2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition: Review

To see one of these on the road will be a rarity. Because just like the little die-cast collectible toy car it represents, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition is best left in its packaging. This is a collectable toy car, albeit a full scale example, and its primary function is to be an appreciating asset for whoever buys one. And that’s the paradox. Because this thing rips.

The sixth-generation Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition is equal parts show and go, with an orange “Crush” hue that’s as loud as its 6.2L LT1 V8 exhaust note. Its wheels grab your hard-to-earn attention just as well as the Brembo brake pads grab the rotors. It is seen, it is heard, and it’s a magnet for casual judgement by strangers. That’s the price one must pay, along with the $4,995 for the package, to show off so abundantly.

Commemorated to mark 50 years of tiny toy cars, what makes the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition worth the money is the attention to detail. Specifically, the 20-inch wheel design. Mimicking the actual Hot Wheels cars, the tires, spokes and center cap all look they’re a singular piece, and are exclusive to the Hot Wheels Edition Camaro. The lower grille insert is unique to the collectable trim package, as are the orange brake calipers...

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