Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition

Stop the presses if you’ve seen this one before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have been business partners for quite some time, and the fruits of that partnership have given us a handful of Camaro Hot Wheels special editions over the past years. We’re getting a new version of the same special edition at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, though this time, we’re also getting something extra on the side courtesy of the Hot Wheels’ 50th Anniversary Edition.

Special is as special gets, and we’re getting two doses of it with the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition. The first of these two SEs come in 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible trims of the muscle car. The aesthetic elements of the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition is a cool callback to the 1968 Camaro that was one of the first cars to be immortalized in Hot Wheels format. In fact, the ’68 Camaro holds the distinction of being the first car to get a Hot Wheels casting. 50 years later, that milestone is being celebrated in typical bombastic Hot Wheels fashion with the inclusion of the Hot Wheels package on the purpose-built 2018 COPO Camaro drag race car. These two special edition Camaros are expected to headline the Camaro contingent at SEMA, and there’s no reason to think that any other custom-built version of the pony car will compare to the appeal of these two commemorative crown pieces.

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What makes the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition special

  • Orange Crush paint
  • Satin Graphite stripes / Silver Ice Metallic accents
  • 20-inch Satin Graphite forged aluminum wheels
  • 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels fender badges
  • Galvano Chrome inserts on the front grille
  • Orange brake calipers
  • Dark taillamps
  • Black taillamp panel with the Hot Wheels emblem
  • Black Chevrolet bowtie emblems
  • Jet Black leather-appointed interior
  • Orange kneepads on the doors and orange safety belts
  • 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badge on the steering wheel
  • Illuminated door sill plates with 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badges
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine (LT trim) with 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque
  • 6.2-liter V-8 engine (SS trim) with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque
    "In keeping with the theme of tying the SE up to Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary, the Camaro receives a striking Crush Orange paint finish"

For the record, we’re talking about two special edition Chevrolet Camaros here. The first one is available on all 2LT and 2SS coupes and convertibles. In keeping with the theme of tying the SE up to Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary, the Camaro receives a striking Crush Orange paint finish. It’s not exactly the exact same shade as the Hugger Orange paint on the 1968 Hot Wheels Camaro, but it certainly comes close to it. Providing a nice contrast to the splashy and dominant orange color are Satin Graphite stripes with Silver Ice Metallic accents, though you can probably just use “grey” and “white,” and it’s going to mean the same thing. The use of the Satin Graphite shade continues on the ground effects, wheels, and the Hot Wheels badges on the fenders. Speaking of the wheels, the Hot Wheels Camaro sits on a set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels that are finished in, you guessed it, Satin Graphite. It’s hard to make out from the photos too, but those wheels also feature milled faces and unique center caps. Other additions come in the form of dark taillights, Galvano chrome inserts right on the front grille, and Chevy’s own bowtie emblem getting the all-black treatment.

"The cabin showcases an explosive combination of black and orange upholstery"

Move inside the car and prepare yourself for a cabin that showcases an explosive combination of black and orange upholstery. The treatment is pretty slick though, especially the orange stitching on the black leather. That’s a nice touch. The embossed headrests and the Hot Wheels banding on the steering wheel and door sills are perfect identifiers of the car’s special edition roots, while the orange knee pads are there for reasons that are unclear to me. But, hey, the orange seat belts are another nice touch to the cabin.

You would think that a car like this would get an engine upgrade, right? Well, if history is any indication, it won’t, and I don’t expect it to have any. Still, you can get it with one of two engines. Your first choice is a 3.6-liter V-6 that’s good for 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque and a sprint to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. If you want the big boy Camaro SS unit, you’ll get a massive 6.2-liter V-8 with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque at your disposal. Likewise, that 5.9-second time gets shaved by over a second to 4.8 seconds.

"2,500 units of the Camaro will receive the Hot Wheels package, which itself is an option priced at $4,995"

Availability shouldn’t be an issue, especially if you jump on the wagon early. According to Chevy, 2,500 units of the Camaro will receive the Hot Wheels package, which itself is an option priced at $4,995. Be wary, though, because these units sell out quickly. So if you’re not up on your toes when the package becomes available, you might be out of luck.

The Chevrolet COPO Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition

  • Orange Crush paint
  • Satin Graphite stripes / Silver Ice Metallic accents
  • 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels fender badges
  • Hood scoop
  • Fat Hoosier tires
  • Naturally aspirated 302-cubic-inch Gen V small-block V-8 engine (standard)
  • Supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 engine (optional)
  • Naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine (optional)

    "This Hot Wheels SE is the living embodiment of the toy car maker’s over-the-top philosophy"

Far more exclusive is the COPO Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, which might as well be the closest thing to a life-sized Hot Wheels car Chevrolet has ever created. We’re talking about a factory-built drag racer here, folks. And, while the striking orange paint scheme does make it a little cartoonish, this Hot Wheels SE is the living embodiment of the toy car maker’s over-the-top philosophy. The massive bulge on the hood and the fat Hoosier tires further slam home the car’s drag racing credentials. It’s worth noting, too, that the car that will be on display at SEMA will get an exclusive Supercrush Orange paint finish. That’s not going to be the case though for the available lot that Chevy will offer; they’re getting the same Orange Crush treatment as the “standard” Hot Wheels SEs.

Vanity takes these special edition Camaros far, but in the case of the COPO Camaro, it’s not the most important part of the whole package. That distinction goes to the engine or, at least in this case, engines. Three different versions are available, including a standard naturally aspirated 302-cubic-inch, Gen V, small-block, V-8 engine that’s based on the LT1 unit found under the hood of the Camaro SS. If that engine’s not to your liking, you can opt for a supercharged, 5.7-liter V-8 engine or a bigger, naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 powerhouse. Chevy made no mention of power numbers, but it did say that a COPO Camaro using the supercharged V-8 will be able to hit a quarter mile in eight seconds with trap speeds approaching 160 mph.

"The COPO Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary is far more limited than its standard counterpart"

The cost of getting a Chevrolet COPO Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition is unclear at this point, though if you’re interested, Chevy’s already taking in registrations from potential buyers. Make no mistake though; the COPO Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary is far more limited than its standard counterpart as only 69 units of the actual COPO Camaro will be made available. How many will get the Hot Wheels SE treatment is another question entirely, though don’t expect it to be more than the 69 units that Chevy’s building of the COPO drag racer.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.

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