Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Concept and Camaro Hot Wheels Edition seen at 2012 SEMA Show

As the new Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept is on display at the ongoing SEMA Show 2012, it can be seen with a number of…

As the new Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept is on display at the ongoing SEMA Show 2012, it can be seen with a number of imaginative features. It gets a new 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that offers 259 hp and has the power to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph which makes it the fastest Malibu Chevrolet ever built.

A HiPer Strut front suspension and rear springs with six piston calipers are seen in the front and two piece cross drilled rotors for extra stopping power. The car has an overall dark matte blue finish giving it a sportier and sinister look while red fog lamp bezels add to its overall appeal. The concept is also fitted with a ground effects package, front splitter, rear diffuser and turbo badges on its sides. Interiors are done up in black leather with navy blue suede steering wheel with matching accents on door and instrument panel.

Chevrolet has also introduced a Hot Wheels inspired Camaro complete with redline wheels and a flaming logo. All models are painted in special metallic Kinetic Blue paint. Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is being offered both in coupe and convertible models with 2LT V6 and 2SS V8 trims. Expect to see the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition in dealerships early 2013 with only limited run of 1500 vehicles.

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Chevrolet Performance Cars Rev Up the 2012 SEMA Show
Hot Wheels® ’67 Camaro concept and personalized cars for Tony Stewart, Guy Fieri spotlighted at annual automotive aftermarket extravaganza

LAS VEGAS – With models including the Camaro ZL1, Camaro SS with track-ready 1LE package and the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition, 2013 is shaping up to landmark year for performance at Chevrolet.

Stylized versions of Chevy’s hottest performers – including a Camaro and Corvette for celebrity enthusiasts – as well as a life-size Hot Wheels® concept that mixes vintage Camaro style with a modern, emissions-compliant powertrain, take center stage at the SEMA Show this week. They reflect popular personalization trends and performance upgrades that many customers apply to their new Chevys, blending Chevrolet accessories and aftermarket components.

“Chevrolet’s performance cars have always been among the most personalized vehicles in the industry and it’s rare to find a Camaro or Corvette that hasn’t been enhanced by its owner,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. “We celebrate that passion and creativity at the SEMA Show and our concepts are designed to inspire the high-performance dreams of enthusiastic customers.

A Camaro ZL1 for NASCAR star Tony Stewart and a Corvette 427 Convertible for celebrity chef Guy Fieri exemplify the personalization possibilities that complement the performance capability of the vehicles. Each features styling enhancement reflective of the personality behind the wheel.

The Chevrolet Performance 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels® concept is a full-scale interpretation of the very first Hot Wheels Camaro, which was part of the first set of 1:64-scale toy cars issued in 1968. Along with mimicking the styling cues of the original – including its dazzling Spectraflame paint – this concept introduces a new LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise Powertrain System (part number CPSLS3EROD4L65E).

“Chevrolet Performance pioneered the industry with E-ROD emissions-compliant crate engines a few years ago and we did it again last year with the Connect and Cruise crate powertrains, which combine the crate engine, electronically controlled transmissions and the controller for them in a convenient and economical package,” said Campbell. “We’ve now combined those two great ideas with the LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise crate powertrain, delivering convenience with a CARB EO number – making the kit legal for installation in more than 20 million pre-OBD II vehicles in California.”

Additional performance concept and show vehicles on display include:

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition
Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible concept
Camaro Performance V-8 concept
Camaro Performance V-6 concept.
Along with the concept vehicles, the Shop Talk garage experience demonstrates new Camaro ZL1- and 1LE-based upgrade kits, along with exterior and interior enhancements, with installation demonstrations performed on a Camaro SS. The parts are detailed in the 2013 edition of the Chevrolet Performance catalog, which also debuts at the SEMA Show.

Tony Stewart’s Camaro ZL1

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart enjoys driving on the street as well as track and his sinister-looking Camaro ZL1 reflects the personality of a man nicknamed Smoke.

Stewart visited the GM Design Center, in Warren, Mich., to work with Chevrolet Design Manager Dave Ross to imbue his personality and tastes on the supercharged sports car. The collaboration delivered a custom gray metallic exterior accented with tribal and Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes. The headlamp lenses were tinted and feature red halo lighting; and this personalized performer rolls on custom wheels with a Piano Black finish and red accents.

Inside, Stewart’s ZL1 feature Jet Black leather seats with suede inserts and scarlet accent stitching, as well as:

Embroidered Tony Stewart signatures on the seats
Suede leather door panel inserts and instrument panel wrapping with laser-etched details
Jet Black leather door armrests with French stitching and white piping
Jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching
Piano Black trim plates and gauge cluster bezel.
The heart of the car is the supercharged 6.2L LSA engine, rated at 580 horsepower, that makes the ZL1 the fastest, most capable Camaro ever, with performance credentials that include:

0-60 mph in four seconds
Top speed of 184 mph
11-second quarter-mile ETs (11.93 with the automatic /
11.96 with the manual transmission)
Lapped the NĂĽrburgring in 7:41.27.
Guy Fieri’s Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

The spiky-haired host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” has an affinity for Chevy convertibles – he owns a 1968 and 2011 Camaro SS convertibles – and his new, personalized 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition makes Guy Fieri truly a fast food mogul.

The 427 Convertible Collector Edition blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history. Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Corvette convertible – and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. It also features a dry-sump oiling system.

Fieri’s 427 Convertible is black with custom yellow stripes – a twist on the trademark yellow-and-black color scheme of his other Chevys. The car also features embroidered seat headrests and fender badges that call out the Guy Fieri Foundation. It rides on a quartet of black Cup wheels (19×10-inch front/20×12-inch rear) wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires.

It’s a high-performance Corvette befitting of its high-energy driver.

Chevrolet Performance 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels® concept

Forty-four years after its gleaming Spectraflame paint job, side-exit “zoomy” exhausts and red-line wheels launched playtime fantasies for millions of children of all ages, Chevrolet Performance has paid homage to the original Hot Wheels “Custom Camaro” toy with a full-scale tribute. It also introduces an all-new, emissions-compliant LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise crate powertrain system that matches the 430-horsepower LS3 engine with a 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission.

Translating a 1:64-scale toy car into a 1:1 real car is complicated, as the proportions don’t exactly match a full-scale first-generation Camaro, but the designers interpreted the original toy in a way that conveys its spirit in a realistic form. The concept vehicle painted Kinetic Blue, just like the forthcoming Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition production model.

“A literal interpretation of the toy car would have been too cartoony – it just wouldn’t look right on a full-size car,” said Chevrolet Design Manager Dave Ross. “The stance and wheels of the concept vehicle are different, as well as some of the proportions the toy has, but the body lines and styling cues are all the same.”

Additional vehicle highlights include:

Shaved door handles with remote keyless entry
Hood that matches the design of the original Custom Camaro toy
Hot Wheels exterior badges and grille emblem
Stainless steel “zoomie” side-exit exhausts
Custom 18×9-inch (front) and 18×11-inch (rear) aluminum wheels with red-line accents
2012 Camaro front bucket seats with shortened head restraints, trimmed in white leather with blue accent stitching
Silver vinyl-wrapped instrument panel, door panels and rear inner quarter panels
Silver perforated headliner and sunshades
Custom instrument panel and console gauge kit
Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
In addition to the new LS3 E-ROD Connect and Cruise crate powertrain system, drivetrain and suspension components include a hydroformed front subframe with tubular control arms and adjustable coil-over shocks, a four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, rack-and-pinion steering and heavy-duty four-wheel disc brakes featuring six-piston calipers.

2013 Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition

The Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition will be produced in the first quarter of 2013, with an appearance that echoes the cues that Hot Wheels enthusiasts recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and even red-lined wheels. It is available in coupe and convertible models – in 2LT (V-6) and 2SS (V-8) trims, blending exterior cues of the high-performance Camaro ZL1 with a Kinetic Blue exterior color and unique graphics. Exterior highlights include:

ZL1 rear spoiler (coupe models)
ZL1 front upper grille
Ground effects package, including front splitter and rocker treatment
Black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripe
Two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel “blackout” graphic
Fender “flame” graphics
Hot Wheels grille and decklid logos.
On the inside, a black leather-trimmed interior is accented with red and black seat stitching, with the Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats. The instrument panel and door inserts are black, with the Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door. Hot Wheels® Edition sill plates also distinguish the car, along with Camaro-logo premium floor mats with red edging.

Camaro ZL1 Touring Convertible concept

A concept that is easily duplicated, because it uses readily available accessories, this Camaro ZL1 convertible exemplifies how a few select components can create a one-of-a-kind cruiser. It wears a unique green exterior color and 10-spoke Chevrolet Accessories wheels with liquid metal finish and milled faces. Additional details include:

Windshield header frame, taillamp bezels and exterior badges with liquid metal finish
Matte black splitter and rockers
Matte black upper fascia blackout
Polished shock tower brace under the hood
Ebony leather seats with Mojave perforated leather inserts and light Mojave stitching
Mojave leather-wrapped armrests
Leather shift knob and console lid with Mojave stitching
Chevrolet Accessories Ice Blue interior lighting kit, ZL1-logo premium floor mats and sill plates.
Camaro Performance V-8 concept

Showing what’s possible with new ZL1 driveline and 1LE suspension kits from Chevrolet Performance, this bad, black Camaro SS is transformed from an easy-going street driver to an SCCA Touring 2 weekend warrior. The Chevrolet Performance components include a Camaro ZL1 rear differential kit, 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter, shock tower brace with white Camaro graphic, Camaro 1LE suspension kit and a Camaro ZL1 brake conversion kit.

It also features a number of exterior appearance enhancements and ZL1-based interior components. Highlights include:

Concept dual-mode exhaust system
Camaro ZL1 rockers and rear lower diffuser
Camaro Dusk front splitter
Upper front fascia blackout graphic
Hood and decklid graphics in red metallic
Chevrolet Accessories black blade rear spoiler, heritage grille and “gill” graphics
Chevrolet Accessories 20×10-inch (front) and 20×11-inch (rear) five-spoke black wheels with polished “fangs”
Camaro ZL1 black suede seat inserts with Jet Black leather seats; Torch Red stitching and carbon fiber-material bolsters
Red suede stripe on the driver’s seatback
Camaro ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon fiber material
Camaro ZL1 suede shift knob with 5.1 badge
Leather carbon fiber-material-wrapped instrument panel and door inserts
Suede-wrapped soft instrument panel insert
Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, pedal covers and Camaro-logo premium floor mats
Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plates
Production RS gauge package.
Camaro Performance V-6 concept

Developed in a similar vein to the racing-intended Camaro V-8 Performance Concept, this vision for a track-capable Camaro uses the 323-horsepower LFX V-6 engine for motivation. It also employs a blend of components available from Chevrolet Performance, such as the ZL1 Brake Conversion Kit and Camaro 1LE suspension kit, as well as the rear differential from the Camaro 1LE. Additional features on this Summit White concept Camaro include:

Chevrolet Performance shock tower brace
Camaro ZL1 dual-mode exhaust system and rear diffuser
Camaro convertible rear spoiler in matte black
Chevrolet Accessories heritage grille painted matte black
Camaro Dusk front splitter in matte black
Upper front fascia blackout graphic
Matte black hood wrap with exposed Summit White stripe
Chevrolet Accessories 20×10-inch (front) and 20×11-inch (rear) 10-spoke black wheels with milled faces
Summit White door panel and instrument panel inserts
Chevrolet Accessories lighting package, pedal covers and Camaro-logo premium floor mats
Concept Chevrolet Performance embroidered console lid and sill plates
Concept Chevrolet Performance logo on the instrument panel insert
Production RS gauge package.
Hot Wheels is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc. All rights reserved.

2013 Chevrolet Performance Catalog Features New Camaro Parts for the Street, Strip and Road Course

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet Performance announced its all-new 2013 catalog at the SEMA Show today. It features a host of production-based parts for Camaros, offering enthusiasts factory-engineered components to enhance their driving experience on the street and quicken their performance on the track.

The roster of new parts includes components from the high-performance Camaro ZL1, the road racing-oriented Camaro SS 1LE package and drag strip-dominating COPO Camaro program. The catalog also contains a number of new performance components, engine parts and crate engines, including the boost-ready LSX376-B15 crate engine that supports up to 1,000 horsepower.

“Whether you’re running on the street, drag strip or road course, Chevrolet Performance is the first stop for every Camaro builder,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Our new catalog offers customers the opportunity to upgrade their car with the brakes, suspension and other components that make their car more effective on the street and track.”

From the Camaro ZL1 comes huge stopping power with production-based kits, including racing-style front two-piece, 14.6-inch front rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers with aluminum housings (part number 22959672) and rear 14-inch rotors paired with four-piston aluminum calipers (part number 22989384) – all with the ZL1 logo. Also available is the complete rear driveline system, which includes a larger, stronger 9.9-inch cast iron differential housing, stronger axles, heavy-duty limited-slip differential and more (part number 22959394 for manuals and 22959395 for automatics).

More ZL1 parts include its short-throw shifter, chassis-stiffening strut tower brace and low-restriction air filter element – all of which are direct replacements in a Camaro SS.

From the production Camaro 1LE performance package, Chevrolet Performance offers a complete track pack kit, including larger-diameter stabilizer bars, 3.91-ratio rear gear and unique PCV valve that ensures oil separation and drain-back during high-load cornering. These parts helped the production Camaro SS with the 1LE package circle Virginia International Raceway in less than three minutes.

COPO Camaro connection

The COPO Camaro Program for 2013 makes available many of the specialty and high-performance components used in the production vehicles – including crate-engine assemblies of the three available COPO racing engines – allowing racers to build their own COPO Camaro.

It all starts with one of Chevrolet Performance’s Camaro bodies-in-white – the same as the production COPO cars – for an easier and more economical way to build a dedicated race car. Chevrolet Performance also offers several specialty components used on the production COPO Camaros, including the unique composite hood and provisions for mounting a solid rear axle.

The new catalog includes a comprehensive list of other official COPO Camaro components available from the manufacturers who supplied them for the production cars. They are the premier manufacturers in the performance and racing aftermarket industry and were approved for the program only after meeting production standards validated by Chevrolet engineers.

For the latest news on the COPO Program and new parts, sign up for the COPO mailing list at chevroletperformance.com.

Boost-ready LSX376-15 crate engine supports 1,000 HP

Chevrolet Performance’s new LSX376-B15 features a durable, all-forged rotating assembly that supports engines making up to 15 pounds of boost – and up to about 1,000 horsepower. Engineers started with the tough LSX Bowtie standard-deck block, added a forged steel crankshaft, forged rods and forged pistons, then topped off the short-block assembly with high-flow, rectangular-port, six-bolt LSX LS3 heads to create an affordable foundation for supercharged and turbocharged combinations.

A more economical version dubbed LSX376-B8 is rated for eight pounds of boost and is designed for lower-output combinations.

Highlights of additional new products in the 2013 Chevrolet Performance catalog include:

A new Connect & Cruise 5.3L/4L65-E kit. It is Chevrolet Performance’s newest and most affordable crate powertrain system. It is rated at 326 horsepower. Other Connect & Cruise systems include the Corvette-derived 430-hp LS3 paired with a 4L65-E four-speed transmission and the 556-hp supercharged LSA engine, which is matched with the 4L85-E transmission.
An LS9 crate engine controller kit. It enables installation without the need for third-party calibration.
New torque converters for the 4L60- and 4L80-series automatic transmissions. They deliver tailored performance when matched with small-block, big-block or LS-series engines. Two converters are offered for each transmission.
A new high-output camshaft kit for 5.3L engines expands the performance range with more high-rpm horsepower. The kit includes the new, higher-lift camshaft and a complementing set of valve springs and retainers.
A new cylinder head/camshaft kit for LS3-powered Camaros and Corvettes delivers about 40 more horsepower, thanks to CNC-ported cylinder heads and a high-lift camshaft. The kit also fits other LS-family engines with at least 4.000-inch cylinder bores.
More information and ordering details about Chevrolet Performance parts are available at chevroletperformance.com. New-component features and additional insider information about the latest from Chevrolet Performance is available at theblock.com, the automotive social community powered by Chevrolet Performance.

Full-Scale Driving Fun: Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition
Chevrolet to offer first-ever drivable Hot Wheels production model

LAS VEGAS – The dream of millions of Hot Wheels® fans of all ages will come when the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition arrives at Chevrolet dealerships early next year. It’s the first time a full-size, production Hot Wheels® car has been offered for sale by any manufacturer.

Blister packaging and orange race track not included.

“Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life, for kids of all ages.”

The Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition debuted today at the SEMA Show, in Las Vegas. A special run of the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition will be produced in the first quarter of 2013 – and like the collectable toys on which it is based – when they’re gone, they’re gone.

“It’s been nearly 20 years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels and I have yet to drive one home,” said Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division. “Personally, I can’t wait to open the doors and see the Hot Wheels Camaro sitting in the garage.”

The appearance of the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition echoes the cues that Hot Wheels enthusiasts recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and even the red-lined wheels. The result is instantly recognizable as a Hot Wheels.

The Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition is available in coupe and convertible models – in 2LT (V-6) and 2SS (V-8) trims, blending exterior cues of the high-performance Camaro ZL1 with a Kinetic Blue exterior color and unique graphics. Exterior highlights include:

ZL1 rear spoiler (coupe models)
ZL1 front upper grille
Ground effects package, including front splitter and rocker treatment
Black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripe
Two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel “blackout” graphic
Fender “flame” graphics
Hot Wheels grille and decklid logos.
On the inside, a black leather-trimmed interior is accented with red and black seat stitching with the Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats. The instrument panel and door inserts are black, with the Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door. Hot Wheels® Edition sill plates also distinguish the car, along with Camaro-logo premium floor mats with red edging.

SS models feature a 6.2L V-8, which is offered in two iterations: the “L99” on automatic-equipped vehicles and the “LS3” on manual-equipped models. Horsepower for the L99 is 400 (298 kW) and torque is 410 lb.-ft. (556 Nm) – and it features fuel-saving Active Fuel Management. The LS3 develops 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm) of torque.

LT-based models feature the “LFX” 3.6L V-6 engine, with dual-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing and direct injection. It’s rated at 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm.

A dual-mode exhaust system is available on SS models with the six-speed manual transmission, as well as LT models with either the manual or automatic transmission. Similar to the systems found on the Camaro ZL1, the vacuum-actuated system provides a quieter driving experience at low engine speeds and a more aggressive sound during hard acceleration.

Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is standard on the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition. Its color touch radio, with a seven-inch touch screen, also can be paired with an available in-dash GPS navigation system. The color touch radio with MyLink enables a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, while building on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones.

FAST FACT: The original Custom Camaro 1:64-scale toy from 1968 was one of the original16 Hot Wheels issued and remains one of the most valuable Hot Wheels toys among collectors.

Hot Wheels is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc. All rights reserved.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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