What's a SEMA show without a bit of Detroit muscle? Chevrolet's bringing a slew of customized performance machines to help illustrate just what might be possible when performance junkies use a 2014 SS sedan, a 2014 Camaro, or a 2014 Corvette Stingray as their blank canvas. Here's a brief preview of what Chevy's showing in Las Vegas this week.
2014 Chevrolet SS Jeff Gordon Concept Chevy could have picked any NASCAR driver piloting an SS-lookalike stock car to help build this SEMA vehicle, but given Gordon's career history -- and the fact he helped unveil the road-going 2014 SS sedan to the press last year in Daytona -- he seems like a natural partner to help Chevy hype up its sports sedan.
Gordon's race cars have traditionally born bright colors, so it's fitting "his" 2014 SS concept wears satin fuscia paint, a color far wilder than his present race car. Stripes originating from the front fender vents boast his "24" insignia," while a custom grille insert, carbon fiber rear spoiler, and lowered ride height inject a little more attitude into the SS' appearance. A Borla exhaust system is bolted up to the stock 415-hp 6.2-liter V-8, but that's where the mechanical upgrades end. We're just a little saddened Gordon didn't push for a performance-oriented modification we're all rooting for: a six-speed manual transmission.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Pacific Coupe Concept Two of GM's customized 2014 Corvette Stingray concepts utilize similar exterior modifications, but in vastly different ways. The Torch Red 2014 Corvette Pacific concept, built from a Z51-spec coupe, was allegedly inspired by a "West coast," "track-oriented" theme. The Torch Red paint is offset by a pair of Carbon Flash Metallic racing stripes, which match the new front splitter, rocker extensions, and rear diffuser affixed to the car. A set of 19- and 20-inch split-five-spoke wheels, finished in satin black and highlighted with a bright red bead, are pulled from Chevy's accessory catalog. Inside, the interior receives a carbon fiber trim kit, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and competition sport bucket seats which are normally offered as production options.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Atlantic Convertible Concept The 2014 Corvette Atlantic Convertible concept uses the same splitter and rocker panels as the Pacific coupe concept, but has an entirely different look. Thanks to a less extroverted exterior paint scheme, the Atlantic is far more subdued than its "west coast" concept. Built from a standard 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible, the Atlantic concept is painted in Blade Silver, but highlighted with headlamp housings and a hood accent painted in Fusion Grey. Meanwhile, the lower body panels and Z51-spec rear spoiler are painted in Carbon Flash Metallic. Other touches include 19/20-inch chrome five-spoke wheels, custom luggage, a suede-wrapped interior package, and a chrome grille insert. GM representatives say both cars could give way to a special-edition model or trim package assuming public reaction is fairly positive.
2014 Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept The new 2014 Corvette Stingray will be playable in the new Gran Turismo 6 video game -- it's even visible on the game's cover -- and to celebrate, Chevy built this one-off GT-themed show car. The iridescent indigo paint job is accented with GT insignias, and offset with yellow-tinted headlamps, grey 14-spoke wheels, and a front splitter and rockers crafted from exposed carbon fiber. The GT-Vette also gains a new front grille insert, a racing-style tow hook, a massive carbon fiber rear wing, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and racing harnesses for both driver and passenger. We doubt this car will ever be raced on a physical track, but we wouldn't be surprised if it winds up as an extra bonus within GT6 itself.
2014 Camaro Z/28 Interestingly, there's nothing unique about the black 2014 Camaro Z/28 Chevrolet brought to Vegas -- it's essentially a bone-stock variant of Chevy's new track-tuned muscle car. It does, however, serve as a pattern for the remainder of the 2014 Camaro concepts Chevrolet prepared, as the automaker is readying packages that allow Camaro V-6 and SS owners to install bits and pieces of the Z/28 (or even the supercharged Camaro ZL1) on their own cars.
2014 Camaro Performance Garage Camaro The first "FrankenCamaro" on display is the 2014 Camaro Performance Garage concept. Built from a 2014 Camaro SS, Chevy intended this concept to be track-oriented, which explains why it cribs quite a bit of hardware from the ZL1 and Z/28. The brakes and short-throw shifter are ZL1 parts raided directly from Chevrolet's Performance catalog, while the short exhaust years, unique rear upper control arms, stabilizer bars, helical differential, brake cooling ducts, and dynamic spool valve dampers are all Z/28 parts. Chevy says the Z/28 parts are being "evaluated" for future a la carte release, but we hear their release is a safe bet. The Performance Garage concept also wears a ground effects package, a rear spoiler from the Accessories catalog, headlamps and taillamps borrowed from the uplevel RS trim package, and satin black 10-spoke wheels.
2014 Camaro V-8 Performance Concept In more ways than one, this Camaro SS-based concept closely follows in the footsteps of the Camaro Performance Garage concept. Beneath the surfaces, you'll find the same ZL1 and Z/28 parts as the Performance Garage show car uses -- but the surface itself is a little bit different. The V-8 Performance Concept wears five-spoke 45th Anniversary aluminum wheels instead of 10-spoke alloys, has a different exterior paint scheme, and a little nicer interior. Peek inside, and you'll find Recaro bucket seats with Mojave stitching, soft-touch trim bezels in black, and other interior accents borrowed from Chevy's accessory catalog.
2014 Camaro V-6 Performance Concept The Camaro's 323-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is left untouched on this show car, but the yellow Camaro V-6 Performance concept does gain some commendable chassis hardware. The show car wears a Brembo brake kit borrowed from a 2014 Camaro SS, while its suspension, dampers, and strut tower brace are carried over from the 2014 Camaro SS 1LE. The V-6 Performance concept also uses rear upper control arms from the 2014 Z/28, which Chevy says are presently "being evaluated" for its production performance parts catalog.
2014 Camaro Spring Special Edition Want something that's certainly destined for production? Look no further than the new 2014 Camaro Spring Special Edition, shown here in convertible form. Available only on uplevel 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models, the special edition adds a unique Summit White exterior and Blue Ray racing stripe -- a combo that likely reminds most F-body fans of the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am. Convertible models gain a matching blue soft top, but all cars gain blue-accent leather seating, a white interior trim kit with a blue stripe, a ZL1 spoiler, and a ground effects package. Pricing and launch timing will be announced at a later date.