L.A. Overview

Auto Show Reveals

Larry Jewett - November 18, 2011 01:43 PM


The Camaro ZL-1 took center stage at the chevrolet reveal

GM Corp/ Steve Fecht for Chevrolet

The new Boss was joined by the Shelby and Mustang GT as part of Ford's L.A. reveal.


SRT's Yellow Jacket is a sure thrill for the Mopar crowd with orders only weeks away.


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The 2011 L.A. Auto Show has once again served as the venue for product launches. Most of the new products centered on foreign manufacturers, the “Big 3” had their hands in as well.
General Motors used the time to unveil the powerful Camaro ZL-1 convertible. Like the previously announced coupe model, the car has a 0-60 rating of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 184 miles per hour. The convertible version, which took center stage among the Chevy products, will be sold in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model. The coupe will be available in early 2012.
The car is powered by the 6.2-liter LSA engine that pulls 580 horsepower and 556 lbs-ft of torque. It also has the technology features previously announced, including the latest generation of magnetic ride control and the performance traction management system.
On the Ford side of the fence, the talk was about the Boss and the Shelby. Carrying some of the design cues that will be found on the base 2013 Mustang, the new Boss and Boss Laguna Seca versions will be offered in Schoolbus Yellow, harkening to the day when that color was used on the Bosses driven by Parnelli Jones in Trans Am competition. The power numbers are respectable with 444 horsepower and 380 lbs-ft in the torque column While it may look like a race car on the outside, it will have the creature comforts found in the latest Ford lineup, including the SYNC system for entertainment and communication.
The Chrysler Corporation went the nostalgia route as well. The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team announced an exclusive production run of special-edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 Yellow Jacket models featuring Stinger Yellow exterior paint and interior appointments.
Based on the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, the Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket features a Stinger Yellow body color and black grille surround to match the standard black body-side stripes that highlight the newly developed Yellow Jacket logo on the rear fender. New 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets provide a unique performance look.
The original Dodge “Yellow Jacket” show car, which evolved from the 1970 Challenger, was shown at various auto show exhibits beginning in late 1969. A limited number of 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models will be built for the U.S. market. All Dodge Challenger models are built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
The Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket will be available for ordering in December at Dodge dealerships nationwide and will be arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2012.