While marking in the dates on my calendar for the 2017 SEMA Show six months ahead of time, it’s pretty much a mystery what cars are going to make the show. It’s a given there will be plenty of eye candy for us Chevrolet enthusiasts, but the amount of Camaros at this year’s show was staggering—especially those of the first-gen persuasion. And the quality of these builds combined with the creativity that goes into these rides made them even more special.
The powerplants were numerous; craftsmanship was absolutely insane; and believe it or not, most pulled it off by incorporating a good amount of their own personality, ensuring their car offered something different than the next. It’s never easy trying to come up with a new idea or concept for a first-gen Camaro.
Second-gen Camaros made a good showing, and the fifth- and sixth-gens were also representing for those who appreciate late-model muscle. In fact, one look at the massive Chevrolet display provided undeniable proof that horsepower is alive and well and not going anywhere fast unless, of course, you are talking about the quarter-mile. The 2017 ZL1 Drag Race Development Concept Camaro comes with a stout 650 hp and 650 lb-ft out of the box. We hit the “Like” button on that one. And as the COPO program heads into the 2018 model year, it continues to impress with its various engine combinations and killer great looks. To us, the Super Crush Hot Wheels edition is the coolest adult toy ever. And the 2016 Camaro SS Trans Am TA4 Spec is one this editor would do just about anything to get behind the wheel of for some track time.
Yep, the 2017 SEMA Show once again brought out the best hot rods and muscle cars in the world. Some rides featured trend-setting cues, while others followed a safer template for success. Regardless the approach, SEMA never disappoints when it comes to seeing the baddest rides in the country.
Included in this Chevy High Performance image gallery are the coolest Camaros, along with a few other vehicles that make SEMA, well … SEMA.
Photos: Taylor Kempkes & Nick Licata