Chevrolet Debuts New Concept Vehicles

Chevrolet brought their best to SEMA this year, unveiling a variety of new concept vehicles across multiple models, including a customized quartet of Gen Six Camaros, a new Gen Six COPO Camaro, a Classic 1970 Camaro with a supercharged LT4 crate engine, and a redesigned Colorado Z71.

Gen Six Camaro

Camaro Krypton concept
Camaro Krypton concept

Chevy unveiled a quartet of customized concepts of the Gen Six Camaro with personalization and performance possibilities.

The customized quartet includes:

  • Camaro Chevrolet Performance concept – a Summit White Camaro SS featuring new red accents, billet-cut 20-inch forged lightweight aluminum wheels, lowered suspension, and performance upgrades.
  • Camaro Hyper concept – Inspired by Camaro’s heritage, this Hyper Blue Camaro LT coupe with the available 3.6L V-6 engine features white rally stripes, heritage-style fender badges, and polished 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
  • Camaro Black concept – a blacked-out vision of the Camaro SS, it wears a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior with darkened trim all around, tinted glass and black 20-inch wheels.  A lowered suspension completes the sinister stance.
  • Camaro Krypton concept – in addition to its electroluminescent Krypton Green paint, the exterior features illuminated bowties that cascade down the body sides at the flip of a switch.

Chevrolet will offer elements of some of the concept vehicles in accessory packages beginning in early 2016.

“Since it was introduced in 1967, the Camaro has been one of the industry’s most personal and personalized cars,” said Roger McCormack, director of Accessories & Performance Parts Marketing.  “Many customers use the Camaro as a canvas to express their personalities and these concepts serve as inspiration for the many options available from Chevrolet.”

Gen Six COPO Camaro

Gen Six Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Gen Six Chevrolet COPO Camaro

With the assistance of NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, Chevrolet introduced the Gen Six COPO Camaro at SEMA.

Force visited the COPO build center and then collaborated with Chevrolet designers to create a custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car.

69 COPO Camaro race cars will be built for 2016, which extends the production legacy that began in 2012.  As with the previous editions, the new COPO Camaro is designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.

“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  “It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car.”

The 2016 COPO Camaro has gotten some upgrades, including a lighter and stronger body designed with computer-aided engineering that increased structural rigidity by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds.  It also offers better aerodynamic performance than the fifth-gen.

When it comes to horsepower, racers have the choice  of supercharged 350 (53.7L), a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) engine and an all-new LT-based 376 (6.2L) engine.

Classic 1970 Camaro

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS with Supercharged LT4

Chevrolet Performance displayed the new LT4 crate engine in the most attractive way it possibly could – under the hood of a classic 1970 Camaro RS.

As the supercharged 6.2L heart of the Corvette Z06, the LT4 is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, which makes it the most powerful production-vehicle engine ever from GM.

The new crate engine is offered in both dry-sump and wet-sump versions, and this Camaro concept uses the wet-sump kit.  In addition to the powerful crate engine, the Camaro features a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission.

“Chevrolet Performance pioneered the concept of high-performance crate engines, and the LT4 represents a new threshold in technologically advanced, production-based choices for builders,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  “Whether it’s in a classic Camaro, like this resto-mod concept, or a vintage truck or street rod, the possibilities are almost endless – and that’s exactly how we continue to fuel the dreams of enthusiasts.”

The concept’s chassis and suspension systems have been upgraded with an independent front suspension with coil-overs and a rack-and-pinion steering system, as well as some other upgrades, to harness the power of the supercharged powertrain.

Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0

Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0
Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0

The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition is designed for those of us that want to blaze our own trails.  The new concept vehicle enhances its off-road style with new accessories and performance parts from Chevrolet.

“The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition is made for tackling the tough terrain required to get away from it all and this concept version does it with rugged style,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing.  “And whether it’s the Colorado, Silverado 1500 or Silverado HD, there’s a Chevy truck to take you where you want to go, regardless of whether there’s a road leading there.”

The all new Colorado is offered in extended and crew cab configurations, with a choice of a long or short cargo bed and available 4WD, as well as the all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, which takes the maximum trailering rating up to 7,700 pounds.

The Trail Boss 3.0 concept is based on the Crew Cab 4WD model – in Red hot – and takes its style to a whole new level with new accessory rally stripe graphics and performance exhaust, as well as a performance air intake under the hood.

“At the core, the Trail Boss offers owners the gear-carrying ability and versatility they need to venture off-road, with segment-leading efficiency and capability,” said Piszar.  “The Trail Boss 3.0 concept builds on that to show the choices from Chevrolet to help customers personalize their truck.

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