Classic 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Gets Supercharged LT4 Heart

Chevrolet is showing off its new LT4 crate engine in the most attractive way possible at the 2015 SEMA Show.

The same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine found in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque can now be ordered as a crate engine in both dry- and wet-sump versions.

The LT4 crate engine is aimed at builders that want to use the high-tech performance engine in their hot-rod projects, as demonstrated by this custom 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. Paired to the powerplant is a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission while the concept’s chassis and suspension systems have been thoroughly upgraded to take advantage of the supercharged powertrain.

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Starting with an independent front suspension with coilovers and a rack-and-pinion steering system, Chevrolet also equipped the rear of the classic Camaro with a four-link rear suspension with coilovers. It rides on a set of 19-inch polished aluminum wheels and braking performance has been enhanced with a set of Corvette Z06-based front and rear disc brake kits developed as upgrades for the Stingray.

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The vintage muscle car’s exterior draws inspiration from the sixth-generation Camaro, sporting a Hyper Blue Metallic shade that is one of the available colors on the new Camaro. It is further accented by white rally stripes, just like the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Hyper concept also on display at the 2015 SEMA Show. Another nod to 21st century technology are LED headlights and tail lights while the inside gets a stock-appearing cabin with custom-trimmed seats from a third-generation Camaro.

“Chevrolet Performance pioneered the concept of high-performance crate engines and the LT4 represents a new threshold in technologically advanced, production-based choices for builders,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Whether it’s in a classic Camaro, like this resto-mod concept, or a vintage truck or street rod, the possibilities are almost endless – and that’s exactly how we continue to fuel the dreams of enthusiasts.”

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