It’s often been said that adults are just kids with more expensive toys. That’s never been more true than with the Hot Wheels Special Edition Chevrolet Camaro. Starting next year, this will be a big toy that you can park in your driveway.
The Hot Wheels Camaro debuted as a concept vehicle at SEMA 2011. Now, it will officially go on sale to the public as a special package from January through June of 2013. Shown here is the final production version of the car.
It features the ZL1 spoiler, special 21-inch wheels, and a beautiful shade of Kinetic Blue paint. Let’s also not forget the Hot Wheels badges on the fenders and rear decklid.
The Hot Wheels package includes loads of special touches like ground effects, door sill inserts, pedal covers, embroidered inserts in the black leather seats, floor mats, and even a taillamp blackout panel.
Under the hood is the same 6.2L V8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission as the Camaro SS, but there’s also a dual-mode exhaust and a special blacked-out engine cover. The engine definitely qualifies as “Hot Wheels-worthy” with 426 HP at 5900 RPM and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4600 RPM. It even gets 24 MPG on the highway!
Just a few feet away is a 1967 Hot Wheels Camaro. According to Chevrolet, it is a life size replica of the Spectraflame 1:64 scale toy car which was one of the first 16 cars that Mattel released in 1968.
The exterior has the same gorgeous shade of Kinetic Blue paint as the Zeta-platform camaro next to it and a slightly smaller set of the same wheels (18″ instead of 21″). It also features a custom stainless exhaust which exits just behind the front wheels.
On the outside the car is a 1967 Camaro, but it has received some upgrades under the hood that bring it into modern times. Let’s start with the engine: the original small-block has been replaced with GM’s new E-ROD LS3 crate engine. This is GM’s first ever emission-compliant crate engine. The E-ROD LS3 is rated at 430 HP and 424 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission.
The crate engine gives the car a tremendous boost of power and reliability, but what has me excited is the suspension. This car has been completely redone with a tricked-out pro-touring suspension. Here’s where things get really interesting.
The car has a hydroformed subframe to add extra strength and rigidity to the front end. There are tubular control arms in the front and a 4-link suspension in the rear. All four tires have adjustable coilover shocks with upgraded 6-piston disc brakes. When it comes to handling and braking, this Camaro greatly outperforms its original design capabilities.
There are also some special Hot Wheels touches on the inside. These include the front bucket seats from a 2012 Camaro, custom instrument panel with console gauges, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Whether you choose to build or buy your own set of Hot Wheels, GM has something to help you live out your childhood fantasies.