Sorry kids... the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is not a toy.
Sorry kids... the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is not a toy. So - despite being inspired by the model cars that thousands of young petrol heads play with - it cannot be driven on the lounge carpet or preserved in the original packaging. This, you see, is the real thing – a full- scale Special Edition that can be thrashed on the open road. As such, it is not propelled by the flick of a finger but courtesy of its 6.2-litre V8 engine. This produces 432PS when bolted to six-speed manual transmission and 405PS in auto guise. These trims hit 62mph in 5.2 and 5.4 seconds, respectively, and reach 155mph. Hence, “stay out the lounge or be sent to bed early”. Chris Perry, Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing, said: “Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels (and) offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life.” Felix Holst, Vice President of Creative for the Mattel Wheels Division, added: “It’s been nearly twenty years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels and I have yet to drive one home. I can’t wait to open the doors and see the Hot Wheels Camaro sitting in the garage.” The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition has numerous features that make it appeal to big kids. Highlights include the metallic blue paint which contrasts striking two-tone exterior graphics. These complement the front and rear spoiler, black twenty-inch alloys, and the Hot Wheels grill. Oi! I can see you... I said stay out the lounge. The interior – which has the Hot Wheels logo on the seats - is black leather with red/black stitching. Plus, of course, it has “flame” stickers on the door trim to complement the seven-inch touch-screen radio and Bluetooth system. Something to boast about in the playground, then. This toy will be offered in Europe from November 8th 2012 but its price has yet to be revealed. As a clue, the entry- level Chevrolet Camaro Coupe costs from £35,025. Mmmm... better start saving your pocket money.