Calling something the greatest thing ever, especially online, has the potential to rile internet mobs eager to prove the thing isn’t that great. It’s the typical dog-and-pony show our always-connected world expects because, for some reason, it’s now wrong to love something other people hate. However, that won’t stop us from at least marveling at the modified 1987 Camaro in this video from Detroit Speed, since it’s a great example of how to tune a car in a tasteful and subtle manner.
Detroit Speed calls this the 1987 DSE-Z IROC Camaro, the DSE designating Detroit Speed Engineering. The model is a promotional vehicle that highlights everything Detroit Speed does well, including the suspension – the company’s forte. But that’s hard to see when the car is on the ground.
From the outside, the 1987 Camaro shown in this video is understated, and you have to look closer to see the extensive modifications. It’s much lower than a stock vehicle, and the wide 18-by-11-inch wheels look downright menacing. More importantly, though, is that this examples doesn’t have any obnoxious outward indicators. Even the roll cage is nicely tucked into the interior, making it nearly impossible to see from the outside, and the rear spoiler looks stock even though it is taller than what you’d find on an all-original Camaro.
The Chevy Camaro is street legal, sporting an LS7 V8 producing 630 horsepower in its current form. With different intakes and throttle bodies, the motor can produce as much as 700 horsepower. That’s a lot of power for a vehicle that weighs about 3300 pounds, enabling the car hit 180 miles per hour on the front straight of Road America.
Meanwhile, the bright blue metallic paint was a factory GM color as is the plastic hood (GM used plastic as a weight savings material in the late 1980s) with features functional heat extractors. The car looks like a sleeper and certainly has the power to surprise at the track.
So, is this the best Chevrolet Camaro ever? That’s a tall order to meet – and if we said one way or the other, we’d certainly start a fight. Nevertheless, enjoy the video for the sake of enjoyment.