Chevrolet held a media reception Monday evening on the eve of the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where the automaker unveiled some of the concepts and special edition vehicles that will be displayed at the show beginning on Tuesday.
Opening the event was the 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil that was recovered from the National Corvette Museum’s sinkhole. The Corvette was sent back to GM in September where it underwent repairs. Tonight that mighty LS9 roared to life once again as it became the first of Chevrolet’s SEMA vehicles to take the stage.
The second Corvette to be shown was a design concept from Paul Stanley of the rock group KISS. Stanley worked with Chevy designers to create a unique personalized vehicle in the spirit of a grand touring car. The 2015 Corvette Z51 Coupe features a custom two-toned exterior with creme interior and a one of a kind grille.
The next Corvette to be displayed at the media event was a Laguna Blue 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. The 650-hp show car will be making its first appearance at SEMA. Chevrolet did bring out some performance parts for the Z06 which featured concepts for suspension and track cooling.
Chevrolet also paid homage to the first LT1-equipped Corvette in a collaboration with NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson. The classic 1971 Corvette features an LT1 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance. Coupled to the 450 horsepower V8 is 6-speed manual transmission. With its modern drivetrain and classic looks, the Jimmie Johnson 1971 Corvette should be right at home at the SEMA show.
In addition to the Corvettes, Chevrolet also showed off several Camaros, a 2015 COPO drag car and the 2015 Commemorative Edition. Several Colorado and Silverado concepts were shown. The Silverado concept features some huge Brembo brakes making it the first truck from a major automaker to be so equipped. Finally, there was a blacked out Impala that we really thought looked great but didn’t seem to get much interest with all the other offerings in the house.
Here is the video from the event. The action starts at 13:30 so fast forward to start the show:
We be offering an in-depth look at each of the Corvettes and the Corvette-related performance parts on display from Chevrolet. In the meantime, check out our photos from SEMA Preview.
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