The bread and butter brand of the largest US automaker is also the creator of one of the most renowned muscle cars – the Camaro – and in time for the SEMA show in Las Vegas they tapped both present and past.
Namely Chevrolet has introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) event taking place in Las Vegas the supercharged 1970 Camaro RS that actually uses a top notch modern LT4 crate engine. Wishful thinking is not enough to make a dream come true the marriage between modern parts and a classic body but when it’s done by the automaker itself you can rest assured it’s a job well done. Chevrolet has taken the Corvette Z06’s LT4 crate engine and wrapped it around with the beautiful body of a ’70 Camaro RS that now has 650 bhp (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque at 3,600 rpm under the hood.
The aluminum V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine has been mated to a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual gearbox and the old suspension setup has been reshaped for the XXI century with an independent front layout and a four-link rear arrangement. The Corvette Z06’s brakes are also responsible for taming the beast, hidden behind the new 19 inch alloys. The exterior has been adorned with a Hyper Blue Metallic exterior paint hue combined with white rally stripes mirroring the scheme also offered for the all new Camaro. We also saw the addition of LED headlights and taillights, a six-point roll cage, special instrument cluster and custom seats taken from a third generation Camaro.