Chevrolet Camaros at SEMA: Orange Is the New Track

Chevrolet Camaros at the 2017 SEMA Show; photos by Christian Lantry

CARS.COM — Chevrolet's presence at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas brought new cars we haven't seen before, including three Hot Wheels special editions in bright orange — or, more accurately, bright "Crush" orange meant to replicate the color of a Hot Wheels toy track. The Hot Wheels special editions, which you'll soon be able to buy, come in coupe, convertible and even a drag-tacular race-only COPO Camaro that was propped up doing a wheelie on the show's floor.

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Camaro ZL1

Less retina-burning was the black Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drag concept with a ton of go-fast drag-racing parts Chevrolet is developing that could work their way into a Chevrolet Performance parts catalog in the future. The black ZL1 wore skinny drag-racing front wheels and wide drag-racing rear wheels, and under the hood boosted power with various accessories that increase output to more than 720 horsepower from the stock 650 hp, including long-tube headers, a smaller-diameter supercharger pulley and larger-throttle body.

The drag-racing parts development team has run as fast as 10.000 seconds at 137.78 mph in official testing — and that's without the skinny front wheels and tires on the show car.

Camaro ZL1 1LE

On the other end of the spectrum, which includes going 'round corners, Chevrolet brought the Camaro ZL1 1LE that scooted around the famed 12.9-mile Nurburgring in a blistering 7 minutes, 16.04 seconds; that's 13.56 seconds quicker than a non-1LE ZL1 with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 1LE adds racecar bits, including trick Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve shock absorbers; a massive carbon-fiber rear spoiler; wider, stickier tires; and much more.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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