Chevrolet Camaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concept

From Chevrolet Press: NASCAR star Dale Jr. is fan of vintage Camaros – he cruises around in a Pro Touring-style ’72 Camaro powered by a GM Performance Parts LS crate engine – and the heritage-inspired design of the 2010 Camaro appeals to him like a checkered flag at Daytona. His vision for the 2008 Camaro Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concept was channeled to GM’s designers and crafted in a multi-color combination of style, capability and comfort.

They started with a new Camaro SS that uses the standard 6.2L V-8, but modified to use E85. Taking advantage of E85’s favorable octane rating, the engine was calibrated to deliver a few extra horsepower, with the exhaust exiting through GM Performance Parts’ new headers. It’s backed by the SS’s available six-speed manual transmission and GM Accessories’ short-throw Hurst shifter. Additional performance enhancements include a Brembo brake package and a lowered ride height, giving Dale Jr.’s Camaro a sleeker look to match its road-hugging capability.

A custom gray-over-white paint scheme blends the high-performance drivetrain with serious style. It is accented with an orange stripe separating the gray and white sections. Also generating attention on the exterior is a set of 21-inch, five-spoke wheels inspired by the Camaro Convertible Concept. They feature dark-painted center sections on the spokes that complement the body’s gray color. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero ZR-rated performance tires.

Additional exterior details include a grille, ground effects and rear diffuser, and exhaust system by Chevy Accessories; early Camaro-style “dovetail” rear spoiler; and production high-intensity discharge headlamps and RS taillamps. Similarly, the interior is outfitted for performance and style, including custom-trimmed leather-and-suede-covered seats with accent stitching; racing-style aluminum pedals; production-optional four-pack auxiliary gauge cluster; and revised gauge cluster with unique graphics and colors.

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