Good news, Camaro fans. Not only has General Motors unwrapped the new high-performance 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 this morning, but it also announced it’s building nearly 500 replicas of the 2011 Camaro Convertible Indianapolis 500 Pace Car to boot.
Last month, GM unwrapped the latest Camaro to pace the Indy 500, and announced it would be building just 51 cars — one official pace car, and another 50 examples to be used as so called festival cars (i.e. ground transportation for officials, organizers, and other VIPs). Today, GM announced in addition to those 50 cars, it plans on cranking out 500 replicas that will also be sold to the general public.
Like the pace car and the festival vehicles, the replicas will pay homage to the Camaro SS that paced the 1969 Indy 500. All cars will receive a white paint job with dual orange racing stripes, and orange lettering running along the door panels. These cars will also receive an orange leather interior, complete with Indt 500 logos embossed on the front headrests.
All cars will be based upon the Camaro SS Convertible, meaning power is provided by a 6.2-liter V-8 and channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. With the manual, the V-8’s output is rated at 426 horsepower, although that figure dips to 420 when paired with the automatic.
GM hasn’t announced pricing for the replicas, but we imagine the special package will command a slight premium over similarly equipped 2SS convertibles, which start at $43,925 (including destination) when fitted with the manual transmission. Certainly, we expect the price tag to fall well below the $225,000 one wealthy bidder paid for the actual pace car itself at a recent Barrett-Jackson auction…