If you are hunting for mean muscle cars that can really go fast, as in seriously fast, then you have to go for the 2013 Camaro ZL1 by Chevrolet or the new Ford Shelby GT 500. Right from the floor of the showroom, the stock ZL1 can give you 580 horses and is really good enough to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less that 4 seconds.
While the untweaked Camaro ZL1 is really fast, it is not good enough for some people. In situations like this tuners like John Hennessey comes in. His team at Hennessey Performance Engineering, better known as HPE, has an HPE700 package for the Camaro ZL1 that can up the ante to 707 horses. And that is still the conservative figure. This is enough to chop a blink from your 0 to 60 sprint.
The figures are treated as conservative output since the car in the video registered 490hp when tested on the dyno. This actually reveals a driveline loss of around 16%. After working with the car, HPE was able to make the engine churn out 671 horses.
In order to get these results, HPE tweaked the cylinder heads, camshaft, headers and catalysts, air intake, and retuned the ZL1′s ECU.
Notice the sound of the Camaro ZL1 in the video. It sure will be nice to have some figures for a quarter mile run. But we understand why Hennessey dared not to try a dare devil run, it’s a customer’s ride.
Chevrolet wants to offers its consumers better products and better driving experience as it announces that the 2013 MY of the Camaro will come with a 1LE package which adds performance elements inspired by top of the line Camaro ZL1.
The 1LE package is aimed at the street racing consumers with the possibility of improving their SS coupe that has a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1LE Camaros though drops the standard SS Tremec TR6060-M10 for the better TR6060-MM6 which has a 3.91 drive ratio.
Chevrolet also improves handling by replacing the standard dampers with a monotube setup which according to their engineers will make the control better while making sure the ride is comfortable. They also add to the equation bigger stabilizer bars, improved rear end strength, a higher capacity fuel pump from the ZL1, and a strut tower brace. The new Camaro will also have an option for a dual exhaust system.
The improvements does not add to the 426 horsepower of the Camaro SS but the car manufacturer claims that the car will be able to pull a 1g while negotiating corners.
The designers gives the 1LE package a matte-black finish for its hood, a rear spoiler, a front splitter, and a 10-spoke alloy rim to set it apart from the rest of the lineup.
The inside of the 1LE is very similar to the ZL1 as it borrows the flat-bottom steering wheel and its shift knob. The 2013 Camaro 1LE will also have a MyLink infotainment system just like on the Camaro ZL1, SS, and LT.
The 1LE gets the best elements of the ZL1 and the Camaro SS which takes the performance of the car to different ball game. The VIR laptime of the 1LE is in the 3-minute level which puts it at par with the top notch performance cars.
The official pricing of the Camaro 1LE has not yet been announced but Chevrolet hints that it will be less than $40,000 which makes it very affordable in its segment.
The recent SEMA auto show displayed great Camaro concepts. Chevrolet may have taken the spotlight as they took off the covers of five tuned Camaro showcasing the full range of medications that can be done with the car.
The Chevrolet Camaro concepts are radical but what is nice about them is that the car maker kept everything feasible and realistic so they can be seen in production units. Most of the accessories and modifications can be ordered through dealerships for installation. This move allows owners to personalize their ride with the charges rolled into the cost of the vehicle.
Here’s the Camaro line up at SEMA:
Jay Leno Camaro – this one has the turborcharged version of the V-6 3.6L engine which comes standard for the LT and LS models. The force-fed engine boasts of 425 horsepower.
Camaro Synergy – The Synergy employs a special green paint that will be offered through a special edition by mid 2010. It also comes with a 21-inch rim, performance intake setup, and full bodykit.
Camaro Chroma – What will magnet you to this car are the custom graphics that emphasizes how the ride can be customized depending on your personal taste and how everything can be done through a dealer of Chevrolet.
Camaro Graphics and Camaro Dusk – Both cars display extensive graphic details which are aimed at getting feedback from Chevy fans for its potential production.
Chevrolet also displayed the Silverado ZR2 concept and the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport in full accessories.
Since the Chevrolet 2010 Camaro went on sale, the list of orders has stretched to 25,000 units of which only half have been delivered. The demand for the car seems to be ironic with the current drop of overall sales in the auto industry.
A 2010 Camaro leaves dealerships in a matter of a few days with a smiling new owner behind the wheels. The high demand also causes the going on price to be $500 over the tag price. No one is complaining and unlike other cars in the market, the Camaro does not have to go with some cash back guarantee or any incentives.
If critics are looking for a good decision GM made, it may well be the production of this old muscle car. The Camaro is hitting the top of the charts.
Consumers can choose from a range of available 2010 Camaro in the market today. The entry level unit has a V6 power plant beneath its hood. There is also an LT midrange option, and a V8 SS models with a displacement of 6.2L.
Small, fuel-efficient cars may be the current trend in Europe but manufacturers do not turn their heads away from a market which goes for performance vehicles. One of the hottest selling cars in America today will be crossing the waters and captivate Europe. The muscle car Chevrolet Camaro will be in European dealerships by 2010.
The details of the Camaro release in Europe have not been revealed to the public yet. The plan of bringing in the performance car to Europe has made some experts think if the Chevrolet badge will be used since it is linked to budget cars across Europe.
Chevrolet however reveals that they are planning to expand their range of products in Europe. According to insiders the American car manufacturer plans to double its European fleet by 2012.
Car industry experts are also looking into the high demand of the Chevrolet Camaro in the United States. They are worrying that there could be a supply shortage in case the Camaro will be shared with the European market.
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS comes packed with a power plant that can boot up to 400 or 426 horsepower depending on the transmission coupled with it.
Some people just cannot be simply satisfied and ask for more. Tuners like Hennessey Engineering based in Houston enters the picture if voids should be filled.
The auto craftsmen of Hennessey came up with the HPE550 Camaro. The formula comes into reality with the bolting of a supercharger from Magnuson/Hennessey plus a stainless Corsa exhaust system to the LS3 V8 of General Motors. The set up boosts the output of the engine to 562 horsepower with a torque of 557 lb-ft revving at 4200 rpm.
The configuration done by the Hennessey team brings the Camaro from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. The stock production version of the Camaro SS hits the mark in 5.0 seconds.