Does any car look better in the hands of tuners than the Chevy Camaro?
The big pony car is a star at SEMA this year, with GM bringing four models to impress you now, and one to grab the attention of your ten-year-old self.
The ZL1 Carbon Concept is up first, a preview of some of what we’ll see on next year’s top-of-the-Camaro line ZL1. It carries a 580 horsepower supercharged V8, carbon fiber aero mods, and a color GM calls Ashen Gray.
The Red Zone Concept represents the drop-top Camaros. The exterior is Crystal Claret – a color you can get in 2012. The interior is Ice – a color that’s just for the show floor. Every other bit, though, is something you can order from the dealership – even that unusual fascia stripe.
The Camaro Synergy Series Concept wears a similar body kit and accessory wheels, Silver Ice paint, with Redline details outside the stripes.
Then there’s the road racer — the Camaro 1LE Concept. A flat black hood over Victory Red gloss paint looks nice, but the real touch is hidden — the magnetic ride suspension that makes the Cadillac CTS-V such a beast.
None of those, though, will appeal to your third-grade self. Nope, for the pure nostalgia crowd, Chevrolet brings us the HotWheels Camaro concept. It offers a “chrome green” paint job, ghosted Hot Wheels logos on the fenders, satin black wheels, and a black aluminum hood insert. If you think you’ve seen it somewhere before, you’re not wrong — you’re just wrong about the scale. It’s built to replicate the original “custom camaro,” a model built in 1968 — as a Hot Wheels toy. They even rolled it out on an orange track.
No loop-de-loop into a pile of dirty clothes this time, though.