Corvettes and Camaros storm SEMA
Chevy rolls out concepts that honor the long and powerful heritage of the brand.
Chevrolet is focusing on small cars this year at the SEMA show, with a substantial part of its display lasered in on Cruzes and Sonics. But let's be real — the Corvettes and the Camaros, with their honkin' V8s and eye-catching paint schemes, are sure to be the fan favorites in Las Vegas.
While the smaller cars focus on aero and aesthetics, Chevy's sports cars are loaded with carbon fiber, impressive and angry body treatments and themes that honor the long and powerful heritage of the brand.
"Chevy has a long, proud history at SEMA," said Jim Campbell, vice president of performance and motorsports. "It goes back to the small-block V8."
Obviously that predates the Sonic. Here's a look at some of the most striking Camaros and Corvettes headed to Las Vegas.
The Camaro ZL1 carbon concept takes the ZL1 — set to arrive in 2012 — and dresses it in layers of carbon, including the so-called "mohawk" air vent in the hood, spoiler and interior. It packs 580 hp from a supercharged V8 and is fortified with Brembo brakes and magnetic ride control. There's a good chance that the carbon-fiber hood piece could make it to production.
The Camaro 1LE concept is a brake-and-performance pack that draws from the ZL1's parts bin, getting that speed demon's black hood, splitter and rocker panels.
The Camaro Red Zone concept has a new shade of red and a silver heritage strip on the side. It's reinforced with suspension and interior upgrades.
The Corvette Ron Fellows Hall of Fame tribute is a salute to the famous race-car driver for his exploits in the American Le Mans Series, NASCAR, Trans-Am and other series. He was honored this year with induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame in Bowling Green, Ky. The car is painted Torch Red, gets the Z06 performance pack and is enhanced with carbon-fiber treatments.
The Carlisle Blue Grand Sport concept is a soft shade of Carlisle Blue and celebrates 30 years of the famous event. The car draws power from a 6.2-liter V8 paired with a six-speed manual.