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GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011It's that time of year, kids. Horsepower-crazy General Motors fans are anxiously dancing around their mailboxes waiting for the latest edition of the company's performance parts catalog to arrive. As with past years, the glossy pages are packed from margin to margin with everything you need to give your Bow Tie a little extra giddy up. For 2011, the catalog has fully embraced the Camaro, and a pair of dealer-tweaked versions of the Chevrolet muscle car show exactly what you can do with little more than a crate engine and some spare time.

DeNooyer Chevrolet in New York decided to plop an LSX454 in their orange Camaro, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission via the same clutch used in the mighty Corvette ZR-1. The car turns over 520 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels thanks to a tune-port fuel injection system.

But that's downright child's play compared to what the minds at NeSmith Chevrolet in Georgia cooked up. Those wrenches plopped an LS9 behind the Camaro's headlights. With minor tweaking, the supercharged V8 is kicking out right at 700 horsepower, and NeSmith threw in beefier axles and a Baer brake system to bring the whole party to a stop. Hit the jump to check out the press releases.

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 NeSmith Camaro

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 NeSmith Camaro engine

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 LS9

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 DeNooyer Camaro

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 DeNooyer Camaro engine

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 LSX454

  • GM Performance Parts Catalog 2011 cover

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GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Dealership-created performance packages were an important part of Chevrolet's muscle car heritage. Names like Yenko, Nickey, Berger and others helped drive high-performance options, while enhancing the mystique of one-off collectables decades later. In fact, it was creative ordering on the part of dealers that created the legendary COPO Camaros of the late 1960s – cars available from those enterprising dealers, but not offered in any official catalog or order guide.

More than 40 years later, a couple of dealers – DeNooyer Chevrolet in New York and Georgia's NeSmith Chevrolet – have rekindled the concept of using Chevrolet's own parts to create specialty Camaros that simply aren't offered in regular production. DeNooyer used GM Performance Parts' (GMPP) LSX454 crate engine (part number 19244611) to build a modern 454 engine for the Camaro SS, while NeSmith transplanted the supercharged LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1 into their Camaro.

"These great Camaros exemplify the spirit of dealer-built super cars that grew out of the muscle car era," says Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. "They are the COPO Camaros of the 21st century."

Both cars are featured on the cover the 2011 GM Performance Parts catalog.

The DeNooyer 454 Camaro, dubbed the HTR-SS454 (named for partner Redline Motorsports' owner Howard Tanner), takes the GMPP LSX454 crate engine and adds a port fuel injection system to its LS7-style LSX six-bolt cylinder heads. The engine has an all-forged rotating assembly and an 11.0:1 compression ratio. A front end accessory drive system was added, too, along with a custom flywheel and ZR1 clutch matched to the six-speed manual transmission.

With the custom engine installed and properly tuned, chassis-dyno testing of the Camaro delivered a strong 520 horsepower and 530 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheels – or right about the 620-hp/590-lb.-ft. estimates from GMPP for the basic crate engine. The car's driveline was beefed up to handle the 200-horsepower increase over stock, too, with stronger axles and stiffer bushings throughout.

Much like what was done with the legendary Baldwin-Motion cars, of the Sixties, DeNooyer joined forces with an expert performance shop, Redline Motorsports, to help engineer and build the HTR-SS454. Redline a leader in LS-based high-performance engines and vehicles and it also collaborates with DeNooyer Chevrolet on the HTR-600 Camaro, which uses the 505-hp LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06 – also available as a crate engine from GMPP (part number 19211710).

While the DeNooyer 454-powered Camaro evokes memories of yesteryear, NeSmith's LS9-powered "Storm" Camaro is pure modern performance, with the world-beating power of the Corvette ZR1 under the hood. It was created within the dealership's in-house customization facility, NeSmith Customs, with assistance from nearby Jen Jac's Restorations. NeSmith also happens to be the largest GMPP dealer in the country.

The LS9 is offered as a crate engine from GM Performance Parts (part number 19201990) and, because of its similar LS-family architecture to the Camaro's original LS3 engine, easily slipped into the engine compartment – although some fabrication was necessary to accommodate the unique placement of some accessories, as well as the LS9's dry sump-style oiling system. But when the installation was completed, the engine looked factory-installed. And with a few minor upgrades, the engine is producing about 700 horsepower.

Like the DeNooyer HTR-SS454, the NeSmith Storm Camaro matches its greater performance capability with complementing drivetrain parts, including stronger axles and a Baer brake system featuring six-piston calipers, front and rear.



GRAND BLANC, Mich. – GM Performance Parts (GMPP) has released its 2011 catalog. It contains more than 300 pages of crate engines, engine parts and vehicle accessories for vehicles powered by GM's LS, small-block and big-block engines – and almost every one of them is available for purchase online at gmperformanceparts.com.

For 2011, the catalog features more for LS high-performance engine builders, including:

* Vehicle-specific performance parts and accessories
* Expansion of the E-ROD crate engine portfolio
* The LSX454R crate engine
* LSX DR 11-degree cylinder heads and matching intake manifold
* LSX six-bolt L92-style cylinder heads for smaller-bore LS engine.

Along with descriptions and part numbers for all the engines, parts and accessories, the GMPP catalog offers valuable information on selecting matching components for the best-performing combination, as well as detailed specifications on most components – including charts outlining cylinder head specs and camshaft specs. There's also a special section for LS engine builders that provides an overview of the LS engine family and parts interchangeability.

GMPP has also included accessories for new Chevrolets, including the Corvette, Camaro, Cruze and trucks. They include performance, suspension and appearance upgrades.

Enthusiasts and builders can buy the 2011 GM Performance Parts catalog from GM dealers or online at GMPP's eCommerce store, located at gmperformanceparts.com. Simply click on the SHOP button and enter "catalog" in the search function. A free download of a PDF version of the catalog is also available at gmperformanceparts.com.

Cover cars

A pair of dealer-modified Camaros are featured on the cover of the 2011 GMPP catalog and exemplify a growing trend in using crate engines to offer extraordinary performance to a new generation of enthusiasts – all while evoking the spirit of the dealer-driven COPO Camaros of the late 1960s.

The Camaros were built by DeNooyer Chevrolet in New York and Georgia's NeSmith Chevrolet. DeNooyer used GMPP's new LSX454 crate engine to build a modern 454 engine for the Camaro SS, while NeSmith transplanted the supercharged LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1 into their Camaro. (Please see the separate release for more details on the cars.)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I could live with a 700hp Camaro. Maybe two even.... or three.... how many colors do they make it in again?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's see...
        $40K for the car, $20K for the engine.....
        Catching my drift here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Emm.....700hp let's hunt some imports
      • 4 Years Ago
      You'd be better off keeping that engine in a Corvette. The Corvette has 500lbs less dead weight to lug around the track, not to mention superior aerodynamics and handling. And don't tell me the Corvette lacks a back seat, do you think anyone is going to strap a child seat into the back seat of a 700hp drag car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "And don't tell me the Corvette lacks a back seat, do you think anyone is going to strap a child seat into the back seat of a 700hp drag car?"

        Why not? Maybe you and the wife want to take it for a Saturday night spin in the summer up to the ice cream shop? Can't quite do that with a Corvette.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I am not arguing that it is not practical, unless you want that backseat. I would rather share in the experience, so I prefer the backseat, but that is me. I must say, the Z06 is untouchable though.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Because people build $70,000 Camaro's with 700+HP for drag runs and not ice cream runs.

        If you've ever been to a 1/4 mile you can see people pulling out spare tires, spare seats, even ashtrays to lighten their load.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have they done anything to the fueling system at all? Why do I see so many Camaros with 600+ RWHP but never hear if they upgraded the fueling system?

      G8 GT and GXP run out of fuel at around 550RWHP. Also start snapping axles at that power level ("only" about 200LBS more than a Camaro, which says less about the G8 and more about the Camaro).
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would just shake itself to pieces. I've sat in a Camaro and they do not feel high quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've sat in a Camaro and you therefore have come to the conclusion that its drivetrain/frame/suspension are poorly engineered? You must have one well calibrated buttocks! I've even driven them without getting that impression.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the G8 is any indication, you have no clue what the hell you're talking about.

        My GT is still tight as a drum from the day I got it way back in May 2008. No creaks, rattles or groans out of chassis or drivetrain. Still tracks like an arrow, still launches like crazy, still handles like a dream (in it's segment).
      • 4 Years Ago
      A dohc twin turbo v6 would weigh more than that Lsx 454 , and likely more than the LS9 with the eaton on top . Also , your not adding any measureable weight with c.i. . A 5.7 to a 6.2 up to a 454 can all be made from the same lsx block via machining , and bore/ stroke combo's .
        • 4 Years Ago
        Follow the link. That engine (block) is cast iron. I'm sure it is the right thing in a drag car (700 hp isn't even trying), but probably isn't the best thing for the 'vette.
      • 4 Years Ago

      FOR CRIPES SAKES - No one wants to talk weight savings on the Camaro ? Are there no weight saving components in this new GM P.P. catalog ?

      Keep the LS3 (& forget about the fantasy $21k ZR-1 engine - which costs as much as 50% the total cost of an SS!) and focus on cutting down & replacing (with lighter components: drive-shaft, suspension, exhaust etc.) the weight out of the car to aid the handling of the Camaro which is universally accepted as being extremely lackluster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man.. I so want a Camaro. I'm waiting for the Z28 to come out because then hopefully used SS prices will come down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LS9's are beef..they can handle way more than 700hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      700hp, but with what reliability?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reliably better than the P.O.S you drive!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        700hp out of a LS9, is not much more than stock. Now for rest of the Camaro it shoehorned into, it is a bit more of a valid question.
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