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-litre 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-litre 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-litre 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.