Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 Chevy Blazer Billed by NOQ Report as “A Home Run” and “Visually Stunning”

Everyone here on staff at Jim Butler of St Louis loves to explore new vehicles for ourselves, and let all of our customers know the reasons why we think they would be a good fit for their needs. The tech-savvy and knowledgeable crew at the NOQ Report blog was righteously excited about the new Chevy Blazer over the past week, which they claimed is the “most visually stunning SUV Chevy has released in years.” You can see the video from Chevy here, which does a great job of detailing the various trims and features.

One of the best elements of the Premium trim is the leather and sueded microfiber that adds a very luxurious feel, and it has been amazing and exciting to see the progression of upgrades in general. Just two decades ago, it seemed that the Italian brands that existed among other luxury icons that were financially out of reach for the everyday buyer were the only way to get truly lavish features in the interior. Taking the design aesthetics to a new level was one of the reasons customers really started to be excited about the new Blazer, and the appearance that seems a bit more from the car camp will be appreciated by many.

Many with any type of stake in the auto industry knew that it was only a matter of time before features such as the in-vehicle report card would be put to use: gone are the days where your teen could “sneak away” untracked. Owners even get an alert when the music Is playing too loud, just in case a severe uptick in the decibel factor is on the “not approved” list. Some of the customers that come here to talk to us let us know that they feel Chevy already has plenty of SUV options, and we can understand that sentiment. The Blazer is one of those vehicles that everyone from the avid camper to busy rock drummer favored after its creation: when you look at early models circa 1979, you can just feel the freedom from the concrete jungle oozing from every square inch.

The NOQ Report staff agreed that “naysayers can complain all they want about the crowded segment, but Chevy has knocked it out of the park with the 2019 Blazer.” We are large fans here of the original GMC S-15 Jimmy 2-door: it did not feature removable hardtops, but was truly part of the iconic build style that evoked the fun and go-anywhere spirit that is the Blazer's essence. It was one of the first vehicles to exist that had a somewhat tight and car-like driving sensation, but offered room in the back that was a hauler and transporter's dream.

We always love heartily the possibilities that open themselves up to anyone with a wayfarer's dream and a roadmap, after quickly throwing in a tent and sleeping bag or two. The spirit of wanderlust is still stoking Blazer owners nationwide, and don't think for a minute that this is just an urban explorer: just as the sure coming of spring, the Missouri wild will be beckoning to you in no time.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Fast Lane Has a Blast With the 2019 Chevy Bolt During L.A. Auto Show

Nathan Adlen has been on the beat covering the newest and most interesting developments in the auto industry for quite some time, and over the past week, he spent a good chunk of it driving a Chevy Bolt during the Los Angeles auto show. His first reflection was that it was “brilliant, and proves that it's a viable transportation alternative.” Part of what gives the car outstanding in-city performance is the power source: the 60 kWh Lithium-ion battery properly fires up the Chevy Bolt with 200 horsepower, and 266 lb-ft of torque.

You usually don’t think of the word “takeoff” when talking about a car with electric power, and all of us here at Jim Butler Chevy are very proud of the way in which precise engineering and development have played a part in making the off-the-line element more exciting. 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds is phenomenal for an electric car, and the Bolt lives up to that stat regardless of temperature or elevation. While on his journey, Nathan used Evgo and ChargePoint chargers in Los Angeles, Ventura/Camarillo, and Orange County. He was a bit anticipant for the days when there will be even more chargers out there, and he was using the 240-volt level 2 variety.

Just a few hours time usually topped him off, and during a 180-mile drive, a paid parking area offered Level 2 charging as well. Nathan couldn't stop raving about the acceleration ability, and claimed that this is as good as it gets for a smaller car: passing others on the highway was a cinch. The Bolt's well-balanced suspension setup is very smooth on the highway, and putting the “L” mode to use will give you the best range, with aggressive recharging and rapid slowing as soon as you let off the accelerator. The very useful tire alert feature is new for 2019, and beeps at you rapidly when it's full.

Nathan has been reviewing cars from the cheapest to the most prestigious for years, and has experienced everything from wrecking yards, garages, racetracks, and professional auto testing during his career. After having the pleasure of driving so many gas-powered vehicles during his days, he still astutely claimed that the Bolt provides a future that all drivers can look forward to, and a change for the world that will be thrilling to embrace. The Bolt is the vehicle that the Car and Driver staff called “satisfying, prompt, and solid”, filling a need that has long existed in the American (as well as international) landscape.

The testers on duty at the website spoke highly of the way the drivetrain communicates its power in regards to the new Bolt and praised its very significant accomplishment in the torque steer department to boot. Come down to visit us during this New Year's season to check out the best option in existence for electric driving, and let us show you the many different ways in which it outdoes the competition!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Chevy Colorado Said by Automobile to be “The Best Mid-Size Pickup Going Hard-Core”

In a pre-holiday piece about just how awesome they think that the Colorado ZR2 Bison is, Nelson Ireson of Automobile Magazine laments on how Tesla Motors has a famous “Ludicrous Mode” offered on its Model S sedans. Well-documented over the internet and YouTube, it is a performance-enhancing bit of software that allows the car to accelerate with mind-blowing power, and leave just about anything or anyone behind them in the dust. Nelson claims that the new Bison version of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is “the off-road equivalent of Ludicrous Mode,” and heaps on the praise for the massively capable truck.

Part of the reason why it is ranked as the hardest-core of the Colorado clan is the upgrades beyond normal ZR2 specs: the rock sliders, skid plates, and crawling-ready damper turning prepare it for areas such as the most remote corners of Moab, or the Ozarks right here close to home. These upgrades make the truck durable even in the most treacherous off-road locations, and able to withstand the threat of obstacles that exist off-road. Already on the equipment list to withstand any dose of boulder or Baja-induced difficulty, are rocker slider bars, boron-steel skid plates, cast-iron control arms, an Autotrac transfer case, and electronically locking front and rear differentials.

On the outside, there's a new flow-through Chevrolet-lettered grille, fatter fender flares, AEV-designed steel front and rear bumpers, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. The unique AEV branding inside and out included embroidered logos on the seat headrests, and you really sense the excitement immediately that comes from being able to go anywhere a full-size truck can, while brandishing a smaller size that means it can go many places others can't. It truly is the truck that will be “whining and scraping at the garage door, begging to be let out to play,” encouraging a brand of hard use that will no doubt provide an enormous dose of fun.

One of the real differences between this and the standard ZR2 is that you don't have to worry about ventilating the oil pan, or providing protection for the most sensitive parts on a truck: the ones located underneath. “The Great Wide Open” is a distinction of terrain that requires a truck prepared for battle, not just built to get by. The seasoned staff at Jalopnik claimed that the skid plates really make a world of difference for a truly challenging off-road situation, and that this is the truck that can “be bashed over boulders without getting mangled.” They provided some cool details via cad form here that really give you an idea of how the extra equipment is situated, constructed, and ultimately protects the vital locations of the Bison. Ask us here at Jim Butler Chevy about the optional transmission skid bars, another weapon in the arsenal that keeps the ZR2 Bison proudly plowing through canyons and streams!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wheels.Ca Proclaims 2019 Corvette ZR1 “Big Daddy of American Supercars”

Next year's Corvette has already been the topic of many reviews heaping on the praise, and the last one we got our eager hands on here at Jim Butler was by the staff at Wheels.Ca, who immediately billed the car as “completely captivating.” Stating that “long drives are a joy, and storage is bigger than Nickelback was a decade ago,” writer Brian Makee was convinced that it is just as comfortable and accessible as any nationally-ranked grand touring auto. There is the 6.2-liter LT5 small block up front, creating 755 horsepower, and 715 lb-ft of torque. Brian tested a model with a seven-speed manual, and was way more excited to pound the track with it then the automatic alternative.

To achieve the additional 105 horsepower, many changes were required: the LT5 has a much larger supercharger, a different cam, as well as much stronger connecting rods and crank. There is a quiet mode to calm the roaring exhaust a bit, but we kind of frown upon it: the plentiful decibels from the piping are a part of the complete package that will resonate well with the most die-hard of track enthusiasts. Unlike the highly charged Hemi V8s found in some Jeeps and Dodges, the LT5 has a different whine from the supercharger, and it’s a constant reminder of the outright amazing horsepower number you are drawing from during the drive.

The chassis begins with the standard suspension set up of the 'Vette, with double wishbones at all four corners, and the latest version of magnetic ride dampening. Very extra-large sized carbon ceramic rotors clamped by six piston calipers are the Brembo brakes found up front, with four-piston in the back. The wing is massive, and drivers out there who are dying to race-test the best in the land will want to spring for the ZTK track package option: it includes the front splitter end caps, as well as the tall rear wing, which has uprights bolted directly to the chassis.

One feature that greatly deserved an up-close look in this article was the electronically controlled limited slip differential. It works overtime to assure that the car is sure-footed and uses a variable format to carefully control the amount of lock being optimized in real time. Brian excitedly claimed that the body and wheel control is “impeccable” on the ZR1, and really took notice of the fact that the dampers are the latest gen magnetic ride, which can adjust to changing road surfaces in an astonishing fifteen milliseconds.

Steering is delivered via an electronically assisted variable ratio rack and pinion system, and Brian thought that turn in response is definitely sharper than any previous 'Vette model in existence. We invite you to visit us this holiday season here at Jim Butler, and see what it's like to “unleash all 755 horses:” wide-open straights and fast corners are going to be the most rewarding locations to drive, and truly bask in the well-honed machinery that is the 2019 ZR1!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2020 Corvette Sporting Mid-engine Muster: Recent Sightings at Nurburgring

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All of us on sales and service staff here at Jim Butler of St Louis have good reason to get excited when a car that has been under wraps of sorts for decades finally takes a giant and exciting step out into the spotlight! The stakes are upped drastically when the news at hand has anything to do with the Corvette, a high-performing and alluring beast that has blown the mind of many a car enthusiast over the years. Spy shots are still one of the primo methods of seeing some defining characteristics of what a car will look like before official release.

When the car in question is the C8.R-Spec Race 'Vette, there are bound to be many who are peering over any virtual and web-based shoulder they can, looking for clues to be found about just how badass and feature-rich this car will be. In the shots we recently got our hands on, the C8 'Vette had shed some of its loose-fitting camo, which just left a black-and-white wrap to hide the most important details. The engine shifted a considerable ways back behind the driver, but size specs have not changed all that much. Towards the front end, the intakes are very similar to what is found on the new ZR1, while the taillights in the rear reminding us of what you see on the current Stingray model.

The exhaust routing has been changed up a bit, seeing as how it has been more than 20 years since the exit point was situated in any location beside the exact center point of the rear bumper. Currently, engine configuration and transmission pairings are not known, but rumors have circulated as of late that the dual-clutch variety will be the raucous-and-ready resident caretaker. A recent video from Motor1US showed this same model heavily under wraps busting its chops on the Nurburgring, and its performance during the entire trial of the track is nothing short of amazing. The cornering is off-the-charts precise, and the always-abundant and spry on delivery third-to-fourth gear is where things always get pleasantly hair-raising and rebellious.

Dale Lomas of Road and Track knows that lap times at the Nurburgring “seem to be a new kind of cryptocurrency,” and recognizes that lap times are released by marketing teams, in controlled conditions, and slated for maximum effect. It has been said repeatedly that this is a vehicle that could boast 500 horsepower right off the bat, and the new flat-plane crank V8 with naturally-aspirated twin-turbo guises could offer up 600 hp and 800 hp respectively. The basis for the mid-engine platform is supposed to be the C7's aluminum spaceframe structure, and if a twin-turbocharging option ever comes about, output could rise to 800 hp. Production for this monumental and record-challenging number will take place at Corvette's home in Bowling Green, Kentucky: this American-built and always-motivated symbol of pride is going to take the world by storm when it finally rears its head!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oakland Press Ranks 2019 Chevy Suburban at Top of the List in “Most Affordable” Category

Many consumers shopping have come to grips with the fact that owning a vehicle that is off-the-charts massive is totally alright. There are not many vehicles that can make the claim of being able to fit 9 comfortably, and many families are appreciative of the added boost in space. The review staff at The Oakland Press took a liking to the new Suburban model right away, due to their humorous take on not having any trouble at all finding it in the lot, and also taking a serious liking to the materials used that definitely rival those found in the GM Cadillac Escalade.

With the new Suburban, all passengers have plenty of leg and head room, the seating is very comfortable, and multiple charging locations are on deck to keep the necessary juice flowing to everyone's devices. The Suburban comes with either a 5.3-liter, V8 engine that offers 355 horsepower, or there is the potential to upgrade to a 6.2-liter V8 that is on deck to produce an astonishing 420 horsepower. The upgraded option is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission, and even though this is a lot of vehicle to get up and moving around, the rewards are plentiful. A highly impressive towing capacity of 8,300 pounds is on hand to provide the hauling ability for just about anything you can imagine lugging behind you. Also, with all of those people you may have in tow with you, it is great to know that the infotainment system ranks as the most well-designed and simple to use in existence.

When you are touting these many potential passengers in your crew, safety features are going to be all-important, and next year's Suburban offers quite a few. Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Low-Speed Forward Auto Braking, Rear Vision Camera, and Tire Pressure Monitor are all working constantly to make sure that you feel protected and safe during every single mile.

The essence of the modern Suburban is not just perfect for soccer teams and the larger-than-average family cargo load; a vehicle this powerful can command its position when the desire to hit the open road with a sense of overwhelming freedom tugs persistently at you during your daily regimen. Magnetic Ride Control is the adaptive-damper system on board that provides the ultimate sense of stability during your cruise, and it has been perfected by the best engineers and track testing personnel in the business. This was the standard fare that gift-wrapped the driving essence of cars such as the Cadillac CT6, and the Camaro ZL1, greatly improving cornering response, and how comfortable everyone on board remains when you encounter any unforeseen bumps in the road! 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Adds Awesome Interior, Other Calibrated Performance Goodies

 Due to customer demand, Chevy is ramping up the availability of the 6.2-L V-8 engine within its full-size SUV lineup, with the introduction of the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions. The 6.2-L V-8 was first made available on the 2018 Tahoe RST 6.2L Performance Package. All Premier Plus edition Chevy full-size SUVs, as well as RST Premier models with the optional 6.2L Performance Package, will also feature Magnetic Ride control: the key ingredient is the fluid within the damper, called magnetorheological fluid. MR fluid has magnetically soft particles suspended in a synthetic hydrocarbon fluid. The wheel motion sensors gather information from each wheel, and send it to the ECU, which then sends the appropriate amount of current to each damper.

36 percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this  engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another well-loaded option to choose from, with the addition of several premium touches. Come visit us at Jim Butler soon, and well show you the benefits of a unique interior, with heated and ventilated Black/mahogany-colored leather-appointed front seats, surrounded by a Jet Black trim. 22-inch polished wheels also make their first appearance in Chevy's full-size SUV lineup with these special editions, and other cool features include chrome nameplate badging, a head-up display, and 8-inch diagonal cluster, cross rails, chrome power steps, an exhaust tip, and a Chevy-branded cargo organizer.

The 6.2-L V-8 is capable of 420 horsepower, and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers 3 state-of-the-art technologies: direct injection, Active Fuel Management, and continuously variable valve timing- all on board to assure that the most power, torque, and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions takes place. The 10-speed automatic transmission incorporates smaller steps between each ratio, to maximize engine power during acceleration, and ultimately reduce engine revolutions at highway speeds. Magnetic Ride Control also is beneficial for delivering improved body-motion control during cornering, and a much more comfortable ride at optimum cruising speeds.

We are quite proud to stand behind and offer the new Tahoe, which Car and 
 Driver deemed “the full-size, body-on-frame boat hauler that rules the SUV world, with loads of high-tech features”. Not to be confused with a lifted minivan, the same writer lamented that the Tahoe is also “absolutely a proper truck underneath”. Ask us about the optional accessories for the Suburban RST: they push performance levels even higher.

 An available Performance Dual-side Exit exhaust system by Borla is now rated to improve exhaust flow by 28 percent, and help fuel economy greatly. The RST's optional Brembo performance brake package adds huge six-piston red caliper brakes, for massively-improved stopping power. Customer response has been amazingly positive for these new upgrades, and we can't wait till the models make their long-awaited appearance on the lot this fall!