Scrape the polished black wheels on these special-edition Chevrolets if you must, but please, do avoid damaging their double red stripes. Unlike other factory wheel-paint treatments that outline the edges or highlights the spokes, Chevy paints a Grand Sport–themed motif on the inner rim. It’s distinctive, and it’s the primary reason for purchasing one of the Redline editions available on eight models for 2017, but it won’t be easy to restore if you rub it up against a curb.
After hearing positive responses to its SEMA Red Line show cars in 2015, Chevrolet decided to build them and delete the space between the two words (lest anyone be reminded of Saturn’s performance trims). All LT trims of the Camaro, Colorado, Cruze sedan and hatchback, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado Double Cab Z71, and Trax, plus the Camaro SS, Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71, and Traverse Premier can be ordered with the Redline package.
While some of the SEMA cars included lowered suspensions, the production cars will retain ride stock heights. Aside from the spiffy wheels, Redline Chevys are essentially blacked-out Midnight editions. You’ll find smoked headlight lenses, dark chrome trim, black grilles, black or dark grey mirror caps, and black Bowtie logos. But the Redline editions add a pinch of red, not only on the wheels but also outlining the model badge lettering (and on pickup trucks, to cover the front tow hooks). Some models include dark grey or black door handles, while the Camaro gets black double stripes on the front fenders.
Red, silver, and black are the only eligible body colors. Prices haven’t been disclosed. Initially, the Redline package will be offered on Silverado pickups, with all other models to follow at Chevy’s whim. While you wait, better practice your parallel-parking and drive-through skills.