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Chicago Show Oddballs: 700-HP Chevrolet Camaro Coupe, Rusted Dodge Charger

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Although crowds gathered around new reveals such as the 2014 Toyota Tundra, or not-so-new-anymore cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, oddball cars parked in the nooks and crannies of the show-floor drew in smaller crowds with their weird appeal. Below are a few weird cars we saw up in Chi Town.

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Based off a character in a new DreamWorks movie coming out this summer, the 2013 Turbo Camaro Coupe is pure exaggeration. Outfitted with lower rockers, fender flares, front splitter, and rear diffuser, the black Camaro coupe wears a vinyl chrome wrap that's tinted dark to look like black chrome. Custom front LED lights illuminate in different colors, and huge black wheels add even more impact, with the fronts measuring 24 by 10 inches, and the rear wheels 24 by 15 inches. Powering the beast is a supercharged V-8 that puts out north of a claimed 700 hp. Other features include a custom intake assembly for supercharger housing and a custom COPO hood assembly. Around back, rear exhaust pipes are five inches in diameter, while a huge GT concept rear wing spoiler blocks any type of rear visibility (we suppose).

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The Camaros didn't stop there, as the 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition that first appeared at SEMA gleamed in a vibrant metallic blue paint and red-lined wheels. Available early this year, consumers pick their poison between 2LT V-6 and 2SS V-8 Camaro coupes and convertibles. The special-edition car includes a ZL1 rear spoiler on coupes, ZL1 front upper grille on both body styles, a ground effects package, black 21-inch wheels, fender flame graphics, Hot Wheels grille, and decklid logos. Inside, red-and-black seat stitching and the Hot Wheels logo are embroidered on the leather-trimmed front seat, and Hot Wheels Edition flame decals are affixed to the doors.

Promoting a new show called "Defiance" on the Syfy channel was a weathered Dodge Charger that has seen better days. Equipped with a grille guard, window bars, and  big truck tires, the sedan screams "wash me." There weren't many details on the Charger, but you can see more when the series premieres on SyFy in April.

Trampling over dead zombies, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine also blew into the Windy City from Comic-Con. Modifications include a spiked, zombie plow cow catcher up front, slatted armored window coverings, and a sunroof hatch cage to shoot at zombies. An electric rear trunk allows easy access to weapons, while a CB radio/PA system is used to communicate with others. Chunky offroad tires allow for go-anywhere access.

Don't miss our 2013 Chicago Auto Show Top 10 list here.


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