Driven: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
26 Jun 2013

Driven: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition

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.

26 Jun 2013

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.

As-Tested
Trim Level: 2SS Coupe
Base Price: $36,135
Total Options: $8,975
Delivery: $900
MSRP: $46,010

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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This Camaro…

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makes you…

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feel like a kid again.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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?

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

Lets take a step inside…

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

An auxiliary gauge package on the 2SS trim level shows useful information (for a performance car) that otherwise isn’t available on the dash.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

The driver’s view

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

With a few exterior changes, the Hot Wheels Edition Camaro stands out considerably more than a “regular” RS/SS.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

The classic and imposing rear 1/4 view

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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…

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

These larger badges are found just aft of the front wheels.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

There’s Hot Wheels Badge on the rear deck, replacing what would have been an SS badge.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

Open the door and step inside- yup there’s another Hot Wheels logo

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

and the last and largest of them all, found on the seat backs…

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

Our example Camaro SS was equipped with Brembo Brakes. They offered a firm brake peddle feel and predictable responsive performance.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

That engine will, however, be covered by a unique black painted engine cover.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

A rear 1/4-panel flame decal perfects the Hot Wheels replica image. It’s a  subtle effect you may not notice at first.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

Red-rimmed with a polished face, the Hot Wheels Edition unique 21-inch wheels are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

The unique front chin spoiler is more exaggerated than on a standard Camaro SS

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition

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.

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