The Camaro ZL1 blew us away when it debuted. All this time later, those feelings haven’t changed a bit. The supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine throws you back in the seat with its 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, while Standard Magnetic Ride Control, eLSD and Brembo brakes provide a smooth ride, along with ideal handling. An available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission also is designed to offer nearly instantaneous shifts.
Large upper and lower grille openings provide for maximum cooling and a carbon-fiber composite hood air extractor helps move air from the engine compartment, thereby decreasing lift. A three-stanchion spoiler increases downforce while an aggressive front splitter and rocker moldings round out the aero package. Even the interior is designed to perform, as standard RECARO performance seats help reduce arm interference during quick shifts. Custom Launch Control modifieds engine torque for optimized acceleration off the line when you’re at the drag strip, and the 1LE Track Package features precision braking, steering, handling and grip for the road course.
We’re definitely thankful for this one.
Colorado ZR2 Bison
We’re jumping from track to trucks as we offer thanks for the new Colorado ZR2 Bison. This truck is the product of a partnership between American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) and Chevrolet and is designed for overlanding adventures. The aggressive-looking Bison features everything you need for the most rugged trails including a Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) damping system, AEV-designed wheel flares and 17-inch wheels, AEV Stamped Steel front and rear bumpers, front winch provisions and rear recovery points, fog lamps and five hot-stamped, Boron steel skid plates. A Chevrolet-lettered grille and the AEV logo featured on the head restraints and floor liners complete the aesthetic package.
LT5 Crate Engine
Considering how thankful we were when the Corvette ZR1 was introduced, you can only imagine the gratitude we felt when Chevrolet Performance brought out its LT5 as a crate engine at this year’s SEMA Show. This powerful crate-dweller makes 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. It also utilizes a new supercharger based on the same four-lobe design as the air compressors featured in the LS9 and LT4 engines, but at 2.65 liters it is larger and creates more boost.
ZZ6 EFI Crate Engine
Staying in the engine compartment, we’re also thankful for modern electronic fuel injection. In addition to the crate version of the LT5, Chevrolet Performance also introduced the ZZ6 EFI Crate Engine at the SEMA Show. The 350c.i. engine features an electronically controlled port fuel-injection system using an aluminum intake manifold which looks like a carbureted intake. That means your engine will still look all-original at cruise nights. The engine is designed with high-rpm airflow capability but maintains excellent low-speed drivability. The engine makes 420 horsepower and 408 lb-ft of torque. Both Turn-Key and Deluxe options are available.
More than anything, Thanksgiving is about people, and one of the coolest things we get to do each year is meet some of the most interesting people in the automotive world. Ernie Miyamoto is one of the highlights. We first met Ernie on Woodward Avenue in Detroit this year, where he was driving one of the wildest builds we’ve ever seen, Ernie stuffed a Chevrolet Performance ZZ572/620 crate engine in his 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle. Not only is the engine crazy though, but the entire package that sets this car apart. The body even lifts off the frame and a giant key in the rear makes it look like a wind-up car. It’s very quick and insanely loud.
This vehicle is truly a sight to behold, and we are truly thankful people like Ernie are part of our lives.
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