2016 silverado z71 review

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“This is a truck that’s easy to embrace. It knows what it wants to be.”

That is the final line in our entry for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado in a recent four-truck comparison test, a test in which the Chevy finished second behind only Ford’s newer F-150. As we’ve been saying since the truck debuted for 2014, the squared-off, steel-bodied, leaf-sprung Silverado, on paper, is completely unremarkable. And yet somehow, the assemblage of its entirely unexotic components is something more. For 2016, the Silverado retains its simple hardware but gets a new face, expands the availability of its optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and adds Apple CarPlay integration.

If that list of updates sounds comprehensive, it really isn’t. Besides a newly topographical hood—with more creases stamped into it than seemingly every other body panel combined—and the loss of its stacked headlights, the 2016 looks the same as the 2015. Inside, there’s nary a hint of disturbance, with the dashboard, steering wheel, and seats carrying over unchanged. As we mentioned, there is Apple CarPlay (Android Auto integration joins the party in a few months), and it’s operated via the uplevel 7.0- and 8.0-inch MyLink touch screens. The look of the screens is familiar, although they now share internal hardware with the upgraded units in the 2016 Malibu, which means they respond more quickly to inputs than before.

One Big Change

Really, the only notable mechanical change is the migration of the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission from the 6.2-liter V-8 engine to certain Silverado trim levels with the 5.3-liter V-8. So far, only the LTZ and the High Country models with the smaller engine get the eight-speed—everything else, including the base V-6, uses the old six-speed unit. Although we’re okay with the 2016 refresh’s overall cautiousness, this is one area where Chevrolet needed to go further. The old six-speed is slow to downshift (once its electronics register a kickdown at cruising speed, it momentarily engages fourth before pausing and belatedly grabbing third), and with fewer gears it holds onto lower ones longer even under light throttle applications. The eight-speed’s wider ratio spread and quicker shifts allow for spirited acceleration using lower engine speeds, surely a boon to real-world fuel economy; kickdown requests are met with a lower gear and far less hesitation.

Chevrolet says the only other mechanical changes address IIHS’s new narrow-offset frontal crash test. There is more structural sheetmetal tied to the base of the A-pillars and integrated into the front of the rocker panels to limit footwell intrusion during the tough narrow-offset test. The additional material adds some stiffness to the structure, which spurred the engineers to retune the truck’s dampers. An engineer told us, however, that an identical suspension feel was targeted; as he put it: “You’re not supposed to notice” the changes. That’s all well and good, because the Silverado already boasts the best ride-and-handling balance in the full-size-truck realm, with well-controlled body motions, a firm but not punishing ride, and relatively sharp steering. And can other truck manufacturers please benchmark the Chevy’s brake-pedal feel? Firm and responsive, it’s a far cry from the mushy and overboosted units in other pickups.

Fresh Face

We like the Silverado’s new face, too, even if it’s only window dressing on an otherwise unchanged rig. The thin, projector-beam headlights are standard on every model, and upper trim levels wear LED jewelry. With the stacked headlights gone, the front end appears lower and wider; it’s handsome, even if cleaning every nook on the undulating hood will require a step stool and the wingspan of an NBA forward.

Once again, Silverado buyers face a nearly limitless set of body and drive configurations, but the basic trim-level structure remains. There are the Work Truck, LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country versions, as well as regular-cab, double-cab, and crew-cab bodies and myriad bed choices; two-wheel drive is standard, four-wheel drive is optional. In order to get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Chevy’s onboard OnStar 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hot spot, buyers need only shell out $27,850 for a base Work Truck, plus an additional $435 for the optional 7.0-inch MyLink touch screen.

That sort of technology democratization with the eight-speed transmission would give Chevrolet at least one hardware talking point to throw up against Ram’s air suspension and across-the-board eight-speed transmission and Ford’s aluminum bodywork and turbocharged EcoBoost engines. It also would give the base 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6, a competent and powerful engine choice apparently being ignored by customers drunk on cheap gas, a better chance of breaking through. Even so, as it sits, the Silverado remains a truck-guy’s truck, with an upright dashboard boasting a full array of analog gauges monitoring all manner of engine parameters—and an elegant simplicity not present in the more forward-looking Ram 1500 and Ford F-150. The Silverado is an honest tool, simple and effective. Need a full-size pickup be anything more?


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- or rear-/4-wheel-drive, 2-6-passenger, 2-4-door truck

BASE PRICE: Work Truck, $27,850; LS, $29,875; LT, $33,870; LTZ, $42,145; High Country, $50,260

ENGINE TYPES: pushrod 12-valve 4.3-liter V-6, 285 hp, 305 lb-ft; pushrod 16-valve 5.3-liter V-8, 355 hp, 383 lb-ft; pushrod 16-valve 6.2-liter V-8, 420 hp, 460 lb-ft

TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 119.0-153.0 in
Length: 205.6-239.6 in
Width: 80.0 in Height: 73.5-74.2 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 4550-5700 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 5.9-7.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.4-15.9 sec
Top speed: 110 mph

EPA city/highway: 15-18/21-24 mpg


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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Review: Slightly Better Looks, Slightly Better Performance

The current Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was introduced for the 2014 model year and for the 2016 model year, the half-ton Chevy pickup gets a midcycle refresh which includes a new front end, a new hood, a new transmission for the 5.3L V8 and the addition of Apple CarPlay. Other than those four items, the Silverado 1500 remains unchanged and with the new transmission only coming in trucks with the LTZ or High Country trim, the entire model only really benefits from the hood, the grille and the new sound system feature – but all of these changes improve the Silverado 1500.

My 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 test truck was fitted with the Crew Cab, the short cargo box, the 5.3L V8 mated to the new 8-speed automatic transmission and all of the other features of the LTZ Z71 package – which leads to a base price of $47,700. When you add in the 20” chrome wheels ($1,495), the Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995), the 6” chrome side steps ($700), the heated and vented driver’s seat ($650), the “full feature” leather bucket seats with a premium center console ($510), the integrated trailer brake controller ($275), the adjustable bed tie downs ($60) and the destination charge ($1,195), the price as tested of my 2016 Silverado 1500 was $53,580.

That is a big chunk of change, but when you consider the list of features inside and out, the 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71 is comparable in price to similarly-appointed competitors. Ultimately, the Silverado LTZ Z71 is a premium luxury package, so you should expect to pay a premium price for all of the features inside, outside and under the hood.

The Exterior
If you look at the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 from the sides or rear, you might mistake it for a 2015 model, but from the front, the 2016 Silverado is far handsomer than the previous models.

The biggest change is the new front fascia and grille, which departs from the distinct “stacked” form of the previous Chevy trucks in favor for a look that is far more modern. While there is still a splash of chrome in the grille openings, the addition of the body colored divider running through the middle of the grille plays a big part in giving my 2016 Silverado test truck a far more luxurious look. On other trucks in red or blue, I find that the body colored grille center gives the truck a sportier look, but in the stunning pearl white shown here – this new grille looks much more premium than the previous design.

2016 silverado ltz front

Adding to the premium look of the 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71 are the projection headlights with LED trim and the big, bold lower fascia area, which is also painted body color. The previous Silverado LTZ Z71 was pretty much covered with chrome up front, but even with far less chrome, the newer Silverado maintains the luxury look without all of the sparkle.

In addition to the front end, the 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71 wears a far more prominently sculpted hood, which has a slightly more elevated cowl area for a sportier, bolder look. More importantly, the extra sculpting on the hood and across the front end “fits” better with the sharp lines along the sides of the Silverado.

The current Silverado was criticized for not being “different enough” from the previous generation which ended in 2013, as the face of the truck had the same basic feel. However, the addition of the 2016 grille, fascia and bumper give the new Silverado a bolder, more luxurious look –allowing it to stand out better in a very crowded half ton truck segment.

The Interior
The cabin of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado is unchanged across the entire lineup, but Apple CarPlay is now included in the premium Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. I don’t use an Apple phone so I didn’t work with the new connectivity system, but I was still impressed with the cabin of the 2016 Silverado.

My test truck had leather seats front and rear, with big, comfortable buckets up front (heated and cooler driver’s seat) and a rear seat which can comfortably handle three adults who don’t mind rubbing shoulders. The cabin size really is ideal for two adults and three kids, but for a work crew or five friends heading to the golf course – the Silverado Crew Cab is a comfortable truck for all. Best of all, there is a wireless cell phone charger on the center console that I absolutely love.

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In addition to the plush, spacious seats, the 2016 Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 includes the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8” touchscreen that controls every key feature of the interior. For those who don’t like touch controls, the Silverado also has traditional knobs and buttons for the sound system and the climate control, along with a spread of buttons on the steering wheel for the sound system, the cruise control and the driver information screen in the gauge cluster.

When you add up the plush leather seats, the copious amounts of passenger space and the premium infotainment system, the 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71 offers the same level of premium appointments as any of the competitors – so even though nothing has changed, the cabin of the Silverado is still a crowd-pleaser.

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The Drive
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 is powered by the 5.3L V8, which sends 355 horsepower and 383lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The Silverado 1500 in “lower” trimlines still have the 6-speed automatic, but the addition of the 8-speed gearbox improves performance without hurting drivability.

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It seems to me that many people who haven’t driven a modern transmission with 8 or 9 gears are concerned that they will spend their time focusing on the transmission bouncing from gear to gear. These critics insist that the constant shifting will be an annoyance, but after spending a week in the Silverado with the new 8-speed, I can confidently say that those concerns are unfounded.

The key advantages of the 8-speed transmission are steeper gear ratios in the numerically lower gears for improved acceleration and a stronger pulling performance while the numerically higher gears have a less aggressive gearset to maintain high fuel economy numbers. Whether you are launching the 2016 Silverado 1500 LTZ from a stop in an effort to outrun another truck or you are accelerating into traffic with a trailer out back, the increased transmission gearing and smaller steps between gears improve acceleration while also providing a smoother transition from gear to gear. Don’t get me wrong – when you are accelerating hard from a stop, the transmission still has the positive pop from gear to gear that you would expect, but under normal driving conditions, the new transmission gets through the gears more smoothly.

During my time with the 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71, I pulled my standard 5,000lb horse trailer and this truck felt like it got away from a stop slightly better, along with smoother downshifts when lots more engine RPM is needed when pulling on the highway. The improvement is very slight, but there is no question that the Silverado with the 5.3L V8 and the 8-speed transmission pulls my test trailer a little more confidently than the Silverado with the same engine and the 6-speed transmission.

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Along those same lines, when you are cruising on the highway in a situation where the transmission will bounce between 6th, 7th and 8th gear – like when you slightly speed up to pass slower traffic or when you hit a slight uphill grade – the transmission moves from gear to gear so subtly that most drivers won’t notice the shifts at all.

In short, the new 8-speed transmission allows the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to tow and drive better in every way, so there is really no downside to the addition of the new transmission. This new gearbox allows the new Silverado to perform better in every way, while the smaller increments in gearing make the extra shirts less noticeable.

The Final Word
The changes made to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado are very subtle to someone who isn’t well-versed on the modern half-ton truck segment, but these slight changes go a long way in making the Silverado better than the previous model year. The new face is more modern, more luxurious and – in my opinion – better looking and the addition of the 8-speed transmission behind the 5.3L V8 makes this “entry V8” even better for those who want better low end performance.

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The new face, new cell phone connectivity and new transmission likely won’t pull a Ford or Ram driver away from their preferred brands, but these slight alterations make the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban an even more attractive option for someone weighing the Chevy half-ton against the competitors.

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Review: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71

Review: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71

Is there still a case to be made for upmarket pickups?

High-end, lifestyle-oriented pickups occupy a unique spot on the market. Based on rugged work trucks, they offer a level of comfort and refinement that's typically associated with premium sedans, while boasting more space for people and gear than most comparably-priced crossovers and SUVs.

Critics are quick to point out that posh pickups are a relic from a bygone era because they're too big and too thirsty for family-hauling duties. Join us as we take a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado for a spin in the heart of British Columbia's wine country to find out if there's still a case to be made for upmarket trucks, or if we should add them to the list of endangered species.

What is it?

Our tester is a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 1500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab. Let's break this down: 1500 denotes that it's the smaller Silverado model, though there's nothing compact about it. The short-box model evaluated here measures 230 inches long, 80 inches wide, and 74 inches tall. You can practically park a Spark between the front and rear axles.

4WD is self-explanatory. Tracing the wheels' motion upstream takes you to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 5.3-liter V8 that's tuned to generate 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm when it's burning regular unleaded. Other engine options include a 4.3-liter V6 which is rated at 285 horses, and a Corvette-derived 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out a stout 420 horsepower.

The LTZ trim is positioned near the top of the Silverado food chain, closer to a weekend cowboy's toy than to the truck your local utility company uses. Our tester ups the ante with the optional Z71 package, which brings Rancho shocks, a more rugged-looking front bumper with slots for tow hooks, a specific grille, decals, skid plates, and a hill descent function that comes in handy when going off the beaten path. The Silverado Z71 is a real head-turner, especially with 20-inch wheels and an Iridescent Pearl Tricoat paint job, and we got approving looks from most other truck owners. Unsurprisingly, we also got belligerent looks from those who pledge allegiance to the Blue Oval, and death stares from the Prius-driving hippy crowd. They don't know what they're missing.

Life aboard

Those who gave us contemptuous looks don't know what they're missing out on because, overall, the Silverado is a very nice place to travel in. There are some cars, crossovers, and trucks on the market that are smaller inside than their size suggests; the Silverado isn't one of them. We're pretty sure that four normal-sized adults could sit up front if Chevy fitted an old-fashioned bench seat. Countless storage bins are scattered across the cabin, including a cavernous one right under the central arm rest, and the dash offers two separate gloveboxes for added practicality. Whether you're after head room, leg room, shoulder room, or simply storage space, the Silverado's got you covered.

The brown and beige interior (Cocoa Dune in Chevrolet-speak) is undeniably elegant, but some parts of the cabin feel like they belong in a work truck, not in a luxed-up model that breaks the 50-grand threshold. Specifically, the flaps that cover the USB ports and the 12-volt outlets in the center console are flimsy, and the buttons on the multi-function steering wheel feel like they come from a Sonic. Nicer materials in a handful of places would go a long way in making the cabin feel as good as it looks.

The dashboard is dominated by an eight-inch color touch screen that runs Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. The software quickly responds to input but it takes a fair bit of getting used to. Getting the map to scroll as the car moves, for example, is more complicated than it needs to be. It's alright if you take the time to sit down and discover what's hidden behind each menu, but it's frustrating if you need it to work right away because you're on the highway and don't know which exit to take. Luckily, more straight-forward navigation directions are displayed on a small configurable screen that's built into the instrument cluster. And, alternatively, the infotainment system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

We don't need to tell you that even the Silverado's short bed offers a massive amount of space. It's deep, and the truck is tall, so if you have a tonneau cover you'll need use the steps built into the rear bumper to crawl in and fetch the 12-pack that slid towards the cab wall.

How does it drive?

You're forgiven for assuming that the Silverado can barely get out of its own way. It's a pickup that weighs nearly 5,500 pounds, after all. However, it's unexpectedly fast off the line, the eight-cylinder provides more than enough horsepower and torque to scoot the truck along. The V8's song is audible but it's never intrusive. Road and wind noise are reduced to a minimum, and we applaud the Bowtie's interior designers for crafting a cabin that's as quiet as a premium sedan's at freeway speeds.

We weren't quite sold on the eight-speed automatic transmission. In normal driving conditions it behaves like a standard gearbox should, meaning it fires off smooth, quick shifts without making its presence known. At lower speeds -- especially if you're feathering the throttle -- the transmission tends to hesitate between gears, causing the truck to lurch a little. When it picks one, it sometimes engages it with a noticeable clunk. Buyers who live in the countryside will probably never notice this; buyers who commute in Toronto's hellish traffic will.

The ride is smooth and compliant over minor imperfections in the road. The rear end is light, you feel that there's not a lot of weight back there, but it doesn't jitter around. The steering is nicely weighted, it's not very precise but on-center feel is good. Overall the Silverado is easy to drive -- and remarkably maneuverable -- for such a big truck, even around town thanks to a good overall visibility and a tall seating position. We'd like more powerful brakes, but the same can be said of the Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150.

While trucks have gotten more efficient in recent years, few will be surprised to find out that fuel economy isn't one of the Silverado's strong points. The aforementioned eight-speed helps it earn an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. We averaged close to 15 mpg in the city, and about 19 mpg on the highway.

Leftlane's bottom line

The Chevrolet Silverado LTZ is expensive, and it's not without its quibbles, but it's a spacious daily driver that offers a long list of premium features, a comfortable cabin, and good looks. Easy to live with, it can conceivably replace a large crossover or SUV for buyers who tow and/or haul on a regular basis, and who want to take advantage of cheap gas prices while they last.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71, base price $49,495.

Photos by Ronan Glon.

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2016 Chevy Silverado Z71 Trail Dictator Off-Road Parts \u0026 Accessories Review

The pickup truck is an all-American invention with roots in the old buckboard wagons of the Wild West—big work ethic, not much concern with comfort. That cowboy-boots image lingers, but rigs like this Chevrolet Silverado make clear that the utilitarian pickup of yesteryear has little in common with its contemporary descendants. Even the basic Silverado WT (for Work Truck) has its share of amenities, and the LTZ tested here—one step below the top-of-the-line High Country model—is just this side of hedonistic. Maybe even on the other side, now that Chevy has added refinement to the truck by installing its latest eight-speed automatic transmission.

The work ethic remains, though. As tested, this crew-cab four-by-four truck has a payload rating of 2130 pounds and is capable of towing up to 10,800 pounds. These are stout numbers, which can be amplified slightly by opting for the 6.2-liter V-8. But the compelling thing about this Silverado is its level of civilization; the L word—luxury—is not inappropriate.

Like other full-size crew-cab pickups, the Silverado LTZ has plenty of room for five. The seats are leather clad, and the center dash embraces an 8.0-inch touchscreen (lesser trim levels get a 7.0-inch screen). It’s home for Chevy’s MyLink, one of the better infotainment and connectivity systems, as well as navigation, with oversize icons that make for easy operation even when the truck is trundling over washboard dirt trails.

Dynamic Serenity

High-quality appointments and premium audio in a spacious interior are only part of this story. Just as significant is a trait that’s borderline intangible: the absence of noise. The Silverado is cat-burglar quiet at any speed and on almost any surface. Those who relish the good ol’ baritone throb of a Chevy small-block V-8 might be a little disappointed. But if silence is golden, the Silverado is 24 karat. Our sound meter recorded just 66 decibels at a 70-mph cruise, down from an already good 68 decibels in the 2014 six-speed version. That’s a luxury-sedan figure, on par with our measurement for a Lexus LS460.

This quiet demeanor is really just a side benefit of the eight-speed transmission created in the quest to meet the government’s ever-rising demand for improved fuel economy. There’s a testing anomaly, though, that sees the EPA mileage actually drop by 1 mpg in city, highway, and combined ratings. The six-speed was available with a tall 3.08:1 rear-axle ratio, not offered with the new transmission in this configuration. The EPA requires separate ratings for varying engines and transmissions in trucks, but it doesn’t require certification for every final drive.

Ratings aside, we logged 15 mpg motoring around town doing household chores (none of which challenged the truck’s limits, which are absurdly high after 20-some years of a marketing-driven arms race among manufacturers). That 15 mpg is a big percentage gain over the very similar Crew Cab LTZ 4x4 we tested in 2014 with a six-speed automatic, which delivered only 13 miles from a gallon of regular. Back then, we had many complaints about clunky noises and jolting shift operation of that six-speed; the new eight-speed exhibited none of those bad habits.

Smooth shifts and quiet operation are key components in comfort. To that, add creamy ride quality, another Silverado attribute, which is remarkable considering this one was a four-wheel-drive example with a live rear axle on leaf springs capable of accommodating payloads of more than one ton.

The other side of a plush ride, of course, is handling that can be described—charitably—as deliberate. With its combination of compliant suspension, 20-inch wheels, typical full-size-pickup mass (almost 5600 pounds), and high center of gravity, the Silverado responds reluctantly, scaling in proportion to the degree of haste demanded by the driver. Grip—0.74 g—is respectable by pickup standards, and the braking distance (184 feet from 70 mph), while lamentable, is not uncommon for vehicles in this size and weight class.

On the go side of the ledger, the 5.3-liter V-8 propels all this refined mass to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. That’s 0.5 second slower than in our last test of the six-speed version, however. One issue is that this new setup forces an additional shift in the 60-mph run. Our test driver also noted that brake-torque launches with the new transmission are less effective than was the case with the six-speed, because the electronics limit the engine to lower rpm than before. A lot of nuances influence the results when an automaker undertakes a “simple” swap of one major component like the transmission.

Fresh Face

Besides the transmission transplant, Chevy has given the Silverado a little freshening for 2016, including a revised front fascia, a new hood, and, on LTZ and High Country models, LED headlights, accent lights, and taillights. Chevy’s updated MyLink infotainment system, which accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, also is new to the Silverado.

The tailgate has been redesigned, with internal damping to soften the opening, plus—a nifty new feature—remote locking. Also new: the addition of lane-keeping to the Driver Assist package. It’s one of the least intrusive among such systems we’ve experienced.

The LTZ four-by-four we tested is almost $50,000 to start and as such includes a lot of standard features. Our test example included $4685 in options. From that list we’d be inclined to keep the sporty leather bucket seats ($510) as well as their extra-cost heating and ventilation ($650). And the spray-in bedliner is a must; it’s a $475 option but was standard on this model. The 20-inch chromed aluminum wheels ($1495), chromed assist steps ($700), and Iridescent Pearl paint ($995) seem expendable. Be that as it may, assessed as a vehicle capable of handling the occasional chore of hauling fertilizer or towing watercraft, as well as daily transportation, the Silverado LTZ is as civilized as contemporary half-tonners get. It’s even commendably light on the cowboy design overtones applied to so many of today’s pickups. So while it maintains the work ethic of those old buckboard wagons, it’s far, far easier to live with.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup

PRICE AS TESTED: $53,580 (base price: $49,395)

ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 325 cu in, 5328 cc
Power: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 143.5 in
Length: 230.0 in
Width: 80.0 in Height: 74.0 in
Passenger volume: 136 cu ft
Curb weight: 5588 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 7.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.7 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.4 sec @ 90 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 99 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.74 g

EPA city/highway driving: 15/21 mpg
C/D observed: 15 mpg


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