(Photos by Dave Nutting) – When the 2013 Hot Wheels Special Edition Camaro SS made the left hand turn into our driveway, my six year old son had eyes the size of pie plates and then literally wept tears of joy upon learning that we’d be rolling around in the car for the better part of a week to prepare this story. Initially, I thought he had hurt himself somehow and I asked if everything was OK. He just stood there saying, “That is sooooo awesome,” as the tears rolled down his cheeks.
If that isn’t the most genuine praise that I can aim toward the design team on this car, I’m not sure what is. This is not a car you cruise around in to avoid attention. Quite the opposite. From middle aged guys at the coffee shop to loads of kids on school buses, everyone wants and needs to have a look at the Hot Wheels Camaro. Over the course of the time I had the car, sunshine was at a premium but the awesome kinetic blue metallic paint projected itself so vibrantly off the car that cloudy days still saw the Camaro garnering stares, iPhone photos, and miles of smiles from kids.
The 2013 Hot Wheels Special Edition Camaro is largely a styling exercise. It is not laden with any specific go fast parts from the Chevrolet skunk works and its performance is akin to a “normal” 2013 Camaro SS. The idea of the project was the bring a Hot Wheels car to life and most everyone who saw the car agreed that they did one hell of a job at that. The fact that the Camaro also packs 400hp, enough torque to bake tires at virtual will, ultra grippy (larger than typical SS) Pirelli P-Zero tires, and an upscale interior didn’t hurt things from the Hot Wheels perspective either. I racked up a great number of miles during my time with the car in highway, secondary, and rural driving. I didn’t want to throw the keys back to the fine people at GM…neither did my kids. Thankfully Tom was at school when the return happened as he would have been crying tears of abject sadness to see his blue dream car slip slowly from his grasp as it drove away down the street. Like all special editions, this level of coolness and fun does not come cheaply. Our tester had a sticker price of $46,010 with $8,975 being made up of option costs. The Hot Wheels package was a $6995 of that. So what did I really think? What are the coolest details and “must see stuff” on the 2013 Hot Wheels Camaro SS? Scroll down as I am going to tell you the rest of the story through photos and captions!
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