• May 7, 2009
2010 Artisan Camaro SS SA-600 - Click above for a high-res rendering

Artisan is teaming up with Turbochargers.com to create a turn-key tuner out of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Using a similar formula as its Lexus IS-F SEMA car, the crew is employing a duo of rear-mounted GTK350 turbos, a cat-back exhaust, intercooler and a tweaked ECU to net a total of 600 whp from the SS' 6.2-liter V8. The body benefits from a 1.5-inch flare in front and a three-inch stretch in the rear where a set of 21-inch (front) and 22-inch (rear) iForged wheels reside, framing 14-inch SSBC Big Brakes. A new lip, rear diffuser, gauge package, Artisan-embroidered head-rests, BASF Glasurit paint and a numbered plaque round out the mods, and although the parts can be had separately, the full turn-key package will set you back $69,000 when the Artisan SA-600 goes on sale this June.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its great that GM tried to incorporate the looks of the 69 Camaro but they made it too square and sharp. I think it would have looked better that way and still do not think its going to save GM. Year One now sells a new 69 Camaro rolling chassis for $39K. Its really impressive check out this link http://www.popularhotrodding.com/features/0905phr_1969_chevy_camaro/index.html

      Anthony
      www.mypersonalmechanic.net
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow!! This and the Maser make two 600 HP tuner cars on Autoblog on the SAME day!

      I wonder how long you'd have to drive this car to recoup the price difference between it and the stock SS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        W...what?

        I totally don't understand your last sentence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do they throw in the right sized battery cable in the deal..OOSHAH!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I quite like it. I think I might rather have this than the SRT-10.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Given Chrysler's current state of affair, who wouldn't?
      • 5 Years Ago
      All these changes add weight, requiring more power. How much would it cost to take a few hundred pounds out to get similar performance, better handling and mileage? Or is that just a little too elegant?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The V-6 is a more modern design, by 50 years. That's right, it first appeared in '54 in the '55, was designed and tooled before, of course. I guess the tooling's pretty much paid for by now, eh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @cdwrx
        Agreed, GM from the factory can get 260/260 out a 2.0L DI Turbo. Image what they could get out of a 3.6 DI Turbo that is already putting out 304/273 NA in the aftermarket.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What the hell are you thinking? Get out of here.

        Actually, I agree. But this works, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd prefer they started with the V6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tuners are all over the new Camaro. Encouraging.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just like when the 99 and 05 Mustangs came out. There are some RICEY ASS body kits and mods out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      dam good looking kit on that car........
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's ugly. I don't think I'd call it ricey, as most of the visual mods have a chance of being functional. But that can't save it from the ugly stick.

      And like robc mentioned above, the response has got to be horrible. Just think of how much air you've got to compress. And just think of how much energy and pulse effect the exhaust must lose on the way to those turbines. Yuck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chconline,I préfer a Camaro prépared by Hennessey or Nelson Racing, they no what s power.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesnt do it for me.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I don't think your rusted-through JDM life does it for you...
        996700
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Really i wonder why "JDM life" lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish a tuner would swap out that plasticky grill for something cleaner (and without the giant bowtie)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Look if the logo is all that you can find wrong with this, they must have done something right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rear Mount Turbos offer HORRIBLE boost response.
      You are MUCH better off with front mount twin turbos, positive displacement superchargers (TVS 2300, Kenne Bell, Whipple) or Centrifugal Superchargers (Paxton, Vortech, Procharger).

      If you want a complete power/appearance package like this, and you have the disposable income, go to Lingenfelter.
      If you just want performance, or consider your dollar/performance ratio, call East Coast Supercharging in NJ.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tourian-
        Have you ever driven a LSx car with rear mount turbos? Have you driven multiple LSx cars with all the different popular forced induction options to create an EDUCATED opinion of the performance differences between front mount twin turbos, AND positive displacement superchargers, AND centrifugal superchargers.

        I HAVE.
        After actually DRIVING all of the above, I can tell you that rear mounts have pathetic boost delivery and should not even be considered over front mounts. Also, if a person is looking for OEM reliability and simplicity for their street cars, belt driven blowers are a great option.

        If I were doing a 800-1000rwhp combination, I would do a front mount twin turbo with adjustable psi for each gear.
        If I were doing under 800rwhp, I would do a custom centrifugal supercharger (East Coast Supercharging) or a positive displacement supercharger, depending on the application.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I've driven a GTO with them, and no it didn't disapoint me. A lot of them? No. So I'm sure because you're EDUCATED makes your opinion somehow better then mine, but I still say it doesn't make the car "HORRIBLE" as you put it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a 6.2L V8. Boost response is not critical. The car has plenty of torque off the line stock. Now its got a huge midrange and top end power too. I doubt anyone will really wish they had an underhood setup if they had this car and if it performed as advertised. The only problems that would make me prefer an underhood setup would be long term durability having them under the back of the car, but not driveability.
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