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SEMA: Chevrolet Camaro Turbo AutoX concept

by Drew Johnson

Chevy designs a Camaro to tackle the autocross circuit.

Chevrolet has unveiled a new concept version of its sixth-generation Camaro at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Known as the Turbo AutoX, the show car is a performance take on the four-cylinder version of the latest Camaro.

Designed as an all-around performer, the Turbo AutoX features several upgrades compared to the standard car. The concept rides on a Chevrolet Performance suspension that has been lowered at all four corners by 0.75-inches. The setup also includes larger stabilizer bars and a strut tower brace.

The Turbo AutoX rolls on a set of 20-inch wheels that conceal a set of Chevrolet Performance front brakes that measure 370mm and feature a six-piston setup. Tires are sourced from Goodyear and measure 285/35R20.

The Camaro's four-cylinder engine carries over without any major enhancements, but the turbocharged mill receives a cold air intake, unique engine calibration and a performance exhaust system. Performance numbers weren't released, but the Turbo AutoX should best the stock car's ratings of 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The Camaro Turbo AutoX uses an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual with a short-throw shifter.

"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.

As its name implied, Chevy envisions the Turbo AutoX as an ideal weapon for autocross racing.

"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.”

In order to differentiate the Turbo AutoX from a run-of-the-mill Camaro, Chevrolet has finished the concept in Shock Yellow with with Carbon Flash Metallic accents. The car also benefits from a ground effects kit, rear spoiler and hood vents from the Camaro SS.

Inside the show car gets a flat-bottom steering wheel, carbon fiber accents and a bolt-in harness bar that can accommodate a five-point safety harness.

Chevy hasn't announced any production plans for the Camaro Turbo AutoX, but elements of the concept could one day wind up in a production vehicle.