LAS VEGAS, NV–On Tuesday, we told you about Chevrolet’s plans to mark the final year of the fifth-generation Camaro by offering commemorative-edition Camaros.
That was far from the only news that came out of Chevrolet’s SEMA press conference on Tuesday.
Here are a few other items of note that Bowtie enthusiasts may want to know:
New LT1 Crate Engines are Here
As of Tuesday, the LT1 crate engine is now available. General Motors unveiled the crate engine concept last year, and now the 460-horse engine is officially for sale. Featuring 11.5:1 compression, direct-injection engines is ideal for modernizing old Vettes, and to illustrate, Chevrolet had a Gen V LT1-powered 1971 Stingray in its booth.
Build your Own LT4
Beginning in January, Z06 customers will have the option of building their own LT4 engine. Working side-by-side with expert engine builders, these customers will build the 650-horsepower 6.2L V8 that goes with their Z06. More details about this opportunity will be available soon.
The COPO Camaro is Back
The COPO Camaro will return for the 2015 year as Chevrolet will build another 69 of the limited-edition vehicles. Once again, customers will be able to choose from four engines, including a Whipple-supercharged 350 as well as three naturally aspirated options: 427, 396, and 350 V8s. The COPOs will come with either a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission. The COPO Camaro will be available in the GM catalog and can be ordered using one part number.
Chevrolet Colorado Concepts and GearOn Storage
With the introduction of the midsized Chevrolet Colorado, Chevy is not touting itself as having the most complete truck lineup on the market.
The new Colorado already comes with an impressive lineup of accessories, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 8-inch colored touch-screen, and a variety of safety features. Chevrolet opted to showcase a variety of Colorado concept vehicles to showcase the personalization possibilities, including Chevy’s own GearOn accessory system. This system allows 2015 Colorado owners to transport large items like kayaks and bikes above the bed so there’s room for more smaller items inside the bed. Other accessories available through Chevrolet include assist steps, splash guards, tiered storage, bike rack, cargo divider, and wheel lip moldings.
Paul Stanley Corvette
KISS singer Paul Stanley worked with Chevrolet to build his own Paul Stanley Corvette concept based on the Z51 Stingray package. The car features a deep Candy Red paint with Liquid Metal Silver paint on the roof, Z06 ground effects package and spoiler, and carbon metallic wheels.
The Blue Devil Lives!
It was great to see the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on display at the Chevrolet booth.
As you probably remember, this was one of the eight Corvettes swallowed up by a sinkhole at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY last February. The “Blue Devil” was repaired and restored–and looking very good in the front corner the Chevrolet display.