Published on June 26th, 2013 |
by The Merva Brothers
Driven: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
Style, Fit, & Finish
Driving Feel & Performance
Comfort & Interface
Tech & Audio
Price & Value
Summary: One big dose of nostalgia that you'd enjoy a lot more than you're willing to admit. At the intersection of inner child and grown up adult lies the Hot Wheels Edition Camaro.
: 5 (1 votes)
Hot Wheels cars have been a staple of growing up for decades. At an early age, many automotive enthusiasts have been shaped through which models of the toy cars they played with. The very first of the original 16 castings of Hot Wheels cars released in 1968 was a dark blue Camaro. Needless to say, there are a lot of Camaro fanatics who also love Hot Wheels cars. For 2013, Chevrolet is producing a special edition Camaro that looks a lot like the original toy; wheels, paint, flames, and massive Hot Wheels logos included.
Trim Level: 2SS Coupe
Base Price: $36,135
Total Options: $8,975
Hot Wheels Special Edition Package Cost: $6,996
Includes: Kinetic Blue Exterior, 21-inch Aluminum Wheels, RS Appearance Package, Hot Wheels Badging & Embroidery, Unique Front Grille/Rear Spoiler, Gill Decals, and Engine Cover
Photography: Zane Merva / Driver: Josh Merva
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feel like a kid again.
We had a chance to drive a 2013 Hot Wheels Edition Camaro SS. Basically, it’s a real car, meant to look like a toy car, that’s based on a real car. Got it?
So while it really does looks like a toy car, the performance of this Hot Wheels Camaro is anything but child-like. This is an adult-sized and full-strength american muscle car.
The 2013 Hot Wheels Camaro can be added on either 2LT (V6) or 2SS (V8) models. It adds unique Kinetic Blue Metallic paint, a ZL1 grille, spoiler, 21-inch wheels, and Hot Wheels badges…. everywhere.
Lets take a step inside…
If you didn’t notice the all the flashy stuff on the outside, the red stitching and Hot Wheels Logo on the steering wheel will certainly tip you off that this isn’t a run of the mill Camaro
This example came with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, which featured tap shifting via the steering wheel. While it works all well and fine, the Camaro begs for a more sophisticated dual-clutch setup. We prefer the no-extra-cost manual.
Every Camaro comes with a mono-color LCD driver-information-center. You can access a wide variety of useful information, including a speedometer, trip meter, and tire pressures.
The optional heads-up display is not only cool but extremely useful. Choose from three layouts, showing your speedometer, tachometer, outside temperature, or which song you’re listening to. You’ll glance off the road much less.
The optional Chevy MyLink system is among our favorite infotainment systems. Integrated USB, Bluetooth, XM radio, Pandora, and Stitcher Radio support are included and work with ease. The rear backup camera also uses this large LCD screen.
An auxiliary gauge package on the 2SS trim level shows useful information (for a performance car) that otherwise isn’t available on the dash.
This may be the best looking rear view mirror we’ve seen. With a thin bezel and capacitive touch OnStar buttons, it stands out as a modern feature in a retro interior.
The driver’s view
With a few exterior changes, the Hot Wheels Edition Camaro stands out considerably more than a “regular” RS/SS.
The classic and imposing rear 1/4 view
You can easily get the idea that the Hot Wheels Camaro looks far different than anything else on the road. Side by comparisons can be comical at times.
There are over a half-dozen Hot Wheels badges on this special edition Camaro. This one is in the front grille. Let’s show you the rest…
These larger badges are found just aft of the front wheels.
There’s Hot Wheels Badge on the rear deck, replacing what would have been an SS badge.
Open the door and step inside- yup there’s another Hot Wheels logo
and the last and largest of them all, found on the seat backs…
The combination of large exaggerated badges and huge 21-inch wheels give the Hot Wheels Edition a concept car like look. Straight out of the toy-set…64x bigger.
Our example Camaro SS was equipped with Brembo Brakes. They offered a firm brake peddle feel and predictable responsive performance.
Like any Camaro SS, the Hot Wheels Edition begs for winding roads. More composed than a Mustang GT, the SS imparts a higher level of confidence on winding back roads than its pony-car rival.
The Hot Wheels Edition borrows the front upper grille from the track-oriented ZL1. It also has a unique front spoiler and ground effects package.
The car features a dual-texture racing stripe front to back. The center of the stripe has a matte and lightly abrasive surface, almost like sand paper. The outer edge is smooth and semi-gloss.
There’s no special performance enhancements to the Hot Wheels Edition but in reality you don’t need any. Our example had the same 426-horsepower V8 as you’d find in any other SS.
That engine will, however, be covered by a unique black painted engine cover.
A rear 1/4-panel flame decal perfects the Hot Wheels replica image. It’s a subtle effect you may not notice at first.
Red-rimmed with a polished face, the Hot Wheels Edition unique 21-inch wheels are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires.
The unique front chin spoiler is more exaggerated than on a standard Camaro SS
These “side gill decals” are also unique to the Hot Wheels Edition and are dealer installed before delivery. We’d guess other Camaro owners will be interested in picking these up from their local dealership.
This Hot Wheels Camaro drives and handles just like any other Camaro SS. One difference is the 21-inch wheels; the largest you can get on a Camaro from the factory. The thin rubber allows you to feel every crack in the road.
Anyone who buys a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition is going to be looking for a car that reminds them of their childhood. Thankfully, this car brings back fond memories and delivers the modern performance fitting of a life-sized toy sports car.