Friday, October 11, 2019

First C8 Corvette Off the Line To be Auctioned For Charity


This summer in a large airplane hangar in California, a very significant automotive milestone in history took place. Many excited fans and onlookers were there to witness the arrival of the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, which was the first mid-engined Corvette production model to ever exist. You will soon be able to own the very first model that rolls off the line complete with a VIN ending in 001, but you'll need to be quite cash-heavy to do so. The rights to the first model will be sold during a Barrett-Jackson auction this coming January in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

Chevy will donate all proceeds from the sale to the Detroit Children's Fund, which helps with the provision of much-needed educational resources for the large Michigan metro area. The education landscape of this particular city has seen challenges for many years now, and scores of gifted individuals have been toiling to improve the situation. The Detroit Children's Fund targets lower-performing schools and figures out ways to give everyone an equal opportunity and successful future. It won't be a surprise if the price exceeds the $1 million mark, as similar auctions of the first 2017 Ford GT and first 2017 Acura NSX both received $2.55 million and $1.2 million each.
In the past, the winning bidder has been Rick Hendrick, who owns Hendrick Motorsports and is the original founding member of the Hendrick Automotive Group. The car will come with all of the options including the Z51 performance pack. Whoever the lucky winner is will also be able to choose features such as exterior color and cabin trim to add to the car. Steve Davis is president of Barret-Jackson, and he claimed that he couldn't be more proud to continue the tradition with help from Chevy and the sale of the first retail production mid-engined Corvette to support the kids in need from the Detroit area.
All of us here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis have had so many reasons to be overly excited about the final release of the C8. The new power plant in play cranks out 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. That is 10 hp and lb-ft of torque more than the 2020 Stingray minus the Z51 performance package. A brand-new and compact 6-speed sequential transmission handles shifting duties, and its new size makes additional room for a diffuser that helps massively in the speed category. Shedding weight and increasing all-important stiffness were the top engineering goals for the new C8, and the results were tremendous. It makes us happy that this event is sheer proof that there is still some goodness left in the world, and esteemed people out there taking amazing cars and using them for a very positive change. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

ZRX Offroader Model Predicted for 2022 Silverado, Expanding Trail Boss Potential


During the fall months, all of us on sales and service staff here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis are fielding tons of requests and questions regarding trucks. And why shouldn't we be? As the leaves begin to change and every night under the arch gets just a bit cooler, it is the perfect time to think about the perfect rig for you that can tow, haul, and also be the ideal urban trek around with the family. Muscle Cars and Trucks cited that other valid sources claim a ZRX trim for the Silverado is now in the works.



The same namesake was once used on the GMC Sonoma, which was a more street-focused pickup that was a bit like the S-10 Xtreme. When it was learned that a trademark was filed early last month many thought that it was based on the return of a street performance pickup, but instead it has now been learned that the Silverado ZRX will be a very gritty offroad number aiming to further the Trail Boss' capabilities.

We've been told that the ZRX is expected to be equipped with an upgraded suspension, the Multimatic DSSV spool valve offroad dampers seen on the Colorado ZR2, front and rear locking differentials, and completely redesigned bumpers to nail down better approach and departure angles. It has also now been found out that Fox has filed a ZRX trademark to use exclusively on “custom pickups” just seven days later. The Ford F-150 Raptor, as well as Ram Rebel TRX, are the usual suspects are far as stiff competition is concerned, and even though it may not have quite as powerful an engine, will probably still fare just fine.

At this point power is said to be derived from a 6.2-liter EcoTec V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This could mean the TRX would be situated comfortably above the Trail Boss but just below the fiercely high-powered desperado of the upgraded Trail Boss with skid plates, 18-inch wheels, a locking rear differential, two-speed transfer case, and Rancho shocks. Us and many others would be incredibly excited to see a 3.0-liter Duramax 4-cylinder cranking out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft, which is an option the competition does not offer.

We will firmly attest the pre-existing diesel is smoother than the gas engine, and the very advanced fuel injection system does a fantastic job of helping with the very typical compression-ignition clatter. This complex system runs at 36,250 psi, with nine-hole injectors cranking out fuel up to 10 times per combustion cycle. We'll keep you posted right here on the blog about this trim level's development: two years can fly by fast, and the opportunity to spec it out to your own fancy will be any truck-lovers solid endeavor!

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Makes Exclusive Visit to Jim Butler Chevrolet


Saint Louis ----- On October 10th, 2019 at 11:00 am CST the highly anticipated 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will make an exclusive appearance at Jim Butler Chevrolet, before it goes on sale.  This U.S. tour will give enthusiast around the area an up-close look at the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette –offering a new standard of design performance, technology and craftsmanship.
The tour includes a hands-on look at the new Corvette as well as numerous interactive displays.  At this event, our vehicle specialist will host customers interested in learning about the new mid-engine supercar, display customizable parts (seats, wheels, accessories, etc.) and teach people how to personalize their own Corvette.

“The exclusive tour gives Corvette enthusiast the opportunity to engage with their all new 2020 Corvette Stingray in Saint Louis before it officially hits the showroom floor, “said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S.  vice president, “We designed the tour with fans in mind and are thrilled for them to be the first to see the mid-engine Corvette at Jim Butler Chevrolet.”
This one-of-a-kind fan experience is fitting for the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette, a vehicle that invented the American sports car segment when Chevy debuted the first generation in 1953.  The Next Generation builds upon, but also redefines Corvette’s legacy.
We are excited to be the first exclusive dealership to show the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette in Saint Louis area, said Brad Sowers, president of Jim Butler Chevrolet. 

The tour, happening concurrently in America, will stop at more than 125 select dealerships through early 2020.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is on the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that make the heartbeat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value.  More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

ABOUT JIM BUTLER CHEVROLET
Jim Butler Chevrolet is part of the Jim Butler Auto Group, based in the St. Louis, Mo. Area. Jim Butler Auto Group sells and services new and pre-owned vehicles nationwide through eight dealerships. Through its centralized business center Jim Butler Auto Group manages inquiries, customer service and deliveries nationwide, resulting in one of the nation’s top-rated vehicle buying processes in America. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. Business units are: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 17 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia; Jim Butler Maserati; Jim Butler FIAT; Jim Butler-Linn Chevrolet; Jim Butler Alfa Romeo; Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; and Jim Butler Auto Plaza, dedicated to pre-owned sales. For more information please visit www.JimButlerAutoGroup.com or www.jimbutlerchevrolet.com .

Friday, September 27, 2019

Driving Mag Puts Full Range of Camaro V8's to Thorough Driving Test


Before the experienced staff of Driving Mag happily took to the task of test driving the Camaro line's arsenal of V8 powered cars, they started their weekly article with an interesting thought: “In the old days you used to be able to build some weird cars”. Even though there are many car aficionados out there that greatly appreciated the ability to customize every single inch of a car, it is true that cars today come in pretty well-defined packages.

Features writer Clayton Seams was very excited to officially spread the word that there ARE still exceptions out there, and Chevy still allows you to “have it your way” in terms of pairing the 1LE track package with all four available Camaro engines. You also can order a track package on a Camaro with any engine you want, and any level of trim. This gives the driver the ultimate chance to focus on whether they want to travel at breakneck speeds or zoom in on feeling more comfortable while they do so. The reporting team on duty here would recommend that you see us at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis soon to heap your plate high with a supercharged 6.2-liter ZL1, and the full luxury treatment in regards to interior!

The first car the team jumped into was the SS 1LE with a manual transmission and the naturally-aspirated 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. This is as close as can be found to a classic muscle car formula in the Chevy lineup, and the drivers had a massive amount of fun with it right off the bat. They claimed happily that the 6.2-liter was apt at stretching its legs, and the wide torque band meant that much fewer shifts were called for. Upgraded four-piston bakes provided a great feel when really laying into corners hard, doing well at fulfilling their duty.
Next up for speculation was the top-of-the-line ZL1, stacked complete with supercharger and generating a full 650 hp. Deemed automatically as a “completely different animal” from the SS, the harder this car was pushed, the better it stuck to the track. Its flanks are lined stealthily with aero bits, helping the car stay glued to the pavement at every second. The team felt like true Formula One drivers while hammering down through gear after gear in the braking zones, and reflected that they could drive through a turn with the best in satisfaction no matter what gear you are in.

Some of the best moments of the day were while they all unleashed the full 650 hp, as Clayton claimed that they could accelerate faster than the needle could even move. What's most exciting is the fact that the 1LE package opens up the potential of the track's raw excitement and offers up a track car for the masses. This crew ranked the SS as the all-around most fun, but closing with the very serious sentiment that there's “no substitute on Earth” for the mighty ZL1!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Chevy Cavalier's Rebirth Status Via The Drive.com: Looks Like a Crossover is Imminent




The Cavalier has not been in commission for 14 years now and had once enjoyed its existence as a solid and economical choice for many young professionals, students, and others as a practical daily driver that added many great features as the years went on. It currently has a presence in China and Mexico in the form of a subcompact sedan that exists right under the Cruze in the lineup.

As all of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis were checking out the web for updates on the blogs and newswires about the coming year's models and saw an important feature from the good people at The Drive. It depicted a product leak, suggesting the Cavalier will see a rebirth during 2020 as a new crossover SUV. For a very brief time last Monday, Chevy's U.S. Media site had an image in the galleries section of a small crossover that was previously unseen labeled “2020 Chevy Cavalier.” At first glance, the design type and styling elements appeared very similar to what is found on the Trax and Equinox, and the link directed the user to a blank page with an “MX” URL.

This means that the new crossover may see its official introduction in Mexico, but just a day or so later, the photo was then removed. The size appears similar to the compact Chevy Trax: the Chinese version of sedan derives power from a 1.5-liter I-4 engine and comes with the choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. If the transformation from sedan to crossover platform takes place, it would make sense to see some powertrain updates in the loop as well.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was dominating the box office when the Cavalier first went on sale in May 1981, as a front-wheel-drive model with 2 and 4 door sedan, station wagon, and hatchback body styles. Two years later, the adjusted model offered a V6 engine for more muscle, and throttle body fuel injection. 1989 models saw the steering column completely redesigned, which allowed for a reduction in injuries during a crash with the ability to bend to conform to the driver's chest shape.

When remembering Cavaliers on the road spotted most often, it was the 1991 model that saw the extensive restyling that provided new headlights, taillights, bumpers, hood, wheel covers, and completely redesigned interior. The Z24 model then gained the options for a CD player and height-adjustable driver's seat, and mid-year the convertible was brought back with the V6 engine as standard. From 1995-1999, the Cavalier took a few design cues from the 4th-generation Chevy Camaro, and made its way through the ranks to see the #1 sales spot within the entire Chevy lineup! We will keep you posted right here on the Jim Butler blog as to any updates and news regarding the Cavalier's comeback.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Convertible's Fall Reveal Covered by Motor Authority


Over the summer, Corvette fans worldwide got an enormous feast for the eyes on the form of a reveal: the C8 made its worldwide debut in a hanger on July 18 in Tustin, CA during a spectacular event. A convertible version was not present at that date, and it wasn't known exactly how long fans would have to wait to see the new convertible appear. Now there is thankfully a more solid date range to circle on the calendar, as Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Kai Spande let it be known during an interview with Motor 1 that the convertible version should be expected to arrive “in the October time frame”.



Everyone here at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis agrees that it can benefit any automaker to hold back on the reins a bit as far as revealing exactly when a new variant will arrive, to keep a level of interest as well as mystique high. Sometimes buyers will wait a year or more between the launch of the base-level car and additional variants like a convertible. If all goes as planned with this release, the open-air model could be in showrooms by early 2020, which could be just in time for warmer weather to arrive during the spring!

What could be expected in terms of power is the 490-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 in base form, or a 495-hp version sporting the optional Z51 performance package. An 8-speed dual-clutch automatic will be standard across the board. As with other generations, the C8 convertible will most likely inspire high-performance models like the Z06 and ZR1. The retractable hardtop folds into a compartment directly behind the passenger cabin, and because the roof will essentially sit on top of the Corvette's mid-mounted engine, the convertible will not feature the clear engine cover this is on the coupe.

Just when all of the excitement surrounding this long-awaited mid-engine model had seemed to die down, the fever was stoked again for many fans with the simple tweet that announced it's due date through a cool GIF that showed a cartoon C8 coupe morphing into a convertible. This is a true leap of faith in terms of marketing and engineering, and so far the response has been phenomenal. Any new Corvette carries with its release significant and exciting clout, and since this one is the first mid-engined model in history, it is that much more monumental. Cars equipped with the Z51 performance package can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. We have spent the entire dog days of summer tipping our hats enthusiastically to this release, and the fact that the convertible is coming soon will provide the fresh-air option to us right here in the showroom!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Motor Trend Reflects on Their Reasons Why Chevy Colorado ZR2 Dominates Off-Road Category


Even though it's the smallest truck in the Chevy lineup, the Colorado is the one to keep in mind if off-road driving is your forte. The Colorado ZR2 now has a long list of suspension upgrades and cladding to assure that it is the best off-road small truck money can buy. The well-respected and experienced staff on duty at Motor Trend cranked out a feature this past week that points out the elements of their choice that are the defining qualities making it the best off-road small truck money can buy.
The much Stronger Chassis makes for a stronger overall body on the ZR2, providing better payload ability. Additional skid plates add the detailed protection underneath so that you don't scrape away at the most important parts of the truck when conquering many different obstacles. The skid plates are so important: many who choose to try and conquer the wild without them immediately hear dreadful noises when they don't have proper clearance on roots or dirt.

Unlike some of the competition, the V6-powered Colorado ZR2 provides for you an 8-speed automatic transmission that is specially tuned to handle the challenges that off-road driving provides. When you combine this with very hefty power amounts, you finish with the magic formula that rounds out one of the best off-road small trucks in existence.

For its class, the Colorado ZR2 has the most power and torque, depending on which engine is your final choice. The 3.6-liter V-6 packs 308 hp, and 275 lb-ft of torque while the 2.8-liter turbodiesel has 181 hp and 369 lb-ft, giving you two flexed and grunty options to power this current king of off-road trucks.

To add even more improvement to the ZR2's off-road abilities, it comes standard with locking front and rear differentials. You also have full control over both, allowing you to choose when you should opt for increased traction, which helps as the trails become more densely-populated with boulders and debris. If you are crawling up a particularly rocky trail and one of your wheels ends up sticking up straight in the air, power can be sent to the wheel experiencing the lowest amount of resistance.
The state-of-the-art suspension that the ZR2 is adorned with allows for plenty of ground clearance for rock crawling, which is one of the first categories in which an off-road truck fails if not properly equipped. The DSSV spool-valve shocks help provide enough compliance to deal with jumps and other obstacles that would cause a normal pickup to bottom out from the sheer impact. We hope to see you here this fall at Jim Butler Chevy of St Louis, where you can check out the amazing abilities and off-road prowess of this truck that now resides at the top of the dirt-trail ranks!