Automakers used the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas last week to display high performance vehicles and special, hot-to-trot factory-designed parts. Here are some concepts that may be headed for production — albeit limited edition — or that have accessories expected to be available in dealerships.
Sizzling at SEMA
With its World War I-era battleship camouflage paint job, Chevrolet's Silverado Special Ops concept imagines what a rescue vehicle for special operations forces would look like. The exterior color scheme -- called Razzle Dazzle -- was designed to disguise a ship's profile, speed and direction. The colors are rendered in three-tone faded blue.
"We created light, medium and darker shaded areas within camouflage bands flowing down the hood, body sides and tailgate," said Todd Parker, director of design, Chevrolet Accessories. "That effect gives tremendous depth to the Silverado's body while reinforcing the nautical heritage of the unique camo design."
There is more to the concept than a throwback camo scheme. The 1500 Z71 features a number of heavy-duty components from the Chevrolet Accessories line, including an underbody shield, LED off-road lights, a sport bar, wheel flares, customer rocker panels, a GearOn tiered storage system and rack package. Chevrolet also fitted this truck with a new brake package, exhaust kit and air intake.
"This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams," said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
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Chevrolet brought a boatload of Gen 6 customized Camaros to SEMA.
Possibly the coolest was the Camaro Krypton, featuring electroluminescent paint that, with the flip of a switch, glows bright enough to show hundreds of little bowtie emblems on the doors.
The Camaro Black concept is built off the SS and gets a mosaic black metallic coat of paint, black hood vents, a black-outlined SS badge, black wheels and bowtie and a few other bits.
The Camaro Hyper concept, named for its hyper-blue paint job, gets white rally stripes, Camaro fender badges and the RS spoiler.
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