• Nov 3rd 2009 at 11:40AM
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2010 Chevrolet Jay Leno Camaro - Click above for high-res image gallery

What do you get the guy who has everything? For SEMA 2009, GM decided to go with the less-is-more approach and built Jay Leno his own special Camaro... with less. Less cylinders at any rate, as this V6 special more than makes up for its lack of firing pots by adding a pair of turbochargers.

The 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 is otherwise similar to the unit that resides in run-of-the-mill Camaro LS and LT models, but with the dual huffers helping it, it produces the same 425 horsepower as its V8-propelled SS brother. And in a playful EcoBoasting slap, Chevy points out that they get the extra performance with virtually no penalty in fuel economy. Take that, rumored EcoBoost Mustang!

Besides the power upgrades, the Leno Camaro also gets a beefed up clutch for its six-speed transmission, an upgraded radiator, Brembo brakes, a Pedders coil-over kit, and a bodykit that includes a new rear diffuser as well as a revised front fascia and hood with additional venting for brakes and engine. It's one of a handful of Camaros in the GM booth, but it's the only one sticking its chin out, egging on the Ford boys. Press release after the jump and full gallery below.

  • Jay Leno Chevrolet Camaro. X09SV_CH085
  • Jay Leno Chevrolet Camaro. X09SV_CH086

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[Source: Chevrolet]


The Jay Leno Camaro

Powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6L direct injected V-6 that is standard in Camaro LS and LT models, Leno's Camaro blends high performance with surprising efficiency in a racing-ready package. A pair of Turbonetics T-3 turbochargers blows through a custom air-to-air intercooler, force-feeding the engine about seven pounds of boost and lifting its horsepower level to about 425. That's about 40 percent greater than stock and in normal driving (when the turbochargers aren't making boost), there's virtually no penalty in fuel economy over the non-turbocharged 3.6L engine.

"Jay's Camaro offers style, performance and efficiency in a big way," said Dewar. "It delivers the power of a Camaro SS on demand, but with the fuel economy of a V-6."

Supporting upgrades for the turbo system include a larger-capacity Be-Kool radiator and a custom exhaust system, 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. In fact, road racing was a primary mission for the car during its development.

Additional vehicle also support its racing intent:
  • Brembo six-piston brake package
  • Pedders coil-over lowering kit
  • New front fascia with custom fog lamps and integral brake cooling vents
  • Air extractor-style hood
The exterior styling of Leno's car is the most radical of all the Camaro concepts at SEMA. 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.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I talked to Jay at a couple car shows and he is the nicest guy. He is definitely living the car guy dream. Probably a freebie to boot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay got all the coolest GM cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet a V6 with two turbos and related plumbing weighs the same as the LS3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So much for a LS-A powered Z28.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm glad they got that wrong. The styling is kinda underwhelming for Z28 or something that is supposed to compete with GT500 power-wise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        shh, you'll make them feel bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The original Z28 had a 302 ci V8. Why should the new Z28 have a big V8?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about they make a 550bhp+ TT v8. You get the power of a v12 and the economy of a V8. V6s sound horrible anyways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be in the showrooms, not the V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay Hyundai, your turn for turbos! Fight back!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine that if you put twin turbos on an engine it will out perform an engine that is normaly aspirated. This is america we like our V8 cars. If you want supercherged muscle look at the GT500. There is plenty of usable horse power left in the car too.
      People need to remember even if you can get more power from 3/4 of a motor by putting twin turbos on it. You can get more power out of a V8 when it is superchareged.
      The most powerful cars on the planet use a blown V8. It is based on the 426 Chrysler Hemi. It does not need dohc multi valves or vvt just good old fashioned V8 power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        did you ever read wiki: multi valve?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Intersting enough... found something simular... http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/8186/sema-2009-chevrolet-leno-camaro-sema-concept-car-unveiled-by-jay-leno

      looks like Camaro5 got some up-close shots under the hood!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad, but if they don't produce it, who cares?

      Ecoboost is already in production, so it's chances of making it under the bonnet of a Mustang are already better.
      rich rahn
      • 5 Years Ago
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