Think again if you believe Yenko was the only classic Camaro tuner. There were several well-known names in the business, but the most extreme was the Baldwin Motion (via Motor Trend).
Their 427 conversions for the early 1970s models were simply the best. Baldwin Motion installed numerous exceptional performance parts and dyno-tuned the cars. They delivered them with a written warranty that the vehicle could achieve 10-second quarter-mile times and produce 500 HP. Today, Baldwin Motion Camaros are highly sought-after and valuable pieces of muscle car history.
Before we get into explaining the 2018 ILE Turbo, let’s talk numbers. A 0 to 60 mph sprint takes 5.3 seconds, the top speed is 150 mph, and the power output is 275 hp. Is this a high-priced classic model from the early 70s? No. It’s a four-cylinder turbocharged Camaro from the current lineup (via Car and Driver).
Although Camaro fans are V8 fans and love a proper V8 machine, we have to give credit to this little Camaro. It’s a modern-day sports car with a modern engine and loads of performance but in a small, fuel-efficient, and affordable package. It just shows that you don’t need a big engine to have fun. However, you still need a V8 for a great soundtrack since this four-cylinder just doesn’t sound as good.
Even though California Highway Patrol used the Camaro even before the appearance of the Mustang S.S.P. model, Chevrolet didn’t release the full “cop spec” model until 1991. Called B4C (factory code), it was a special Camaro designed for law enforcement work and high-speed pursuits.
The B4C was basically a Z/28 Camaro with a 350 V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. However, a lot of exterior details were gone, and the car looked as stock as possible. The suspension and brakes were beefed up, and several heavy-duty parts were added as part of the package. The Chevrolet offered Camaro B4C until 2002 and less than 3000 were made (via Code 3 Garage).
The fourth-generation Camaro, along with its twin brother the Pontiac Firebird, lasted until 2002 and then went on an eight-year hiatus. During nine 9-year lifespan, Chevrolet improved the Camaro, not only esthetically. The introduction of various mechanical improvements, and newer and more powerful engines, added to the performance and style of the late ’90s and early ’00s Camaros (via American Muscle Car Museum).
Arguably the best Camaro from that period is the 2001/2 SS version which featured a 5.7-liter V8 with 325 HP. The combination of a powerful engine, sturdy chassis, and six-speed manual made the fourth-generation Camaro SS the classic muscle car in every aspect with the same feel, noise, and performance as the legendary models from the ’60s but with better comfort and ride quality. The early 2000s Camaro SS is remembered as one of the best and most affordable muscle cars from the period. An excellent basis for modifications since the venerable V8 has significant potential. Achieving 400 to 500 HP from the LS1 V8 is relatively easy to do.
You all know about the legendary C.O.P.O. Camaro ZL1 cars of the late ’60s and their incredible drag strip performance. Well, for the 2012 model year, Chevrolet introduced a special-edition C.O.P.O. Camaro which was made for N.H.R.A.’s Stock Eliminator Championship (via Top Speed).
Under the hood was a naturally aspirated 427 V8 engine with over 600 HP. Plus all racing technology to be the fastest car on the drag strip. Chevrolet wanted to pay a little homage to the original C.O.P.O. Camaros, producing only 69 examples for 2012.
The ZL1 might steal the headlines when it comes to horsepower and insane 0 to 60 numbers. However, the standard Camaro SS is still the best choice. If you want an exciting muscle car but have a budget, keep your eye on. With incredibly composed chassis, precision steering, and excellent suspension, this Camaro is arguably the driver’s muscle car (via Chevrolet).
Under the hood is the venerable 6.2-liter V8 with 455 HP. It’s capable of getting the 2022 Camaro SS to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The top speed is a pretty respectable 183 mph. Unfortunately, you will need the German de-restricted Autobahn to prove Chevrolet’s claims.