We're here in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. The place is absolutely crawling with all things Chevrolet, and General Motors brought enough new Chevys to the playing field this year to make any car enthusiast swoon. Along with a host of new and conceptual trucks, sports utility vehicles, and sedans, there were also plenty of new muscle cars to drool over, as well as some of the awesome and beastly vehicles you will see in the fourth chapter of the Transformer saga. We'll break it down for you.
When the 2014 COPO Camaro rolled up on the scene, it attracted stares and a heavy crowd. Though it seemed the color of the car in question (Ice Blue Metallic) was either love it or hate it, no one could debate that Chevrolet did an amazing job putting a new spin on it (in its third year) between the unique hue and matching tow vehicle. As in past years, there will only be 69 of its kind built with the first (the one you see here) being auctioned at Barrett-Jackson in January to benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
Each of the COPO Camaro race cars is hand-built and features an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment as well as a racing chassis and special suspension components. Racing seats, updated graphics, and a new available wheel design are all fresh to the COPO. A solid rear axle system is a unique touch, and the cars are either powered by a naturally aspirated 427 cubic-inch engine or a 350 cubic-inch engine with 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. Also available are naturally-aspirated 350 and 396 engines, and the customer can choose their engine based on their intended NHRA racing class.
Another real head turner was the 2014 Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept car, a special-edition Corvette paying homage to the 15th anniversary of the popular Playstation 3 video game, Gran Turismo 6. Chevrolet's creation of a real-life version of the virtual racing winner includes a custom exterior paint scheme in matte blue, yellow-tinted headlamps, and many carbon fiber part including a rear wing, a custom hood and extractor design, and a ground effects kit with carbon fiber rockers and front splitter. It also boasts custom exhaust tips, racing-style front tow hook, custom front grille, front fender, rear quarter vents, and custom-trimmed competition sport seats. Inside, both driver and passenger and held securely by racing harnesses, and a custom flat-bottom steering wheel as well as leather-wrapped safety belt car and rear braces give the car an even more aggressive appearance.
It is powered by the new LT1 6.2L V-8, produces 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque (with the available performance exhaust), and achieves the EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway that has come to be expected of the new Stingray.
Two more really awesome Corvette concepts that Chevrolet introduced are named the Atlantic concept and the Pacific concept. The former is a Blade Silver convertible which features sophisticated styling enhancements similar to those on a private jet. Carbon Flash Metallic front splitter, rocker extensions, and rear lower diffuser, as well as Fusion Gray headlamp housings and hood accents differentiate the Atlantic concept from any other Vette. It is powered by a LT1 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
By contrast, the Pacific Z51 concept was influenced by West Coast culture and is ready for serious track duty. Complete with a Torch Red finish, the Pacific concept wears a carbon fiber hood and visible carbon-fiber weave on the removable hood panel, along with a satin-black front splitter and rocker extensions. It also has a Z51 rear spoiler painted Carbon Flash Metallic with a Carbon Flash graphics package. Inside, a carbon fiber trim kit along with available Competition Sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fiber finish round out the look. The LT1 engine, which makes light work of the competition, includes a dry sump oiling system and an oil cooler. The Z51 package also brings with it enhanced brake systems, as well as the added electronic limited-slip differential.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific concepts were built using Chevrolet Accessories available to all 2014 Corvette Stingray customers, including chrome five-spoke wheels with center caps featuring Stingray script, an under-hood liner with the Stingray logo, Carbon Flash Metallic rear license plate holder, molded splash guards, custom luggage, premium carpet floor mats, sill plates, and an embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo.
The all-new 2014 Camaro Z/28 has gained quite a following since it's rebirth was made known not long ago, and the example we saw today needed no further modification. Chevrolet repeated made known how proud they are - rightly so - of the Z/28's performance at Nurburgring. It ran an impressive 7:37.40 lap in the rain making it faster than the Camaro ZL1, the Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. Increased grip, stopping power, and reduced curb weight all contribute to make the car the competitor it is.
A 7.0L LS7 power plant producing 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque catapults the Z/28 to the front of the pack, using lightweight and racing-proven high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft.
The Chevrolet Performance Garage Camaro is one that serious performance enthusiasts are bound to fawn over. Created by merging Chevrolet Performance parts and Chevrolet Accessories, the Camaro SS-based track-oriented car incorporates performance and suspension components from the all-new Z/28 as well as a few from the ZL1.
On the outside, a ground effects package, Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler and grille, RS headlamps and taillamps, blacked-out mirrors and rear diffuser, and Chevrolet Accessories satin-black 10-spoke Track Pack wheels all combine to enhance the already-aggressive appearance of the newest Camaro. The rockers and windshield feature "Chevrolet Performance" graphics, and brakes and a short-throw shifter from the Camaro ZL1 were taken right from the Chevrolet Performance catalog. Also included on the Chevy Performance Garage Camaro are "shorty" exhaust headers with 2.75-inch exhaust system, front ride/handling links, rear upper control arms, stabilizer bars, helical differential with internal cooling system, brake ducts, and racing-derived Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers.
Another Camaro known as the Spring Special Edition Camaro, shown in the SS convertible version, will be a limited edition offered in uplevel 2LT and 2SS trims distinguished by a Summit White exterior with Blue Ray stripe - including hood louver painted Blue Ray, and body-color ZL1 spoiler. Chevrolet Accessories ground effects package, grille, and 21-inch wheels will also make it clear that this is no ordinary Camaro. RS HID headlamps and LED taillamps, a blue fabric top (convertible models) and blue-accent leather-appointed interior with blue stitching contrast the white paint.
All LT models include the 323-horsepower V-6 engine, while SS models come loaded with a 6.2L V-8 engine rated at 426 horsepower when paired with the six-speed manual transmission/400 horses with the available six-speed automatic.
Two last Camaros - the Chevrolet Performance Camaro V-8 and V-6 concepts - truly showcased the incredible capabilities of the Camaro. The V-8 brings to life the possibilities for personalization and performance enhancements using Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories, from its performance air intake right up to its concept Z/28 exhaust.
Components available through Chevrolet dealers include a ground effects package, Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler, blacked-out badges, mirrors, and rear diffuser, as well as a body-color hood louver. Awesome black Chevrolet Accessories 45th anniversary wheels and grille, as well as a hood wrapped with body-color stripe, RS headlamps and taillamps, and the same Chevrolet Performance rocker decals and windshield header featured on the Chevy Performance Garage Camaro take sinister to a whole new level. Chevrolet Performance armrests, door sills, pedal kit, floor mats and ambient lighting kit, Recaro performance seats with Mojave stitching, a Chevrolet Performance instrument panel decal and sill plate, Instrument panel, door, steering wheel and armrest with Mojave stitching and black soft-touch interior bezels provide that creature-comfort-feel.
In the performance department, the V-8 boasts a performance air intake, ZL1 brake kit and ZL1 short-throw shifter along with concept parts from the 2014 Camaro Z/28 including a 2.75-inch exhaust system, front ride link, rear upper control arms, shorty exhaust headers, helical differential with internal cooling system, DSSV dampers, brake ducts, and stabilizer bars.
The V-6 on the other hand produces 323 horsepower through its direct-injected, DOHC V-6 power plant, making it known that the Camaro doesn't need to be V-8-eqipped to be considered a performance car. Chevrolet Performance parts make this possible through the use of a Brembo brake kit from the Camaro SS, a Camaro 1LE suspension kit, and Camaro 1LE strut tower brace, Borla performance exhaust system. Twenty-inch black wheels with a 45th anniversary design help the looks compliment the power along with a Chevrolet Accessories grille, front splitter and rear spoiler, along with "Chevrolet Performance" graphics. A Chevrolet Accessories engine cover also resides under-hood.
The interior is ready to rock on the road course or strip with Chevrolet Accessories premium carpet floor mats, ambient lighting kit, black trim bezels, a Kicker 200-watt subwoofer and 200-watt DSP amp available for MyLink, Recaro performance seats, and the aforementioned flat-bottom performance steering wheel. Chevrolet Performance sill plates, armrest, and auxiliary gauge package, along with instrument panel and door inserts wrapped with carbon-fiber weave bring luxury inside, as do door armrests and instrument panel inserts trimmed with black suede and Light Stone stitching, and a Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit.
So there you have it folks, all of the awesome concepts Chevrolet could think to create for SEMA in hopes of wowing the public - and we think they sure as hell succeeded. What do you think?