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SEMA 2016: Chevy Camaro Turbo AutoX concept screams for attention

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Chevrolet introduced 20 or so customized cars and trucks at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas earlier this week, and one of the most eye-catching was certainly the Chevy Camaro Turbo AutoX.

“This concept pushes Camaro in a new direction, integrating new performance parts that make the most of the turbocharged Camaro’s lightweight dynamics,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

Combining the LTG 2.0L turbocharged engine with a performance suspension, brake system, air intake and exhaust system, the Chevy Camaro Turbo AutoX makes the most of the Camaro’s excellent power-to-weight ratio with more agile handling that’s ideal for autocross enthusiasts, the company claims.

More specifically, the list of upgrades includes:

  • - Chevrolet Performance suspension lowering kit with stiffer springs and specifically tuned dampers that drop ride height by 0.75” (20 mm);
  • - Concept “plus performance” handling kit with larger stabilizer bars and strut tower brace;
  • - Chevrolet Accessories 20” aluminum wheels on Goodyear 285/35R20 performance tires;
  • - Chevrolet Performance front brake kit with 6-piston callipers and 370mm, two-piece slotted rotors;
  • - Concept cold-air intake system;
  • - 6-speed manual transmission featuring a concept short-throw shifter;
  • - Chevrolet Performance exhaust system with a polished 4” outlet offers a throatier exhaust note.

As for styling, the new Shock Yellow colour on the concept explores how the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro looks in brighter, bolder hues. It is complemented with Pearl Nickel hood stripes and satin Carbon Flash Metallic accents on the hood vents, rockers, and rear diffuser. The vented hood and front splitter come from the Camaro SS (the latter modified for the concept), while the rear diffuser and rockers were borrowed from a Chevrolet Accessories ground effects kit.

Also this week, Chevrolet announced the launch of a Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program, which explores the quarter-mile capability of the latest Camaro with concept parts designed to support 10-second elapsed times in a production-based model.