A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in a Chevrolet Camaro, it may seem odd but it’s very much a reality in Chevy’s motorsport division. The brand officially presented the AutoX concept at SEMA 2016 in Las Vegas.
The concept car features the LTG 2.0-liter turbo engine combined with performance suspension, a performance brake system, custom air intakes and exhaust system. The concept is said to boast an excellent power-to-weight ratio that can be ultimately exploited by the likes of 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 performance suspension lowering kit includes stiffer springs and specifically tuned dampers, and overall lowers the car’s ride height by 20 mm. Handling is further improved with the new ‘Plus Peformance’ handling kit that includes larger stabilizer bars and stiffer suspension links.
For maximum performance lap after lap, a concept cold-air intake system has been fitted to the 2.0-liter 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.
“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 track-oriented Camaro makes a bold appearance indeed with Shock yellow color and contrasting Pearl Nickel hood striping. The hood of the turbocharged Camaro may look familiar to you, and that’s because it was directly taken from the powerful Camaro SS. The car’s front splitter was similarly borrowed from the Camaro SS, while other visual components such as the rear diffuser were taken from the Chevrolet Accessories ground effects kit.