NeSmith Storm LS9-powered Camaro
In the tradition of dealer hot-rod legends like Don Yenko and Fred Gibb and their 9561 and 9560 packages, a pair of Chevrolet dealers are working the GM order system--plus a little magic on the side--to turn out special-edition 700-horsepower 2011 Camaros from factory parts.
Of course, not all of those factory parts are intended for the Camaro. The 700-horsepower custom NeSmith "Storm" Camaro, offered by NeSmith Chevrolet of Georgia, starts with a supercharged LS9 swap, adds a host of GM Performance Parts, Pfadt Racing suspension, Baer Brakes, American Racing Headers exhaust, Hurst shifter, and a healthy tune. The price? A mere $125,000--enough to buy a new ZR1.
Albany, New York is the unlikely home of the second dealer special, where DeNooyer Chevrolet has created the HTR-SS454, which adds a GM Performance Parts LSX454 crate engine, mates a custom flywheel and fits it to a ZR1 clutch to handle the 620 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The price of the DeNooyer Camaro isn't listed on the dealer's site.
While these dealer-spec custom Camaros are interesting in their own right, it will be even more interesting to see if they're the sought-after collector cars of the 2050s the way the original Yenko, Gibb, and other COPO cars are today.