It’s always tempting to start out a story about a V-6 build by comparing it to its bigger brother, the V-8. So, lets do that… One engine ships from the factory with a single camshaft, pushrods, two valves per cylinder, cast iron exhaust manifolds, 10.2:1 compression, and standard electronic fuel injection. The other features dual overhead camshafts with infinitely variable cam phasing, 4 valves per cylinder, integrated aluminum exhaust manifolds cast into the factory heads, individual cylinder knock control, 11.5:1 compression, and state-of-the-art direct injection. One produces 1.14 horsepower per cubic inch and the other produces 1.48 horsepower per cubic inch. One of them is world renowned; the other is just a V-6. Except, the one you’re probably intrigued by here isn’t the big cube V-8, it’s probably the really high-tech and incredibly well thought out V-6 mill, known to many fifth-gen owners as the LFX. Of course, for all that the 217 cubic-inch DI VVT V-6 can do, there is one major area where it may be lacking: power. With the V-8 at rated at 430 and the LFX at 323, it’s a hard argument to win with muscle heads, even given all of the technological data.
Enter IPF Tuning and the company’s all-new V-6 (LLT/LFX) fifth-gen Camaro supercharger system. Built from the ground up specifically for V-6 Camaro enthusiasts, this 100-percent bolt-on supercharger system aims to fix the one and only problem with the current engine platform and that’s the power delivered to the rear wheels. For the money, you get a plethora of well thought out parts, including a Vortech V3 supercharger that is capable of up to 22 pounds of boost and over 775 horsepower. Not that you’re going to need any of that on a stock LFX, but it’s important to note that this is a system you could grow into as your need for speed increases. Additionally, IPF Tuning includes a proprietary CAD engineered and CNC-machined supercharger mounting system, CNC-machined idler pulleys, a large air-to-air front mount intercooler system, a complete catch can/breather system, high-quality silicone or aluminum charge tubing and everything else needed to install the system in the kit, which means you literally get everything in one box that you would need to make V-8 killing power. You even get a massive all-color instruction manual, and a complete tune file, which means you can handle the installation by yourself or at your speed shop of choice.
For our install, we chose to have the professional crew over at Redline Motorsports in Pompano Beach, FL tackle the job and we were pleasantly surprised to hear that Howard Tanner and Jay Healy could knock out the entire system in under a day. Now, that’s in a state-of-the-art facility with trained technicians and a ton of fifth-gen knowledge, but after watching it go down, we feel confident in saying that an average Joe could easily tackle this install in a weekend. And, what would a full weekend worth of work on your stock LFX-equipped fifth-gen get you? How does an additional 129-rwhp and 100 lb-ft of torque sound? That’s right; with just the IPF Tuning supercharger system installed by the crew at Redline Motorsports our test Camaro belted out over 414-rwhp and 338 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, up from the stock 285-rwhp and 238 lb-ft of torque we recorded earlier in the day. Any V-8 guys still chuckling at the little V-6 now? Yeah, we didn’t think so.