General Motors rolled into the desert in full force, bringing dozens of show cars and concepts to the 2011 SEMA Show. Chevrolet was the most prominently featured of all of GM’s brands, as the marque celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the bowtie brand put up a neat display showing the progression and history of the small block V-8 engine in one corner of its booth. But the majority of GM’s floor space was reserved for the many Sonics and Camaros on exhibit – which happen to make up the bulk of this list.
In the late ‘60s, Chevy made the Camaro available with a race-only 427-cubic-inch V-8 through a “COPO” option, which stood for Central Office Production Order. For whatever reason, that esoteric acronym stuck, and the name today is still synonymous with race car-level performance. Chevy is reviving that name with the track-only COPO Camaro concept. Built to NHRA Stock Eliminator/Super Stock specifications, the COPO Camaro packs a supercharged 5.3-liter V-8 paired with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, meaning this car is meant to do one thing, and one thing only – haul ass down a drag strip. If you get your thrills traveling at high speed in a straight line, the COPO Camaro concept is sure to move your enthusiast needle a few ticks. Camaro ZL1 Carbon
After receiving numerous visits from the standard Camaro ZL1 prototype – last seen in our offices wearing a good amount of camo – how could we not take time to drool over an uncovered version of its darker, more aggressive-looking sibling? On paper, the ZL1 Carbon Concept only adds an unpainted carbon-fiber rear spoiler, carbon-fiber hood vents, carbon-fiber interior trim pieces, and the wide, black-and-aluminum 20 x 10-inch front and 20 x 11-inch rear alloy wheels. Those pieces, however, make all the difference in the ZL1’s appearance. Though seeing this concept doesn’t get us any closer to actually driving the ZL1, it does give us something more solid to fantasize about late at night. Lingenfelter/Wanda Paint Camaro
What can we say? We’re suckers for matte-black cars, and this Lingenfelter Camaro was one of the best executions of that paint scheme of the show. Displayed at the Wanda Paint booth, this Camaro was one of the surprise finds of the day, nestled a fair distance away from GM’s floor space. The reddish orange stripe down the middle correlates with the similarly colored outer wheel rims. Of course, being a Lingenfelter, this car boasts some impressive performance numbers along with its stand-out paint job. The stock 6.2-liter engine is equipped with a Magnusson intercooled supercharger, and produces a claimed 550 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It’s still no ZL1, but that paint job sure is silky-smooth. Classic Design Concepts Firebreather
With the Camaro having been on the market for some years now, we’ve already had our fill of Pontiac Firebird/Trans-Am conversions at past SEMA shows. But this one is a horse of a different color. Called the “Firebreather,” this conversion was reportedly designed for an upcoming movie, a fact that the car’s fit and finish seems to support. The big difference between this car and other conversions lies in the taillights, which feature a unique design. The rear end also features a rear diffuser and new bodywork surrounding the exhaust pipes. In front, the Firebreather gets the obligatory second-gen Firebird front end, but the headlights receive LED halo accents, and the grille is topped with a pipe of red lighting that follows the contours of the front end. We’d call the conversion a success – and it should be for $95,000. Only 50 copies of the car will be made, so if you want to have the coolest Firebird conversion on your block, you’d better reserve yours now.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering showcased their Twin-Turbo Camaro SS at the SEMA 2011 carshow in Las Vegas, US. The twin-turbocharged sports car has a 427 cid LS7 Twin Turbo engine, producing 800 horsepower and 800 lbs-feet of torque.
The tire smoking monster has been fitted with a wide spread of upgrades. The 2010 LS7 Camaro L28 package includes twin GT30R turbochargers in a 7.0 liter V8 that has an 8.8:1 compression ratio, an air-to-air intercooler, forged JE pistons, a GM LS7 crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, LS7 cylinder heads with titanium intake valves and Inconel exhaust valves, a Lingenfelter low-temperature thermostat, and custom Lingenfelter coil covers.
Another of Lingenfelter’s modified Chevrolet Camaros has been penciled in to attend the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, earning more proof that the Chevy muscle car is definitely one of the favorite aftermarket tuning subjects.
This newest piece of work comes fully dressed in a Stealth clear Black paint finish with matching Fire red stripes from Wanda Paint. You only need to take one look at this creation to fall in love with it. Add a Lingenfelter Signature Series body enhancement package and a custom set of Lingenfelter Forgeline wheels wrapped in Nitto tires to the equation and the already mesmerizing muscle car gets even more dazzle and spunk.
But while the aesthetics are already drool-worthy, Lingenfelter’s work on this Camaro is best seen under the hood. With a supercharged L99 engine to work with, the American tuning firm added a Magnuson TVS1900 intercooler, a new fuel pump voltage booster kit, a Roto-Fab high-flow air intake, and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system. In the process, the company was able to squeeze out 550 horsepower and 550 lb/ft of torque. Do the math and the increase from the standard stock’s 400-horsepower and 395 lb/ft of torque numbers is downright impressive.
Last edited by Isaac@Lingenfelter; 11-07-2011 at 11:50 AM.
The current-generation Chevrolet Camaro has been a stunner since it arrived in 2010, but the car is no lightweight--weighing in at about 200 pounds more than the FordMustang--and surprisingly, for some the styling isn't wild enough.
Well, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering won't stand for that. The crew talked to high-performance dealers across the country and came up with two packages for the camaro: the Signature Series One and the Signature Series Two. The packages offer more power, less weight and tighter handling with upgraded suspension parts.
The Series One package starts with the LPE Signature body kit. The kit consists of the hood, a heritage grille and grille bar with LPE signature, a front spoiler, side skirts, rear fascia and rear spoiler. Custom Lingenfelter wheels are added, as is a MagnaFlow exhaust system, custom interior bits and a Lingenfelter by Pedders suspension kit that stiffens the ride and decreases unsprung weight.
The Series Two upgrade includes the body kit, custom forged wheels with Nitto tires, Brembo brakes, a Corsa exhaust and the Pedders suspension. For power, the Series Two kit gets a Magnuson TVS2300 intercooled supercharger system and a high-flow air intake. Package purchase includes professional installation, testing and calibration, a chassis dyno report before and after and Lingenfelter's three-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Beyond the full Signature packages, almost all of the parts can be purchased separately. The full body kit can be installed on either the V6 or V8 Camaros, and all of the parts bolt on to factory locations. Lingenfelter also sells full road and drag-racing suspensions for weekend racers.
The company also has a deal with the top performance dealerships in the country, which means you might not see the Signature Series down at Bob's Crazy Car Depot, but all of the parts can be found and purchased from www.lingenfelter.com.
The company is also working on a flat-plane-crank engine that puts out about 850 hp. You can watch a test engine light the headers up like a Christmas tree on YouTube--it's worth a quick look here.