So far, we’ve been mighty impressed with all the goodies that Chevrolet has brought to SEMA and here’s another eye-catcher – the Camaro Turbo AutoX concept.
Now usually, when you think of the Camaro, the nameplate conjures up images of smoky burnouts and epic runs at the drag strip. However, Chevy is keen to showcase a bit more than that with the sixth-generation model, which is of course, available with a turbocharged four-pot. No, it won’t be the most potent in the line-up but this isn’t what Chevy wants us to focus on. Instead, the Camaro Turbo AutoX concept will be about supreme handling.
When tackling an autocross, you need a car with excellent balance and grip rather than sheer speed. And so this particular Camaro, blessed with a tiny blown 2.0-litre, could do some serious damage on the field. Apart for the smaller, lighter motor, it features a host of upgrades that work to sharpen the car's handling. And no, we’re not talking about the Shock Yellow paint job. It’s hiding a cold-air intake system and a performance exhaust which should give that turbo-four a bit more oomph.
This one also packs stiffer springs, retuned dampers, and a lower ride height along with a “plus performance” handling kit which sees the addition of larger stabilizer bars, stiffer suspension links, and a strut tower brace under the bonnet. The concept sits on a set of 20in wheels wrapped with sticky 285/35R20 Goodyear performance tyres while the stoppers have been upgraded too.
It sure looks fancy what with lots of carbon flash accents, a ground effects kit, a modified version of the Camaro SS’ front splitter, a front tow hook and a spoiler so if you were to fluff your lines on the course in this thing, at least you’d score some points for looking good…