Press days at the New York auto show closed with the scalding hot Camaro ZL1 convertible with a new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 estimated at 640 horsepower and 640- lb-ft of torque. It will be sold with either, and get this, a six speed manual gearbox or an all-new 10 speed automatic. It also gets a Magnetic ride suspension and electronic limited-slip differential. There is a new hood with a carbon fiber insert and heat extractor that pulls hot air from the engine compartment. Additional changes include a larger front splitter, unique rockers, a wing-style rear spoiler and wider front fenders – all tuned to improve aerodynamics. Recaro seats are standard equipment along with a flat-bottom steering wheel and suede shift knob. The ZL1 convertible will go on sale in early 2017. Chevy did not release any performance figures or prices at but there are 11 heat exchangers.
Here is something a little different for your living room or book shelves. A book called, “How to Build Your Own Engine Coffee Table” by Gergely Bajzath. “Whether in your living room, workshop, den, man cave or girl shed, an engine coffee table is a great talking point, and is almost guaranteed to become the main topic of conversation when friends meet,” said the publishers. The book will tell you the best engines to use and how to fit a glass top for a serviceable table. To state the obvious, the publisher noted “very possibly the first look on engine tables ever printed.” You can order the book at
Meanwhile, Jaguar’s XF has been named Top Gear’s Sedan Car of the Year. It praised the Jag’s stiff, lightweight aluminum intensive construction, comfortable ride and impressive performance.
McLaren was named Top Gear’s manufacturer of the year in recognition of the brand’s rapid growth and global success “both achieved in so short a time.” McLaren has introduced five new models and set another sales record of late.
And saying, “You don’t always need to spend big money to have a huge amount of fun,” Top Gear named the Ford Focus RS at its Car of the Year. It topped “serious” competition from Porsche and Ferrari – but the final voting was unanimous in favor of the Ford.
Volkswagen has been given until April 21 to come up with a fix in the diesel emissions case or face the possibility of a trial this summer. The decision came from Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco. Justice Department and VW lawyers told the judge that progress is being made in settlement talks but some issues remain to be solved. Justice has sued VW for up to $46 billion for violating environmental laws.