The Jay Leno Camaro, showcased at this year's SEMA Show promises to offer style, performance and efficiency in a big way. The new car is powered by a a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6L direct injected V6 (that comes standard on the Camaro LS and LT models) but the real power comes from a pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers, force-feeding the engine about seven pounds of boost and lifting its horsepower level to about 425 hp. This means that the car has about 40% more power comparing it to the stock version and in normal driving (when the turbochargers aren't making boost), there's virtually no penalty in fuel economy over the non-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine.
In order to support these upgrades, a larger-capacity Be-Kool radiator and a custom exhaust system were installed, as well as a Centerforce-supplied clutch and pressure plate for the six-speed manual transmission. The tubing for the turbo system is powder-coated blue. The powertrain was designed to deliver consistent, controllable power for both the street and race track, which was also a primary mission for the car during its development.
Leno's Camaro is fitted with Brembo six-piston brake package, Pedders coil-over lowering kit, a new front fascia with custom fog lamps and integral brake cooling vents as well as an air extractor-style hood. The front fascia and hood are one-off creations, as are the unique upper and lower grilles and the ground effects package (including a rear diffuser). The heritage-inspired vent styling in front of the rear wheels has been replaced with functional brake cooling ducts.