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Well-known in the tuning community for building high-powered machines of all breeds, Artisan Performance has decided to take on the 2010 Chevy Camaro. And if the renderings are any hint, we’re in for a treat.
And yet as salivating a package as it looks from the outside (with 1.5-inch fender flares), the Artisan Performance SA-600 Camaro SS gets extra-tasty under the hood. Or does it?
Much like on the company’s burnt-copper Lexus IS-F from last year’s SEMA Show, the Camaro features a set of rear-mounted turbochargers. Two GTK350 turbos, as well as an intercooler setup, exhaust system and ECU tune help the Camaro SS to pump out 600 ground-pounding ponies from its 6.2-liter V8. Artisan hasn’t released torque numbers yet, but they’re sure to be equally impressive.
To round out the package, Artisan will equip its SA-600 Camaro SS with iForged wheels in a 21-inch front and 22-inch rear fitment. Inside those rollers you’ll find an SSBC big brake package with 14-inch rotors.
Artisan’s SA-600 Camaro SS will also include many other custom details and a bespoke interior… at a cost. The whole package will run $69,000.
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Chevrolet has just released boat-loads of information on the new 2010 Camaro, but one of the most surprising revelations is that the base-model V6 sportscar will get 29 mpg on the highway.
As for city driving, the V6-powered LS and LT models will get 18 mpg with the automatic transmission and 17 mpg with the manual transmission. Also impressive is the fact that both the 6.2-liter V8 engines that come in the SS (the L99 making 400 hp and 410 ft-lbs of torque and the LS3 making 426hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque) get a rating of 16/25 mpg with the auto. and 16/24 mpg with the manual.
This is important because it means no Camaro offered is subject tot he federal gas guzzler tax.
All this fuel economy might sound great you’re saying to yourself, but what about the power. The good news is that the LS and LT models not only get great mileage but they make 304hp at 5900 rpm and 273 ft-lbs of torque at 5200 rpm. The engine is a cast aluminum 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection and even with a compression ratio of 11.3:1 it uses regular pump gas.
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