Back in 2009, General Motors whipped up a special-edition Chevrolet Camaro for Jay Leno. With a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine, unique aerodynamic and cooling work, Brembo brakes on all four corners and a Pedders coil-over suspension kit, the vehicle was designed to be a modern interpretation of the old Z28. Small aesthetic tweaks abound as well, from a revised front fascia to functional brake duct inlets on the rear quarters and unique exhaust outlets. GM even slathered the vehicle in the same paint as the original Camaro Concept. Very sexy.

Why do we bring up the 420 horsepower special edition now? Because Leno just took delivery of it. The latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage pours over every last detail of the car before hitting the road.

We like the idea of a better-handling, more track-focused Camaro, and while the Camaro ZL1 has scratched that itch for plenty of people, Leno's V6 bruiser is very cool. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.


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      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      The subtle changes make all of the difference in this Camaro. I LOVE the look of the exterior but I have always hated the look of the interior and this was very nicely done, the 20 inch BBS rims are a must and I would not even own one without the rims and those sexy 6 piston brakes. The V6 turbo is a better choice and I would choose it over the V8 knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both. Overall I think they took this car from cool exterior to how do I buy one!
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like to see some numbers...Fuel mpg,0-60,1/4 etc. Not sold yet on the compexity and cost of TT. Would look great with some '69 Z badges and something on the "cowl hood". I really like the color and BBS wheels.Just like to see the difference between a proper "302" and TT(weight, cost,performance etc).
      ramairjer
      • 2 Years Ago
      BUILD IT.
      Charlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the V6 turbo combo. I used to drive a lot of turbo fours and just had to put too much boost on them to make any real power. I drive a 2006 GTO, now, so I went back to a NA V8. I had a M3 six for a while and that was nice, but needed a touch more power. I loved the old GNs and the Syclone. I like the idea of a more track oriented car and 400HP is plenty of power. The silver and the BBS wheels look good - more classic looking than the current V8s. Charlie Louisville
      MBDSLPWR
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I am bemused with the understudy Camaro assuming Corvette's long-absent role of "sports car for the common man," I couldn't help but envision this engine in a C7 "Billy Bob." I know, GM's halo marketing machine is laughing hysterically at me. And does anyone else see the analogy of Porsche's "Boxster is to Cayman R is to 911" writ English here?
        JRS_4500
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MBDSLPWR
        Hmm interesting. Vettes should stick with V8's, but a smaller, very similar car with a twin turbo six would be cool.
      Alexandre
      • 2 Years Ago
      i usually dont like the new camaro but this is beautiful! nice silver color.
      Carphanatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's something a little strange about hearing turbos spool up and a blow off valve on a Camaro. That being said, I would love to drive this car.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what the weight difference is between the naturally aspirated 6.2L LSx and the twin-turbo DOHC 3.6L? I doubt it's very much.
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Well, I found this: GM LFX 3.6L V6: 350lbs Gm LS3 6.2L V8: 415lbs So, the V8 weighs about 65lbs more than the V6 when both are naturally aspirated. The T3 turbos they used weigh about 12 lbs each, so that's 375lbs for the V6 without including blow-off valves, intercooler(?), plumbing, ect.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        "I doubt it's very much." Exactly, so the next metric is which motor can cheaply get more horsepower. After a few bolt-ons you're stuck with the FI-lacking V8. The V6 just needs more boost and efficiency mods to get another 100 horsepower or more.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Pores", not "pours". "Pore" (v.) means "to examine closely". Pour (v.) means "flow rapidly in a steady stream." I sincerely doubt he's doing the latter... although I haven't watched the video so he could, potentially, have a bucket of water he's dumping all over the finer points of his new Camaro, I suppose.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt a twin turbo DOHC V6 is lighter than an LS3, but with the custom suspension, who knows how much more nimble this would be? But if you wanted something lighter, more nimble, more efficient, just as powerful as an SS Camaro, you could always get a Mustang GT. But then again, this car was thought up while Ford's pony car was making do with a piddling 315hp from its long in tooth 4.6. Back then, the Camaro was the best value and best all around modern day pony car. And before it, the Challenger was. And before that, the Mustang was the ONLY modern day pony car. Bottom line? I just want to see America's icons continue pressuring each other into making themselves lighter, more powerful, more refined, and still affordable. So far, I am looking forwards to seeing what the 50th Anniversary Mustang, 6th Gen Camaro, and (rumored) 'Cuda bring to the table for the next round.
        wckdM5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        I would never drive a solid axle car (not interested in straight line performance), it's just dated design. Ford, please join the 21st century.
          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wckdM5
          I guess you missed all the comparos on how the Mustang GT was as fast around a circuit as an M3? Ford has sorted the live axle very well. The Boss 302 is among the best track-ready cars out there.
      mikey683
      • 2 Years Ago
      To buy a "track focused car" you'd have to be rich or live alone.
      Rickie A. Day
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jay, Awesome/Unbelieveable for a V-6...I'm a Mustang Loyalist, but the New Camero's have caught my Eye. Do the same for the 4.6 of Ford...lol Your Fan Rickie
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