It must be muscle car day as this is the third one we have featured and the second special Chevrolet Camaro revealed by GM Performance Parts. This one is called the NeSmith Storm Camaro and was developed in cooperation with Georgia’s NeSmith Chevrolet dealer. It’s actually even more impressive than the HTR-SS454 Camaro featured earlier and we thought that was our dream Camaro. Oh how things can quickly change.
The new Storm Camaro replaces the original LS3 engine with Corvette ZR1’s LS9 engine. Packed in the ZR1, the LS9 engine developed a total of 638 HP, but in the Camaro the engine has been updated to deliver an impressive 700 HP (an amazing number if you take under consideration that the Camaro SS only produces 422 HP).
Next to this impressive power upgrade, the Storm Camaro also gets complementing drivetrain parts, including stronger axles and a Baer brake system featuring six-piston calipers, front and rear. And then there’s the obligatory black exterior color to match the incredible nature of the vehicle, plus the two while stripes as seen on the DeNooyer HT-SS454 Camaro from earlier. All we need now is the car’s price and we’ll be ready to place our order!
Press release after the jump.
While the DeNooyer 454-powered Camaro evokes memories of yesteryear, NeSmith’s LS9-powered “Storm” Camaro is pure modern performance, with the world-beating power of the Corvette ZR1 under the hood. It was created within the dealership’s in-house customization facility, NeSmith Customs, with assistance from nearby Jen Jac’s Restorations. NeSmith also happens to be the largest GMPP dealer in the country.
The LS9 is offered as a crate engine from GM Performance Parts (part number 19201990) and, because of its similar LS-family architecture to the Camaro’s original LS3 engine, easily slipped into the engine compartment – although some fabrication was necessary to accommodate the unique placement of some accessories, as well as the LS9’s dry sump-style oiling system. But when the installation was completed, the engine looked factory-installed. And with a few minor upgrades, the engine is producing about 700 horsepower.
Like the DeNooyer HTR-SS454, the NeSmith Storm Camaro matches its greater performance capability with complementing drivetrain parts, including stronger axles and a Baer brake system featuring six-piston calipers, front and rear.
NeSmith is offering the LS9-powered Storm Camaro as a special model through its dealership. More information is available from Steve Gordon: email@example.com or 912-739-5305.