SEMA Scene: Chevy Builds Its Coolest Camaro for Jay Leno
Chevrolet brought a five pack of custom Camaros to the SEMA Show, but the pick of this desirable litter was clearly the one-off created for comedian, talk-show host and consummate car guy Jay Leno. Boasting the strongest overall visuals of the group, Leno's ride has unique front fascia/grille/hood treatments that impart a sense of heightened purpose complemented by a tasteful ground effects package with rear diffuser and functional rear-brake cooling ducts. Stunning looks are just the start here. To ensure proper motivation, Chevy's motor maestros fitted the standard 315-horserpower direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 used in LS/LT models with a pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers and a custom intercooler setup. Pumping about seven pounds of boost, it raises output of the engine to 425 horsepower -- the same as the V8 Camaro SS -- without impacting the fuel economy. Other nifty touches include a custom exhaust package, six-speed manual transmission with a Centerforce clutch/pressure plate and a larger-capacity Be-Kool radiator. Leno wanted his car to be just as capable on a race track as it was on the street. To make it so, this high-profile Camaro also received a comprehensive chassis makeover that includes a Pedders coil-over lowering kit and a Brembo six-piston brake system.
While arguably less intense, each of the four other in-house Camaro concepts did have its own unique mission. The Camaro Synergy debuted a new Synergy Green paint that will join the 2010 color palette next spring while the Camaro Chroma was fitted with several future optional items including 21-inch alloy wheels, a blade-style rear spoiler and a color-keyed accessory front grille. Done in Berlin Blue, the Camaro Dusk showcased a more sophisticated international look that matched custom body bits with BBS alloy wheels (most of those items being deemed production likely), plus the exhaust system, rear spoiler and Brembo brakes from the current SS model. Custom interior touches include a premium Boston Acoustics audio system, WiFi connectivity and a dedicated iPhone cradle. Finally, the Camaro Graphics vehicle was conceived to allow those in attendance to evaluate four different proposed graphics packages that will adorn its Silver Ice Metallic exterior, one for each day of the show.