Love Baseball? Here’s a Chance to Drive/ Ride in the MLB All-Star Parade

Miami Lakes Automall MLB All-Star Game parade

UPDATE: We have received our 10 submissions! Thank you all who jumped in quickly. Good luck! We will keep everyone posted on the event through social media. Stay tuned!

The Miami Marlins are hosting the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Marlins Park and Miami Lakes Automall is providing five Chevrolet Colorado vehicles for the big parade on July 11th. We are giving five people a chance for the opportunity to drive or be passengers in the parade. Do you want to be a driver or passenger!?

If you do and you are over the age of 21 years old, send an email to contest@miamilakesautomall.com with your full legal name, phone number and t-shirt size. The first 10 people to email will be submitted for an FBI background check through the Major League Baseball organization and the first five people who pass the background check will be contacted to play a role in the parade.

Candidates must be available for the entire day of July 11 and substitutions cannot be made.

MLB All-Star Game 2017

Each year since 1933 (except 1945 due to World War II), Major League Baseball has hosted an annual All-Star Game and this year is the first-time the Miami Marlins and Marlins Park are hosting the event. This year’s big game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 and events leading up to the event start Friday, July 7. For more information, http://m.mlb.com/all-star-game.

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Chevy Truck News You Don’t Want to Miss

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Miami Lakes Chevy

If you are a fan of Chevy trucks listen up! There have been a couple news related stories going around that you are going to love to hear! Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for all things Chevy and Chevy news!

2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2s

The first piece of news is about the long-awaited Chevy Colorado ZR2. Chevy had told us that the first new Colorado ZR2 models have finally rolled off the assembly line and they are headed to dealerships! Check out our Colorado ZR2 inventory here. Haven’t heard about the Colorado ZR2? Check out the details below, chances are you will fall in love at first sight.

  • The ZR2 is a beefed up and capable version of the Chevy Colorado, which was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for two years in a row.
  • The Colorado ZR2 is equipped with a 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Two-inch lift, 17-inch wheels, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.
  • Front and rear electronic lock differentials.
  • A dynamic suspension spool damper from Multimatic.

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Exorcist Chevy Camaro ZL1 v. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

chevy camaro exorcist vs dodge srt demon

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was hyped up for months before its recent release, but it already has a competitor! Hennessey Performance, a well-known performance parts company, modified a Camaro ZL1 and created the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 in hopes to chase the Challenger SRT Demon away. So, can the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 beat the Challenger SRT Demon? Here’s a closer look at what both vehicles can do.

Engine and Performance

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon features a very powerful supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine, which pumps out 840 horsepower and 770 lb.ft. of torque. The Exorcist Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that produces 1000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly more than the Challenger SRT Demon.

Additional Performance Parts

In addition to highly modified engines, both vehicles have several performance parts to harness all of the power they produce. Here’s a quick list of special performance parts on each vehicle.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

  • Stronger and upgraded drive shaft.
  • 12.6-inch wide drag radials.
  • 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat.
  • Upgraded air intake system.
  • Beefed up rear axle and larger half shafts.

Exorcist Chevy Camaro ZL1

  • Upgraded valve springs, retainers, lifters, push rods, intake valves and exhaust valves.
  • Intercooler heat exchange and high flow intercooling systems that used the car’s air conditioning to cool down the engine.
  • HPE engine management calibration.
  • Long-tube stainless steel headers.

Track Times

So what do all of those modifications do for each vehicle? Exact track times of the Exorcist Chevy Camaro haven’t been released, but sources say the vehicle accelerates from 0-60 in “under three seconds” and does a quarter-mile in “less than 10 seconds.” The Dodge Demon accelerates from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and does a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.

So, although the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 has more horsepower and torque, without official track times, it’s hard to say if it could be the Challenger SRT Demon in a race. The Challenger SRT Demon’s 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds would be hard to beat.

Availability and Price

One thing that is definitely different about both of these vehicles is availability and price. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is such an amazing vehicle because it’s a factory produced vehicle, it’s not just a few parts or tweaks, Dodge and SRT have created a product that can be mass produced. Additionally, its ability to be mass produced will help keep costs of the vehicle down. So far, it looks like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be priced around $85,000 and about 3,000 vehicles will be made.

The Exorcist Camaro ZL1 will not be mass produced and its modifications are said to be an additional $55,000 on top of the base price of the Camaro ZL1 ($61,000) — putting its total price tag at around $116,000! As far as availability, Hennessey Performance says they will be able to sell about 100 Exorcist models per year.

So which model would you want?

Luckily, Miami Lakes Automall sells muscle cars produced by Chevy and Dodge, so you can shop around for a muscle car you want here.  Keep up with news regarding both these vehicles on our Facebook and Twitter.

Photo source: Motor Trend

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Watch Out for Hidden Potholes After the Rain!

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Rainy season (a.k.a. summer) in Florida is just around the corner! Of course this means thunder, traffic and possible hurricanes, but  it can also mean damaging your vehicle by driving through potholes that are deeper than expected. So if you want to avoid blowing a tire or complications from driving through a deep pothole, keep reading.

  • Watch out and drive safely: if you see a puddle in the street, try to avoid it! You don’t know if the puddle is just gathered water on a flat surface or if the water is actually in a deep pothole. So either try to drive around the puddle or if it is not safe to drive around, slow down as you drive through the puddle. Slowing down will help prevent more serious damage to your vehicle.
  • Be prepared and help other drivers do the same: report potholes to your city or county authorities if you see one. This way the city can fix it and other drivers won’t end up damaging their vehicles. If you noticed the pothole because you did hit it and it caused damage to your vehicle, in some cases the city will provide reimbursement for the repairs needed.

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Chevy Celebrates Corvette’s Anniversary with Carbon 65 Package

Chevy Corvette celebrates 65th anniversary with Carbon 65 package

Next year is a huge year for the Chevy Corvette because 2018 is the vehicle’s 65th anniversary! Over the years Chevy has followed the typical anniversary traditions, like a Silver Corvette for the 25th anniversary and a Gold Corvette for the 50th anniversary, but for this anniversary, Chevy is making a new tradition. Chevy is going to celebrate the Corvette’s 65th anniversary with a carbon fiber package called the Corvette Carbon 65.

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Chevy Tahoe and Suburban Vehicles Now Available as Rally Sport Trucks

Chevy tahoe and suburban RST

Earlier this month Chevy introduced a new special edition Tahoe and Suburban and it’s pretty snazzy. The special edition is known as the RST or Rally Sport Truck and it is built for those who want to give their truck a slightly different look. The Tahoe RST is also available with the brand new performance package, which comes with a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine.

The biggest difference from this edition and other Tahoe and Suburban models is that all the chrome trims and accents are replaced with black for the aggressive style of a Rally Sport Truck.  Exclusive features of the RST include 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires, a body-color grille (as opposed to the chrome grille), black roof-rails, gloss-black mirror caps, and black badging and black Chevy bowties.

Other available upgrades included with the RST package include a Borla exhaust system (which offers 28 percent improvement of exhaust flow and increases horsepower by about 7-10 horses) and brake package that includes massive Brembo brake. [click to continue…]

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Chevy Bolt EV is King of EVs

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When compared to the competition, the Chevy Bolt EV is the best and most affordable electric vehicle (EV) on the market. When compared to other comparably-priced competitors like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV, the Bolt EV beats out the competition in battery range, power and MPGe.

Driving Range

When it comes to an EV, the total driving range on a fully-charged battery is a top priority for drivers. The Chevy Bolt out runs the Ford Focus EV and Nissan Leaf. The battery in the Chevy Bolt is a 60 kWh 350 V lithium-ion battery that has a driving range of more than 238 miles. The Nissan Leaf has a  30 kWh 360 V lithium-ion has a 107-mile driving range and the Ford Focus EV’s 33.5 kWh lithium-ion has a 100-mile driving range. Not only does the Chevy Bolt EV win, but it does so by a lot.

Horsepower

Just because you want a fuel efficient car doesn’t mean you want to sacrifice horsepower and Chevy understands that. The Chevy Bolt EV may run on battery power, but it produces an impressive 200 horsepower, which is more than some gas-powered vehicles. The Nissan Leaf only produces 107 horsepower and the Ford Focus EV produces 143 horsepower, so again, the Chevy Bolt EV smokes the competition.   [click to continue…]

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J.D. Power Studies Show Chevrolet is a Dependable and Quality Brand

Chevy  JD Power awards

Dependability and quality are two factors that are very important to consumers before they make a purchasing decision on a used or new car. One brand that has a reputation and stack of awards for quality and dependability factors is Chevrolet. In the last few years, Chevrolet has racked up several awards and titles from various J.D. Power studies.

J.D. Power Dependability Study

The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) is a measure of problems experienced after three years of ownership, so the cars evaluated in the 2017 dependability study are actually from the 2014 model year. Well, not only does Chevrolet have more cars than any other non-premium brand on this year’s (2017) dependability study, but they also had more cars than any other non-premium brand in 2016 as well.

2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Chevrolet Titles
2014 Chevy Camaro – Midsize sporty car segment
2014 Chevy Silverado – Large heavy duty pickup segment
2014 Chevy Sonic – Small car segment
2014 Chevy Tahoe – Large SUV segment

2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Chevrolet Titles
2013 Chevy Camaro – Midsize sporty car segment
2013 Chevy Silverado – Large heavy duty pickup segment
2013 Chevy Sonic – Midsize car segment
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Diesel Truck to Join Chevy’s Large Family of Diesel Engines

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Chevy recently announced their plans to expand their diesel lineup with the addition of a new medium-duty commercial truck and it will be powered by the Duramax diesel engine that is currently used on trucks made by one of GM’s other brands, GMC.

Chevrolet expects the new trucks to be a 2018 model year vehicle and they will be equipped with GM’s legendary duo of the Duramax engine paired to an Allison transmission. Why legendary? The engine and transmission combination has been around since the early 2000s and GM just celebrated the production of the two millionth truck equipped with that powertrain.

Chevy has still kept many of the details about the new medium-duty trucks underwraps and they are expected to release more information closer to the truck’s release date, slated for 2018.

Though it may still be a year until the truck is released, Chevrolet has a number of other diesel truck options. Check out some of the highlights.

  • The 2017 Silverado HD with the Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel engine. This truck has class leading torque and horsepower (910 lb-ft of torque and 445 horsepower).

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New Chevy Camaro ZL1 Performance Specs and Options

2018 Camaro Zl1 Miami Lakes Chevy

The new 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 packs so much power that even NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon loves it. In the words of Ricky Bobby’s father from the movie Talladega Nights “if you ain’t first, you’re last”, and you will never be anything but first in the new Camaro ZL1. Check out the details of the new Camaro ZL1, the Camaro ZL1 pace car and the newest Camaro ZL1 1LE below!

New 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 killed it at the High Speed Oval in Papenburg, Germany. On the track the Camaro ZL1 reached a top speed of 202.3 mph and averaged 198 mph making the 2018 Camaro ZL1 the fastest and most capable Camaro ever!

So what gives it all of that power? Under the hood of the Camaro ZL1 that was tested at the track was a 650-horsepower LT4 6.2L direct-injected, supercharged V-8 engine paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle was also equipped with a magnetic ride control, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 summer only tires, and Brembo brakes with six-piston Monobloc front calipers and two-piece rotors.

Performance specs:

  • 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 mph
  • 60-0 mph braking in 107 feet

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