Whipple has released pricing and specifications of the 2.9L supercharger available for the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS. Impressively, it boosts the power output of the 6.2L LT1 V8 to 600 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, which is more power to the ground than the 2017 Camaro ZL1.
One of the points emphasized by Whipple is the fact that this supercharger has 50 percent greater capacity than the 1.7L Eaton TVS supercharger used on the factory LT4. If you’re familiar with superchargers, you’ll know that the smaller blower needs to spin more quickly in order to generate the same amount of pressure, thus creating more heat. In addition to this, the Whipple bower is a twin-scroll supercharger, whereas the Eaton TVS supercharger is a roots style blower, meaning the air is compressed before being forced into the engine. Whipple states that these differences could mean less stress on your engine, and a lower chance of overheating at the track – something that plagued the C7 Corvette Z06.
If you want the 2017 ZL1 as bad as we do, but it’s a bit out of your price range and straight-line acceleration is really all your after, a Camaro SS coupled with Whipple’s $7,200 blower kit may be your best bet. Of course, there’s much more to the ZL1 than its powerplant. For one thing, it’s got 7 heat exchangers cooling the blower, engine, transmission, and rear differential, not to mention tighter gearing. And while some may find the ZL1’s looks to be distastefully cartoonish, we’re enthralled by it.
All that said, we’re very curious to see how a Whipple-supercharged Camaro SS 1LE would fair against the ZL1. We’ll turn it over to you for further speculation, speak to us in the comment section below.