Chevy announced this morning that it will be bringing a brand new Camaro body they’ll be using in NASCAR’s minor league, the Nationwide Series for 2013.
“Our team of Chevrolet designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the great looks and styling cues of the production Camaro, while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform,” Pat Suhy, manager, Chevrolet Racing Oval Track Group, said in a press release on GM’s website. “For the remainder of 2012, our engineers will be busy working with our Chevy teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine-tune the car in preparation for next year. It will be great to see Camaro compete on the track against its showroom competition starting with the 2013 season opener at Daytona.”
Chevrolet currently leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series in wins, manufacturer standings, and in the driver point standings.
The Dusk Edition was announced as the new package available for the 2013 Camaro coupe and convertible.
Chevy said the Dusk Edition comes in a Blue Ray Metallic paint, halo HID headlights, 21-inch Bright Silver painted aluminum wheels and summer performance tires. The convertible comes with a blue cloth top.
Inside of the Dusk Edition, the Mojave leather interior and yellow stitching seats complements the steering wheel and arm rests, as well as the instrument panel.
The package is priced at $5995 and will be available through December 2012.
Chevy has released photos of the 2013 Camaro SS 1LE package.
What gearheads may want to know right away is whether or not the 1LE gets more horsepower than the Camaro SS. Actually, just like the SS, it produces 426 horses from a 6.2 liter V-8 engine; however, the 1LE’s engine is mated to a six-speed Tremec manual transmission for better “road-racing performance,” according to Chevy.
If you’re looking to tear up the road, you’ll appreciate the suspension hardware borrowed from the ZL1, as well as majority of the fuel system, its flat-bottom steering wheel and a short-throw shifter.
Take note of the larger front and rear stabilizer bars, higher-capacity rear-axle half shafts, mono tube rear dampers and a strut tower brace.
Oh, and if you don’t want your significant other to make you get out and ask for directions, there’s a seven-inch touchscreen with a GPS navigation system that will come standard with the 1LE package.
It’s estimated that the price will come under $40K.
Consumer Reports reviewed the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and the Fiat 500C. Here’s a summary of what they had to say:
The Camaro First-generation classic with abundant, smooth power, but the design isn’t practical because it imposes limitations of visibility. The Dodge Challenger was seen as “pure retro” with its “ ‘70s’inspired paint-and-stripes combination.”
Between the two, Consumer Reports said that the Challenger is the “boulevard cruiser,” because its size is enough to “discourage corner-carving on public roads.” Though they said the Camaro is a full second quicker to 0-60 mph, it was “less fun getting there.”
“The Challenger has all the engine rumble, exhaust burble and extroverted attitude to transform even the slowest drive into a good time,” Consumer Reports said. “It’s not the fastest, most agile vehicle, but undeniably makes its presence known.”
And which vehicle was “torturous” to drive? The Fiat 500C, of course.
Yes, it’s an all-wheel drive 1968/2010 Camaro. John Wargo from The Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois joins Courtney this weekend with his wild custom muscle car. In a 7 month build he took the back end of a 2010 and grafted it on the front end of a ’68 Camaro, performed a two seat roadster convertible conversion and added all-wheel drive. He dropped in an LSX Pace Performance 376 motor with an F-1 Pro-charger and Holley intake and Holley Dominator fuel injection system. It rolls on Forge Line, 3 piece wheels with Toyo Tires. The paint is Pro Spray Speed Orange and Brilliant Black with a tri-coat Pearl. Check it out on PowerBlock May 4th & 5th. For more, check out CustomShop.org