Forget about the Chevrolet Camaro SS because GM Performance Parts has come out with the most amazing Camaro we have ever seen. Called the HT-SS454 Camaro (named for partner Redline Motorsports’ owner Howard Tanner), this special muscle car was developed in cooperation with Chevrolet’s dealer in New York DeNooyer.

The new DeNooyer 454 Camaro is powered by a GMPP LSX454 crate engine combined with a port fuel injection system for a total output of 520 HP and 530 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheels. A front end accessory drive system was added, too, along with a custom flywheel and ZR1 clutch matched to the six-speed manual transmission. In order to handle this amount of power, the car gets stronger axles and stiffer bushings.

Add a cool orange exterior color and some white racing stripes to this kind of power and now we are talking about the Camaro of our dreams. Forget the Zenvo ST1 and the Saleen S7 Competition, this muscle car is much more practical.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Dealership-created performance packages were an important part of Chevrolet’s muscle car heritage. Names like Yenko, Nickey, Berger and others helped drive high-performance options, while enhancing the mystique of one-off collectables decades later. In fact, it was creative ordering on the part of dealers that created the legendary COPO Camaros of the late 1960s – cars available from those enterprising dealers, but not offered in any official catalog or order guide.

More than 40 years later, a couple of dealers – DeNooyer Chevrolet in New York and Georgia’s NeSmith Chevrolet – have rekindled the concept of using Chevrolet’s own parts to create specialty Camaros that simply aren’t offered in regular production. DeNooyer used GM Performance Parts’ (GMPP) LSX454 crate engine (part number 19244611) to build a modern 454 engine for the Camaro SS, while NeSmith transplanted the supercharged LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1 into their Camaro.

“These great Camaros exemplify the spirit of dealer-built super cars that grew out of the muscle car era,” says Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. “They are the COPO Camaros of the 21st century.”

Both cars are featured on the cover the 2011 GM Performance Parts catalog.

The DeNooyer 454 Camaro, dubbed the HTR-SS454 (named for partner Redline Motorsports’ owner Howard Tanner), takes the GMPP LSX454 crate engine and adds a port fuel injection system to its LS7-style LSX six-bolt cylinder heads. The engine has an all-forged rotating assembly and an 11.0:1 compression ratio. A front end accessory drive system was added, too, along with a custom flywheel and ZR1 clutch matched to the six-speed manual transmission.

With the custom engine installed and properly tuned, chassis-dyno testing of the Camaro delivered a strong 520 horsepower and 530 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheels – or right about the 620-hp/590-lb.-ft. estimates from GMPP for the basic crate engine. The car’s driveline was beefed up to handle the 200-horsepower increase over stock, too, with stronger axles and stiffer bushings throughout.

Much like what was done with the legendary Baldwin-Motion cars, of the Sixties, DeNooyer joined forces with an expert performance shop, Redline Motorsports, to help engineer and build the HTR-SS454. Redline a leader in LS-based high-performance engines and vehicles and it also collaborates with DeNooyer Chevrolet on the HTR-600 Camaro, which uses the 505-hp LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 – also available as a crate engine from GMPP (part number 19211710). More information is available from Dan Carlton, general manager of the DeNooyer Performance Division: 518-526-0412 or

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  (762) posted on 11.3.2011

The appearance of this one is really so impressive! Well, I must say that its white and orange body paint is absolutely very striking on it. I just only hope that they will use a prominent engine that can deliver a powerful horsepower.

  (503) posted on 10.20.2011

The exquisite appearance of this camaro was very striking, and the body paint that it had was absolutely looking so great on this one, but I’m quite curious on what will be the interior of this one will look like.

  (359) posted on 07.5.2011

I think the word wow is not enough to describe the awesomeness of this edition. Actually this is the only modified car that I like.. maybe because its a Camaro..smiley

  (531) posted on 07.5.2011

Wow! I like its lighter color and racing stripes on its bonnet. I can still see the aggressiveness of the Camaro here. Well, this is a good special edition for me though it was just modified on the exterior.

  (630) posted on 04.18.2011

Camaro would be my favorite muscle car! I like the modification of this car and the racing stripes make it more aggressive plus the color is very cool to the eye.

  (210) posted on 04.18.2011

Yeah, the output power of the car is too much for a muscle car you can even categorize that was a sports car. Well, it since that they have come up with such great power!

  (528) posted on 03.30.2011

Wow! I love the modification made for this car. It has a more decent but sportier look. Everything about it is just so clean and I think the combination of orange and white perfectly awesome to Camaro.

  (211) posted on 03.25.2011

wow!i think camaro should be considered as one of iconic car. Camaro would be the mot loved and talked about muscle car in the auto industry.

  (619) posted on 02.7.2011

I know they put a "clutchflite" (a modified Chrysler transmission) in one of their race cars out of frustration.

  (692) posted on 02.7.2011

If folks remember Motion, they remember SPEEDWIN AUTOMOTIVE and Joe Jill over in Mineola, Long Island who regularly ate poor Joel lunch at NY National in his HEMI Plymouth.

  (579) posted on 02.6.2011

Though I prefer the Mustang with the way it handles and performs, I think the next version needs to take some "muscle" cues from the Camaro.

  (858) posted on 02.6.2011

Joel offered up some insane cars back in the day..his highest end ones were guaranteed to run 11’s.

  (473) posted on 02.3.2011

I remember MOTION well, right on Sunrise Highway on Long Island. These guys tried hard to do everything they could to compete with the Mopars that generally dominated the Brooklyn,Queens,Long Island racing scene. I know they put a a modified Chrysler transmission in one of their race cars out of frustration.

  (445) posted on 02.3.2011

This is why people make fun of American cars. Look at that picture. Painful. As opposed to what would be on a factory car, maybe?...come on.

  (1332) posted on 12.15.2010

it looks better on the red color with colour, hopefully those front lip can compensate with so much speed.

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

It like this because of its simplicity and looks, sometime being simple can be stunning than over dressed up car.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2010

better if the base paint is white and the racing stripe is in Blue or Orange color. but like what other said... it looks aggressive and sporty .

  (806) posted on 12.14.2010

Lovely orange base paint with racing stripes on it, but are they offering is as a special edition?

  (765) posted on 12.13.2010

The Chevy sponsored Cruze ad disguised as an InsideLine story, is a huge disappointment. I hope IL does not continue this practice. What a huge sell out!

  (555) posted on 12.13.2010

The engine has an all-forged rotating assembly and an 11.0:1 compression ratio. A front end accessory drive system was added along with a custom flywheel and ZR1 clutch matched to the 6-speed manual transmission.

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