Remember the super rad 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Krypton Concept? The Camaro variant was one of the many Camaros Chevrolet brought to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The Camaro Krypton featured a futuristic electroluminescent paint technology, and with the flip of a switch, the paint hue came alive with illuminated bowties on the body sides.
Don’t expect the future-forward paint to make it to production, though, knowing it cost a cool $80,000 to cover a handful of body panels. However, the hue itself has a better chance at seeing production.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE brought a more production ready hue of the bespoke Krypton Green color as seen on the concept. And after sitting down with Al Oppenheiser, lead Camaro engineer, we asked what was holding the color back from production.
“Well, there are inputs that maybe the general public doesn’t realize, but we build the car at the Lansing Grand River assembly, so we also share it with the Cadillac ATS and CTS. There are only so many paint lines, and in order to run special color like [Krypton Green] it means that you can’t paint something else. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it, but you have to work it out,” Oppenheiser said.
So, don’t expect any Krypton Green Cadillacs, in other words.
“The Synergy Green was a big success for the fifth-generation [Camaro], and we kind of upped our game here with a color like this. So, you know, we thought let’s show it off here in Chicago. Based on customer feedback, we may come out with something like [Krypton Green] for production. It kind of harkens back to the non-metallic days of Hugger Orange and so on, and I think people like that as a change of pace,” he added.
When asked why the name “Krypton”, Oppenheiser took a cheeky shot at his cross-town rival.
“Because it makes Mustangs weaker,” he said with a chuckle.