The pony car wars are still in full force and the Chevrolet Camaro is on the forefront of every battle. The seasoned muscle car boasts a muscular exterior with sleek lines and a powerful engine mounted behind that familiar face.
The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, but the better choice is found in the 6.2L V8 engine cranking out 400/426hp and 410/420lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Hennessey has announced that their latest HPE700 package offered for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has run the quarter mile in a time of 10.82 seconds at a speed of 131mph, making it the fastest street-legal Camaro currently available on the market.
We have to remind you that the HPE700 is one of the less impressive upgrades packages Hennessey is offering for the Camaro ZL1. It "only" gets the 550-horsepower Camaro up to 707 horsepower thanks to the addition of a new HPE cold air induction system, a supercharger pulley upgrade, an HPE engine management calibration, an HPE700 camshaft upgrade and high flow cylinder heads.
So, if the HPE700 obtained this impressive result, we were wondering how the HPE1000 will do it? That package delivers an amazing 1,021 HP thanks to the addition of an extra 427 cid LSX engine.
Hit the jump for a video of the HPE700 running the quarter mile.
Back in 1967, the RS Appearance Package for the Chevrolet Camaro included something that has since become one of the more desirable features on classic Camaros: hidden headlights. When you turned on the headlights, the doors opened and when the lights went off, the doors closed, giving the grille a sleek look. Sure they were loud, clucky and malfunctioned after 20,000 miles, but damn they were cool. Well, Forgiato is bringing headlight doors back to the Camaro with its DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille.
This isn’t a joke, folks. Forgiato, known more for its fine wheels than anything else, has developed a unique matte-black-finished grille that comes with brushed stainless steel accent trim and shuttered LED-accented headlight covers. In terms of its design the grille really does stand out on its own merit, thanks to a simple black mesh grille insert with the distinctive white "F" Forgiato logo. The grille treatment continues in the lower aperture with black mesh that is trimmed in white.
But the real moneymaker, as far as this retro accessory is concerned, are the headlight covers, which have been have their own horizontal LED accent lighting that is reminiscent of the first-gen cover’s horizontal chrome accents. As soon as the driver switches on the headlights, headlight covers open up, revealing the standard headlight and turn signals behind it.
The accessory will cost $3,399, a pretty price to pay, but you can rest assured that few will have a Camaro as retro-looking as yours. The DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille is available for LS, SS, and ZL1 Camaro models.
This could be the perfect gift for a loved one that wants to add a little first-gen styling to his modern Camaro. The real question is whether you are prepared to shell out over $3K for said gift…
Click past the jump to see a video of the old, clunky RS headlight door from 1967.
We already knew that Chevrolet will unveil the sixth-generation Camaro in 2016 and that it will feature a series of significant improvements. First of all, the car will move from the current Zeta platform to General Motor’s new Alpha platform. This platform change will make the next Camaro lighter, smaller, more aerodynamic efficient and, ultimately, even more fun to drive.
Under the hood things will also undergo significant changes, as sources are pointing toward a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder make its Camaro debut in the sixth-generation. Don’t start revolting just yet, as we’re sure this 4-banger will have loads of pop and rest assured that a 300-plus-horsepower V-6 and a next-gen V-8 will also be available. Unfortunately, there is no info on the V-6 and V-8 engines yet, so we’ll have to hold out for that.
The next Camaro is still a few years away, so in the next few months we expect to get more details on it. Stay tuned!
Chevrolet announced today that the last 2012 COPO Camaro will be auctioned at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, in January. All of the auction’s proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. This unit is one of only two convertible models built in 2012. This also happens to be the only model that is painted Inferno Orange Metallic, and is driven by a 550-horsepower, 327-cubic-inch engine with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger and a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.
With this occasion, Chevrolet also announced that another batch of 69 COPO units will be produced in 2013.
"The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the 2012 production run,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history."
Chevrolet is offering its customers the possibility to customize models like the Camaro ZL1, 1LE and COPO with a series of new components offered by the 2013 Chevrolet Performance catalog. These new components include a host of production-based performance and suspension parts, plus a new boost-ready LSX376-15 crate engine that delivers a total of 1,000 horsepower.
For the ZL1, Chevrolet is offering racing-style, two-piece, 14.6-inch front rotors and 6-piston Brembo calipers with aluminum housings and 14-inch rear rotors with 4-piston aluminum calipers. Also offered is a short-throw shifter, a high-volume fuel pump and a low-restriction air filter element.
The 1LE gets a complete suspension kit, including: larger-diameter stabilizer bars, strut tower brace, 3.91-to-1 ratio gear set and unique PCV valve.
The COPO version can be ordered with as a body in white from the catalog. Also available for the COPO version is a unique composite hood and a series of provisions for mounting a solid rear axle. The most incredible component is a new LSX376-B8 crate engine that delivers up to 1,000 horsepower, thanks to the addition of new forged steel crankshaft, forged rods and forged pistons.
The Chevrolet Camaro is maybe one of the sexiest models currently available on the market and it has been ever since it debuted in 1966. Despite its already-stout looks and performance, the folks at Magnat have optimized the Camaro in terms of its look, its sound, and its performance, and turned it into a sick show car.
We will start with the work made under the hood. Beneath the bonnet, the tuner installed a performance kit by the Wimmer Racing Engineering, remapped the ECU, and optimized the air induction. All these, along with the addition of a new stainless-steel exhaust system, pushed the total output up to 451 horsepower and 439 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. Since this is the automatic-transmission-equipped Camaro SS, which has a detuned 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the upgrades are good for a 51-horsepower and 29-pound-feet increase over the factory numbers. Top speed has been increased to 170 mph and we’re sure it’s significantly quicker to 60 mph than it was from the factory.
The car sits on a set of 22-inch wheels combined with Yokohama Advan Sport tires measuring 265/30ZR22 at the front and 295/25ZR22 at the rear axle.
On the inside, the tuner added high-quality leather and Alcantara, and an Audiovox VME 9520NAV audio system. It includes navigation, Bluetooth hands-free system, iPod and iPhone control, DVD, and steering-wheel-mounted controls. The audio system features a 2-way component front system, coaxial rear system, two 30 cm subwoofers and digital amplifiers that transform this Camaro into a rolling concert hall — a super-fast, rolling concert hall.
It’s not superior just because it delivers an extra 500 horsepower, but also because it is based on a 1969 Camaro. For those of you who do not remember, the 1969 Camaro developed a "modest" output of 140 - 430 horsepower, depending on the model. The folks over Nelson have found a solution to push its output to an outlandish 2,000 horsepower. For this Nelson installed an NRE Billet Blackout Series twin-turbo intercooled 572-cubic-inch big-block Chevy crate engine with dual fuel injectors per cylinder. The package also includes a 304 stainless NRE exhaust with with x-pipe and an aluminum dual-row dual-pass radiator with twin high-output electric fans to help keep things cool.
The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that send power to the ground via a Strange 9-inch rear end with nodular case and 35-spline axles. The tuner also installed a new front suspension with adjustable coil-over shocks and a set of custom wheels.
The car is painted a beautiful midnight black and on the inside it has custom low-back seats wrapped in leather, a full 1,000-watt sound system and a Vintage Air climate control system.
Livernois Motorsports isn’t a household name by any stretch of the imagination, but with its program for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, they just might as well be.
See, the American tuner didn’t see anything wrong with the ZL1, except that 580 horsepower just wasn’t cutting it. So it created a program for the muscle car, flipping those first two digits and creating a car that produced a staggering 850 horsepower at the crank – 707 horsepower at the rear wheels – with a 1/4-mile time of just 9.87 seconds while hitting a top speed of 142 mph.
So how’d they do it? By building a comprehensive performance program.
The highlights of he program are the company’s very own components list, which includes CNC LSA cylinder heads, Stage-2C high-lift cam shafts, LSA head studs, an exclusive heat exchanger, and a solid supercharger coupler. From there, Livernois Motorsports also installed a new supercharger pulley, an exclusive steel idler relocation bracket with Metco pulleys, spec’d injectors, and a dual fuel pump upgrade.
On top of all that, Livernois also took various parts and components from other brands to complete the program. That’s hardly surprising, as commissioning parts from other suppliers is a common practice in the industry. In the case of the program for the ZL1, Livernois added an oversized crank pulley ring from Metco, an oversized balancer from Innovators West, a cold air intake from Rotofab, spark plugs from NGK, and long tube headers and a connection pipe from Stainless Works.
Inside, the upgrades continue with the addition of custom leather seats, a five-point racing harness, an RPM roll cage, a Scorsche kit, a Kenwood navigation system, an in-car video surveillance system, innovated boost and A/F gauges, and a 2,500-watt MTX audio system.
The ChevroletCamaro has seen just as many tuning packages as the Ford Mustang, so these two primes examples of muscle car goodness are always trying to take the lead for supremacy. Chevy has already introduced some examples of the Mustang at the 2012 SEMA Show and LINE-X Protective Coatings in cooperation with West Coast Customs are releasing yet one more. Their package is based on a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe.
The new Camaro Line-X received the new announced LINE-X Body Armour in "West Coast Customs Blue," as well as a series of exterior updates to add aggression to muscle. These include a performance hood and prototype front fascia and spoiler, rocker panels by Street Scene Equipment, an SLP rear wing, and, of course, a new set of LINE-X coated wheels by Asanti.
The interior is even more impressive with Roadwire Retro leather and fabric accents, plus a new audio system.
Under the hood, the guys at West Coast Customs opted to modify the stock headers with SLP High Performance Headers and added a SLP Supercharger System. The last element was a new performance-based custom dual high flow exhaust package.
Chevrolet took a little longer than we’re used to unveil their SEMA-bound Camaro programs, but now that they have, we’re not complaining about what they’re bringing to Las Vegas.
One of the Camaros that will undoubtedly get the attention of the crowd at SEMA is the Tony Stewart-designed Camaro ZL1. Jaw-dropping might be selling it short.
First off, the Camaro was treated to a unique metallic gray paint scheme with matching red tribal Smoke graphics in flat red and silver pinstripes. It kind of feels like this muscle car captured the true essence of Stewart’s nickname "Smoke." In addition to the fancy colors and fancier decals, the Stewart-designed Camaro ZL1 also gets red tinted headlamp lenses, red Camaro halo lights, and a personalized set of wheels that have been touched up in a Piano Black finish and red accents.
Moving to the interior, the highlight of the program includes suede door panel inserts and instrument panel wrapping with laser-etched details, Jet Black leather door arm rests with matching French accent stitching and white piping, Jet Black suede leather-wrapped steering wheel with scarlet accent stitching, piano black trim plates, and a gauge cluster bezel.
There’s no stopping Smoke’s Camaro ZL1 from becoming one of SEMA’s showstoppers. It’s already captured our hearts. When it rolls out in Vegas, we’re confident that it’s going to steal a whole lot more of ’em.