Las Vegas is not a city known for its restraint and so it's only natural that Chevrolet would pick Sin City as the place to unleash some of its latest concept and production cars. Fifth-gen Camaros are also going to benefit from a slew of new parts from Chevrolet Performance--including some for the V-6 model.
First the production cars: GM vice president of performance Jim Campbell announced that a new Camaro model for 2013, the Hot Wheels Camaro, which mimics the '67 Hot Wheels car that debuted at a reception at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
The '67 is a modern interpretation of one of the very first Hot Wheels toy cars from 1968. the new car has LS3 power, Kinetic Blue paint, and a tricked-out white interior. The wheels were designed to look similar to the those on the original 1/64th scale model, except instead of redline tires the redline goes around the wheel itself.
Following a thunderous reception for this car, the '13 Hot Wheels model was unveiled. Available on V-6 and SS coupes and convertibles, it is the same Kinetic Blue as the '67, with identical wheels and gunmetal grey stripes down the hood and roof. The ZL1 coupe decklid spoiler is standard.
From the Chevrolet press kit: "Forty-four years after its gleaming Spectraflame paint job, side-exit "zoomy" exhausts and red-line wheels launched playtime fantasies for millions of children of all ages, Chevrolet Performance has paid homage to the original Hot Wheels "Custom Camaro" toy with a full-scale tribute. It also introduces an all-new, emissions-compliant LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise crate powertrain system that matches the 430-horsepower LS3 engine with a 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission.
"Translating a 1:64-scale toy car into a 1:1 real car is complicated, as the proportions don't exactly match a full-scale first-generation Camaro, but the designers interpreted the original toy in a way that conveys its spirit in a realistic form. The concept vehicle painted Kinetic Blue, just like the forthcoming Camaro Hot Wheels(R) Edition production model."
"A literal interpretation of the toy car would have been too cartoony - it just wouldn't look right on a full-size car," said Chevrolet Design Manager Dave Ross. "The stance and wheels of the concept vehicle are different, as well as some of the proportions the toy has, but the body lines and styling cues are all the same."
Additional vehicle highlights for the '67 include:
- Shaved door handles with remote keyless entry
- Hood that matches the design of the original Custom Camaro toy
- Hot Wheels exterior badges and grille emblem
- Stainless steel "zoomie" side-exit exhausts
- Custom 18x9-inch (front) and 18x11-inch (rear) aluminum wheels with red-line accents
- 2012 Camaro front bucket seats with shortened head restraints, trimmed in white leather with blue accent stitching
- Silver vinyl-wrapped instrument panel, door panels and rear inner quarter panels
- Silver perforated headliner and sunshades
- Custom instrument panel and console gauge kit
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Chevrolet Performance 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels(R) concept is a full-scale interpretation of the very first Hot Wheels Camaro, which was part of the first set of 1:64-scale toy cars issued in 1968. Along with mimicking the styling cues of the original - including its dazzling Spectraflame paint - this concept introduces a new LS3 E-Rod Connect and Cruise Powertrain System (part number CPSLS3EROD4L65E).
"Chevrolet Performance pioneered the industry with E-Rod emissions-compliant crate engines a few years ago and we did it again last year with the Connect and Cruise crate powertrains, which combine the crate engine, electronically controlled transmissions and the controller for them in a convenient and economical package," said Campbell. "We've now combined those two great ideas with the LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise crate powertrain, delivering convenience with a CARB EO number - making the kit legal for installation in more than 20 million pre-OBD II vehicles in California."
In addition to the new LS3 E-Rod Connect and Cruise crate powertrain system, drivetrain and suspension components include a hydroformed front subframe with tubular control arms and adjustable coil-over shocks, a four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, rack-and-pinion steering and heavy-duty four-wheel disc brakes featuring six-piston calipers.
2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
The Camaro Hot Wheels Edition will be produced in the first quarter of 2013, with an appearance that echoes the cues that Hot Wheels enthusiasts recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and even red-lined wheels. It is available in coupe and convertible models - in 2LT (V-6) and 2SS (V-8) trims, blending exterior cues of the high-performance Camaro ZL1 with a Kinetic Blue exterior color and unique graphics. Exterior highlights include:
- ZL1 rear spoiler (coupe models)
- ZL1 front upper grille
- Ground effects package, including front splitter and rocker treatment
- Black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripe
- Two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel "blackout" graphic
- Fender "flame" graphics
- Hot Wheels grille and decklid logos.
On the inside, a black leather-trimmed interior is accented with red and black seat stitching, with the Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats. The instrument panel and door inserts are black, with the Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door. Hot Wheels(R) Edition sill plates also distinguish the car, along with Camaro-logo premium floor mats with red edging.
The other production car news for the well-heeled drag racer was that there will be 69 more COPO racecars built for '13 and that the 69th 2012 COPO would be a special convertible with a full cage, 327-inch LS engine and a 4-liter supercharger.
Tony Stewart's Camaro ZL1
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart enjoys driving on the street as well as track and his sinister-looking Camaro ZL1 reflects the personality of a man nicknamed Smoke.
Stewart visited the GM Design Center, in Warren, Mich., to work with Chevrolet Design Manager Dave Ross to imbue his personality and tastes on the supercharged sports car. The collaboration delivered a custom gray metallic exterior accented with tribal and Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes. The headlamp lenses were tinted and feature red halo lighting; and this personalized performer rolls on custom wheels with a Piano Black finish and red accents.
Inside, Stewart's ZL1 feature Jet Black leather seats with suede inserts and scarlet accent stitching, as well as:
- Embroidered Tony Stewart signatures on the seats
- Suede leather door panel inserts and instrument panel wrapping with laser-etched details
- Jet Black leather door armrests with French stitching and white piping
- Jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching
- Piano Black trim plates and gauge cluster bezel.
Guy Fieri's Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition
The spiky-haired host of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" has an affinity for Chevy convertibles - he owns a 1968 and 2011 Camaro SS convertibles - and his new, personalized 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition makes Guy Fieri truly a fast food mogul.
The 427 Convertible Collector Edition blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette's history. Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Corvette convertible - and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. It also features a dry-sump oiling system.
Fieri's 427 Convertible is black with custom yellow stripes - a twist on the trademark yellow-and-black color scheme of his other Chevys. The car also features embroidered seat headrests and fender badges that call out the Guy Fieri Foundation. It rides on a quartet of black Cup wheels (19x10-inch front/20x12-inch rear) wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires.
It's a high-performance Corvette befitting of its high-energy driver.
Camaro Performance V-6 concept
The V-6 Concept is a vision for a track-capable Camaro using the 323-horsepower LFX V-6 engine for motivation. It employs a blend of components available from Chevrolet Performance, such as the ZL1 Brake Conversion Kit and Camaro 1LE suspension kit, as well as the rear differential from the Camaro 1LE. Additional features on this Summit White concept Camaro include:
- Chevrolet Performance shock tower brace
- Camaro ZL1 dual-mode exhaust system and rear diffuser
- Camaro convertible rear spoiler in matte black
- Chevrolet Accessories heritage grille painted matte black
- Camaro Dusk front splitter in matte black
- Upper front fascia blackout graphic
- Matte black hood wrap with exposed Summit White stripe
- Chevrolet Accessories 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) 10-spoke black wheels with milled faces
- Summit White door panel and instrument panel inserts
- Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, pedal covers and Camaro-logo premium floor mats
- Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plates
- Concept Chevrolet Performance logo on the instrument panel insert
- Production RS gauge package.