We’ve all seen movies in which children’s toys come to life, and now Chevrolet hopes to perform the same trick with a special version of the Camaro muscle car. Limited numbers of the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition will reach showrooms in early 2013.
Chevrolet revealed the production Camaro Hot Wheels car at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, one year after the automaker showed a bright-green concept car inspired by the Hot Wheels toys. Though the real-world Camaro doesn’t include an orange track with loop-the-loops, it does wear unique Kinetic Blue paint, the front grille and rear spoiler from the Camaro ZL1, a new front lip and side skirts, 21-inch wheels with a red lip, matte-black accents for the hood and between the taillights, and various Hot Wheels logos.
“Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels. Offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life, for kids of all ages,” Chevrolet marketing vice president Chris Perry said in a statement.
Whereas traditional Hot Wheels toys rely on gravity or a push to accelerate, the Camaro will offer buyers a choice between a 323-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and 426-hp 6.2-liter V-8 engine, each equipped either with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Both coupe and convertible models will be offered. The car’s interior features leather upholstery with red stitching, Hot Wheels Edition door-sill plates, red-accented floor mats, Hot Wheels logos, and the Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system.
Why the link between the Chevrolet Camaro and Hot Wheels toys? A Custom Camaro was one of the first 16 Hot Wheels cars ever sold when the 1:64-scale models were launched in 1968.
Chevrolet won’t say how many Camaro Hot Wheels Edition cars will be made, but the automaker warns that limited production means, “When they’re gone, they’re gone.” Adding the package to a Camaro 2LT or 2SS costs $6995. Would you pull the trigger and order one? Tell us in the comments section below.