2009 'Leno Edition' Camaro V-6 Visits Jay Leno's Garage: Video

Jay Leno Camaro

Jay Leno Camaro

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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 below.

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Comments (4)
  1. This is a nice Camaro. I have felt for a long time this is the direction manufacturers should have gone with Muscle Cars. The Buick Grand National is a testament to this. But GM purposely smothered it, so it wouldn't out shine the Corvette. Furthermore, I believe this should've been the direction Nascar took with it's Sprint Cup race. The days of V-8's in family cars is almost ancient folklore. What I'd really like to see is a Turbo Diesel or CNG hybrid.

  2. @Chop Up, one step at a time. Expect the next Mustang to come in an SVT version, possibly with a forced-induction six replacing the V-8. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Chevy launched a performance version of the Camaro with a V-6, either.

  3. It's funny that the air outlet on the hood is opened in meaningless places. The front end of the car is the place where LEAST amount of heat is extracted. Need to work harder, GM.

  4. @Hajime, the vents also serve to reduce lift at speed, but it would take a wind tunnel to determine how much of a difference they make.

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