September 2011 Chevy High Performance Garage

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Rooster Call

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Sean Haggai

It’s not only scary fast on its feet, spinning its rear P315s in Third gear from a roll, but it also nets nearly 20 mpg in the process. The exhaust tone is difficult to describe. It bellows more NASCAR than modified street car; heads turn. On a dragstrip in Phoenix another driver was greeted with consisted low, 12-second passes, and with a good set of slicks, it would have kissed high 11s no problem.

It’s not everyday we get the opportunity to drive late-model GM vehicles. So, when a buddy literally tosses you the keys to one you put your life on hold and jump for it. The last couple of weeks I’ve been lucky enough to garage and drive a ’10 Camaro. It’s got to be the most incredible car I think I’ve ever driven.

With 800 hp on tap and nearly 700 hp to the rear tires, it’s easy to begin and realize this is not just a modified ’10 SS Camaro, but a rabid animal with a short leash. I’m terrified of even giving it full throttle between streetlights in First gear. And no, I’m not exaggerating when I say it gives me chills every time I insert the key, prime the fuel pump, and fire the engine. This isn’t the delicate sort of street machine either. This particular ’10 Camaro is a rough and rugged road race-ready version with a list of aftermarket components that would make any Ford or Mopar owner green with envy. It’s powered by a stroked, 416ci LS3 with forged internals and plugged with a 2300 Magnuson Supercharger. If that blower sounds familiar, it’s because the same version is used on the LS9-powered ZR1 and our ’02 Corvette Z06 project car owned by Henry D. The measly 9 psi of boost it makes sounds benign, but it’s totally the opposite and you feel each building pound of boost as your vision begins to blur.

Not only will this Camaro hang with high-dollar foreign exotics on open track days, but it’ll cruise right along with any commuter car; making whichever lane of the freeway feel like home. The version I’m driving is plush, too, with leather and a speaker system that crashes like a custom unit. This Camaro is the perfect car. It handles, goes, stops, and looks the part. Right now, I’m just trying to scheme my way into extending its stay. I’m going to be heartbroken, lost, and depressed when I finally have to give up the keys.

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