be announced closer to their launch in late 2018.

Chevrolet currently offers a line of low cab forward cab chassis trucks in Class 3 to 6 that are reengineered versions of Isuzu models, while the new Silverados are part of a joint venture with Navistar and are closer in design to the Chevrolet Kodiak, which went out of production in 2009.

Its long been rumored that the U.S. President’s Cadillac limousine, which was last updated in 2009, is built on a Kodiak chassis in order to carry its heavily armored body. A new limousine is known to be in development and expected to be delivered to the White House before the end of this year. It’s possible that it is merely an update of the existing vehicle, but the timing makes it possible that it is based on the new truck.

Source: foxnews

Billionaire Spends $1.7 Million On Motorhome With Its Own Garage, Wait Until You Step Inside

When we hear the words “mobile home”, our minds often go to a place that is not exactly decadent. However, there is one German company that is trying their absolute best to change this perception once and for all. Their newest innovation will make your father’s old trailer look like a Tonka toy. This beast will cost you a pretty penny though.

In order to purchase this mobile home, you are going to need to have some serious cash saved up. The Performance S is the latest mobile home model from the good people at Volkner Mobil and this bad boy is going to run you a cool $1.7 million.

It’s essentially a resort on wheels.

The vehicle measures in at 40 feet long, while still remaining sleek and stylish. Occupants receive access to a double bed and a heated bathroom. There is also a very spacious lounge area for you to enjoy. Just in case this motor home isn’t classy enough for you, you’ll also have access to a garage that allows you to take your Mercedes or Ferrari along for the trip.

It’s equipped with a full kitchen…

A comfy double bed…

A heated bathroom…

And best of all, an electrohydraulic garage big enough to fit anything from a Ferrari to a Mercedes

Until you can scrape up enough dough, you can check out the video below!

Bollinger B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck

Take inspiration from classic off road of the past…

Include minimalistic aesthetics and utilitarian controls…

Shove in either a 60 kWh or 100 kWh battery…

And you get the Bollinger B1 Electric Sport Utility TruckThe Bollinger B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck an all-new lightweight all-aluminum chassis, dual electric motors that offer full-time all-wheel-drive, 360 hp, can hit 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds, and has a range of upwards of 200 miles.The Bollinger B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck also features leather seating for four, a Bluetooth-enabled stereo system, and has enough interior room for guns, dogs, gear, game, and almost anything else you can think of.What do you think of the Bollinger B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck?

Check out the videos below for more details.

Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6

Fair warning.

This six-wheeled overland beast is gonna cost you.

Big time.

As in just shy of the $300K mark!Built upon a Ford 2017 Raptor, the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 features all the bells and whistles that Hennessey is now famous for.

Hennessey has added 150 more horses with a 600+ horsepower twin turbo engine upgrade, a roll bar and LED lights, bigger wheels and tires, Brembo front and rear brakes, and a bespoke custom interior.

Not only that but purchasers can now opt to have armor plating added.

Yep.

Armor plating.

Cuz ya’ never know.What do you think of the new Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6?

Is it worth the price?

Would you drive one afield?

Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept

We want this vehicle!

Yeah, yeah, yeah…

We say that about every new overland vehicle we feature.

But this time we mean it.

Really, really mean it!The 2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept…

Yes!

This concept came out almost two years ago!

But we still love it!

And want it!

The 2016 Jeep Crew Chief 715 Concept features a corporate 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, a five-speed automatic that handles the cog swaps, an upgraded brake master cylinder, leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, and 20-inch beadlock wheels wearing 40-inch NDT (non-directional tread) tires.

Everything we want in a sport vehicle.Plus it just looks bad ass!

Here’s hoping Jeep puts it into production soon!

Star Wars Fans: You Can Now Turn Your Windshield Wipers Into Light Sabers

Star Wars fans can now force their way through traffic in style, thanks to these fun Light Saber Wind Shield Wipers made by the company WiperTags.

They come in a variety of colors and styles, are made in the U.S. and are affordable, with prices starting at just $13.95.

Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you probably know someone who would love to accessorize their car with a light saber as a rear windshield wiper. In which case, this might just be the perfect present for an upcoming birthday or Valentine’s Day.

Styles include a DarkForce Red Saber, a Laser Gun Blaster and even Pink Sabers.

Sales of the Pink Sabers go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and come with a #WipeOutBreastCancer window decal, which we think is pretty cool—though the company does note that they don’t have a licensing agreement with Star Wars, so if you really want an official Star Wars windshield wiper, I guess you’ll have to wait until Disney decides to make one.

WiperTags also sells Reflective WipeSabers, which glow and are available in three colors, along with a handful of other Star Wars-inspired wipers to choose from.

RELATED: The company also sells clever quarterback wiper tags that feature an arm about to throw a football:

All of the wipers, which are designed to cover your back windshield wiper only, come in a universal size, which they say fit 99 percent of vehicles. They’re also made with 100 percent UV-protected materials so they’re less likely to fade, crack or peel.

First 2019 Bullitt Mustang To Be Auctioned At Barrett-Jackson

Ford Unveils 2019 Mustang Bullitt

It will be a bidding war of epic proportions because the press release says 100% of the hammer price is going to the Boys Republic. It is a school and treatment center for kids at risk, and it helped a young Steve McQueen steer away from the temptations of youth. They are a nonprofit & nonsectarian home in Chino Hills, California, where McQueen graduated in ’46. His role as Detective Frank Bullitt, a San Franciso Police Officer with a troubled past is regarded as one of the best performances in film history.

And true to the movie, all Bullitt Mustangs will be Highland Green, without spoilers, and no option for an automatic transmission. With a top speed of 163, it would make a great undercover car, but we advise against going airborne as much as its predecessor. Be sure to tune in tonight, because Mr. duPont might join in the bidding for such a noble cause. Keep up the good work Ford, and stay with us for coverage of this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction action.