In this TFLnow video, delve into another sneak peek of the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This time, its a sneak peek of three Chevy Camaros on display during this week’s event, running from today through November 3rd. 2017 marks a special year, as two of these Camaros were created in collaboration with Mattel. If you weren’t previously aware, we’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels die cast toys, the first of which was a blue die-cast Camaro. To celebrate, the Crush-colored package for the Camaro is on display at SEMA, and will go on sale in 2018. Also on display are a ZL1 drag car, demonstrating a range of parts that will soon be available to Camaro customers, and the COPO Camaro, released in conjunction with the Hot Wheels package.
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) shows are trade events for those connected to the automotive industry. Apart from the cars and trucks on display outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, you need industry credentials to enter the show itself. However, we will be bringing you plenty of SEMA sneak peek videos and posts throughout the week, so stay tuned to TFLnow on YouTube for the latest and greatest SEMA news!
To check out some cool Chevy trucks from SEMA, head over to these posts (with accompanying videos) on TFLtruck:
- Your Peek at Chevy’s Trucks
- Chevy Improves Upon the Capability of the Chevy Colorado ZR2
- Stock Chevy Colorado ZR2 Not Good Enough? How About an AEV Concept Version?
Here are some highlights on the Camaros covered in the video:
Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
The “Hot Wheels” Camaro is an appearance package available on 2LT and 2SS models from spring 2018. For $4,995, you get a “Crush” orange exterior that puts you in mind of the iconic Hot Wheels tracks. Other features include forged wheels, orange calipers, and a variety of other interior changes. Here’s a full list of what you get for the premium:
- Satin Graphite stripes with Silver Ice Metallic accents
- Satin Graphite ground effects
- 20-inch forged aluminum wheels (with summer-only tires on SS) in Satin Graphite with milled faces and unique center caps
- 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels fender badges
- Unique grille with Galvano Chrome inserts
- Orange brake calipers
- Dark taillamps
- Black taillamp panel with the Hot Wheels emblem
- Black Chevrolet bowtie emblems
- Jet Black leather-appointed interior with exclusive orange inserts and orange accent stitching
- Orange kneepads on the doors and orange safety belts
- Embossed front-seat headrests
- 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badge on the steering wheel
- Illuminated doorsill plates with 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badges
- Premium carpeted floor mats with orange stitching and “ghost” stripes
Camaro ZL1 Drag Race Development Concept
Chevrolet’s Camaro Drag Race Development Program is moving forward with the addition of the ZL1, on display here at SEMA. The Drag Race Development Program was announced last year and focuses on improving the current generation Camaro for drag racing through targeted performance upgrades, including parts for the engine, chassis, and safety. The car currently makes a best 1/4-mile run time of 10 seconds at 137.78 MPH. That run was achieved thanks to performance parts pushing the ZL1’s LT4 engine past 700 horsepower. Should you wish, the parts to upgrade your Camaro SS are available now through the Chevrolet Performance catalog. Chevrolet will make the ZL1 parts catalog available soon.
The COPO Camaro features a “Supercrush” exterior color and a Hot Wheels appearance package. Going one further than the earlier Camaro however, is the addition of an all-new, high-revving 302 Gen V Small Block V8. Part of the SEMA sneak peek is one of 69 COPO Camaros. Even better, you could have the chance to buy one! The car’s new 302 racing engine is based on the LT1 in the Camaro SS, but with unique components for drag racing.
This car’s announcement coincides with the opening of a registration system. Those interested in buying one of these 69 race machines can register here, and an independent third party will decide who gets to have one from the pool of customers. If you’re so lucky as to be picked, you can also get the choice of a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) or supercharged 350 (5.7L) V8 race engine. All the engine choices will be mated to an SFI-approved ATI TH400 three-speed automatic. Chevrolet is promising mid-8-second quarter miles with the 350…tempting for those who love drag racing.