• Jan 8, 2010
2010 SMS 620 Camaro - Click above for high-res image

Steve Saleen is continuing his foray into building specialty cars other than Mustangs, and after launching the production of its 570 and 570X Challenger last year, his new company, SMS Supercars, has started the new year off right by releasing the first images of the upcoming 620 Camaro.

Using the SS model with the 6.2-liter V8 as a starting platform, the SMS 620 Camaro features much of the same design elements as the Challenger including the side induction hood, five-spoke wheels, and Alcantara and leather seats. Power is increased via an SMS supercharger system that boosts the LS3 V8 to 575 horsepower and 600 pound-feet torque. Like the Challenger, an "X" model is also available that includes additional engine modifications good for 715 hp and 700 lb-ft torque as well as upgraded suspension, brakes, differential, and wheels.

Like the SMS 460 Mustang, the 620 Camaro is currently only in illustrated form, but the production version should be ready sometime in the second quarter of 2010. You can find full details in the press release after the jump.



[Source: SMS Supercars]

PRESS RELEASE:

Corona, CA/Detroit, MI – (January 11, 2010) At the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Steve Saleen is launching the first official images of the 2010 SMS 620 Camaro, the third and latest of the ultra-high performance automobiles produced by Steve Saleen's company, SMS Supercars of Corona, CA.

Steve Saleen, President and CEO of SMS Supercars, explains "The SMS 620 Camaro will be the only Camaro authorized to benefit from my heritage and to incorporate innovations derived from my thirty plus years of racing and manufacturing experience. We are excited to add the SMS 620 Camaro to our line of SMS Signature Series cars, which includes the SMS 570 Challenger and SMS 460 Mustang."

The SMS 620 Camaro has a striking design that makes it stand out in the market. Chief Creative Officer of SMS, Phil Frank notes, "We have incorporated our well-known functional SMS Red Butterfly™ Dual Side Induction Hood as well as our race-proven aerodynamics in this third vehicle in our SMS Signature Series. The SMS 620 Camaro is a dramatic and iconic visual statement that very clearly bears the SMS design DNA."

The bespoke interior includes high performance gauges and all-new Alcantara and leather SMS performance seats that feature the patented Signature Series chevron stripes. SMS offers its Tailor Made™ options for the exterior, interior and engine compartment; highlighted by a dozen show car quality custom SMS exterior colors. This newest creation by Steve Saleen's company is scheduled for a market launch in the second quarter of 2010.

These vehicles' power, performance and engineering befit their design. The SMS 620 Camaro will utilize a 6.2 liter V8 engine featuring 575 hp and 600 ft-lb of torque, while the even more powerful 6.2 liter V8 of the SMS 620X Camaro, with all new internals and CNC headwork, delivers a stunning 715 hp and 700 ft-lb. Both use the (patent pending) SMS 296™ Supercharger for their incredible horsepower and torque gains. Transmission options include a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual on both models.

The SMS 620 Camaro accelerates from 0 to 60 in under 4.3 seconds, while the SMS 620X Camaro manages the same in closer to 4.0. In addition to engine output, handling, road holding and braking improvements, the 620X will feature options such as Magneto-Rheological Semi-Active Dampers and Torvec Isotorque Differential and 21" rear wheels. Both will offer new SMS 16" 8-piston front and 14" 6-piston rear brakes deliver impressive stopping power to match rail like cornering and jaw-dropping acceleration.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Great idea, Steve. Joe Shmoe can't pay the mortgage and you come out with another S281 that doubles the price of a car that is selling because of its price point. No wonder the suits at the old co. showed you the door.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're absolutely right, olddave. He should stick to hot-rodding 1-liter Metros.

        /s
      • 5 Years Ago
      My neighbor has a Camaro SS.... I'm going to show him these images. Perhaps he will pry off that Ghetto Gold Chevy "bow tie" to match this look? At the very least, buy an aftermarket Chevy Motorsports version of the logo (FYI: its the outlined bow tie)
      • 5 Years Ago
      SMS = PHOTOSHOP ONLY
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve S. has done some nice stuff over the years and his Saleens held a decent resale value, but with better cars from the manufactures and with so many special addition muscle cars today I'm not so sure that can be said anymore. Pick your poison and drive it, but don't think you have a collector car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sweeeet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Using even ONE Challenger design cue = fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those "butterflies" on the hood are so functionless and trashy.
      scStang
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know a few of the vendors that do / did business with SMS Supercars. They have screwed over many companies for lots of money and parts. Steve Saleen is over 2 million in debt, months late on the 20k+ rent on the Corona, CA facility. It looks like they have already gone under, but are riding on screwing a few more vendors and customers before the police won’t let them in the building any longer. I have talked to dealers and customers who have paid for a car that they will sadly never see. A warning to all that are thinking about buying or selling to them!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The red hood vents remind me of 69 Camaro tail lamps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      okay I guess.....

      now give us 900 bhp and a Z28 package!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Title says "photos" - I see "renderings".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car has a nice body, too bad Steve Saleen is a complete joke. His recent lawsuit against MJ Acquisitions just makes him look like a dumb ass. All he is, is a gimmicky show man. Look at the SMS website, its all about him instead of the cars. Saleen was going bankrupt and had already stopped productions in Cali when MJ Acquisitions saved it. Steve actually thinks he can sue for the name when he knows that name was sold along with everything else when he left the company in the dumps. Look at his recent gesture of offering to pay off old warranties that MJ Acquisitions would not do. If MJ had not been there, there wouldn't have been any warranties upheld anyway because it would have gone under. He actually called the new owner a wannabe, it cracks me up how childish and unprofessional that is. The new owner was quoted saying he has joined the Saleen Team, a little different than Steve I would say. Hopefully Steve can move on and stop embarrassing himself and at least we can all see by the new 2010, S281 that the new owners are really upholding the Saleen legacy.
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