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SEMA SHOW: CHEVROLET CAMARO LT1 CONVERTIBLE SHOWN AS A CONCEPT

The 6.2L V8 Camaro Drop Top Will Likely Join The Official Lineup Next Year

Chevrolet Camaro LT1 Concept SEMA Show
Photo Copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro brought forth several changes that aim to fix a few headwinds the car has faced. Namely, bringing down the entry point of the V8 engine with the “LT1” trim level. With it combines the interior content of the more entry-level Camaro LT with the 455 hp small block V8 punch of the SS model, plus the ever-important eight-cylinder soundtrack, mated to either a six-speed manual or available 10-speed automatic transmission. These changes make the Camaro LT1 nearly the most affordable V8 muscle car/pony car for sale today with an MSRP of $34,995 including destination. And during the 2019 SEMA Show, Chevrolet revealed the Camaro LT1 Convertible, with several concept parts that look fit for production.

This is anybody’s first public look at the LT1 Convertible model.

Photos by and for MuscleCarsandTrucks.com

The red and black color combination appears to hint at what the forthcoming Redline Edition package will look like for the Camaro. The front fascia also seems to incorporate a unique lower grille insert, and that could be what makes this car a SEMA Show concept. Other concept parts include a ZL1 carbon fiber IP insert, and red rear brake calipers.

Readily available options on this SEMA Show Camaro include an SS-style hood, black bowtie emblems, a gray cloth interior, 10-speed automatic transmission, and dual mode exhaust. Chevrolet Performance Parts and Accessories include:

20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels ($2,420)

satin black fascia extension ($595)

rear blackout stripe ($75)

Red Hot “spider stripe” ($395)

central “Stinger Stripe” in black ($550)

black/carbon fiber fuel filler door ($250)

smoked taillamp kit ($550)

high-mounted stop taillamp ($115),

gray automatic transmission shift knob ($115)

Dark Night interior lighting package ($795)

Premium floor mats ($150)

Jet black knee pads ($325)

Floor console lid with Camaro logo ($225)

Suspension lowering kit ($1,500)

LT1 cold air intake system ($525)

Strut tower brace in black ($395)

LT1 engine cover with Camaro logo ($525)

Front six-piston Brembo brake upgrade system in red ($3,150)

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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