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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 | Ottawa, IL

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to Get Hennessey Treatment


The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is set to become one of the most powerful production cars to ever hit the pavement. Its standard 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine already produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, but that isn’t enough for some enthusiasts. Hennessey Performance is already working on getting even more power out of the monstrous engine.

The Texas-based performance shop already has a few upgrade packages in the works. The lowest planned package is the HPE850, which pushes total engine output to 850 horsepower. That’s enough power to run from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds.


The mid-range HPE1000 package pumps those numbers up to 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque. That kind of power delivers a top speed of more than 220 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.

The high-end HPE1200 package brings total engine output to a massive 1,200 horsepower and 1,066 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 models will be able to deliver a 0-to-60 mph time of just 2.2 seconds, putting it on par with some of the quickest production cars ever created.

We here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore can’t wait to see the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in person!

Chevy Creates Military Stealth Vehicle: Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Teaming up with the US Army, Chevrolet recently developed the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. This military-grade pickup comes with an extensive range of features and upgrades that make it combat-ready, as well as a unique hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain system. Redefining military mobility and green technology in one fell swoop, the new Colorado ZH2 is nothing short of extraordinary.

According to Fox News, the ZH2 is based on the Colorado truck that’s available to ordinary drivers. However, there are a few aspects of the ZH2 that non-combatants can’t get ahold of. For instance, the ZH2 has a portable generator, a unique cooling system, camouflaging, a stretched chassis, and off-road tuning. Perhaps the most distinct aspect of the ZH2 is its hydrogen-fuel-cell powertrain.

“GM has worked closely with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) on the vehicle,” reported Fox News correspondent Allison Barrie. “Testing this fuel-cell vehicle for potential military uses began in January of this year and is expected to last a year.”

Using liquid hydrogen, the ZH2 can perform in harsh conditions without creating a large heat signature—a major weakness for Humvees and other vehicles. Because the ZH2 doesn’t have an ordinary internal-combustion engine, it’s harder for militants to track its heat signatures. In fact, while a normal Humvee gives off about 750 degrees, the ZH2 only gives off 140 degrees. Add to that a quiet electric drivetrain, and the ZH2 is incredibly hard to detect.

The new ZH2 is just one of many examples of Chevy’s innovative capacities. We at Bill Walsh GM Superstore can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future of Chevy truck design.

Top 5 Places to Take Your 2018 Chevy Traverse This Fall in the Chicago Area

2018 Chevy Traverse

The 2018 Chevy Traverse has been completely redesigned and now offers more legroom and more features than ever before. That means that this SUV is perfect for a trip with friends to the Chicago area. Pack up your Chevy Traverse from Bill Walsh GM Superstore and head to Chicago for one of these fall events.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Oct. 8. It’s too late to join as a runner, but you can still watch, cheer on runners, and get inspired for next year’s race.

Chicago International Film Festival

From Oct. 12 – 26 film-fanatics can explore over 150 indie films at this 53rd annual film festival.

Vintage Garage

Did you know that the 2018 Chevy Traverse now has almost 100 cubic feet of cargo space? It’s the perfect vehicle to take to the Vintage Garage on Oct. 15. You’re sure to find tons of amazing Mid-century finds at this flea market.

SOFA Chicago

SOFA, which stands for Sculptures, Objects and Functional Art, is one of Chicago’s biggest art fairs. It runs this November 2-5 and admission is $20.

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers

On Nov. 10-11 you can get your fill of rare, wood and barrel-aged adult beverages from over 90 different breweries. Just be sure not to drive your Chevy Traverse home until the next morning!

Drive Your Equinox to These Upcoming Events in Ottawa

upcoming events in Ottawa

You can do a walk for charity with the whole family!

The city of Ottawa has a lot to offer. If you just purchased an Equinox from Bill Walsh GM Superstore and are itching to take it out on the town, consider some of these upcoming events in Ottawa.

  1. Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Join this walk for a great cause on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Jordon Block. Registration is at 8 a.m., the ceremony starts at 8:45, and the walk begins at 9.
  2. Birds of Prey Live!: Get up close and personal with several birds of prey, including hawks, falcons, and owls, on Sept. 2 and 3 at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The event is being held by Saving Our American Raptors at Starved Rock State Park.
  3. Magda Brown: Magda Brown is a Holocaust survivor who will share her incredible story about one of the world’s darkest hours at the Reddick Public Library on Sept. 10. Be there at 1 p.m. to hear her powerful story.
  4. Ottawa’s Old Town Farmers Market: Every Saturday morning, you can count on this farmers market to be at Washington Square Park from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with fresh fruits and veggies for you to load up your Equinox with and take home for dinner.
  5. Murder Mystery Dinner: Make a date night out of this classic whodunit dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sept. 9 starting at 6:15 p.m.

If you have other questions or want to know more of the latest news, visit us at Bill Walsh Chevrolet!

A Look at the 2017 Silverado LT All Star Package

2017 Silverado LT All Star Package

The 2017 High Country Package is very similar to the 2017 Silverado LT All Star Package.

From its versatile configurations to its number of Special Editions, it’s easy to make the Chevrolet Silverado uniquely yours. The 2017 Silverado LT All Star Package is one that combines a great collection of useful and luxurious amenities.

The 2017 Silverado LT All Star pickups deliver the best in comfort for the driver and passengers. The driver’s seat features a 10-way power adjuster with the bench seat, for the ultimate support while on the road. Dual-zone climate control makes it possible for everyone to be comfortable at the same time. The remote vehicle starter system is also useful for comfort in the winter, allowing drivers to heat their Silverado before entering.

The All Star Edition also offers tools that facilitate an easy work experience in the Silverado. A 110-volt power outlet comes in all Crew Cab and 4-door Double Cab models. Plus, with the addition of the Trailering Package, the 2017 Silverado LT All Star is equipped to haul like a pro. A trailer hitch, 7-pin and 4-pin connectors, and the automatic locking rear differential work to create a smooth and confident towing experience.

If you’re shopping for the perfect Chevy Silverado, the All Star Package might just have all of the extra features you want. Stop in at Bill Walsh GM Superstore to learn more about this and other Special Edition Chevy Silverados.

Buick LaCrosse eAssist Model Coming in 2018

LaCrosse eAssistFor the 2018 model year, the Buick LaCrosse is getting a significant update. All LaCrosse models will come with light electrification. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will make its debut this fall.

All LaCrosse eAssist models will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a compact lithium-ion battery pack. That combination delivers a 19% increase in city fuel efficiency when compared to the V6 engine in the current LaCrosse. Along with improved efficiency, the system will also deliver torque-assisted launch, regenerative braking, and a stop/start fuel-saving system.

With this latest eAssist technology, the battery is smaller than ever and maintains the LaCrosse’s spacious trunk and fold-down rear seat.

“Executing innovative technologies in an approachable and meaningful way is core to Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “By adding the eAssist system to the LaCrosse, our technology flagship, we are making electrification accessible to our customers as we chart our course to the future of mobility.”

Along with the light electrification, the 2018 LaCrosse will also come with available all-wheel drive, a newly-available nine-speed automatic transmission for V6 models, and three new exterior color choices.

The updated 2018 Buick LaCrosse will be coming to Bill Walsh GM Superstore this fall. Are you excited to try out this new light electrification feature?2018 Buick LaCrosse Premium

New 2018 GMC Yukon Denali Design Is Better Than Ever

2018 GMC Yukon Denali design

The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali design is more sophisticated than ever before, offering a stylish exterior, stellar performance, and an intelligent interior. This model elevates refinement, offering a bold new redesign that’s bound to turn some heads as you drive. Here are some of the many improvements to expect with the 2018 model year.

According to GMC, the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali has a new 10-speed automatic transmission paired with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. This not only improves performance but allows for a smoother ride as you shift from gear to gear. The 2018 Denali also comes with a multidimensional grille design for added appeal, while Active Noise Cancellation technology provides a quieter ride.

“Yukon Denali has always matched style with substance, and the enhancements for 2018 advance that legacy,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global GMC. “The foundational elements of exclusive design, premium touches, and uncompromising capability have made Yukon Denali an icon for nearly 20 years.”

What else is new on the Denali? This model has Magnetic Ride Control for improved body motion control, available 22-inch wheels, and an automatic rear locking differential for added control. Design characteristic LED Signature Lighting and HID headlamps offset the more streamlined grille updated for improved airflow. Stop by the Bill Walsh GM Superstore to learn more about the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali.

If you have any other questions about this new model, just contact us at Bill Walsh Chevy and we’d love to help!

Chevy Chevelle

Chevy Chevelle

If you know your cars, then you know the Chevy Chevelle is a classic. It has evolved over the years from the Chevelle to the Malibu, but we’ll always love its classic form. Check out some of the Chevelle’s history below.


1964 – 1967

During these years, the very first Chevelle premiered. It came in lots of variations to make everybody happy, from two-door coupes to convertibles, four-door sedans, and station wagons. It came with plenty of power too, with a V8 engine being offered in each body style.


1968 – 1972

The second generation Chevelle brought with it some updates. It swiftly became “America’s most popular mid-size car” and went through body style changes. In 1969, Chevy even developed a steam powered concept Chevelle.


1973 – 1977

The body and chassis of the Chevelle went through major changes in 1973. Then, in 1975, it got major updates with the Chevrolet Efficiency System. It gave the Chevelle even more power and efficiency than its predecessors.



After the Malibu versions of the Chevelles became more popular, the Chevelle officially changed its name in 1978; that’s how it became the Malibu of today.


You can check out a Malibu here at Bill Walsh GM today to try to get that old Chevelle feeling.

Preview for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

As we move through 2017, the automotive industry gets more and more exciting. Part of this is due to the fact that we are slowly moving closer to both fully electric and self-driving cars. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is of the electric variety and it will have plenty to offer. Here is what we know so far about this innovative vehicle.


Starting with the exterior, the new Bolt actually looks very modern and attractive. In years past, people didn’t want to drive electric or hybrid vehicles because they were designed similar to funky concepts. The Chevrolet Bolt, however, is changing this mindset.


When it comes to Bolt, most people want to know about how efficient it is to drive a fully electric vehicle . The Bolt will get an EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge. With the average daily commute for work at 40 miles per day, drivers have the possibility of going up to three or four days on each charge.


If you’re interested in saving yourself some money on gas while driving a car that’s incredibly environmentally friendly, look no further than the new Chevrolet Bolt.


To learn more, feel free to contact our staff at Bill Walsh GM Superstore. We would love to hear from you and discuss this inspiring new vehicle!

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Interior

Chevrolet Debuts Camaro Track Concept at Geneva

Camaro Track Concept
The experts here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore know that one of the biggest events in the industry is the international motor show in Geneva, which just recently finished up. What’s even more exciting is that this year, Chevy brought a special surprise to the Geneva Motor Show – a special Camaro variant. There have been a number of Camaro concepts over the years, but the Camaro Track Concept gave attendees a glimpse at a sports car that doubles as a track-ready supercar.

In a press release, Chevrolet referred to the concept as “a fast sports coupe for daily road use with the high-performance features for track use on weekends,” targeting auto enthusiasts who need a practical, everyday ride but want the opportunity to tear up the track when they feel the need. In previous teaser images, Chevy revealed the Camaro Track Concept would be a vivid bright green and that was definitely the case, as it truly glowed in the showroom.

The Camaro Track Concept was joined at the Geneva Motor Show by a variety of other performance-focused cars from Chevrolet’s lineup, including another Camaro model and two Corvette variants. Experts in the industry have pointed out the Track Concept bears a strong resemblance to the SS trim fitted with the 1LE performance package.