When it comes to the Chevy Camaro nameplate, the V8 reigns supreme, with pretty much every other engine option taking a back seat. But what happens when you develop the Camaro’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine? Can it make decent power? As seen in the following video, the answer is a definite yes.
Coming to us from YouTuber ThatDudeinBlue, the video is just over nine minutes long and includes an overview of the car, some of the parts used, and how it drives on the street, not to mention plenty of glory shots of it parked.
The story behind this tuned Chevy Camaro starts with ZZPerformance, a speed shop in Michigan that specializes in GM products. If you’re a regular GM Authority reader, you’ve probably seen ZZP’s builds before, such as the shop’s big-turbo, 300-horsepower Chevy Sonic, its time attack Chevy Cobalt SS, or its 500+ horsepower Cadillac ATS.
This time around, ZZPerformance upgraded the Chevy Camaro’s turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine to throw down with 450 horsepower at the rear wheels, a massive jump compared to the factory ratings of 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
To make that jump a reality, ZZP added a built bottom end with forged pistons and forged rods, as well as upgraded cams and a ZZP auxiliary fuel injection kit. Tuning was done on E85. The turbo is ZZP’s Z57 unit. Further upgrades include new coilovers, a full body wrap, and new wheels. Output is routed through the GM eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.
While one could certainly make the argument that modifying the Chevy Camaro’s turbo four-cylinder to produce 450 horsepower doesn’t really “make sense” with the big V8s on offer, that’s missing the point. ZZPerformance took the four-cylinder Camaro to a level that basically no one has achieved, or even attempted for that matter, and that in itself is impressive. Factor in how this tuned platform is legitimately quick, and this build shows its own unique appeal.
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