2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Tops Ferrari

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is already known to be a powerhouse designed to tackle the toughest beasts that the road has to offer. Tearing past the competition with an ear-shattering roar in a blur is what the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE does best. In fact, it performs well enough to top Ferrari at the world’s most notorious track.

Germany’s Nurburgring, otherwise known as the Ring, track is known for helping establish benchmarks for the fastest vehicles on the planet. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE recently took on the 12.9-mile circuit with an epic finish.

The upcoming performance-driven muscle car not only ran the circuit faster than any Corvette, but it beat out all of the Ferraris as well. Posting a time of just 7:16:04, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE become the 14th fastest production car.

For comparison, the Ferrari 488 GTB posted a time of around 7:21. The last Corvette, a 2012 ZR1, to run the circuit completed it with a time of 7:19:63.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE packs a supercharged V8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower. An aerodynamic package, giant wing and all, helps cut through wind resistance and optimize performance.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE!

Make a Trip to Sterlingfest This Summer

Sterlingfest This Summer
Sterlingfest This Summer

Every year, the city of Sterling Heights comes together to put on one of the most exciting summer festivals in the state of Michigan. This summer, Sterlingfest will be held July 27-29.

This is the 37th annual Sterlingfest. Just like previous years, this year will be packed with summertime fun including an arts & crafts fair, lots of live music, a family midway with rides and game, and tons of the best fair food you have been waiting for all year. The festival has funnel cakes, hand-crafted ice cream, and all the fried foods you can imagine.

At the arts & crafts show, visitors can browse works from numerous local artists including watercolor painting, photographs, sculptures, and more. Artists display their work with many of their pieces available for sale. The show is set in the heart of Sterling Heights and has a street-fair-feel. All around the art booths, visitors can hear live music from the jazz and blues stage.

Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we love taking our families to Sterlingfest each summer and look forward to seeing many of our friends and loyal customers there, too. What is your favorite thing about Sterlingfest in Sterling Heights, MI?

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena Team Up

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena
Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena

Since the beginning, Chevrolet has called Detroit home, which is why it made perfect sense for Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena to join forces. Chevrolet is now the official vehicle of the brand new Little Caesar’s Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, concerts, and other entertainment. Since 2015, Chevrolet has been the official vehicle for the Detroit Red Wings.

Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said, “We look forward to continuing to support the Red Wings and the revitalization of our hometown, the City of Detroit, as a landmark partner in the new Little Caesars Arena — a perfect complement to our partnership with the Detroit Tigers and presence at Comerica Park.”

With this expanded partnership, Chevrolet will have an even bigger presence at the arena. The northeast entrance, along Woodward Avenue, will feature large-scale Chevrolet branding. In addition, there will be a new Chevrolet Plaza with a giant video screen that will be used for community programming and concerts.

Visitors to the arena will be able to spot the Chevrolet brand and distinctive bowtie throughout the venue, including being one of four in ice partners.

The team here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, MI is excited about this new partnership between Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Things to Do in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a lifelong resident, there’s something to do in Sterling Heights for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Sterling Heights!

Sterling Heights is home to the General Motors Heritage Center, our personal favorite and one of the coolest places you can visit in Michigan. Detroit is focal point of American automotive history and shaped the culture here, so visiting the GM Heritage Center and seeing the history of how one of the biggest American automakers came to be is fascinating. You’ll see classic cars, historical exhibits, and much more.

That’s not all Sterling Heights has to offer, though. Nature lovers will enjoy a trip to the Sterling Heights Nature Center, where you can see all kinds of flora and fauna. If you’re visiting with kids, they’ll love the Kart 2 Kart go-kart center and the AirTime Trampoline and Game Park.

Finally, there are tons of good places to eat in Sterling Heights, like Rosie O’Grady’s and Mackenzie’s Tavern, where you can also go to drink and watch whatever game is on. The Island Bar and Grill is another good place to eat.

At Buff Whelan Chevrolet we’re proud to work in a place that’s so central to the state’s history as well as Chevrolet’s. We hope to see you here soon!

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept Revealed in Shanghai

The Chevrolet FNR-X concept was revealed recently at Auto Shanghai, and this crossover blew away auto experts. The FNR-X has the build of a crossover, but its aggressive front-end is reminiscent of the Camaro, and its sleek styling makes it one of the coolest crossover concepts we’ve ever seen.

The FNR-X is a plug-in hybrid, and with its stunning looks and high-tech design, Chevy promises features to match. Chevy calls the FNR-X an “all-purpose sports concept vehicle,” the FNR-X is much closer to being a production model than the FNR concept it debuted at the 2015 Auto Shanghai. Chevy produced both the FNR and the FNR-X in conjunction with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center. FNR stands for “Find New Roads.”

The FNR-X features dynamic digital LED headlights, a gold bowtie emblem, active grille shutters, and rear-hinged doors that can be controlled automatically. It even replaces the mirrors with high-tech cameras for better, more reliable visibility, and side skirts that move when you change driving mode.

The FNR-X’s interior is also luxurious, with high-tech fabrics and a sport steering wheel, but there’s not much more we know about it yet. Find out more about the FNR-X concept or Chevy’s other concept cars at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Check Out the New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

General Motors is rolling with the “go big or go home” motto when it comes to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It wasn’t long ago that Chevrolet revealed the Camaro ZL1 1LE performance model, but now the American automaker is upping the ante. The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a racing model designed to compete with the best of the best.

New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The new Camaro GT4.R is the first GT customer car from General Motors that’s available to the global market. Chevrolet joined forces with Pratt & Miller to create the track-ready model. The GT4 build means it can take to the track in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenges Grant Sport class and Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class.

“The Camaro GT4.R is a true racing customer car that Chevrolet is proud to support,” said Shawn Meagher, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Camaro GT4.R.

Under the hood of the Camaro GT4.R lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a heart-pounding 650 hp. It comes perfectly complemented with Brembo brakes, adjustable traction control, and much more.

The track-oriented model is set to make its official debut at the Pirelli World Challenge. Two Camaro GT4.Rs will take the track with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenback behind the wheels.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to see the new Camaro GT4.R up close!

Fun Summer Activities at Home

The kids will be out of school for the summer before you know it which means now is the time to prepare! Having the kids around during summer means it’s up to you to entertain them. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun-filled activities you can do right in your yard or living room. Here are a few fun summer activities you can do at home as suggested by us here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Fun Summer Activities

  • Camp Out – A weekend camping trip in the woods an get expensive and time consuming very quickly. Fortunately, those with access to a yard can minimize the experience in a way that kids will love. Pitch the tent in the yard, start a fire (safety first), and cook some hotdogs and marshmallows.
  • Develop Skills – Did you know that many home improvement stores host workshops for families? Inquire about times and dates at your local hardware store, like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s a great way to spend time with kids and introduce and develop new skills!
  • Visit Local Museum – School may be out, but that’s no excuse to slack off when it comes to education. Kids should always be learning whether they know it or not. Many museums offer special classes, workshops, and tours that expose kids to new ideas and concepts. Find museum event that your kids will enjoy and sign up!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet Blood Drive

On the first Friday of every third month, Buff Whelan Chevrolet holds a Red Cross blood drive and has since 2000. In the 17 years the dealership has been holding blood drives, we’ve had 9,624 people give blood and even more register, and we’re on track to get to 10,000 by the end of 2017!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood driveThe most recent Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood drive took place on March 3rd, and we collected blood from 214 donors. 12 were first time donors, and a record 21 donors were double red donors. Every blood donation is enough for up to three people, so the March 3rd drive saved 642 lives total.

Becoming a Buff Whelan blood donor has plenty of other benefits too! We provide free food and drinks to help you get your energy back after you donate, including a free slice of pizza from Holiday Pizza. You’ll also get a $10 off coupon for an oil change at Buff Whelan. You don’t have to drive a Chevy to get your car serviced by our expert service department!

Everyone who registers will be entered into a drawing to win sports or concert tickets, so don’t miss the next blood drive on June 2nd. Sign up online and come save lives at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Redline Special Edition Series Takes Chevy to the Next Level

The Chevrolet Redline special edition series was announced recently at the Chicago Auto Show, where Chevy showed the nine vehicles that would be available with the Redline package. Initially introduced in 2015 at the SEMA Show on just the Silverado 1500, Chevy has now expanded it to the majority of its lineup.

Chevrolet Redline Special Edition: Trax, Equinox, TraverseThe Redline series is an exterior package that adds “an urban, street-smart look” to your vehicle. Redline vehicles come with red stripes on black wheels for a distinctive appearance, plus black grilles and a black bowtie emblem. Each vehicle has different accents to make it unique.

The Redline special edition will be available on the Cruze LT in both sedan and hatchback, the Malibu LT, the Camaro LT and SS trims in both coupe and convertible, the Trax LT, the Equinox LT, the Traverse Premier, the Colorado LT, and the Silverado LT Z71 in both crew and double cabs.

The Redline special edition rolls out with the 2017 model year, so if you love the idea of this sporty, individualistic styling package, you’re in luck. Just give us a call or stop by today at Buff Whelan Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to get you into a new Chevy Redline!