RSportsCars Automotive Editor
The hot new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro pony car has just left the assembly lines with the hope of injecting some adreneline into vacant Chevrolet showrooms. Though the waiting list for delivery on a new Camaro is still wet, this hasn't stopped the American car tuning aftermarket from releasing a press barrage of new Chevy Camaro tuned models.
Chevrolet has no plans at present time to revive the Camaro Z28 moniker, leaving a void for those pony car buyers who want a little more than even the loaded Camaro SS has to offer.
From LS9-powered Hennessey monster Camaros to more mundane and affordable tuning programs, the 2010 Camaro's competent RWD architecture has not been lost on the aftermarket community. Expect to start seeing hotted-up Camaros on the streets soon. Here is an overview of some of the more noteworthy 2010 Chevy Camaro tuning programs.
2010 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro
GM's new LS9 engine series is not a bad place to start when seeking to make a high performance... anything. Supercharged like in Corvette ZR1 duty, the LS9 in Hennessey's new factory-sanctioned tuned Camaro outputs 705 tire-shredding horses. Borrowing more than just a motor from the Nurburgring record-holding Corvette ZR1, the Henessey HPE700 Camaro gets the top-dog 'Vettes brakes as well.
Hennessey promises an upgraded Camaro suspension program ensuring all that get-up-and-go and slow-down-and-stop will be worthwhile to a true performance car enthusiast. The Camaro in its base form is a more competent car than a bread-and-butter new Ford Mustang once things get twisty, so if Hennessey's American car tuning pedigree holds true this will be likely the hottest turn-key tuned Camaro on the road for some time.
2010 Fesler-Moss Camaro
Though only renderings and official only-on-paper spec sheets have been released, if Chevy Camaro tuning duo Chris Fesler and John Moss can come through as promised the Fesler-Moss Camaro will be a beast. Engine options encompass everything worthwhile from GM's crate motor catalog, the LS-3, LS-7, LS-9 and LSX V8 engines. Two transmissions are to be available, a custom 6 speed or an extra beefy version of GM's own 4L65E unit.
On the outside, the Fesler-Moss Camaro perhaps looks even more like classic Camaro models than the stock Chevy car. With heavy use of billet aluminum in the grill, front fascia and even Chevy Bowtie logo, the Fesler-Moss Camaro cuts a striking profile on the road. Let's hope it looks this good when Fesler and Moss actually get around to building them.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Black Concept
Not to be outdone by the aftermarket, Chevrolet has made the auto show circuit of SEMA, Los Angeles and Chicago with a hot rod Camaro variant of its own, calling the tuned concept the Chevrolet Camaro Black. Try as they may, aftermarket Chevy tuners have not yet been able to equal the Camaro Black's visual appeal. GM originally stated that the Camaro Black Concept was indicitive of what the customer could expect from official GM performance parts, but the program is in such hot water right now we don't know much about what Chevrolet will offer from its parts catalog.
With so much money spent on the new 2010 Camaro's development, let's hope Chevy lovers will soon be able to drive off the showroom floor in a Camaro that looks and performs like the Black Concept. You can do it, GM!