A Recap of GM Vehicles at SEMA 2019Nov 15th, 2019
The SEMA show in Las Vegas is a gearheads wet dream. It’s mainly a trade convention for the aftermarket auto industry but it’s gotten so big that manufacturers bring their own modified creations to show off to the crowds. At the SEMA 2019 show, Chevrolet brought a number of concept vehicles, as well as a few production cars, to show to the crowds.
Trans Am Depot 455 Super Duty
The original Trans Am ended production back in 2002. But that hasn’t stopped fans of it to try to reimagine it for the 21st century. That’s what Florida-based tuning shop Trans Am Depot did for the SEMA 2019 show.
They took the current Chevrolet Camaro and completely redesigned it into a modern take of the Pontiac Trans Am. From the outside, it comes complete with the Trans Am decals and a carbon fiber T-top. The inside is reminiscent of the current generation Camaro with the same dashboard and instrument cluster albeit with a splash of carbon fiber trim. Under the hood is a 455 cubic-inch supercharged GM small block V8 that produces upwards of 1,000 hp and 1,046 lb-ft of torque.
Just 50 examples of this 455 Super Duty will be made and all 50 have been pre-sold already.
Ringbrothers 1969 Camaro Valkyrja
Wisconsin based tuning company, Ringbrothers, brought what is arguably the best iteration of the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro this year. The 1969 Camaro, dubbed the Valkyrja, was commissioned for an anonymous Belgium buyer.
Powering the Valkyrja is a 6.8L (416 cu-in) LS3 V8 with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. It produces a mouthwatering 890 horsepower. The power then goes through a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission and a John’s Industries 9” rear end differential. A number of parts on the specialty Camaro were 3D printed and accompanied by the use of carbon fiber body work in the front, rear and hood.
No word on how much this ‘69 Camaro cost to build but we suspect well into the 6-figures mark.
Chevrolet SIlverado HD Sports Concept
Who says you can’t enjoy the outdoors in a Heavy Duty pickup? Chevrolet seems to think so with the introduction of the Silverado HD Sports Concept.
The Sports Concept is based around the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD with a different type of Z71 package. The Z71 Sport Package includes a body-color Chevrolet grille bar with chrome grille inserts, high-intensity LED headlamps, body-color front and rear bumpers, body-color door handles, black skid plates, black Silverado badging, black Chevrolet Bowties, a spray-on bedliner, a black Chevrolet Bowtie on the steering wheel, custom exterior graphics and off-road tires.
No word yet on when or if this package will be made available to the Canadian market.
1962 Chevrolet E-10 Concept
It would seem the latest trend in Hot Rod tuning is taking a classic car or truck and instead of fitting the biggest engine under the hood, you fit the most batteries instead. That is what Chevrolet has done to this 1962 Chevy C-10 pickup.
Dubbed the “E-10”, it is powered by a pair of 60kWh battery packs which send their electricity to two motors for a combined output of 450 hp. The power is sent to the wheels via a conventional SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission. What’s impressive though is the fact that the entire powertrain is comprised of existing components from the Chevrolet Bolt.
Chevrolet did not say what the range or charging time may be for the E-10 pickup. However Chevy said that this is just a starting point for providing the aftermarket community with electric conversion components. So expect to see more electric powertrains in the future being sold just like crate engines.
Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia