Chevrolet Previews New Performance Parts by Michael Accardi November 1, 2016 Share Comments An hour outside of Las Vegas at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch Chevrolet debuted a deluge of performance parts and accessories in a dynamic way. Members of the media were able to compare performance modified versions of Camaro, the new Cruze hatchback, Colorado and Silverado with their factory-stock counterparts around the road course. Parts range from mechanical improvements like exhausts and suspension kits, to aesthetic choices like tonneau covers and bed liners. “Our street-level performance parts and accessories are designed, engineered and tested to the same standards as production components for uncompromising quality, fit and durability,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Camaro Performance Parts The Camaro’s gamut of engine choices were on hand, modified versions of the 6.2L V8, 3.6L V6 and 2.0T spent the day trouncing their stock counterparts around the 2.2-mile road course in the Nevada desert. SS models were injected with performance intake and exhaust systems, along with upgraded brakes and suspension. New six-piston front calipers bite even larger rotors, while suspension improvements dropped the cars 0.75-in (20mm) along with new springs and dampers, while a handling pack beefs up the stabilizer bars and stiffens the suspension links. Cars running the LGX V6 also came away with new intake and exhaust systems, along with new four-piston calipers and a suspension lowering kit. The 2.0L turbocharged Camaro test car featured a new performance exhaust system, six-piston brake system and the suspension lowering kit. All suspension components have been tailored for the various flavors of Camaro, bespoke to not just engine choice, but also body style. Chevy Truck Parts Personalization is arguably even more important to truck customers, Chevy decked out 5.3L and 6.2L derivatives of the Silverado 1500 with aesthetic improvements, accessories such as wheels, side steps, bed liners, tonneau covers and floor liners and mild performance parts. Many of the aesthetic accessories are quick installs easily handled by the semi-competent enthusiast at home, or a short trip to the dealership. New performance exhaust kits headline the modifications, delivering a 10-horsepower jolt to the 5.3L, and a 7-hp bump for 6.2L equipped trucks. Complementing the exhaust is a restriction reducing cold-air intake system. Chevrolet offers similar personalization accessories for Tahoe, Suburban and Colorado. Cruze Street-Level Performance Parts Last up are street-level upgrades for the new Cruze. Both sedan and hatchback gain a quartet of performance goodies: suspension kit, brake kit, air intake system and exhaust. The suspension kit drops the Cruze 0.4 inch (10mm) along with stiffer springs and a girthier front stabilizer bar, while the brake kit ups front rotor diameter. and adds a new set of calipers. The intake and exhaust system improve the engines cardio, along with spicing up the Cruze’s pedestrian exhaust note. Chevrolet also offers a suspension lowering kit for the Malibu, as well as suspension and exhaust kits for Sonic.