The Ram's Eye - A Driver's Blog: May 2014



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Monday, 5 May 2014

Is A Manual 2015 Chevrolet SS Coming?




When the Chevrolet SS was first announced, I assumed that the decision between the SS and the Charger SRT8 wouldn't be difficult. Assuming no brand loyalty and narrowing your choices down to full size sedans with good ole' American muscle, the choice would come down to your driving style. The Chevy SS would be your favourite of you're more of a canyon carver and the Charger would be your choice if you wanted more of a grand tourer, judging by the fact that the Camaro is smaller and sharper than the Challenger. Chevrolet may want to give buyers another reason to consider the SS though, as Motor Trend sources report that the SS may be getting a six-speed manual transmission and magnetic ride control suspension. 

Full size sedan with a V8 in the front, power going to the back and a manual transmission? Seems too good to be true. I don't know if a manual would make the car any quicker because GM builds a good auto and I believe I have read a few times that the six speed auto-equipped Cadillac CTS-V is as quick or slightly quicker than the six-speed manual-equipped one. A six-speed manual would no doubt make the SS a lot more fun to drive though.

I (sadly) doubt Dodge would follow suit, although I imagine it wouldn't be hard to fit the Tremec six-speed from the Challenger SRT8 in the Charger. I know if Chevy were to offer a manual, with or with our magnetic ride control, it would make a few potential buyers very happy. I personally would love to have one if I were in the market for a full size sedan. In fact, if I weren't in the market for a full size sedan but had $50k to spare (ha, imagine that) I would go and buy one as soon as (if) it becomes available. How about you, would you consider a Chevrolet SS with or without a manual? Would a manual make you more likely to buy one? Sound off in the comments below!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

GM Doesn't Want You to Clone The Camaro Z/28




After Ford re-introduced the Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca, many parts became available such as the wheels, the front splitter and more. The GT500 spoiler has long been a favourite amount many Mustang owners (myself included - I have a genuine GT500 spoiler on my Boss 302). GM doesn't want you to be able to do that, though. To prevent people from borrowing design cues or all out cloning the mighty Camaro Z/28, GM is restricting sale of 35 parts to only those who own the car.  The restricted parts include the brake callipers and carbon ceramic rotors, forged wheels, helical differential, half shafts, seats and many aerodynamic parts such as the fender flares, rocker panels, rear spoiler and more.




Here is a  list of parts (courtesy of GM Authority) including part numbers:

22958646 ROTOR-FRT BRK
22958647 ROTOR-RR BRK
22958658 CALIPER ASM-FRT BRK
22958607 CALIPER ASM-FRT BRK
22958637 CALIPER ASM-RR BRK
22958634 CALIPER ASM-RR BR
23179350 MOLDING ASM-RKR PNL
23179351 MOLDING ASM-RKR PNL
23487228 SCOOP ASM-HOOD AIR
22968220 ESCUTCHEON – FRT GRL EMB
23468210 EMBLEM – FRT GRILL
22954889 WHEEL ASM-STRG
22873225 WHEEL-FRT
22873227 WHEEL-RR
23179322 FLARE ASM-F/FDR
23179323 FLARE ASM-F/FDR
23179324 FLARE ASM-RR WHL OPG
23179325 FLARE ASM-RR WHL OPG
23172755 DIFFERENTIAL ASM
23172756 DIFFERENTIAL ASM
22908036 EMBLEM ASM – E/Gate
22908498 EMBLEM ASM – FRT GRL
22894294 SEAT ASM-FRT
22894302 SEAT ASM-FRT
23473010 SHAFT ASM-RR WHL DRV
23473011 SHAFT ASM-RR WHL DRV
23468208 GRILLE – FRT UPR
22925211 PLATE – F/FDR VEH NA
22972716 COVER – D/SEAT BK
22972708 COVER – P/SEAT BK
12653293 SHIELD – INT MANIF SIGHT 12653294 SHIELD – INT MANIF SIGHT
23104737 SPOILER – F/END 22997723 FASCIA – FRT BPR
22985096 FASCIA – RR BPR LWR
22968219 COVER – FRT FOG LP OPG
22966600 COVER – A/CL HSG 23468209 PLATE – FRT GRL EMB BKG.

Only 500 Camaro Z/28 will be built in 2014 and 2,500 are planned for 2015 which already makes it very rare but GM is going the extra mile by trying to make it harder for clones to pop up. Do you think it's a smart move by GM to protect the value of the car and its customers or it should be free-for-fall since it's easy to confirm the authenticity of a Camaro Z/28 through it's VIN? Sound off in the comments below!