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The 2013 Chevrolet Volt will be bigger and better. The bigger part refers to the battery; the new battery will be able to go an additional three extra miles when driven solely on the battery. The new battery is not any heavier or larger, just “electrically bigger.”

Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah said improving electrical range was the number one request from customers. Three miles may seem like a minor improvement but it actually is incremental.  Ultimately it enables people to go gasoline-free in their daily driving, those miles add up over a week. Importantly, Farah said that the EPA made no major changes to the test procedures, so it is legit to compare the 2013 MPGe number to earlier ratings.

The extra range can also be attributed to different battery chemistry as well as the size, a 16.5kWh instead of a 16kWh. While the initial increase may seem small, new Chevy Payson drivers can expect incremental changes in future Volts. Bill Wallace, GM’s director of global battery systems engineering, added that they are constantly researching how to improve the energy storage and power of batteries, and the future looks infinite in possibilities for improving the battery systems.

Outside of the battery other changes in the Volt are minor. There is now an arm rest between the two back seats. A new power gauge in the dash that shows more information about how and where the energy being used is coming from, it displays how much is from the battery and how much is from the gas tank. There is also a collision alert and lane departure warning. The 2013 model will also have additional interior and exterior colors such as pebble beige and silver topaz metallic. Finally there are also all new sport alloy wheels.
The 2013 Volt goes on sale in August. GM said there has been no change in pricing or destination fees compared to 2012 model. For more information on the new Volt check out your Arizona Chevrolet dealer.

Hall Brothers racing is a Dodge sponsored racing team that is made up of the unique duo Raminator and Rammunition.

Both Raminator and Rammunition have 565 cubic-inch supercharged Hemi engines that can certainly take care of business, and the competition. The team is made up of Tim, Mat and their crew. According to their website, Tim Hall is now a four time MTRA “Mechanic of the Year,” while Mark Hall’s number of times winning the “Driver of the Year” award has increased to a record seven times. Raminator has won the coveted “Truck of the Year” six times as well. Add seventeen season point championships to this list and it makes for some pretty impressive stats.

Mark Hall was quoted saying, “You can never let your past success go to your head. We run against some great competition, and it is always anybody’s race. We just have to keep doing the best we can and see what happens.” Tim Hall agrees. “We have a lot of power in our trucks and great drivers in the seats. Our team feels very fortunate with our achievements and we just have to keep doing what we do!”

Mark Hall believes it takes far more than just winning races to be considered a true champion. He says it takes someone who is driven and truly enjoys the sport. Mark is the pilot of the famed Dodge Raminator. Hall not only races in a number of series and special events, but travels the country doing dealer appearances and charity functions.

Arizona Dodge fans should know that Raminator and Rammunition are both among the most feared opponents in racing. The Dodge factory backs both trucks and has allowed for significant performance gains, especially for the engines. Horsepower is the main advantage to the Dodge team since it translates directly into high-flying freestyles. The team is especially notable for ending Bigfoot’s run in the ProMT and the Special Events series, Bigfoot is a Ford backed racing truck.

For more information or to find out when the Hall Brothers are making a Dodge dealership appearance check out your Chapman Payson dealership.

In 2011 Chrysler refined its 300 series with a makeover, but unfortunately that makeover didn’t come with an SRT8 version. For 2012 that has changed, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 has been debuted and it is not only powerful but extremely good looking as well.

The new 300 SRT8 has an upgraded engine that oozes power. The Pentastar 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine produces 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is an improvement of 40 horsepower and 45 lb-ft from the 2011 300. Official estimates of a 0-60 time is said to be “in the high four-second range,” and a quarter-mile time of fewer than 13 seconds. The transmission of choice will be the carryover five-speed automatic, though paddle shifters will join the automatic to give drivers a couple options for gear selection. On top of that Chrysler’s high-end brakes manage to bring this undoubtedly heavy sedan (the last generation SRT8 tipped the scales at 4,046 lbs) from 60 mph to a stand-still in under 120 feet.

Any consumer would assume that all these power upgrades would lead to worse fuel efficiency but Chrysler has somehow managed to boast the SRT8’s fuel economy by 25 percent. They did so by using a new active valve exhaust system, which allows the big V8 to drop down to four-cylinder mode over a wider range of RPM. The 2012 SRT8 is expected to get about 24 miles per gallon highway.

Another upgrade useful to Chrysler Jeep AZ consumers is the Adaptive Damping Suspension, this tool gauges vehicle speed, steering speed, angle, brake torque, throttle position and acceleration to tone the suspension under any condition. Consumers have the option of either Auto or Sport setting which change automatically to determine ideal shock damping and ride comfort.

The 2012 300 SRT8’s outside is just as menacing as what is under the hood. The four-door is dropped by half inch and side cladding is painted in body color. The front and rear fascias are updated to stand out in comparison to other 300 models. The seven-spoke 20-inch wheels and slotted upper and lower front grilles easily allow it to stray from the look of the first-generation SRT8.

Inside, the 300 SRT8 features unique leather seating surfaces; a unique, heated steering wheel; and plenty of SRT badging to go around. Also present are the expectant carbon fiber interior trim pieces adorning the dash and doors. Functional upgrades include an Electronic Vehicle Information Center that can measure 0-60, eighth mile and quarter mile times as well as braking distances. Controls for the EVIC are accessed from the steering wheel, and all of the information is available on the large 8.4-inch LCD screen, which can also display information like steering and yaw angle, horsepower and torque outputs.

For more info on the 300 SRT8, along with information about the new 300S and 300C Executive Series, check out Arizona Dodge Dealer.

The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 may be the best Camaro of all time; it certainly is the most powerful. Development engineers say that one-third of the ZL1’s parts are unique, compared with the current fifth-generation Camaro SS. All of those parts were upgraded to improve performance and has 54 percent more horsepower than the infamous COPO-option in the 1969 Camaro ZL-1.

Under the hood General Motors has put a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V8. The LSA has a more efficient intercooler which allows for better intake and exhaust flow. There is actually a 30 percent reduction in flow restiriction when compared to the Cadillac CTS-V. This results in 580 hp at 6,100 rpm and 556 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm for the ZL1, which is up 24 hp and 5 lb-ft from its competitor the CTS-V. The ZL1 also easily surpasses the LS3-powered Camaro SS by 154 hp and 136 lb-ft and moves to the top of the pony-car pecking order by edging out the 2012 Ford Mustang GT500 by 30 hp and 46 lb-ft. The ZL1 comes standard with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual and added a twin-disc clutch. The ZL1s shifter was developed by Chevrolet and was optimized for a road course rather than drag racing.

The ZL1 may also have been dubbed the ‘ultimate’ Camaro for the fact that it comes complete with something you can’t get in a Mustang GT500 or Boss 302: an automatic transmission. The optional Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed is GM’s highest torque-capacity automatic offered and control algorithms are adjusted specifically for the ZL1. The automatic transmission prefills hydraulics for the next gear to speed upshifts and allows full manual gear selection, no automatic override. Chevy’s track numbers say the ZL1 automatic is quicker than the manual to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile (12.0 seconds vs. 12.1 seconds).

According to Autoweek’s review of the Camaro “The ZL1 gets a variable-rate steering rack, average ratio 16.1:1 and variable-assist electric boost. GM’s Performance Traction Management, adapted from the Corvette ZR1, includes launch control and allows the driver to tailor a range of electronic management systems, from traction to MRS to steering. Mode 5 lets the computer manage stability control only to optimize longitudinal grip. It’s intended to make all but 99th-percentile drivers faster than they would be with the electronics switched off completely.”

Chapman Payson drivers will also enjoy standard amenities that far outdo that of the GT500, including a transmission cooler, differential cooler and brake-cooling ducts, and specific optimized aerodynamics for high speeds. The upgrades continue on the interior of the vehicle with Alcantara dash trim and coordinated ZL1 logos. There are also Alcantara inserts in the power, heated front seats, red stitching in the leather and embroidered logos on the headrests. There is also a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, along with rear-park assist and rearview camera.

Even with all these luxury items, the ZL1 lapped the Nordschleife some 40 seconds faster than the Camaro SS, with a top speed of 150-mph-plus and an average of 88 mph. For more information on the Camaro ZL1 check out your Payson Chevrolet dealer.