Chevrolet is widely expected to introduce the hot-rodded Camaro ZL1 in time for the 2017 model year. Enthusiasts who can’t wait that long can turn to American tuner Callaway, which is preparing to give the all-new Camaro SS a healthy bump in power.
The renown Connecticut-based firm has designed a supercharger kit that boosts the 6.2-liter V8 engine’s output from 455 to over 600 horsepower, though final specifications and performance figures haven’t been announced yet. For what it’s worth, the regular-production Camaro SS sprints from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds flat in its fastest configuration. Callaway explains the kit was designed to work with both the six-speed manual transmission and the eight-speed automatic unit without sacrificing drivability and reliability.
The extra power is complemented by a triple intercooler system and a high-flow cold air intake. Visually, the supercharged Camaro stands out from the stock, naturally aspirated model thanks to a carbon fiber engine cover, Callaway-specific emblems on both ends, and, of course, a massive, 2.3-liter supercharger that pokes right through the hood. Buyers looking to keep a low profile can order the Camaro without the Callaway emblems.
The cabin has been spruced up with embroidered floor mats, an additional sprinkling of Callaway emblems, special door sill panels, and specific key fobs.
Callaway takes reliability seriously. Every supercharged Camaro comes with a three-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty, and customers who are particularly concerned with what effect 600 ponies will have on the eight-cylinder can pay extra to get a five-year/60,000-mile warranty. Additionally, tuned Camaros are still covered the Chevrolet warranty and they can be serviced by any Chevrolet dealership in the nation.
On sale now, Callaway’s supercharger kit carries a base price of $16,995. The 2016 Camaro SS coupe starts at $37,295, meaning enthusiasts can park a 600-horsepower pony car in their garage for less than $55,000.