Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


A refined rocket

The reinvented, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is all-new, and the 2017 Camaro ZL1 was purpose-built to take on the most advanced sports cars on the road, whether on street or track.

Powering the newest ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. The V8’s estimated 650 hp and 650 lb/ft of torque make the 2017 ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever. The ZL1 can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a new 10-speed automatic.

Offered in fixed-roof coupe and soft-top convertible body styles and built to dominate, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and covers a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds (at 127 mph). The platform is lighter and stiffer than that of the previous generation, and the ZL1 is now equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Suspension, and Performance Traction Management. The new ZL1 brakes from 60 mph to zero in 107 feet, thanks in part to Brembo® six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes and the grip of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires wrapped around 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

The ZL1 features a driver focused cockpit with standard RECARO performance seats, and a suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. There’s also an emphasis on technology. The available Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder gives you performance data and logs video of your driving. The same system also has a valet mode, so you don’t have to worry what’s happening to your ZL1 if you ever hand the keys over. You also get Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ to help manage your smartphone while driving, and you can stay connected with OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi. If you drive the ZL1 convertible, you can lower the automatic soft-top while driving at speeds up to 30 mph.

“The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe – at any price – around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing.

The new 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be available later this year. Check back for more product details and stop in for the latest on availability, so you can be one of the first to see and drive the new ZL1 when it arrives.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Car Care: Give Your Car Its Spring Physical


It’s the right time to have your vehicle serviced

Today’s cars and trucks last longer than ever. They are generally more trouble-free than ever before, also, and the best way to keep them that way is the automotive equivalent of a physical. Just as your doctor checks over your systems and structure, your dealership’s service department will look over your vehicle with expert eyes.

Don’t wait until a “Service Engine Soon” warning pops up on the instrument panel or a tire blows out. By then, it may be too late to avoid an expensive repair or considerable inconvenience. Prevent problems on the road with a spring checkup. Here are some items that should be included.

Electrical System: Your car’s battery and alternator should be checked to be sure the charging system is up to snuff, the battery is within its serviceable lifespan and has enough reserve, and all cables and connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Belts should also be checked for tightness, cracks and excessive wear, as a broken belt will stop you in your tracks.

Tires and Wheels: Whack a few killer potholes lately? Modern tires are also better than ever before, but you need to keep an eye out for problems that can lead to tire failure. Have a trained technician examine your tires for cuts in the tread or sidewalls, bulges, bubbles, dry rot, signs of belt separation or other problems that could leave you stranded, and make sure tires are properly inflated. Wheel damage is common, too, so be sure to include them in the inspection.

Suspension and Alignment: At the same time your tires and wheels are inspected, your suspension and wheel alignment should also be examined. Shock absorbers can fail, steering components can bend or become loose, and bushings can wear out. Winter conditions can be hard on the parts designed to support you, as can rough roads or frequent trips into the back country. For predictable handling, even tire wear and maximum fuel efficiency, it’s important that all four wheels––not just the drive wheels–– are properly aligned. If you can’t remember the last time you had it done, now is the time to have an alignment performed. Your tires will last longer and you’ll avoid spending the extra money at the pump that can result from misaligned wheels.

Fluid Levels and Filters: Because today’s cars can click off tens of thousands of miles without problems, it can be easy to forget about checking, topping off and replacing its vital fluids. Coolant and brake fluid both have finite lifespans and require replacement, as indicated in your owner’s manual. Your dealership’s technicians have special tools to check the age and protection level of the engine coolant, and they’ll also have the coolant specified by the manufacturer for use in your car. Brake fluid needs attention as well, and your routine driving conditions––frequent towing, heavy stop-and-go driving, etc.––can make it necessary to have these systems serviced more frequently than indicated in the manufacturer’s basic schedule.

Spring is a great time to treat your car to an oil and filter change. Whether it’s hot or cold where you live, idling a lot, sub-zero temperatures or excessively hot conditions can all degrade engine oil, leaving delicate components more vulnerable to premature wear and corrosion. Moisture and acids can build up in the oil, as well, so getting it changed in the spring ensures proper protection. Don’t forget to have the engine’s air filter and, if equipped, the cabin air filter checked and replaced if needed. Also remember that necessary chassis lubrication is part of the usual “L.O.F.,” or “Lube, Oil, Filter,” service. Those parts are especially susceptible to wear and corrosion, whether salt is used on the roads where you live or not.

As the seasons change again, it’s a great time to rejuvenate your automobile. Good planning and preventative maintenance can ensure a worry-free summer ahead.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Vehicle Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro


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Weight: 3,400 to 3,600 pounds

Engines: (horsepower not finalized): 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, 270 hp; 3.6-liter V-6, 330 hp; 6.2-liter V-8, 440 hp

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic

The Chevrolet Camaro has been the leader in its segment for five years thanks to exhilarating performance, iconic styling, outstanding refinement and great value. To capitalize on that success, Chevrolet engineers listened to the input of thousands of fifth-generation Camaro owners to find areas for improvement. As a result, the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is faster, more agile and more aerodynamic, with all-new architecture, lighter weight and all-new powertrain options.

The redesigned, rear-drive 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will offer six new powertrain combinations, including a new 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder generating 275 hp, 295 lb/ft of torque and more than 30 mpg highway; an all-new 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 284 lb/ft of torque, the highest hp per liter of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment; and, in the Camaro SS, a mighty 6.2-liter LT1 V8 (introduced on the Corvette Stingray), which cranks out 455 hp and 455 lb/ft of torque and makes the new SS the most powerful one ever. Technologies like direct fuel injection and Active Fuel Management help these powerful engines return impressive fuel economy.

Four-cylinder and V6 engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The LT1 is matched with the six-speed manual with Active Rev Match technology, which matches engine revs on downshifts. To please the ears, V6 and V8 models feature resonators that direct carefully engineered engine sound through the cabin. The dual-mode exhaust system can be personalized, from a quieter stealth mode to an aggressive track mode. Four-cylinder models gain added refinement from Active Noise Cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted interior noise.

Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new one – the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge. The new platform is stiffer, and the new model is up to 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation. The all-new 2016 Camaro exterior is more sculpted and muscular, with a lower and wider fastback profile. New headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps blend the iconic style of the first-generation 1960s Camaro with a contemporary, technologically advanced look. The Camaro is extremely aerodynamic as well, the result of 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, helping reduce drag and unwanted wind noise, and improving downforce for stability at high speeds.

To make the Camaro handle with more agility than ever before, structural rigidity in the body was increased by 28 percent, and the significant weight reduction was achieved thanks to widespread use of aluminum components. Every Camaro comes with a new, Camaro-specific multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension system and five-link independent rear suspension. Available for the first time in the Camaro SS, Magnetic Ride Control active suspension reads road conditions 1,000 times per second and reacts instantly to optimize ride comfort and control.

An all-new Drive Mode Selector tailors the performance of up to eight vehicle attributes using a choice of four settings: “Snow/Ice,” “Sport,” “Tour” and “Track” (SS models). To help the Camaro stop with as much authority as it accelerates, Brembo brakes optimized for the Camaro are available across the line and are standard in the Camaro SS models.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro interior is also completely new. The driver-focused cabin features a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, unique control rings around air vents and an available, segment-first LED ambient lighting system with 24 colors, fade and transition effects integrated in the dash, door panels and center console. The instrument cluster includes analog readouts and an available dual eight-inch diagonal center screen to display performance, navigation and infotainment settings.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be available later this year with 10 exterior color choices, five interior color combinations and a full list of available accessories through the dealership. Stop in today and sign up for updates, so you can be among the first to test-drive the new 2016 Camaro.

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Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro


Lots of choices, all good

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The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro covers a lot of bases. It’s a powerful and sporty coupe, a handsome convertible, and even a high-performance sports car. The 2015 Camaro line, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, offers sophisticated performance and technology, plus lots of choice, which means you’ll find one that’s right for you.

 

The 2015 Camaro (MSRP from $23,705) brings show-car styling to the street, and it’s fresh off a 2014 nip and tuck that updated the front and rear fascias. It’s a look that’s helped make it the best-selling car in its segment for the last four years. Every Camaro is strong, starting with the LS and LT trims and their standard 323-hp 3.6-liter V6, continuing through the 426-hp 6.2-liter V8-equipped SS models, and topping out with the track-terror Z/28––an exclusive coupe with a 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 V8 and a race-ready configuration––and the stunning 580-hp ZL1. Fully-independent suspensions provide exceptional control and confidence, with precise handling and carefully-tuned ride characteristics that are matched to the mission of the model you choose.

 

The value-packed Camaro 1LS Coupe offers exciting performance and responsive handling that belie its modest sticker. The direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 delivers 323 hp and 278 lb/ft of torque, and the EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg highway. Standard feature highlights include 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, dual-outlet stainless steel exhaust with polished tips, a six-speaker CD/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio audio system, steering-wheel audio controls, a tilting/telescoping steering column, Driver Information Center with compass, Bluetooth hands-free phone, two auxiliary power outlets, OnStar with six months of Directions & Connections services and two years of factory scheduled maintenance.

 

The Camaro 2LS Coupe replaces the Aisin® six-speed manual transmission standard in the 1LS with a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift manual control. The automatic is combined with a 2.92:1 rear axle ratio, which contributes to highway fuel economy EPA-estimated at 30 mpg.

 

Available in both coupe and convertible form, the Camaro 1LT comes with Sport Cloth seats, projector foglamps, six-way power-adjustable front seats and the Chevrolet MyLink audio system with USB connectivity. MyLink uses a seven-inch color touch-screen for easy control of audio and communications, and it pairs with your smartphone to wirelessly stream audio through apps like Stitcher and Pandora. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, or you can choose the six-speed TAPshift automatic, which includes remote vehicle start in LT, SS and ZL1 models.

 

Also available for LT trims are the RS and Rear Vision packages. The RS Appearance Package adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, and LED taillamps. The Rear Vision Package makes maneuvering easy thanks to its Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist system, which includes ultrasonic sensors and audible warnings to both sense and warn you of obstacles behind you.

 

The Camaro 2LT includes standard 19-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, a color heads-up display, a quartet of auxiliary gauges, a color Driver Information Center, the Rear Vision Package and a premium Boston Acoustics audio system.

 

Serious adrenaline comes with the Camaro SS models, which are also available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The 1SS is where you’ll find a 6.2-liter small-block V8 pumping out 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque, paired with either a Tremec® six-speed manual transmission with Launch Control or a six-speed TAPshift automatic. The Camaro 1SS rides on 20-inch wheels and carries four-piston Brembo brake calipers. A limited-slip rear differential maximizes traction and keeps you moving forward. The front and rear fascias are exclusive to the SS trim, and the seats feature model-specific embroidery.

 

The Camaro 2SS enhances the SS experience with leather seating and the rest of the 2LT amenities.

 

The most technologically advanced Camaro ever and one of the fastest production cars available, the 2015 ZL1 (coupe or convertible) clobbers the road with 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. It’s how you get a Camaro to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The standard ZL1-specific Tremec TR606 six-speed manual transmission with Launch Control is optimized for the increased torque load, or you can choose a six-speed automatic instead. In the ZL1, the Magnetic Ride Control damping system can adjust up to 1,000 times per second, and it includes “Tour,” “Sport” and “Track” settings that give drivers a wide range of choice in ride characteristics – everything from plush cruising comfort to track-specific firmness. Brembo performance fixed six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rears are standard, and the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are strong, light and painted black for a look that packs extra menace. Inside the 2015 ZL1 you’ll find heated front seats, leather and sueded microfiber upholstery, a heads-up display, a color driver information center, remote start (with available automatic transmission) and the Rear Vision Package. It even comes with a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty

 

The ZL1 isn’t the only high-performance Camaro. Bringing another iconic model designation back, the 2015 Camaro Z/28 Coupe marks the return of a legend that’s true to its racing roots. Its 7.0-liter LS7 V8 generates 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, and the Z/28 has been designed with a performance-first philosophy that means an obsessive focus on trimming the curb weight as much as possible and tuning the chassis to deliver 1.08G of grip. The carbon-ceramic brakes can bring you to a halt with 1.5 times the force of gravity, and there’s a deep well of performance accessible through five Performance Traction Management modes that help tune the car to the conditions. This is the Camaro you pick when your goal is winning races.

 

There’s a lot to the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. In any trim, from mild (only relatively) to flat-out wild, the capable Camaro has the chops to back up its looks. Stop in today to learn more, and try them all out for yourself.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro


The epitome of affordable sportiness

davislibrary_pic_003037303The great-looking 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers performance in every trim. It offers a lot of choice, including standard V6 and V8 engines, standard coupe and convertible body styles, the track-focused Z/28 and the most powerful Camaro ever, the ZL1.

For 2015, the Camaro Coupe (MSRP from $23,705) offers 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS trims, while the Camaro Convertible (MSRP from $31,205) starts with 1LT and runs through 2SS.

The entry 2015 Camaro 1LS Coupe features crisp, athletic styling underscored by a big 323 hp from the standard 3.6-liter V6. In the 1LS, the direct-injected V6 also twists up 278 lb/ft of torque. In comparison, the standard 3.7-liter V6 in the Ford Mustang produces 300 hp, and the Mustang’s available 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder puts out 310 hp.

In the 2015 Camaro, power goes to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission. With an aggressive first gear ratio, the Aisin AY6 six-speed gets you going with authority. The standard limited-slip differential is a welcome surprise, too, especially since so many other automakers charge you extra for the traction enhancement it offers.

Other 1LS standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-outlet exhaust, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering-wheel controls for audio and cruise, sport suspension, variable-ratio power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. The standard audio system features six speakers, Graphic Information Display (GID), auxiliary input jack and music navigator.

The Camaro 2LS carries a standard six-speed automatic transmission. It’s an engaging partner, with TAPshift manual control and Performance Algorithm Shifting to sense when you are making aggressive maneuvers and deliver the response to match your behind-the-wheel style. The automatic also features a steeper, 2.92 final drive ratio, versus the 3.27:1 axle in the 1LS. This is how you get a sports car that’s also capable of 30 mpg highway.

Next is the Camaro 1LT, which is outfitted with Sport cloth seats, projector-style foglamps, power-adjustable front seats and either the six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic. Drivers also get the Chevrolet MyLink radio, which means an audio and communication center right in the dash that you control with a seven-inch color touch-screen. MyLink can integrate wirelessly with your Bluetooth-capable phone for hands-free calling and music streaming. You can also share your phone’s data connection to enable features like Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink is easy to use, too, and with both touch and voice-command operation, distractions are minimized.

The Camaro 2LT includes 19-inch Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels, leather seating, a color head-up display (HUD) for the driver, a quartet of auxiliary gauges, and a color Driver Information Center, which shows information like fuel economy, trip mileage and important messages about vehicle systems. A premium Boston Acoustics audio system enhances the entertainment when you’re not too busy wringing the car out.

The Camaro SS models are what you want when nothing but small-block V8 power will do. In the 2015 Camaro 1SS, a 6.2-liter small-block V8 with 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque resides behind the SS-specific fascia, ensuring that just about everyone else on the road is going to see a lot of the SS-specific rear fascia. You control all that power with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission that can cope with the high torque, and the SS also features four-piston Brembo brakes. Every V8 Camaro with manual transmission also carries Launch Control, and the 1SS rolls on 20-inch wheels. In the cabin “SS” embroidery on the seats attests to your good fortune. A standard Sport Suspension gives the excellent chassis a further edge, so it can make the most of the extra performance. Other than the powertrain, equipment in the 1SS is similar to that of the 1LT.

The 2SS is a cushy V8 Camaro, with leather seats, color Driver Information Center, color Head-Up Display, auxiliary gauges, heated exterior mirrors, a premium Boston Acoustics audio system, plus a Rear Vision package.

The standard Camaro model range is just the beginning of the story. The iconic Camaro Z/28 is back, this time as a monster track car. The 2015 Camaro Z/28 takes it inspiration from the original 1967 Z/28, a car that was born for mixing it up in Trans/Am motorsports competition. This time around the Z/28 is better than ever, with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 providing 505 hp and 481 lb/ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with closely-spaced ratios, and there’s also a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Racing is what the Z/28 has on its mind, with a dry-sump oiling system, coolers for the oil, transmission and differential that can stand up to track use, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, 19-inch aluminum wheels wearing Pirelli Trofeo high-performance summer tires, and Multimatic DSSV dampers for ultimate control. The Z/28 is available exclusively as a coupe.

Not everyone wants a car so laser-focused on track-based perfection. For those drivers, there’s the ZL1, available in coupe or convertible form. Bringing back another iconic Camaro model designation, the 2015 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro you can buy. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Gen IV small-block V8 is 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque strong, and it reels in 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension and big Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep things under control. Other standard features for the ZL1 include a Head-Up Display that can also show g-force, a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, Chevrolet MyLink, dual-mode performance exhaust and black 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels wearing high performance summer-only tires.

This is just the tip of the Camaro iceberg; you can be sure that Chevrolet offers options like navigation, stripe packages, upholstery choices, wheel options, and a selection of packages to let you tailor your Camaro to your individual tastes.

The 2015 Camaro delivers what it has always been known for – great style and exceptional performance. It’s backed up more than ever by the latest generation of sophisticated, powerful V6 and V8 engines that set the standard for the rest of the industry. Discover all the Camaro has to offer for yourself. Schedule your test drive today.

Friday Night Cruisin’ @Jack Maxton Chevrolet Sept. 2014


We had such an amazing time at Friday Night Cruisin’ Sept. 2014. Thank you for an amazing season and we hope to see you again next year!

Please enjoy pictures of the classic Chevys featured at the show! Click the image below.

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Take a drive in your Chevy – Top Five Places for Film Buffs in Ohio


Explore your favorite movie sites in the Buckeye State

Over the years, Ohio has been the backdrop for many movie sets. With its picturesque small towns, rolling hills, and Midwest charm, Ohio scenery offers a unique perspective not easily duplicated in Hollywood. Ohio is also home to many inspiring older theatres, where moviegoers flock to see vintage films as well as the newest blockbusters. These top five locations offer the best sites for film buffs in the State.

Athena Cinema

Time stands still at the Athena Cinema in downtown Athens. Established in 1915, the theatre has welcomed visitors for a century. The Athena was purchased and completely restored by Ohio University in 2001 and now welcomes local patrons while also providing a home for budding University filmmakers. The non-profit Art Deco theatre offers a unique partnership between the community and students by allowing patrons to take in a new major motion picture or experience the excitement of student screening all in one place. To learn more, visit http://athenacinema.com/about/.

A Christmas Story House

Who can forget one of the most memorable Christmas flicks of all time, A Christmas Story? Visit the home where the movie was filmed. See the window where the infamous leg lamp lighted the front porch and walk through the kitchen where Ralphie, his brother Randy, and their parents spent so much time. Across the street from this Cleveland suburb home is A Christmas Story House Museum. There you can see original props from the movie including the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle Ralphie admired in the store window. For more information, visit http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call (216) 298-4919. The house and museum are open all year.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Film Series

For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has offered film screenings twice a week, and the tradition continues. Hosted in the two theatres at the Museum, the showings are a popular event among all ages. Learn more by visiting http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films/about-film/history-museum%E2%80%99s-film-series.

The Murphy Theatre

The Murphy Theatre and the town of Wilmington were the backdrop for the 1993 movie, Lost in Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The restored theatre remains active today with live performances from entertainers and theatre groups, as well as the occasional film showing. To learn more, visit the http://www.themurphytheatre.org.

The Studio Movie Grill

A night out on the town typically involves going out for dinner followed by a movie. The Studio Movie Grill combines the two and offers a unique dine-in movie experience. Visit the fully-stocked bar before the show for a pre-dinner drink. Enter the theatre before the movie starts to place your order for your meal. When your meal order arrives, dine in style in a specially-designed seat with table top. With newly-released movies, drinks, and movies, your whole evening on the town takes place at the movie theatre. Located in downtown Columbus, the Studio Movie Grill is centrally-located. Visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com for more information.

Spend some time exploring some of these unique and one-of-a-kind movie locations in Ohio.