Chevrolet Camaro Concepts at SEMA

It just wouldn't be SEMA without a whole slew of Chevrolet Camaro coupes and convertibles staring us in the face, and this week's Vegas show doesn't disappoint. General Motors' own booth features four rather interesting specimens, which you can see in the image gallery we've compiled here.

First comes the Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept, which boasts a sinister Ashen Gray look with a smattering of carbon fiber bits and pieces. Power comes from the same 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque supercharged V8 that's set to debut in 2012 in the ZL1.

Up next is the Camaro Red Zone Concept. Based on the convertible version of the Chevrolet pony car, this machine wears a coat of Crystal Claret that's newly available for 2012 along with Chevrolet Accessories silver Ice interior pieces. The exterior features Accessory wheels and a full body kit, all available straight from the dealer. Finally, that stripe package you see will soon be available to Camaro owners.

The silver convertible you see in our gallery is the Camaro Synergy Series Concept, and it's wearing a coat of Silver Ice plus black Synergy decals with red line inserts. Chevrolet Accessory black-painted wheels join a body kit and body-color grille.

Finally, there's the Camaro 1LE Concept. As with other 1LE packages, this one has a suspension kit that is intended for road race circuits. It's Victory Red exterior is set off by a flat black hood and hash mark extensions. Most of the underpinnings will be available on the ZL1 for 2012, including the magnetic ride suspension.

Read all about each of these concepts in the press release after the break.
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LAS VEGAS – Few vehicles have inspired as much passion and personalization as the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. Chevrolet celebrates that legacy at the 2011 SEMA Show with a lineup of concepts that showcases different approaches to performance and personalization for these iconic sports cars.

At the 2010 SEMA Show, Camaro was named the "Hottest Car" in the inaugural SEMA awards.

"Go to any Corvette or Camaro enthusiast event and you will have a hard time finding a factory-stock vehicle," said Chris Perry, vice president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet. "These are cars that owners treat as canvases to express their personalization and high-performance dreams – and have been for decades. The SEMA Show is the perfect venue to test new customization concepts and to inspire new owners to start modifying their cars."

Chevrolet will have many Camaros and Corvettes at SEMA this year – including a full-size tribute to the "Custom Camaro" that was part of the original Hot Wheels 1:64-scale line in 1968. All the concepts reflect the wide range of personalization possibilities, inspiring owners to build their own one-of-a-kind creation.

Here's a look at some of the Camaros and Corvettes Chevrolet will debut at the 2011 SEMA Show:

Camaro Red Zone Concept

A design statement achieved with current and future accessories is the inspiration for the Camaro Red Zone Concept. It uses the Camaro convertible's style to demonstrate what's possible with a carefully selected collection of accessories – and it debuts a new, heritage-inspired stripe graphic that will be available soon. The result is a tasteful combination that blends contemporary style with a classic flair.

Vehicle highlights:

New-for-2012 model year Crystal Claret exterior color with black convertible tonneau cover
Chevrolet Accessories 21x8.5-inch silver/polished-face wheels
Silver heritage stripe
Chevrolet Accessories body-color grille and convertible wind screen
Suspension lowering kit by Pedders (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
Concept polished strut tower brace
Concept "RS" underhood liner
Titanium leather interior with Silver Ice accents
Black soft instrument panel insert
Chevrolet Accessories Silver Ice door and instrument panel inserts
Chevrolet Accessories floor mats with silver "CAMARO" logos.
"This is a Camaro for those who want great looks and a performance personality," said designer Adam Barry. "It's a simple yet dramatic statement that is uniquely Camaro."

Camaro Synergy Series Concept

The Camaro's Synergy special editions were born at SEMA, and this vehicle is a new take on the concept, using the best of the best of Camaro accessories – as well as a distinctive silver exterior with red accents. Chevrolet will be listening to the reaction that this Synergy concept receives at SEMA, as it could be brought to production.

Vehicle highlights:

Silver Ice exterior color with black Synergy stripes on the hood, with decklid and "mail slot" decals with red line inserts
Synergy gill decals and no SS or RS exterior badges
Chevrolet Accessories body-color ground effects and grille
Chevrolet Accessories 21-inch wheels – black with red stripe
Suspension lowering kit by Pedders (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
Red Brembo® brake calipers
Chevrolet Accessories red engine cover
Concept "SS" underhood liner
Concept polished strut tower brace
Chevrolet Accessories floor mats (ebony with red and "CAMARO" logo in silver)
Chevrolet Accessories lighting kit (displayed in red)
Hurst® short-throw shifter
Black leather interior with red accent stitching on seats, console, doors, steering wheel and shifter boot
Silver Ice instrument panel and door inserts
Black leather instrument panel soft insert with red stitching
SS logo with red outline on the head restraints
Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit

Camaro 1LE Concept

Born in the Camaro's third generation and refined further in the fourth generation as a road-racing performance package, the legendary 1LE option code designation returns to the Camaro as a concept intended to carve up road courses. While only a concept, it borrows production components from both the Camaro SS and forthcoming Camaro ZL1 to deliver a competition-ready package. Hash mark graphics on the front fender are pure Chevrolet racing cues, too.

Vehicle highlights:

Victory Red exterior color, with flat black hood and hash mark extensions
Satin black splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and outside mirrors
Sport suspension featuring Magnetic Ride Control
Electric power steering
Six-speed manual close-ratio transmission
Lightweight 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) racing wheels (satin black)
Goodyear® Eagle F1 Supercar G asymmetrical tires (from the ZL1)
Brembo® six-piston front calipers, with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
Dual exhaust outlets with ZL1-style active exhaust and diffuser
Shock tower brace
Chevrolet Accessories red engine cover
Black leather interior with Light Stone stitching
Graphite Silver door and instrument panel inserts
ZL1 shifter with Light Stone stitching
ZL1 flat-bottom steering wheel
Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit

"The Camaro 1LE concept is all about the track," said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Camaro. "It's an all-out race car package that pays tribute to that special option from the past."

Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept

Welcome to the dark side of Camaro ZL1. This concept incorporates all the technology and performance of the Camaro ZL1 – which goes on sale in 2012 – but with an added layer of carbon fiber to add a decidedly sinister-looking element of form to a car that's all about function. Included on this concept is the new Ashen Gray exterior paint (available on all 2012 Camaro models).

Vehicle highlights:

Chevrolet Accessories exposed-weave carbon fiber "Mohawk" hood insert
Carbon fiber rear spoiler with stainless-steel wicker bill
Carbon fiber inserts on the interior door and instrument panel
Lightweight 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear) wheels in satin black with machined faces
Brembo® six-piston front calipers, with two-piece front rotors, and four-piston rear calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)
Magnetic Ride Control
Dual exhaust outlets with active exhaust and diffuser
Jet Black leather interior with sueded microfiber seat inserts and Torch Red stitching
ZL1 short-throw shifter with suede and carbon fiber-trimmed shift knob
Suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel
ZL1 pedals

"This concept's dramatic appearance matches the extreme performance capabilities of the Camaro ZL1," said Tony Roma, program engineering manager for the Camaro ZL1. "And even if its styling doesn't intimidate you, its performance on the track will."