HSV’s initial 550-unit of right-hand drive, AU-specific Chevrolet Camaro will make its local debut in just one guise, at least initially: a 2018 model year SS coupe with a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated LT1 V8 with 339kW and an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission; a manual option is incoming, but the timeline vague.
Of course, there are many more permutations of the Camaro, and the SS, while a very worthy alternative to the Mustang GT, is far from the most performant the American automaker produces. And if you’re going to spend some $23k as a premium over the aforesaid Ford, it’d be nice to have it crush it in terms of output, even if your wallet have to stretch a little further still.
Thankfully, longtime HSV’s sister company Walkinshaw Performance has been hard at working figuring out a way to fit a potent supercharger kit onto the soon-to-be-launched RHD Camaro SS, so says Motoring, taking what they’ve learned from their previous escapades with GM V8s in the many Holden Commodore-based GTS that they’ve rolled out.
General Manager of Walkinshaw Performance, Gary Beer, revealed that their team is working on multiple performance upgrades for the Camaro. No figure projections or introduction window have been disclosed, but expect the first of their kits to offer a healthy balance of power and everyday drivability.
The components themselves will be supplied by Edelbrock, Beer confirmed, who not only are one of the only tuners to use Eaton rotors, but already has a long history with HSV and Walkinshaw in addition to a wealth of experience with the LT1 in North America.
Judging by Edelbrock’s current array of Camaro upgrade kits, outputs should match or exceed 430kW and 750Nm, the result of an Eaton 2300 TVS at 10psi paired with an upgraded intake system and intercooler.