Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

  The pony car wars are still in full force and the Chevrolet Camaro is on the forefront of every battle. The seasoned muscle car boasts a muscular exterior with sleek lines and a powerful engine mounted behind that familiar face. The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the better choice is found in the 6.2L V8 engine cranking out 400/426hp and 410/420lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The Chevrolet Camaro has seen just as many tuning packages as the Ford Mustang, so these two primes examples of muscle car goodness are always trying to take the lead for supremacy. Chevy has already introduced some examples of the Mustang at the 2012 SEMA Show and LINE-X Protective Coatings in cooperation with West Coast Customs are releasing yet one more. Their package is based on a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe.

The new Camaro Line-X received the new announced LINE-X Body Armour in "West Coast Customs Blue," as well as a series of exterior updates to add aggression to muscle. These include a performance hood and prototype front fascia and spoiler, rocker panels by Street Scene Equipment, an SLP rear wing, and, of course, a new set of LINE-X coated wheels by Asanti.

The interior is even more impressive with Roadwire Retro leather and fabric accents, plus a new audio system.

Under the hood, the guys at West Coast Customs opted to modify the stock headers with SLP High Performance Headers and added a SLP Supercharger System. The last element was a new performance-based custom dual high flow exhaust package.

Chevrolet took a little longer than we’re used to unveil their SEMA -bound Camaro programs, but now that they have, we’re not complaining about what they’re bringing to Las Vegas.

One of the Camaros that will undoubtedly get the attention of the crowd at SEMA is the Tony Stewart-designed Camaro ZL1 . Jaw-dropping might be selling it short.

First off, the Camaro was treated to a unique metallic gray paint scheme with matching red tribal Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes. It kind of feels like this muscle car captured the true essence of Stewart’s nickname "Smoke." In addition to the fancy colors and fancier decals, the Stewart-designed Camaro ZL1 also gets red tinted headlamp lenses, red Camaro halo lights, and a personalized set of wheels that have been touched up in a Piano Black finish and red accents.

Moving to the interior, the highlight of the program includes suede door panel inserts and instrument panel wrapping with laser-etched details, Jet Black leather door arm rests with matching French accent stitching and white piping, Jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching, piano black trim plates, and a gauge cluster bezel.

There’s no stopping Smoke’s Camaro ZL1 from becoming one of SEMA’s showstoppers. It’s already captured our hearts. When it rolls out in Vegas, we’re confident that it’s going to steal a whole lot more of ’em.

GM and Hot Wheels go together a little bit like succotash and steak, so it is no surprise to see them joining up in several ways as we enter into SEMA. First, we caught a glimpse of the beautiful package the two put together that you can actually buy, the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition , and now we get to see a one-off collaboration between the two.

Back when Hot Wheels first came out, one of its first cars was a 1967 “Custom Camaro ” and that actually remains one of the most sought after Hot Wheels models to date. In fact, this 1:64 scale model of the Camaro goes for as much as $1,250 in its white enamel paint job. Now Chevy is prepared to pay tribute to the die-cast model by releasing a full-size variant.

GM, of course, could not make the life-sized model look identical to the die-cast Hot Wheels car, as the proportions were not accurate and the overall styling would be really silly. So we’ll chock this up as a close rendition that pays tribute to the legendary kid’s toy.

Click past the jump to read all about the 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels Concept.

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For people who are big fans of the first generation Chevy Camaro, which served as the source of inspiration for the current gens retro design, Lingenfelter has unveiled a new body-kit that will transform the look of the current Camaro , bringing it close enough to the original look and feel of the ’69 Camaro .

Called the Retrokit, it pays homage to the old-school Camaro by adding in elements found in that generation. From the grille with the proud SS badge in the center to the twin stripes that run across the body to the 19 inch alloys; all these features are reminiscent to the old and retro ’69 Camaro. Along with the design changes, the kit comes with a new set of headlights, bumpers, and a new spoiler. In short, this kit lets you enjoy the best of both worlds.

The Retrokit can be ordered in two options - Base and RS, with the latter featuring a extra set of lights below the grille. The base price of the Retrokit starts at $6,850, while the RS kit costs a slightly higher $8,150. This a do-it-yourself kit, but for those who can’t take care of the build, Lingenfelter will install the kit at a price of $8,550 for the base and $9,750 for the RS.

Is this a kit Camaro fans will appreciate or will it be considered not cool enough when compared to the likes of the 2012 S.E.M.A examples already featured?

Growing up as car junkies, we all played with Hot Wheels at some point in our lives – some of us actually still do. Yeah, Hot Wheels pretty much recreated every car under the sun in miniature form, but we only really wanted the cool ones. You know, the Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, etc.

Now that we are all big boys and girls, playing with Hot Wheels cars really isn’t in the cards – at least it’s not necessarily accepted. That is until Chevy and Hot Wheels got together and created a special edition Camaro , dubbed the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition. For the most part, the Hot Wheels Edition is purely an aesthetic thing, but with the Camaro’s impressive performance across the board, a few extra goodies on the inside and outside is good enough for most of us.

The new Hot Wheels Edition is the first full-size, production Hot Wheels car offered for sale by any manufacturer. It will be available in both coupe and convertible versions and will be offered for 2LT and 2SS trims. Production will begin in early 2013 and the price for the package is $6,995.

UPDATE 11/19/12: The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is headed to the UK with a price tag already set for both the manual and automatic transmission. Find out how much the prices are after the jump.

To read all about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, click past the jump.

You folks remember Paul Teutal Jr., right? The man formerly associated with Orange County Choppers is a household name in the aftermarket scene, and while he’s now detached himself with the company he co-founded, Paul Jr. still knows what it to takes to build an awesome custom project.

So Paul Jr. opted to leave the choppers in the shed and took the challenge of customizing a Chevrolet Camaro. Together with the folks of Trans American Muscle, Paul Jr. Designs built a really ill program for the American muscle car.

The custom sheet metal paneling comes as no surprise given Paul Jr.’s background. The program also has a custom hot rod black paint in matte finish and copper with matching Paul Jr. Designs emblems on it. There are also custom door sills, copper numbering badges, aircraft rivets, and a new set of 22" Ritorno Forgiato Wheels.

Far be it for Paul Jr. to modify the Camaro’s exterior and interior, he certainly didn’t leave behind the muscle car’s engine credentials. The conversion kit comes with a whole lot of modifications, highlighted by a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger fitted to the muscle car’s LS3 V8, SLP sub-frame connectors and exhaust featuring an X-Pipe. No mention of how much increased output was done to the Camaro, but knowing Paul Jr. and Trans American Muscle’s reputations, we expect nothing less than a mouthful of added ponies.

The latter will build 77 of these bad boys, each coming with an aircraft-style and aerospace theme. But before it hits Domani Motor Cars as an exclusive model, this custom-tuned Camaro made an appearance at the 2012 Daytona Bike Week, which ran from October 9th - October 18th.

The Chevrolet Camaro just made its way to the European market for the first time ever in its existence, but GeigerCars has been tuning Camaros left and right for awhile now, getting slammed with shipping fees, taxes, and registration. Their latest Camaro tuning package brings out the beast in the Camaro lineup: Camaro ZL1 Convertible .

Usually we bring out the details of the tuning package before going into how much it is going to cost, but we’re doing things a little different this time around. The Camaro ZL1 Convertible by GeigerCars gets a price sticker slapped on that says 88,900 Euro (about $116K at the current exchange rates). That’s a $60,000 increase when compared to the ZL1 Convertible’s price tag in the States, but the ZL1 Convertible hasn’t made its way across the pond, so GeigerCars may just be capitalizing on offering the ZL1 in Europe where anyone would be hard-pressed to find a 580 HP Convertible.

That extra $60K is going to add very little to the ZL1 Convertible, as GeigerCars only put in a flap-controlled exhaust system, ZR1 dampers, and a new set of 20" wheels. Guess most of that increase in its price is going towards those fees for jumping the pond.

The COPO Special Edition is the quickest Camaro ever built by Chevrolet , and it is also rather rare since only 69 units were produced. Typically, these types of vehicles get left out of the tuning circle because of their rarity, but leave it to the guys at Lingenfelter to grab up the COPO number 19 and provide some minor adjustments to give it a little more get-up-and-go.

Right after receiving their COPO Camaro and making their adjustments, the Lingenfelter crew took it to Norwalk for test hits. The Camaro is pretty much stock, except for the addition of new LNC-2000 two step, shock settings and a raised rev limiter. Despite the limited changes, the guys over a LPE put this COPO on the top of the Camaro food chain when it managed to run the quarter mile in an impressive time of 8.64 seconds at a speed of 159 mph on its 5th pass.

"Chevrolet Performance built a great car and with a little bit of Lingenfelter magic we were able to pull extra power out of it," said Ken Lingenfelter, owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "At Lingenfelter, we’re experts at LS engines, and what we were able to do with the COPO Camaro in four short days is an extension of the experience and commitment we make to the LS package. We believe there is more power left in this COPO Camaro, and we know our performance team will get it."

Ford has really cornered the American muscle car realm recently with its high-performance levels of the Mustang – the GT500 and the Boss 302 . Chevy has done its best to keep up with the release of the Camaro ZL1 and 1LE models, but ultimately the ZL1 just does not have the top-end giddy up needed to compete with the GT500 and the 1LE lacks the engineering refinement to hold its own against the Boss 302.

Last week, we pulled up some trademark information that showed GM had once again trademarked the once famous “Z28” name . This trademark, and the promise that GM gave us that the Z28 would return, gives us all hope that Chevy may be on the cusp of giving the GT500 something to check for in its rearview mirror. Now, we are still uncertain where the Z28 will sit in the Camaro lineup, so we’re not too sure which model the GT500 will be checking for.

Our speculation-o-meters are going off saying that the Z28 will almost undeniably be placed atop the Camaro lineup and will be the competition that the GT500 fears so much. The Z28 will likely challenge the GT500’s 662-horsepower crown and will also likely include the suspension refinements that the Mustang GT500 lacks. We’re not saying that the Mustang GT500 is a bad handler, but its live rear axle really puts it at a disadvantage, which actually makes the competition between the ZL1 and GT500 a close one, despite the huge horsepower gap.

We definitely see the Z28 at the very least breaking even with the GT500 and possibly taking over the top-dog role in the American muscle car realm. We just hope that Chevy doesn’t turn the upcoming Z28 into just a dedicatory car with special badges and no power upgrades.

May the Ford-Chevy arguments commence!!!

It looks like we will all be getting another rendition of the Chevrolet Camaro , but it won’t be an entirely new model so much as a blast from the past. General Motors has just trademarked the "Z28 " nameplate that was first thought to be the name chosen for the current ZL1. Before the ZL1 was named as such, GM had confirmed that the Z28 was going to return, but they never said when.

The only question we have is where the new Z28 will be placed in the Camaro line-up. Some say it will be placed above the current Camaro ZL1 , while others suggest that the new model will replace the current SS version. If you ask us, we would really like to see a Camaro placed above the ZL1. After all, Ford has just updated their Shelby GT500 to an impressive 662 HP, so it would be about time for Chevrolet to begin developing a competitor for it.

Expect to see the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 launched sometime in 2013.

Source: GM Authority

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