On this episode of The Smoking Tire, we get to see what a little bit of TLC can do to a fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro with “just a V6.”
We’re not sure of the exact year for this Camaro, so we don’t know if it has the LLT 3.6L V6 engine or the more recent LFX V6. What we do know is that it began its life as a rental car, and that it’s equipped with an automatic transmission. That said, it does have quite a few goodies to help liven up the ride, such as:
- Hotchkis front and rear sway bars
- Hotchkis chassis brace
- Whiteline stiffer bushings for front control arms and steering rack and pinion
- BMR lowering springs (front only)
- Cold air intake designed by Cold Air Inductions
- Gold foil heat wrap (bling bling)
- Long-tube BBK headers
- Borla axle-back
The chassis modifications give this Camaro a much more stable ride, and while you may not have loads of fun going straight, you can have a pretty good time through twisting back roads. Unfortunately for video host Matt Farah, rain ruins any chances of finding out just how well this Camaro can hold its own, but he’s still able to get a sense of its stiffness.
We’ll say that the car does sound pretty nasty with the BBK headers and Borla axle-back. We think the fun factor would be emphasized with a third pedal, especially with those lousy shifter buttons, but that’s just us. Watch the video for yourself and tell us what you think in the comment section below.
Edit: As pointed out by one of our readers, the BBK long-tube headers signify that this is a 2010-2011 Camaro with the LLT V6. The LFX V6 features an integrated exhaust manifold, which offers a weight savings of 13 lbs along with increased airflow. According to GM, this innovation reflected an 11hp gain.