Back in 2009, GM built a special V-6 Camaro
for comedian and uber-gearhead Jay Leno. Designed by Ed Welburn, GM’s VP of global design, the car was one of the highlights of the 2009 SEMA Show
Under the hood, the V6 gets help from a pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbos and a custom air-to-air intercooler. Running seven pounds of boost, the car produces around 420 horsepower, while returning fuel economy comparable to the conventional V-6 Camaro (unless, of course, you routinely tap into all seven pounds of boost).
The car was based on a discussion between Leno and GM, in which Leno pondered what performance cars of the future would be like. Given rising gas prices and looming CAFE requirements, it’s likely that the days of the big V-8 are numbered. The ‘Leno Edition’ Camaro dared ask the question, “could a Camaro Z/28 come with a V-6?”
From a handling perspective, there’s a lot to be said for less weight over the front wheels, and V-6 Camaros
feel far more nimble than their (faster) V-8 cousins. While we’d miss the throaty rumble of an LS3 V-8, a twin-turbo V-6 would be our Camaro of choice for both autocrossing and track days.
Besides, the ‘Leno Edition’ Camaro just sounds cool when it dumps excess boost. Enjoy the latest video from of Jay Leno's Garage