The US automaker decided to try its hand at resto-mod, getting the Chevelle Slammer concept at the SEMA show in Las Vegas with retro styling but up to date technology and hardware.
We ‘we always been suckers for this kind of desire to bring the best of both worlds – just think about all those lovely classic Porsches modified with contemporary components. Now Chevrolet has taken a 1969 Chevelle and replaced its original bits and pieces with the company’s latest and arguably best technologies. Under the bonnet sits a new direct-injected LT376/535 crate engine based on the LT1 from inside the Corvette. But it gets here different camshafts and heads to add another 75 horsepower (56 kilowatts) for a grand total of 535 hp (399 kW). The second generation Chevelle also specs a modern SuperMatic 4L75-E four-speed transmission to bring the 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-meters) of torque to the wheels.
Style is important, so the concept has 18-inch front and 20-inch rear polished alloys with a low stance due to an air suspension making the Chevelle worthy of its “Slammer” moniker. The brakes have been taken from the Camaro and the interior has been trimmed and painted in Adrenaline Red, while the muscle car also lends the seats. Chevrolet displays the Chevelle Slammer at SEMA alongside a modern Camaro Slammer.