Very agile Chevrolet Camaro Turbo AutoX Concept shown at 2016 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2016

The Chevrolet Camaro has been known for its power and speed; it’s no surprise then that the carmaker considers these attributes to be its source of pride. Through continuous development and evolution, the Camaro has become one of the most beloved supercars in terms of dynamic performance on the road.

At the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Chevrolet has been showing off a Camaro Concept with primary focus on handing. Featuring a LTG 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, brake system, a performance suspension and exhaust system as well as air intake, the new Camaro Turbo AutoX Concept boasts of very agile handling that is usually linked to autocross.

The 2.0-liter turbo engine of the new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept sports a concept cold-air intake system while its controller has been calibrated to provide optimum performance across the rpm band. Meanwhile, turbocharger system installed on the Camaro Turbo AutoX concept could generate 20 pounds of max boost. It comes with a twin-scroll design that allows for a more efficient use of engine power, thereby getting rid of the so-called turbo lag while delivering a broader power band. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with a concept short-throw shifter.

New AutoX rides on concept Chevrolet Accessories 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear 285/35R20 performance tires. Stopping power comes courtesy of Chevrolet Performance’s front brake kit that includes six-piston calipers and 370mm two-piece slotted rotors. In addition, the new Camaro Turbo AutoX has been installed with a Chevrolet Performance exhaust system with a four-inch outlet for a beefier exhaust note. This exhaust system could also reduce backpressure by around 14 percent.

The new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept comes fitted with the Chevrolet Performance suspension lowering kit that makes use of stiffer springs as well as tuned dampers. This Chevrolet Performance suspension lowering kit – which could lower the ride height of the Camaro Turbo AutoX by up to 0.75 inch (20 mm) – is complemented by a concept “plus performance” handling kit that makes use of stiffer suspension links and larger stabilizer bars.

Turbo AutoX concept also features a strut tower brace under the hood. These new components enhance the Camaro Turbo AutoX concept’s roll stiffness and result to a quicker turn-in performance. Overall, these enhancements help make the new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept more agile and much easier to handle.

As shown at the 2016 SEMA Show, the new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept is wrapped in Shock Yellow exterior color with Pearl Nickel hood stripes. Satin Carbon Flash Metallic accents can be found on the hood vents (borrowed from Camaro SS) and rockers as well as rear diffuser (both derived from a Chevrolet Accessories ground effects kit). It modified front splitter is also derived from the Camaro SS model. The exterior of the new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept also features a GoPro camera mount, a front tow hook, and a new accessory rear spoiler as well as export side marker lamps.

Inside, the concept features a black, leather-trimmed cabin with a suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob and boot. It also dons a carbon-fiber instrument panel insert and a bolt-in harness bar with a five-point safety harness.

Press Release

CAMARO TURBO AUTOX CONCEPT DESIGNED TO CARVE CONES

The new Camaro Turbo AutoX concept combines the LTG 2.0L turbocharged engine with a performance suspension, brake system, air intake and exhaust system. It melds the Camaro’s excellent power-to-weight ratio with more agile handling that’s ideal for autocross enthusiasts.

“This concept pushes Camaro in a new direction, integrating new performance parts that make the most of the turbocharged Camaro’s lightweight dynamics,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

The concept features the Chevrolet Performance suspension lowering kit, which includes stiffer springs and specifically tuned dampers and lowers the ride height up to 0.75 inch (20mm). It is matched with a concept “plus performance” handling kit including larger stabilizer bars and stiffer suspension links. A concept strut tower brace under the hood provides additional chassis stiffness. The whole system contributes to improved roll stiffness and quicker turn-in performance.

AutoX rolls on concept Chevrolet Accessories 20-inch aluminum wheels and Goodyear 285/35R20 performance tires. Engineers added Chevrolet Performance’s front brake kit, featuring six-piston calipers and 370mm, two-piece slotted rotors.

For maximum performance lap after lap, a concept cold-air intake system has been fitted to the 2.0L turbo engine and a calibration upgrade to its controller optimizes performance across the rpm band. The turbocharger generates up to 20 pounds of boost and its twin-scroll design helps make the most of the usable power from the engine, practically eliminating turbo lag and helping deliver a broad powerband.

When it’s time to change gears, the concept’s six-speed manual transmission features a concept short-throw shifter to make quicker work of it.

A Chevrolet Performance exhaust system with a polished 4-inch outlet offers a throatier exhaust note and reduces backpressure by approximately 14 percent. An Active Noise Cancellation calibration update is included for vehicles with the Bose® stereo system.

“It’s a great engine for an autocross course because the strong torque production means you can hold a lower gear and just run through the cones without constant shifting,” said Mark Dickens, director of Performance Variants and Parts. “And with the concept handling package providing amazing handling, this car is simply a blast to drive ― and a real surprise for some of the tuner drivers.”

Track-challenging style

“Appearance is very important to the owners of vehicles like this, and the Camaro Turbo AutoX concept was designed to be both race- and show-worthy,” said Adam Barry, Chevrolet designer. “The new Shock Yellow color on the concept reaches out to the new generation of enthusiasts and explores how the Gen 6 Camaro looks in brighter, bolder hues.”

The Shock Yellow color is complemented with Pearl Nickel hood stripes and satin Carbon Flash Metallic accents on the hood vents, rockers and rear diffuser. The vented hood comes from the Camaro SS, while the rear diffuser and rockers were borrowed from a Chevrolet Accessories ground effects kit. The front splitter is also from the SS model, but is modified for the concept. There’s a front tow hook, GoPro camera mount, export side marker lamps and an all-new, accessory rear spoiler that’s making its debut on the concept.

The black, leather-trimmed interior mixes style with track-ready functionality, including a suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob and boot, and a carbon-fiber instrument panel insert. A bolt-in harness bar mounts a five-point safety harness.

The Camaro Turbo AutoX concept was unveiled today at the SEMA Show, sharing the floor with approximately 20 additional Chevy cars and trucks.

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