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by George Skentzos

Together with the Pontiac G8 GXP Street concept, Holden will play another vital role at this year’s SEMA Auto Show with GM showcasing not one but four specially prepared Chevrolet Camaro’s.

 

As the official car of the 2008 SEMA show, General Motors is obviously keen to show off the aftermarket potential of its latest muscle car in anticipation for its official launch in the coming months.

Not merely the subject of hopes and dreams, this fleet of concepts has been created with the aim of highlighting the large range of parts and accessories available for the Chevrolet Camaro, as anyone with the passion and resources to reproduce these concepts can do so through their local Chevrolet dealer.

Camaro LS7 Concept

 Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

As its name suggests, this concept boasts the same 7.0-litre V8 crate engine and Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission which features in our current performance flagship, the HSV W427.

In the LS7 concept however, the engine also features a high-performance replacement camshaft from GM Performance Parts, helping the naturally-aspirated V8 churn out around 410kW.

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

The inspiration behind this concept it drawn from drag racing, with race-ready rubber on the rear wheels, a driveshaft safety loop, lowered ride height and a Brembo brake package.

 Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

It has been finished in Victory Red with matte black accents such as the hood and tail lamp fascia. Inside, a spartan interior is supposedly synonymous with its race-ready personality to reduce overall weight.

Camaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concept

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

Clearly inspired by NASCAR, this concept uses the standard 6.2-litre V8 engine from the Camaro SS which has been modified to use E85 fuel.

Due to its favourable octane rating, GM Performance has managed to squeeze out a few extra ponies with a modified tune and full exhaust system.

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

The SS’s standard six-speed manual transmission has been bolstered by a short-throw Hurst shifter from the GM Accessories parts bin.

The exterior features a custom black/gray two-tone paint scheme which is separated by a thin orange stripe. This is offset by a set of 21-inch wheels inspired by the Camaro Convertible Concept.

 Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

The concept also boasts a range of Chevy Accessories such as a rear diffuser and ground effects, grille, rear spoiler, race-style aluminium pedals and a Boston Acoustics speaker system.

Camaro GS Racecar Concept

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

While the previous concepts provide street-legal thrills, this one is a pure-bred race car created by GM’s High Performance Vehicle Operations and Carolina-based Riley Technologies.

The GS Racecar is the only Camaro concept at SEMA which will actually see production, serving as an early prototype for the Grand Am Koni Challenge GS racing class – featuring race-ready suspension, reinforced chassis and drivetrain which conform to the specifications required for the series.

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

It will use the standard LS3 V8 engine, a modified version of the Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission with close-ratio gearing, 3-inch exhaust system, C&R racing aluminium radiator and carbon fibre hood, trunk lid, doors and fenders.

With only one example currently in existence, it has had to share its duties between the track and showroom floor, featuring all the grime, dust and dints which appear after a day’s worth of racing.

Camaro Black Concept

 Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

The Black Concept is a paradoxical approach to stealth, with its matte black hood and ground effects, dark wheels and red-glowing HID headlamps hardly subtle.

This trend is continued to the interior where there is red LED instrument lighting and red footwell ambient lighting, black chrome accents and leather seats which grey stitching.

Four custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMAFour custom Chevrolet Camaros for 2008 SEMA

Unlike the previous three concepts, this model boasts an untouched 3.6-litre V6 engine from the production model, all in the name of subtlety.






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