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This old Camaro has a new 650bhp Corvette engine

Chevy Performance unveils V8-engined ‘resto-mod’ muscle car

The SEMA show is upon us. And one of the first ponies out of the stable is this classic, 1970 Camaro RS with a brand-new, 650bhp Corvette Z06 engine stuffed inside.

Yep, it’s a ‘resto-mod’ car - the business of fitting new mechanicals to old bodies - and is the work of Chevrolet Performance who want to showcase the versatility of the Corvette Z06 ‘LT4’ crate engine.

So in this iteration, you’re looking at a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 with 650bhp and 650lb ft of torque and a T-56 ‘Super Magnum’ six-speed manual gearbox. Power, needless to say, is sent to the rear wheels.

The suspension has been given an overhaul too; there’s an independent front setup and a four-link rear setup, coilovers all round, Z06-based front and rear disc brakes (developed as an upgrade for the new Stingray) and polished aluminium wheels. Because SEMA.

Swoop inside and there are even seats from a third-gen Camaro, and a new set of gauges that work with all the engine’s electronics. On the outside, the new, 2016 Camaro makes its mark on the classic RS, thanks to the new blue paintjob and LED head- and taillights.

“Whether it’s in a classic Camaro like this resto-mod concept, or a vintage truck or street rod, the possibilities are almost endless,” explains Chevy’s Jim Campbell.

Looks great, you’ll agree. Are resto-mod cars, like the gorgeous Porsche 911 by Singer, just the best, or would you rather have an old car with all its originals intact?

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