2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Blitzes Nürburgring Lap Record

The standard Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 set a Nürburgring record, but the brand wanted to kick it up a notch with the new Camaro ZL1 1LE. When equipped with the 1LE package, the ZL1 gets all kinds of performance upgrades that make it a natural on the racetrack. In June, Chevy teased enthusiasts with a short video of the track, hinting that that Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE had set a new Nürburgring lap record. A few days later, the brand followed it up with a video confirming that, yes, the ZL1 1LE did just that.

 

Chevrolet unveiled a video of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE taking the ‘Ring by storm, tearing up the track and eventually finishing with a new record lap time of 7 minutes and 16.04 seconds. That’s over 13 seconds faster than its predecessor! The lightweight model with the 1LE package includes tweaks to its design to make it more aerodynamic as well as a 650-hp V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual – a contrast to the Camaro ZL1’s ten-speed automatic.

 

If you want to watch the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE set a Nürburgring lap record, the video is available online. You can also call us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet if you want more information on driving the Camaro ZL1 equipped with the 1LE package.

New Lightweight Equinox Design Cuts 400 Pounds

The Equinox is all-new for the 2018 model year, which means it has a stronger, lightweight body, safer driving technologies, and added performance systems. That’s not to mention the sporty new look for this compact crossover, offering LED lighting and a bold front end that’s bound to turn some heads.

One of the most innovative aspects of the Equinox is readily apparent at first glance. The 2018 model comes with a 400-pound weight reductions—about 10% of its mass—thanks to new engineering strategies. This weight loss improves handling and performance, including driving dynamics, and it also works to save you money at the pump. With less weight to haul around, your driving experience can only get better.

“Think of it as core strength training,” said Jill Dennis, lead development engineer. “The new Equinox’s structure is leaner yet stronger, resulting in efficient performance that inspires confidence while also creating a more fun, safe and comfortable driving experience.”

How did Chevy do it? Engineers have been working with a mixed-material strategy that reduces weight without cutting strength as well. This includes a high-grade steel body that’s supplemented by over 20% of a high-strength steel material offered almost exclusively to Chevy. The lightweight Equinox design is also being used on the Malibu, Bolt EV, and Traverse for the latest model year. Experience these changes by test driving the Equinox at Bill Roberts Chevy today.

Energy-Saving Chevrolet Bolt Has Already Spared 175K Gallons of Gas

Energy-Efficient Chevrolet Bolt In Bolivar, MO
The Beautiful Chevrolet Bolt

Energy-Saving Chevrolet Bolt

The super-efficient 2017 Chevrolet Bolt isn’t even available throughout the entire country yet, but according to reports, drivers have already covered more than 4.5 million miles with their Chevy Bolt vehicles, which adds up to some serious savings.

Gasoline Savings

This means that Chevy Bolt drivers have saved an estimated 175,000 gallons of gasoline, compared to 4.5 million miles driven in a standard, gasoline-powered vehicle that gets 26 miles per gallon, an average-to-good rate.

Vehicle Range

Of course, the Chevrolet Bolt is entirely electric, able to travel up to 238 miles on a full charge without running out of power. That’s way more than an average driver uses in a single day, meaning most drivers never run out of power.

Availability

By this summer, the 2017 Chevy Bolt is scheduled to be available nationwide—as opposed to now, when less than ten states have the vehicle for sale. And if Bolt drivers have already saved so much gasoline, think about how much will be saved by this time next year!

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If you would like to learn more about the incredible, energy-saving Chevrolet Bolt, or any other Chevrolet model, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by anytime at Bill Roberts Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Unveils Life-Size LEGO Batmobile in Detroit

At the North American International Auto Show this year, Chevrolet unveiled an all-new model. However, it wasn’t anything that you’ll be able to drive. It was a life-size LEGO Batmobile.

life-size LEGO Batmobile

The 17-foot long LEGO creation was made to celebrate the release of the new LEGO Batman Movie that comes out this month. It was designed and assembled at the LEGO Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut by LEGO Master Builders (Isn’t that a job you would like to have?).

It took 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build the Batmobile. In total, there are 344,187 LEGO bricks in 17 different colors in the model. It measures 204 inches long, 83 inches high, and 111 inches wide and weight a total of 1,695.5 pounds.

To further enhance this partnership with Warner Bros., Chevrolet even created a model page for the Batmobile on its site. From there, you can see that the Batmobile is available in 13 different shades of black, can tow up to 120,000 pounds, and gets 20,000 horsepower from its 60.2-liter V100 engine. And, it only costs $48 million. Okay, it’s not really for sale, but it’s fun to imagine what it would be like to own and drive a real Batmobile.

 

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Wards 10 Best Engines List Recognizes 2017 Chevy Volt

When it comes to innovative powertrain systems, Chevrolet knows just what to do. That is why it comes as no surprise that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt was recently awarded a coveted spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list from WardsAuto. This is the second year in a row the Volt has received this prestigious honor, and the third time overall it has shown up on the list.

Chevrolet Volt

“The Chevy Volt propulsion system wins a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the second year in a row for three reasons,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “It has a torquey, fun-to-drive personality. It offers impressive electric-only range of 53 miles, and efficient gasoline-powered range whenever you need it for anxiety-free driving. That is flexibility unequaled in the automotive world.”

To power the Volt, Chevy has created a two-motor drive unit that generates 294 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Volt received an extended range thanks to a 1.5-liter gasoline Ecotec engine. Together, this system helps the Volt achieve some of the most impressive numbers in the industry, with an EPA-estimated 106 MPGe rating. It also offers 53 miles of all-electric range and 420 miles of total driving range.

Chevrolet Volt

Volt drivers have managed to drive an estimated 1.5 billion EV miles since the introduction of the model. This has helped save an estimated 58 million gallons of gas. This award-winning engine isn’t the only great feature the Volt has to offer—it also comes standard with Teen Driver Technology, which helps monitor your teen’s driving habits, and has other available safety tech like Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Automatic Braking.

If you are interested in learning more about the award-winning 2017 Chevrolet Volt, don’t hesitate to stop in to Bill Roberts Chevrolet for a test drive.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Debut Set for 2017 Detroit Auto Show

The Detroit Auto Show is always a major stage for vehicle reveals, especially for the American carmakers that make Detroit their home base.  This year, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debut is set to occur during the show in January, introducing an updated version of the popular midsize crossover that is sure to impress.

Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse has been in production since 2008, providing consumers with a practical, spacious ride. It is one of the oldest vehicles in Chevrolet’s lineup and is starting to show its age, since it hasn’t seen a refresh since 2008. For the new model, the American carmaker has stated that it will offer a “bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers,” but the details on this crossover are few and far between.

chevrolet traverse head light

We do know that the 2018 Traverse will feature “D-Optic” headlights, which are meant to give better lighting than other systems. Chevy also wants the Traverse to have class-leading third-row legroom and cargo space. The 2018 model will also share a platform with the GMC Acadia, which means it will likely have some of the same upgrades that the Acadia debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

When the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, it is bound to make a lasting impression. To learn more about the current Traverse, stop in to Bill Roberts Chevrolet for a test drive.

2016 SEMA Show: Chevrolet’s Blue Line Concepts

Chevrolet didn’t steal the 2016 SEMA Show, but it certainly grabbed a good portion of the spotlight. While other automakers spent their time designing and engineering power-packed vehicles and custom creations that won’t see the public market, Chevrolet went another way. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts turned heads for plenty of reasons. Best of all, most of the upgrades made to the Blue Line vehicles will be available to the public by mid-2017.

The Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback, took center stage with its Genesis White paint and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. The chrome grille was one of a few cosmetic changes.

The Cruze Hatch RS included a few performance upgrades that visitors couldn’t see. A lowered suspension, performance brakes, and a new intake and exhaust system made the short list. All of the upgrades will be available to the public by mid-2017, if they aren’t already.

Chevrolet also brought a Malibu Blue Line concept to the 2016 SEMA Show. Like its smaller sibling, the Malibu Blue Line concept saw a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Unlike the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu also saw a blacked-out grille insert, bowtie badging, and illuminated doorsills, to name a few changes.

Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we’re proud to see fantastic cars getting more options to make them even better!

Chevy Sets Guinness Book World Record

Whether you’re an avid Guinness Book World Record follower or just have the book as a coffee table read, you can admit there are lots of awards that are fascinating and unbelievable. Well, Chevy is joining the Guinness Book, so now you definitely have a reason to check it out!

So just what did Chevy do to earn a Guinness World Record? Well, in Fort Worth, Texas, the 2017 Silverado HD did some serious work! They set the record for World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.

You may ask, “Is that a record?” But it is! Really, anything can be a record. The occasion was the State Fair of Texas, and appropriately enough, Texas is the largest truck market. The 2017 Silverado flew the U.S. flag for the event, and broke a record in the process.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado sets a Guinness Book World RecordTo set the record, the Silverado had to drive at least 100 meters flying the flag. The flag could not touch the ground for the record to be passed. But don’t worry, the Silverado passed with flying colors! The flag, which was almost 3,200 square feet, was flown effortlessly by the Silverado for four laps around the track. That’s one and a half miles!

Check out the 2017 Silverado today to see what you can tow!

Most Iconic Chevys

You love your Chevy, but there’s more than just yours! Throughout Chevy’s nearly 105-year history, there’s been some pretty epic cars that have come along. Here are some iconic Chevys that have graced the road.

1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster

This is easily one of the most iconic Chevys, with an intriguing and dynamic design. It lived up to its “Royal Mail” name, with edgy and contemporary lines that gave it that high-class look.

The 1936 Chevrolet Suburban is an iconic chevy1936 Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban of the ’30s looks nothing like the Suburban of today, but it definitely made an impression at the time. It stood out because it had even more room for eight people than other stations wagons of the ’30s.

1948 Chevrolet Pickup

America loves trucks, and especially Chevy trucks! The new Advanced Design pickup immediately became a success because of roomier cabins and that famous pickup truck resourcefulness. It was perfect for the “working man” or for families.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette debuted its distinct sports-car styling and powerful engine in 1953. This was only the start of the Corvette but it was famous almost immediately.

These are just some of many famous Chevys. What’s your favorite?

Teen Driver Technology: Putting Parents’ Minds at Ease

According to a recent Harris Poll, one of the biggest worries for parents of teens centers around driving. With more than 360,000 teens becoming eligible for a driver’s license in the past month of August alone, there’s never been a more pressing need for safety technologies. That’s why Chevy is working hard to provide the latest systems around.

The Harris Poll survey, according to Chevy, shows that around 55% of parents say that having their teens drive is the biggest area of parental stress. In order to put parents’ minds at ease, Chevy developed Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017 models.

“While we can’t control a teen’s behavior when they are in a car without a parent, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology can remind them to buckle up and avoid speeding, while our other available active safety features can help to alert them in certain situations when they’re making less-than-perfect driving decisions,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.

Teen Driver Technology can be found in many Chevrolet vehicles such as the ColoradoSome of the technologies include features like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Cross Traffic Alert, Stability Control, Traction Control, Forward Automatic Braking, and more. Some of the Teen Driver technologies can report back to parents just how safe their children are driving. Here are some of the things you can track:

  • Distance Driven
  • Maximum Speed
  • Hard Brakes
  • Tailgating Alerts
  • Wide-open Throttle Alerts

These are just some of the many things you can keep an eye on. You can get these technologies on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt. You’ll always be better protected in a Chevy. Get yours today.