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fifth-gen Camaro

These days, it’s not uncommon to come across a 1,000 build. Breaking the four-figure barrier in a car is and will remain an incredible feat. But it seems like the accomplishment has lost a bit of sheen. But what if a car had, say, more than double that? And what if it was built by the crazy SOBs that are notorious for other radical builds, such as the V16 engine found in the one-off Devel Sixteen hypercar? That’s what we’ve got here with this fifth-gen Camaro. Which, by the way, weights about 4,000 pounds. Must be because they kept the radio and headliner in there.

The video from Steve Morris Engines details a purpose-built fifth-gen Camaro designed to conquer standing mile events. Still a small-tire car, the LS-based “SMX” engine displaces 525 cubic-inches and utilizes a billet block, twin throttle bodies, 16 fuel injectors, and two 94-millimeter turbochargers mounted behind the grille pushing around 20 psi at the moment. Oh, and it runs on pump gas.

The engine is also a new build for this 2010 Camaro. According previous articles, the old engine was a 427 cubic inch engine that pushed out 26 pounds of boost and making roughly 1,400 to 1,500 horsepower to the wheels. It was a seven-second car then. We can only imagine what it will achieve now. And not just in the quarter-mile, but the standing mile as well. With these times, and that much power, this custom build would certainly whip a COPO Camaro out of the box.

A fully built SMX engine package starts at $75,000, according to the company’s website. On the dyno, again with pump gas, and what’s described as a “soft tune,” this monster fifth-gen Camaro makes 1,998 power to the wheels. Turns out that’s just barely even trying, as the Michigan-based performance company offers up to 4,500 horsepower with the SMX package

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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