Turbo AutoX Concept is ready for your tightest cone course.
The name Chevy Camaro normally conjures up images of burnouts and drag strips, but with the sixth-generation car, General Motors is showing that its muscle coupe is, more than ever, all about handling. We've had good experiences in the new V8- and V6-powered models, but nowhere is the Camaro's focus on handling more present than in this SEMA concept, dubbed the Turbo AutoX.
That's AutoX as in autocross – the tight cone courses that reward agility over sheer speed. That's why this Camaro isn't powered by a six- or eight-cylinder engine. Instead, it uses Chevy's lighter, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, and features a host of upgrades that work to sharpen the car's handling chops. It may be just a concept for now, but we think there's certainly a production future for this coupe, even if it doesn't come to market painted in Shock Yellow (though it should).
Stiffer springs, retuned dampers, and a lower ride height (three-quarters of an inch lower than the stock car) are only part of the AutoX’s tuning upgrades. Chevy also adds a “plus performance” handling kit with larger stabilizer bars, stiffer suspension links, and a strut tower brace under the hood. What’s more, the concept rides on 20-inch wheels and sticky 285/35R20 Goodyear performance tires. Braking power is upgraded, too, with six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted rotors.
Still, that’s not all. The 2.0-liter engine gets a cold-air intake system, the six-speed manual transmission gets a short-throw shift kit, and a performance exhaust system makes the turbo-four sound as mean and throaty as possible – this engine isn’t exactly known for its aural pleasantries in standard form.
Super bright color aside, the AutoX is set apart visually with carbon flash accents, a ground effects kit, a modified version of the Camaro SS’ front splitter, a front tow hook, and for some reason, a GoPro camera mount, so you can show all your bros how sick your latest lap times are. Oh, and there’s a spoiler out back. It is SEMA, of course.
Again, this is just a concept, but we look forward to seeing some hotter version of the 2.0-liter Camaro at some point in the future. For now, check it out in the gallery below, and let us know what you think, in the Comments.
Gallery: Chevy Camaro Turbo AutoX Concept
CAMARO TURBO AUTOX CONCEPT DESIGNED TO CARVE CONES
Performance handling, braking, airflow enhancements challenge tuners on the track
LAS VEGAS ― 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.”
“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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