Monday, October 29, 2012
Chevrolet SEMA Media Reception
Tonight I attended a Chevrolet Media Reception at SEMA (actually at the Venetian Hotel/Casino). Chevrolet provided food (kind of a cross between hors d'oeuvres and a buffet - little plates of some pretty good food) and drink (wine, beer and soft drinks - I had one Sam Adams).
But the night really was about cars, so Chevrolet showed off a bunch of cars - a Spark decked out as a mobile DJ/Karoke machine.
Next up is a Sonic done up for racing (full cage, wheels & tires, etc) and a nicely upgraded street Sonic.
Then there was a really nice Malibu except for the satin paint (I happen to think satin is just a fancy term for colored primer and I don't like it). The Malibu had the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and if it had real paint on it, it would be kick ass.
I was never into Hot Wheels, they were introduced when I was into real cars but boy were and are they big. So big in fact that Chevy partnered with Hot Wheels for two cars. First up is a totally updated '68 Camaro. Check it out -
To honor the Hot Wheels Camaro, Chevrolet decided to offer a 2013 Hot Wheels Camaro to the public. You can get one at your Chevy dealer soon.
Chevy had two celebrities "build" cars. First up was none other than Tony "Smoke" Stewart who put together what has to be the ultimate Camaro, powered by a 580 hp ZL1; 0-60 in 4 seconds, tops out at 185, 11.93 sec 1/4 mile and Nurburgring in 7:41.27.
Not to be outdone, TV star and restaurateur Guy Fieri put together a special Corvette convertible. Under the hood is a 427 cid, 505 hp LS7 coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Corvette will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson.
Last but definitely not least is the last 2012 Camaro COPO, #69 in Inferno Orange paint. It's powered by a supercharged 327 cid V8 making 550 hp and a Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission. It's a straight up drag race car with a solid real axle.
Fun night and some fun cars. It's good to see Chevy still fan the flames of hot rodding.