2008 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

Was created to feature the capability of the new Camaro as a weekend bracket warrior, the Camaro LS7 Concept merges the power of a GM Performance Parts' LS7 crate engine and aimed at easy owner bolt-on upgrades to give the wheels-up spirit of the renowned COPO Camaros.

Made well-known by dealers like Don Yenko and Fred Gibb in the late part of the 60s, the COPO cars were bought for only one thing: drag racing. They were promptly outfitted after delivery with the required tires, safety gears and other components necessary for competition in popular Stock-class drag racing series. The LS7 Concept esteem the distinctive qualities of the COPO with features such as drag strip-ready rubber on the rear wheels, unlike many of the stripped-down racers from 40 years ago, this strip-ready participant serves twofold duty as both a drag racer and a regular daily driver.

The LS7 crate engine (PN 17802397) utilizes a high-operating replacement camshaft from GM Performance Parts (PN 12480033) to enable it to generate approximately 550 horsepower. Supporting upgrades consist of GM Performance Parts-improved headers and air intake system that will be available at the Camaro's opening early next year. The LS7 is outfitted with a wet-sump oiling system; the stock engine highlights a dry-sump system that needs an external oil tank.

Supporting the LS7 engine is a stock Tremec 6060 six-speed manual with a GM Performance Parts Hurst shifter. The following are additional drivetrain details: Brembo four-wheel disc brake package; Lowered ride height; Custom 20-inch wheels; Driveshaft safety loop GM Performance Parts exhaust system The Camaro LS7 concept is finished with Victory Red paint, with matte black highlights on the hood and tail lamp panel.

"LS7" emblems are deliberately placed and caution the enlightened that this Camaro is serious when the lights count down to green. It's all business on the spartan interior, too, with base trim and few component parts to minimize overall weight for a faster elapsed time. Even though the Camaro LS7 Concept is just a concept, its imitation by innovative buffs and racers is facilitated by GM Performance Parts' LS7 crate engine package.

It provides a totally assembled, production variant of the engine, inclusive of everything from the intake manifold to oil pan. An oil tank for the regular dry sump system and GM Performance Parts' LS7 engine controller (PN 19166567) are all that's required to get the engine up and running in a fan's project vehicle, that that and a chassis that is able to handle in excess of 500 lb.-ft. of torque!

Press Release

Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept

Designed to highlight the capability of the new Chevy Camaro as a weekend bracket warrior, the Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept combines the power of a GM Performance Parts' LS7 crate engine and targeted bolt-on upgrades to deliver the wheels-up spirit of the legendary COPO Camaros.

Made famous by Chevy dealers like Don Yenko and Fred Gibb in the late 1960s, the COPO cars were ordered for one thing: drag racing. They were quickly outfitted after delivery with the requisite tires, safety equipment and other accessories necessary for competition in popular Stock-class drag racing series.

The Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept honors the COPO ethos with features such as drag strip-ready rubber on the rear wheels - and unlike many of the stripped-down racers from 40 years ago, this strip-ready competitor serves double duty as both a racecar and a daily driver.

The LS7 crate engine (part number 17802397) uses a high-performance replacement camshaft from GM Performance Parts (part number 12480033) to help it produce approximately 550 horsepower. Complementing upgrades include GM Performance Parts-developed headers and air intake system that will be offered at the Camaro's launch in early 2009. The LS7 also is modified with a wet-sump oiling system; the production engine features a dry-sump system that requires an external oil tank.

Backing the LS7 engine is a production Tremec 6060 six-speed manual with a GM Performance Parts Hurst shifter. Additional drivetrain details include:

  • Brembo four-wheel disc brake package
  • Lowered ride height
  • Custom 20-inch wheels
  • Driveshaft safety loop
  • GM Performance Parts exhaust system

The Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept is painted Victory Red, with matte black accents on the hood and taillamp panel. "LS7" logos are strategically placed and warn those in the know this Camaro means business when the Christmas tree lights count down to green. It's all business on the spartan interior, too, with base trim and few accessories to minimize overall mass for a quicker elapsed time.

Although the Chevrolet Camaro LS7 Concept is just that - a concept - its duplication by enterprising enthusiasts and racers is enabled by GM Performance Parts' LS7 crate engine package. It delivers a fully assembled, production version of the engine, complete from the intake manifold to oil pan. An oil reservoir for the standard dry sump system and GM Performance Parts' LS7 engine controller (part number 19166567) are all that's necessary to get the engine running in an enthusiast's project vehicle - well, that and a chassis capable of handling more than 500 lb.-ft. of torque!

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