Chevy's Performance SEMA Concepts
Builds highlight breadth of performance range
Andy Bolig - November 05, 2013 10:40 AM
Chevrolet V6 and V8 Concept CamarosCredit: GM
The all-new 2014 Camaro Z/28Credit: GM
Performance Garage CamaroCredit: GM
Camaro Spring Special EditionCredit: GM
Spring Special Edition interiorCredit: GM
Urban Cool-ImpalaCredit: GM
Malibu LTZCredit: GM
Chevrolet provided the first look at nine high-performance concept cars at the SEMA Show. The horsepower-infused range includes stylized versions the all-new 2014 SS sports sedan and a variety of restyled 2014 Camaros – including the all-new Z/28.
Many of the concepts unveiled at the SEMA Show have roots at the racetrack. Others show racing-influenced styling for the street. Most incorporate Chevrolet Accessories available from Chevrolet dealers, allowing customers to personalize their new performance car with factory-engineered and validated components that match the performance and quality of original equipment.
“Racing is the common thread among Chevrolet’s performance cars and that comes from decades of transferring race technology to our production models,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Corvette, Camaro and SS deliver well-balanced, exhilarating driving experiences forged on the racetrack and refined for the street.”
Through the end of September, Camaro’s total sales lead over Mustang was more than 5,000 for the year, putting it on track to be the industry’s best-selling sports car under $50,000 for the fourth consecutive year. The Camaro enters 2014 with revised styling and the new Z/28 model – the most track-capable Camaro in the car’s history.
Also on display was a 2014 COPO Camaro – Chevrolet’s factory-built race car, designed for NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drag racing classes. As with the previous two model years, only 69 COPO models will be built. For more information on the 2014 COPO Camaro, click HERE.
2014 Camaro Z/28
Ready for sale next spring, the all-new 2014 Camaro Z/28 is a comprehensively-engineered car that recently lapped Germany’s challenging Nürburgring road course in 7:37.40 on wet track conditions. It was four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
The heart of the Z/28 is the 7.0L LS7 engine. The LS7 uses lightweight, racing-proven, high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft to help produce an SAE-certified 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. Air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.
Performance Garage Camaro
Serious performance enthusiasts will appreciate the combination of Chevrolet Performance parts and Chevrolet Accessories used to create the Garage Camaro concept, which is based on the production Camaro SS. It’s a track-oriented car, incorporating performance and suspension components from the all-new Z/28 – and a few from the ZL1.
The exterior is enhanced with a ground effects package, Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler and grille, RS headlamps and taillamps, blacked-out mirrors and rear diffuser, and Chevrolet Accessories satin-black 10-spoke Track Pack wheels. “Chevrolet Performance” graphics adorn the rockers and windshield header.
Brakes and a short-throw shifter from the Camaro ZL1 come straight out of the Chevrolet Performance catalog and are available through Chevrolet dealers, while the following Z/28 parts are being evaluated for future release:
• “Shorty” headers and 2.75-inch exhaust
• Front ride/handling links
• Rear upper control arms
• Stabilizer bars
• Helical differential with internal cooling system
• Brake ducting
• Racing-derived DSSV® (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers.
Camaro V-8 Concept
This one-of-a-kind concept car showcases the personalization and performance possibilities with Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories, from its performance air intake to its concept Z/28 exhaust.
Components available through Chevrolet dealers:
• Ground effects package
• Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler
• Blacked-out badges, mirrors and rear diffuser
• Body-color hood louver
• Chevrolet Accessories 45th anniversary wheels in black
• Chevrolet Accessories grille in black
• Hood wrapped with body-color stripe
• RS headlamps and taillamps
• Chevrolet Performance rocker decals and windshield header
• Chevrolet Performance interior enhancements with lighting
• RECARO® performance seats with Mojave stitching
• Chevrolet Performance instrument panel decal and sill plate
• Instrument panel, door, steering wheel and armrest with Mojave stitching
• Soft-touch black interior bezels.
On the performance side:
• 2.75-Inch exhaust system
• Front ride link
• Rear upper control arms
• Shorty exhaust headers
• Helical differential with internal cooling system
• DSSV dampers
• Brake ducts
• Stabilizer bars.
Camaro V-6 concept
With 323 horsepower from its direct-injected, DOHC V-6, the Camaro doesn’t need a V-8 to be considered a performance car, and this Chevrolet Performance concept proves it with enhancements available through Chevrolet dealers that give it track-ready reflexes, including:
• Brembo brake kit from the Camaro SS
• Camaro 1LE suspension kit
• Camaro 1LE strut tower brace
• Borla performance exhaust system
• 20-inch black wheels (45th anniversary design).
The car also wears Z/28 rear upper control arms, which are being evaluated for the Chevrolet Performance catalog.
Exterior and interior appearance accessories lend a more athletic aesthetic to this more-capable Camaro. The exterior features a Chevrolet Accessories grille, front splitter and rear spoiler, along with “Chevrolet Performance” graphics. Inside, it is ready for the road course or street, with:
• Chevrolet Accessories premium carpet floor mats
• Chevrolet Accessories ambient lighting kit
• Black trim bezels
• Kicker® 200-Watt subwoofer and 200-Watt DSP amp available for MyLink
• RECARO® performance seats
• Flat-bottom performance steering wheel
• Chevrolet Performance sill plates
• Chevrolet Performance armrest
• Chevrolet Accessories auxiliary gauge package
• Instrument panel and door inserts wrapped with carbon-fiber weave
• Door armrests and instrument panel inserts
• Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit
• Chevrolet Accessories engine cover.
Camaro Spring Special Edition
Continuing a tradition of introducing special-edition production models at the SEMA Show, Chevrolet introduces the 2014 Spring Special Edition. LT models include the direct-injected, 323-horsepower V-6 engine, while SS models include a 6.2L V-8 rated at 426 horsepower when paired with the six-speed manual transmission or 400 horses with the available six-speed automatic. Shown in its Camaro SS convertible version, the limited-production package will be offered in up-level 2LT and 2SS trims distinguished by:
• Summit White exterior with Blue Ray stripe – including hood louver
• Body-color ZL1 spoiler
• Chevrolet Accessories ground effects package and grille
• Chevrolet Accessories 21-inch wheels
• RS HID headlamps and LED taillamps
• Blue fabric top on convertible models
• Blue-accent leather-appointed interior with blue stitching
• White interior trim kit with Blue Ray stripe
• Chevrolet Accessories floor mats (black with silver Camaro logo).
The SEMA concepts feature accessories designed to allow personalization while maintaining excellent refinement and ride characteristics. General Motors’ engineers developed most of the accessories shown on the concept vehicles. Some of the accessories are available from Chevrolet dealers. Others are being evaluated for production. The enhancements are designed, engineered, tested and backed by Chevrolet to be installed by a Chevrolet dealer, which maintains the vehicle warranty.
“Chevrolet’s 2014 passenger car lineup is the strongest and most competitive in the brand’s history, offering customers a wide range of great-looking, great-driving and well-connected choices,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “A five-year plan to completely remake Chevy’s car lineup is resonating with customers, who are finding value in the performance, quality and technologies that complement their lifestyles.”
Urban Cool Impala
All-new for 2014, the Impala’s aggressive good looks contributed to a 64-percent rise in retail sales in September. The Urban Cool concept builds on the Impala LTZ with custom-painted grille accents, Chevrolet Accessories concept ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories concept 20-inch wheels painted to match the grille accents.
A lowered stance further accents the sporty style while the LTZ’s high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lamps lend a more sophisticated appearance. Inside, the trim is painted high-gloss piano black and anodized low-gloss black, contrasting with Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that also feature perforated leather inserts and orange stitching.
The Urban Cool concept rocks with the Impala’s available 11-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System, which connects to the Chevrolet MyLink system via an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen.
Chevrolet showed a personalized version of the Malibu, which features new and enhanced technologies for 2014 that improve efficiency and personal connectivity. Stop/start engine technology contributes to 14-percent greater estimated city fuel economy (25 mpg), and new Siri with Eyes Free Mode and Text-to-Voice features allow hands-free texting via the available MyLink system.
With a raft of technology, comfort and refinement enhancements, as well as a new front-end design, the 2014 Malibu takes on one of the industry’s most competitive segments with greater roominess, greater efficiency and greater connectivity. The Malibu LTZ SEMA concept delivers greater style, too, with performance-style ground effects and Chevrolet Accessories 19-inch wheels with a Sterling Silver finish. A Borla exhaust system lends a throatier note to the 259-hp, 2.0L turbocharged engine. A concept Stage Kit and cold-air induction system support greater performance, too, from an engine that already delivers 295 lb-ft of torque, the most in its class.
Jeff Gordon SS Concept
The all-new SS returns Chevrolet to its rear-wheel-drive performance sedan roots, established with the small-block V-8 in the 1950s and enhanced with the Impala SS in the early 1960s. With input from the No. 24 driver himself, Chevrolet designers restyled the all-new SS to reflect Gordon’s style and the performance credentials of the brand’s all-new, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan. A satin exterior finish lends an all-business appearance to the car, complemented with No. 24 graphics, custom-finished 20-inch wheels, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and a custom front grille.
The car casts a more aggressive stance with a lowered suspension. The Gordon SS concept features high-performance brakes and a Borla performance exhaust system. The interior is re-trimmed with perforated suede seat inserts and embroidered headrests and a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit. Under the hood beats the small-block heart of all SS production models: The LS3 6.2L V-8 rated at 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift.