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Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
11/1/16 2:52 p.m.
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Chevy unveiled quite a few concepts at the 2016 SEMA Show last night, but one in particular caught our eye: It's a Camaro concept built specifically for autocross.

The new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept combines the LTG 2.0L turbocharged engine with their new SG3 performance suspension package, upgra…

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DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer UltimaDork
11/1/16 2:59 p.m.

Same day as Ferd, releasing their GT4?

Matt B
Matt B SuperDork
11/1/16 3:20 p.m.

Color me... very surprised. GM has been on a roll lately, but I never expected anything aimed at autocross. Of course it's just a concept, but someone over there knows what the purple crack is.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk UberDork
11/1/16 3:32 p.m.

Does the logo on the Camaro say "Auto-X"? I seem to remember a magazine by that title. The owners of that title might be owed a royalty fee. Go tell your boss.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/16 3:38 p.m.

Back in the day (well, 2003 to be precise) Pontiac showed some "Autocross" concepts at SEMA: GTO, Sunfire, Grand-Am and a Vibe, I believe.

I don't have a ton of our images from that year handy, but here's one that I grabbed from our files:

DSCN8758

Bobzilla
Bobzilla UltimaDork
11/1/16 3:46 p.m.

I can haz? It's like a domestic Gen coupe.

Madhatr
Madhatr Reader
11/1/16 4:59 p.m.

You should really mess with the GM guys... go over to their booth and start asking them what rallycross rubber would fit.

Will
Will UltraDork
11/1/16 5:46 p.m.

Is there top-tier rubber (RE71, etc.) available to fit those wheels? Or will 19s clear the brake package?

I'm curious to see how SCCA classes a car marketed specifically for autocrossing.

Javelin
Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/1/16 5:47 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: Back in the day (well, 2003 to be precise) Pontiac showed some "Autocross" concepts at SEMA: GTO, Sunfire, Grand-Am and a Vibe, I believe. I don't have a ton of our images from that year handy, but here's one that I grabbed from our files: DSCN8758

Fun fact: about the only thing to see the light of day from that was the GTO Auto X grills.

Stock:

Auto-X:

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk UberDork
11/1/16 7:22 p.m.

I wonder what the Camaro weighs? And who would have thought we'd ever see a 2 liter Camaro?

Madhatr
Madhatr Reader
11/1/16 7:39 p.m.

In reply to DeadSkunk:

Do the iron duke thirdgens count? Those were 2.5L, but not crammed full of boost.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
11/1/16 7:43 p.m.

Still with the high belt lines and tiny windows. It's like being swallowed by a whale.

Here's hoping it makes a good engine donor.

Will
Will UltraDork
11/1/16 7:59 p.m.

Serious question, if any of the GRM guys can run it by GM: given that we've seen new Camaros deploy side airbags during autocross runs, did they tinker with that system to make deployment less likely during high-G cornering?

petegossett
petegossett GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/1/16 8:18 p.m.
Will wrote: I'm curious to see how SCCA classes a car marketed specifically for autocrossing.

That will be directly proportional to how much advertising & sponsorship GM provides.

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/1/16 8:31 p.m.

Any product aimed at enthusiast pursuits out of an automaker is a good thing. I'm betting that the parts that make this package aren't available from the factory outside of a Chevy Performance, add them at the dealer kind of thing.

Run_Away
Run_Away HalfDork
11/1/16 10:22 p.m.

Special autox version with 20" wheels? If it were built by an autox-er, it would wear 18s

T.J.
T.J. UltimaDork
11/2/16 6:19 a.m.

Pretty cool. Any word on potential production/sale of this package? It may be in the article, but reading on my phone, so I may have missed it.

Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
11/2/16 6:46 a.m.
Will wrote: I'm curious to see how SCCA classes a car marketed specifically for autocrossing.

Straight to the exclusion list.

Thank you for your input.

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
11/2/16 7:15 a.m.

2 liter weight up front on factory 285s sounds like fun but I also have to wonder about tire availability in that size. I've never had cause to check before.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
11/2/16 7:55 a.m.
Will wrote: Is there top-tier rubber (RE71, etc.) available to fit those wheels? Or will 19s clear the brake package?autocrossing.

Was wondering the same thing myself; I was thinking it might make sense to downsize to 18" wheels if they'd clear everything. Still looks like it would be a great daily driver and autocross car if the suspension lives up to its billing.

STM317
STM317 HalfDork
11/2/16 8:04 a.m.

I'd be pretty curious to see how this package compares to the 1LE package offered on the v6 cars.

Bobzilla
Bobzilla UltimaDork
11/2/16 8:08 a.m.

If they would only offer this for under $30k....

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
11/2/16 8:12 a.m.
Matt B wrote: ...but someone over there knows what the purple crack is.

Um - the show car is wearing Goodyears.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/2/16 8:36 a.m.
Run_Away wrote: Special autox version with 20" wheels? If it were built by an autox-er, it would wear 18s

And it wouldn't have bigger brakes...smaller brakes might make more sense for autocross.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/2/16 8:36 a.m.

Great idea, I hope they do it and that SCCA doesn't class it in with the V8. I'd love to see an AutoX Sonic and Cruze as well. I mean, if you are of modest means, either makes sense. Offer them with the better suspension and bracing, slightly more HP and adjustable dampers and summer-only tires. Then you could drop the kids off at church, crank the damper knobs to stiff, and hit the autocross.

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