The muscle-bound 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible isn’t the only performance vehicle Chevrolet’s bringing to the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Here’s a quick look at a few other one-off Corvettes and Camaros heading to this year’s SEMA show.
Hot Wheels ’67 Camaro What’s better than a matching pair of Hot Wheels? Chevy seemed to agree, and built a customized 1967 Camaro coupe to match the production 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition it unveiled over the weekend. The one-off ’67 boasts a custom hood, side-exit exhaust tips, and “Spectraflame” blue paint – all designed to emulate the original Hot Wheels “Custom Camaro” toy. Other touches include shaved door handles, an RS-style grille with hidden headlamps, 18-inch wheels that mirror those on the new Hot Wheels Camaro, a 430-hp LS3 V-8 crate motor, adjustable coil-over dampers, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Guy Fieri Corvette 427 Convertible Yes, the Food Network star is big on diners, drive-ins, and dives, but he’s also a gearhead with a penchant for Chevys, as evidenced by the Camaro that makes a regular appearance on his show that focuses on his favorite road food. This time around, Fieri’s modifying a Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition. There’s no mechanical enhancement underhood, but the 505-hp C6 convertible is painted black with twin yellow stripes – Fieri’s favorite colors – unique emblems, and black wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 rubber.
Tony Stewart Camaro ZL1 Fieri isn’t the only big name to help shape a Chevy SEMA concept. NASCAR legend Tony Stewart worked with Chevy design manager Dave Ross to work on this one-off Camaro ZL1, which allegedly reflects the racer’s personality and taste. True to his “Smoke” nickname, the ZL1 is painted in a unique grey metallic paint, but accented with red tribal graphics that flow from the front clip. Headlamp lenses were tinted red, while the Camaro’s distinctive “halo” lights are now rendered in red. Inside, the car receives suede door panel inserts, leather door arm rests with accent stitching, and piano black trim plates.
Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible Yes, this is technically a concept, but you can likely build your own, since much of what you see applied to this Camaro ZL1 Convertible is ripped from Chevrolet’s line of production accessories. The Touring boasts 10-spoke wheels, a matte black splitter and rocker sills, a polished front strut tower brace, two-tone leather seat trim, ZL1 floor mats, and ice blue interior lighting. That “unique green” exterior color, however, may require you to find a custom paint shop…
Camaro Performance V-6 and V-8 Concepts In order to show off what’s possible with its new ZL1 driveline and 1LE suspension kits, Chevrolet built the Performance V-8 concept from a stock Camaro SS. Mechanically, the Performance V-8 car gains a ZL1 rear differential, a short-throw shifter, shock tower brace, a ZL1 brake conversion kit, and a 1LE suspension package. Cosmetically, the car gains a number of parts cribbed from the ZL1 parts bin, including rocker panels, rear diffuser, suede seat inserts, flat-bottom steering wheel, and suede shift knob. The front splitter is borrowed from the new 2013 Camaro Dusk model, the gauge package from a Camaro RS, and 20-inch wheels from Chevy’s accessory catalog.
The Performance V-6 concept is quite similar, though its power plant – the 323-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 – and appearance is slightly different. Although it retains the ZL1 brake kit and 1LE suspension package, the V-6 show car shares its rear differential with the Camaro SS 1LE. A dual-mode exhaust system is borrowed from the ZL1, and – save for the white racing stripes -- the matte black hood is reminiscent of that used on the production Camaro SS 1LE.