Yes, you read that right: the famous blower that powers the mighty Corvette ZR1 will be available, a-la carte, to just about anyone who can afford it! The blower, part number 19244103, will cost $7,500 and will fit any LS series engine with the LS3 style square-port heads, including the L99 – so long as you delete VVT and AFM via custom tuning. This means vehicles like the C6 Corvette, Z06, and even the Camaro can utilize one of these units to make big power!
From a shop owner and enthusiast point of view, this certainly can’t hurt the performance market. Currently there are only a handful of companies that manufacture superchargers for late model GM cars and trucks. The most popular nowadays seems to be made by MagnaCharger, with the popular TVS line of hybrid roots-type blowers. Many 2010 Camaro owners have installed these units under their hoods and aftermarket parts suppliers and shops are selling more of these units every day. Kenne Bell, which is popular in the Ford community, also makes their own kits for about the same price as the GM unit. However, Kenne Bell’s blower capacity is much larger (as big as 4.0L) and average power output is greater than what we will most likely ever see with the GM unit.
It makes perfect sense for GM to want a piece of the supercharging action. The General already has the blower in production, so all it has to do is make a few units more and sell them outright to the aftermarket. The tricky part, as always, will be convincing people that a GM-produced performance part with an MSRP of over $7,000.00 USD will hold a candle to products of other aftermarket companies that sell theirs for less. As we like to say on the show – only time will tell.[Source: Camaro5]