The Roadster Shop Creates Custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR is an off-road capable truck unlike any other in its class. The Roadster Shop, a company known for taking muscle cars to new heights, took to the Colorado ZR2 with pleasure. The end result is a muscular pickup that looks like it can take on the world.Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

To begin, The Roadster Shop got ahold of a 2015 Colorado and transformed it into a vehicle designed to perfect recon on off-road racing courses. The race truck features a vast array of amenities and looks much different than any production model we’ll likely ever see.

The “ColoRADo,” as it was christened, features a stock cab with much larger fender flares. The custom freight brings a new position to the engine to optimize weight distribution. While the styling is certainly something to behold, what’s under the hood could be even more impressive.

The custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 boasts a 7.0-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that pumps out 730 hp. An upgraded suspension allows drivers to traverse some of the roughest trails imaginable in complete comfort.

The roll cage, racing seats, new dashboard and steering wheel, and digital instrument cluster certainly aren’t standard equipment either. Although the truck is just a custom job done by some creative experts, it’s still a sight to take in before it roars over the mountainside and out of sight.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet can’t help but be impressed by the custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2!

Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Fleet Expands

Automakers are making leaps and bounds in autonomous car technology every month, but Chevrolet is the clear leader. The autonomous Chevrolet Bolt car fleet will be expanded from 50 to 180 vehicles. The additional 130 Bolts will boast updated cameras, sensors, and hardware from models currently testing in three major cities.Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

There are currently 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolts testing on the roadways of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. Data generated and collected by those models have resulted in updated technology as Chevrolet continues to lead the pack in the race to produce autonomous vehicles.

The addition of 130 electric vehicles to the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt fleet isn’t the only update the automaker has made. General Motors plans to triple the staff of Cruise Automation, a self-driving software startup purchased last year, to 150 people. That team will continue to expand by another 1,100 people over the next five years.

While the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt is still in the testing phase, the Orion Assembly Plant is geared for production. As a result, General Motors currently stands as the only automaker capable of mass-producing autonomous vehicles.

“…no other company today has the unique and necessary combination of technology, engineering and manufacturing ability to build autonomous vehicles at scale,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO and Chairman.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are happy to see the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt continuing to lead the industry!

Nissan Announces Plans to Develop New Crossover EV

Nissan is no stranger to the green car segment. The Nissan LEAF has made big waves over the years, introducing new technology and better mileage to a segment that used to be aimed at a particular niche of buyers. Now though, EVs are becoming more and more popular. After announcing recent plans to develop a new crossover EV, Nissan seems to be taking advantage of its reputation for innovative, clean cars by tapping into one of the most popular segments on the market – crossover SUVs.new crossover EV - Tom Naquin - Elkhart, IN

At the core of Nissan’s company is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which puts cutting-edge tech like self-driving, connectivity, and vehicle electrification at the forefront of its design and engineering. Expanding its EV lineup is one of the company’s major goals, with Nissan even putting out concepts of electric sports cars, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking the EV segment in a new direction by planning to launch a crossover EV by 2019.

The new crossover EV will make use of the Vmotion 3.0 drivetrain, piggybacking off the success of the Vmotion 2.0 concept introduced at the Detroit Auto show. The concept is slated to make its first appearance at auto events sometime this year to give enthusiasts a taste of where Nissan’s crossover EV is headed in terms of design.

How to Throw the Perfect Summer Cookout

If the fears of burnt burgers or bored children are keeping you from throwing a barbeque this year, then worry not. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’ve put together these tips for the perfect summer cookout.

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Be Prepared

If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Plan your menu ahead of time; this will give you the chance to look for good deals at the grocery store. Not to mention, knowing what you’re going to make a few weeks beforehand gives you the chance to go over different recipes so you’ll feel comfortable and familiar when it’s time to put them to the test.

 

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Make entertainment easy on yourself by setting out some lawn games before guests arrive. Something as simple as a Frisbee or a cornhole set will keep guests of all ages occupied. Set up a portable Bluetooth speaker as well for a fun, summer playlist that will set the mood all day long.

 

Don’t Sweat It

The most important advice to remember when you’re hosting a cookout is to have fun. Otherwise, what’s the point? Realize that spills will happen, rain may fall, and someone who wanted a bratwurst might get a hot dog instead by accident. But in the end, compared to the opportunity to share the summer days with friends and families, these things don’t matter. What’s important is that you enjoy yourself from the moment you pick out the hamburger buns at the store to finishing off the last beer of the afternoon.

Road Trip Tips

Spring has finally arrived, which means now is the time to take, or at least start preparing for, a family road trip! There’s a lot to do before you head out on a road trip, no matter how long it may be. Whether it’s your first or five-hundredth getaway, some things just have to be taken care of. Here are some help road trip tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Hit the road and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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  • Plan Carefully – While it always helps to have a plan before hitting the road, committing solely to that plan could cause problems. A single delay can throw a road trip that’s too tightly knit off schedule. Make a plan prior to leave, but be sure to allow for any delays.
  • Come Prepared – It pays to have all of your documents in your car when you take a road trip. Make sure to include your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Having just a few documents can get you out of some tight spots if you get pulled over.
  • Clean Up – There’s little doubt your vehicle will be a mess after returning home. While there isn’t much you can do about that, you can minimize the trash, dirt, and grime by cleaning your car inside and out before hitting the road.

First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sells for $250,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a track-ready monster of a muscle car that isn’t yet available on the public market, but the first model has already been sold. The first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE went up for sale at a Barret-Jackson auction and sold to the tune of $250,000. This isn’t the first time the buyer has made such a large purchase either.

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The buyer, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, dropped a quarter-million on the most track-oriented Camaro to date without blinking. His past purchases include the first-ever Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which went for $825,000.

Under the hood of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE sits a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a massive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque for a perfectly-tuned 1:1 ratio. Drivers will also enjoy Brembo brakes, track-oriented tires, a carbon fiber rear wing, and more.

Like all first-ever production models of General Motors vehicles, the money went to a good cause. The United Way charity received all proceeds from the auction. The charitable organizations works to help communities through partnerships with schools and banks.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE officially hits the market later this year. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’re happy to see the first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE helping a great cause and going to a great owner in one fell swoop!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case!

Keeping up with routine car maintenance can be difficult, but it’s a necessity for drivers who want to maximize the lifespan of their vehicle. Proper maintenance can help reduce the overall operating cost of your car as well. Check out these informative spring car maintenance tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Get out on the road and enjoy a spring drive!

 

  • Battery – A car requires more current to start when it’s cold out. That can put a major strain on a battery, especially if it’s fairly old. Take a few moments to look the battery over for any abnormalities, like bumps or bulges, and clean the connections if possible. If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case.
  • Wipers – Spring brings warm weather and heavy rains, which is why it’s necessary to have a good pair of windshield wipers. Fortunately, new wiper blades are fairly inexpensive and are easy to install. Simply consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions for your vehicle.
  • Lights – Driving at night without properly functioning headlights will only lead to disaster. Heading out in the rain without headlights won’t end well either. Perform an inspection of your lights to ensure they work properly before you need them!

 

If you find yourself in need of some professional help with car maintenance, just give us a call here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to help!

New Chevrolet Camaro Race Car

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Chevrolet is always on the hunt for ways to one-up the competition and the latest Camaro track model could do just that. The new Chevrolet Camaro race car is based on the ZL1 1LE production muscle car, with a few upgrades. Racing fans, take your seats and start your engines; it’s about to be a crazy year on the track.

 

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R boasts a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine paired with a 6-speed transmission complete with paddle shifters. The transmission also boasts built-in traction control to avoid hitting the wall.

 

The new race car took to a wind tunnel to optimize aerodynamics to cut down on as much drag as possible. The end result is the addition of a new front splitter, dive planes, and rear wind to better cut through the air. Of course, no race car is complete without a bunch of ladder-topping equipment. The new Camaro GT4.R boasts Öhlins coilovers and Brembo brakes that optimize handling and traction.

 

While the teaser image doesn’t show off the race car’s interior, expect something similar to existing models. A stripped down interior and plenty of safety features are more than likely all that the cockpit brings to the track.

 

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are pumped to see how well the new Camaro race car does on the track!

Fun Indiana Road Trips

Indiana road trips

Listen To Your Elkhart

With the weather getting warmer and spring slowly approaching, the time is coming to get out and explore your state. So why don’t you hop in the car and check out these awesome Indiana road trips?

Amish Acres

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana is a great getaway. If you want to take a time out from your busy life, you can find some solitude here with 80 acres of farms. For extra fun, turn off your technology for the visit and live the Amish way.

Levi Coffin House

If you want to experience a piece of history, this house in Fountain City is perfect. It was part of the Underground Railroad and the original owner, Levi, was called the President of the Underground Railroad. Think about how many lives this house saved.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Be one with nature at this conservatory in Fort Wayne. There are tons of different gardens with different themes, like the Desert Garden and the Tropical Garden. It smells pretty great, too. 

Hall of Heroes Museum

This museum in Elkhart is great for the whole family, especially the kids. It’s the only Super Hero and Comic Book Museum in the world, so it’s a special road trip to take. You’ll find two stories of comic book history here.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, tell all of us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, IN what you thought of them in the comments below.

All-New Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1

Even More Speed In The Camaro

The all-new Camaro is the fastest one yet! The Camaro ZL1 will light the track on fire (not literally) at the next road races.

The ZL1 has plenty of power, starting with its 10-speed automatic transmission; it makes the race smoother than ever. The ZL1 was tested at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground. A proving ground is exactly what it sounds like – it makes the car prove what it can do. The ZL1 certainly proved its power by peeling around the track at 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 mph in the other. That brings the Camaro ZL1’s official top speed to a jaw-dropping 198 mph.

“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

The Camaro ZL1 is sure to prove its innovation on the racetrack. The coupe shoots from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and can even brake from 60 to 0 in 107 feet. That’s pretty impressive! Its engine delivers an unbeatable 650 horsepower and has top technology like Magnetic Ride Control and electronic limited-slip differential as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for the lightning-fast Camaro ZL1… if you blink you might miss it! Come see a Chevrolet Camaro for yourself at Tom Naquin in Elkhart, IN today!