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The 2016 Chevrolet SS is Designed for Performance

Building on the performance-oriented updates made to the Chevrolet SS last year, the 2016 model features several exterior enhancements that reinforce its presence on the road.

A revised front fascia features new, vertical ducts at the outer edges to direct airflow over the front wheel openings to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The fascia also incorporates new LED signature lighting, while new, functional hood vents and new-design 19-inch cast-aluminum wheels contribute to a stronger appearance for the rear-drive sports sedan.

What hasn’t changed is the SS’s unique blend of performance, comfort and spaciousness. It features a 6.2L V-8 engine under the hood and turns out an SAE-certified 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm), and offers a six-speed manual transmission or a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission.

A new dual-mode exhaust system for 2016 complements the V-8 engine with quieter performance at low engine speeds and a more muscular engine note at wide-open throttle.

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Chevrolet Fulfills 1 Millionth Corvette Restoration Pledge

After more than four months and 1,200 man-hours of painstaking craftsmanship, restoration of the milestone 1 millionth Corvette – a white 1992 convertible – is complete.

It was unveiled recently at the National Corvette Museum, where it returns as part of the permanent exhibit. The car was damaged on Feb. 12, 2014, when it and seven other rare Corvettes tumbled into a sinkhole that opened beneath the museum’s Skydome area.

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New Z06 Parts Enhance Corvette Stingray Performance

Chevrolet today and drivers from the Ron Fellows Corvette high-performance driving school at the Spring Mountain track demonstrated Stingray models enhanced with components from new Z06-based performance parts.

They’re designed for 2014+ Stingray models, including Z51-equipped cars.

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Pardon the very poor photo quality, but apparently there were some widened W126s produced in the ‘80s.  

From a technical point of view, this would’ve been a million times more complicated than a simple stretch.  Think about it:  everything related to the engine/driveline stays put, but the suspension and stuff moves outward.  New front/rear glass.  New fascias.  New dashboard.  Amazing.

Do any survive? 

snuck420  asked:

Love the page man, I was wondering if you have heard of the Subaru Sti type-S and the WRX S4? And any further info you might have would be appreciated. Thanks

Hey aaadriaaan,

Thanks for the awesome message. Once again, I apologize for the late reply. I’ve heard about the release of the STI Type-S and WRX S4 in the past (I remember distinctly given their name choice and its similarity to Acura’s TL Type-S and Audi’s S4…) but couldn’t relay accurate information until now.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s a quick breakdown of the two:

STI Type-S:

The WRX STI Type-S ready for the Japanese market only is delivering 305 horsepower but the differentiating factor is the 311 lb-ft. of torque in comparison to 290 lb-ft. found standard in the US-spec equivalent. 

For the most part, aesthetically, there aren’t too many changes aside from LED headlights and stronger and lighter 18" wheel choices. 

As a motorsport connection from the standard consumer and Subaru’s Nurburgring 24-Hour Race team, the engine found within the Type-S can be found within the 2015 Subaru WRX STI NBR race car (though the numbers are slightly different at 335 horsepower x 340 lb-ft.)  

Lucky for potential purchasers, it’s only released in a manual transmission, translating to Subaru’s driver-focused mindset for the latest variant of the new-generation WRX STI. 

WRX S4:

Dubbed the “more interesting of the pair” by Car and Driver blog, Subaru has taken it’s (then) new FA engine and cranked up its power numbers to rival those of the old EJ engine(s), wringing out 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. (in comparison to the U.S.-spec WRX producing 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft.).

Complementing its new power increase are a couple subtle exterior modification including a small duck-tail-esque trunk spoiler, tweaked front fascia ducts and side sills. 

However, some potential purchasers may be driven away by its availability of only Subaru’s Sport Lineartonic transmission (aka a CVT transmission).   

So, I hope this helps a bit more on the WRX S4 and the STI Type-S. 

As always, happy cruising!