NBA Star James Harden’s Custom Camaro SS Will Boggle Your Mind
Even though eight-time NBA all-star Dwight Howard left the Houston Rockets this past offseason, the team has remained competitive this year, thanks in large part to the playmaking skills and improved defense of shooting guard James Harden.
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Harden has long been considered one of the best players in the league thanks to his patented Euro step and stepback jumper, but he’s also been gaining notoriety lately thanks to his fancy car collection, which has been known to include a Rolls Royce Ghost, Range Rover, and a fifth-generation Chevy Camaro SS convertible. That Camaro featured a matte yellow finish when Harden purchased it a few years ago, but the Rocket’s swingman recently enlisted the services of Platinum Motorsport in Los Angeles to perform a few modifications to his GM sports car.
Freshly completed #PML @Chevrolet Camaro SS For day one family @JHarden13 This was originally the first car we built for #JamesHarden back a few years ago, and now newly completed with a #PML Pantone Satin Black Paint, Gloss Black Painted Accents, sitting on 24″ @giovannawheels Commissioned in Proper Form #PML #PML2017 #PLATINUMGROUP #PLATINUMMOTORSPORT #PMLEXCLUSIVES #JHARDEN Info@platinummotorsport.com
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The most notable change is the addition of a new Pantone Satin Black paint job that’s complemented by gloss black painted accents and 24-inch Giovanna wheels. The fifth-generation Camaro SS also features a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine good for more than 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. This allows Harden’s Camaro SS to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
While that sounds plenty fast, it’s still slightly less powerful than the Porsche 911 GT3 RS owned by rival NBA player Steph Curry. The GT3 RS can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 193 mph. However, Mr. Curry’s Porsche carries a staring MSRP of approximately $175,900, while Harden’s fifth-gen Camaro SS typical sold in the mid-$30,000s when it was released.
There’s no denying that both Harden and Curry are leading contenders for this season’s NBA MVP award, along with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. The winner of this award typically wins a free Kia vehicle, but many past MVPs–such as James and Curry–have given away their Kias in order to support charities in the Oakland and Akron communities.
I guess that means that all NBA players aren’t egomaniacs and divas, right?
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Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.