For fans of modern muscle cars these are amazing times. The sixth-generation Camaro powered by the new LT1 engine comes screaming from the factory with 455 horsepower. While 455 is a good starting point, it also speaks volumes about where cars just at the OEM level have come in the last two decades. Yet even with a zero to sixty time of four seconds flat in the automatic-equipped version of GM’s pony car, there are plenty of enthusiasts out there who want to go faster.
For those yearning to escalate their horsepower game, ProCharger may have just the answer with it’s recently debuted kit for the sixth-gen Camaro SS. Boasting gains of 150-plus horsepower in out of the box trim, these new systems will allow owners to build horsepower from in the 600-plus range to more than double that, taking the new Camaro deep into 4-digit horsepower territory if so desired.
ProCharger developed its supercharger system for the C7 Corvette nearly 2 1/2 years ago, however, as ProCharger’s Erik Radzins points out the Camaro system shares virtually nothing in common with the C7 parts. “The sixth-gen Camaro utilizes a different front engine accessory drive than the C7. This made it virtually impossible to share any parts between the C7 system and the new Camaro system. We were able to take what we’d learned tuning the LT1 in the C7 and apply that knowledge to the Camaro,” says Radzins.
According to Radzins, ProCharger managed to get in early on measuring the sixth-gen Camaro. “We had concerns that the new, smaller Camaro would offer reduced packaging room inside the engine compartment. What we found was there was still ample room to install a supercharger system.”
We had concerns that the new Camaro would offer reduced packaging room inside the engine compartment. What we found was there was still ample room to install a supercharger system. -Erik Radzins, ProCharger
Charge air cooling is critical to maximizing horsepower and ProCharger offers two intercooler options for sixth-generation Camaro owners. The standard HO kit will ship with an intercooler with 432 cubic-inches of cooling core. For owners who want to crank things up higher, the Stage two intercooler offers 756 cubic-inches of cooling core, and it accepts ProCharger’s Race Bypass blow-off valve. Both coolers are a cross-flow, bar and plate design with welded tanks. Radzins points out that these are also 100 percent made in the USA parts.
The P-1SC-1 literally has millions of miles of use on it in its history as a ProCharger supercharger. It’s reliable whether you’re daily driving the car, or taking it to the track.
For fuel, the unmodified standard HO system does not require any upgrades. Radzins says that the OEM fuel system is capable of handling power up to the 600 horsepower range. Beyond that additional upgrades will be necessary. “Owners who want more out of the system and are going to upgrade for more power can go with a Z06 fuel pump upgrade, larger fuel pump lobes on the camshaft, or other upgrades,” says Radzins.
For P-1SC-1 owners, that supercharger can support up to around 825 horsepower at the crank according to Radzins. “The P-1SC-1 literally has millions of miles of use on it in its history as a ProCharger supercharger. It’s reliable whether you’re daily driving the car, or taking it to the track.” For those looking for four-digit horsepower, stepping up to ProCharger’s F-1A-94 unit will provide enough airflow to eclipse 1,300 horsepower, as long as you’re using the right supporting parts.
ProCharger was showing off a new Z06 with its new intake manifold during the SEMA show last fall. Radzins says that the manifold was just recently tested on the LT1 powered Camaro, power numbers aren’t available yet. However, if you’re going for four-digit power numbers and need not only a better than OEM intake manifold, but also one that you can use to add additional fuel via the additional injector ports on this manifold, the ProCharger manifold is the ticket. This manifold also fits under the stock hood according to Radzins.
The sixth-gen Camaro SS supercharger systems from ProCharger will be available soon, and should be tearing up a track near you this summer.