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by Adam Lynton
Buyers who've outgrown their Hot Wheels toys can buy the full-size version for the first time in a tie-up betwen GM and the famous toy brand.
For the first time in Hot Wheels history, a full-size production version of the collectable toy will go on sale, with the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition set to arrive at Chevy dealerships early next year. Making its debut at the SEMA show, the Hot Wheels Camaro comes sporting a graphics-accented Kinetic Blue metallic paint scheme and red-rimmed 21-inch wheels and grille, and will be available in coupe and convertible form. Exterior highlights include a full ground effects package and the ZL1's spoiler and grille.
A two-tone matte hood graphic and rear taillight panel blackout graphic, How Wheels flame logo on the fender, grille and decklid complete the look. The cabin is trimmed in black leather with red and black stitching and Hot Wheels logo embroidered on the front seats, doors and sill plates. Those opting for the 2SS trim get the 6.2-liter V8 with either 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque on automatic-equipped vehicles, or 426 hp and 420lb-ft when mated to the manual. 2LT-based models feature the 3.6-liter V6 rated at 323 hp.
The original 1:64-scale toy Custom Camaro from 1968, one of the 16 original models issued, remains one of the most valuable Hot Wheels toys. The special edition full-size model, with a package price of $6,995, is sure to be just as popular.