The premise of packing 575 horsepower under the hood of the new Chevrolet Camaro is pretty intense, but it seems the folks at SLP Performance Parts have even more power up their sleeves. We recently had the chance to sit down with company president Ed Hamburger for the complete dish on its line of performance-tuned 2011 Chevrolet Camaros.
To start, SLP’s supercharged Camaros receive a slight name change — and that’s largely due to a 10-horsepower performance bump over the company’s 2010 models. The ZL550, which utilized a supercharged form of GM’s 6.2-liter V-8, is now known as the ZL560, while the ZL575 – which utilized a similar engine combination – is now the ZL585. In the case of the ZL585, the extra 10 ponies allow the pony car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and blitz through the quarter-mile trap in 11.5 seconds at 122.3 miles per hour.
SLP equips its ZL Camaros with an Eibach lowering spring kit as standard equipment, but customers will now be able to opt for a fully adjustable coil-over suspension. For the ultimate in ride control, a new optional wheel/tire package wraps Michelin PS2 rubber over 20-inch wheels, which are 9 inches wide in front, and 10 inches wide out back. We’d personally opt for some Brembo brakes, and SLP offers two packages — one with upgraded cross-drilled front and rear rotors, and another that also throws in six-piston front calipers and two-piece 15-inch front rotors.
2011 SLP Camaros look largely like the 2010 cars, but the styling department crafted a new functional front splitter, while revising the wheels’ finish (they’re now powdercoated with a chrome finish). A new rear diffuser is also included, and is styled after that used on the original Camaro concept car shown at the 2006 Detroit auto shows. Customers who like to show off the engine compartment to admirers will likely appreciate the new custom valve covers, painted to match the car’s body color.
Inside, a new short-throw shifter reduces throw travel by 20 percent, while a new leather-wrapped, embroidered shift knob sits on top. ZL-embroidered headrests appear once again in the 2011 cars, but a new option allows customers to have all seating surfaces wrapped in Katzkin leather hides. Eight color choices are available, but those stuck in 1969 will likely want to opt for the houndstooth pattern cloth insert for the ultimate throwback.
SLP says it will produce no more than 500 examples of the car for 2011. Production is scheduled to commence on September 1, so if you’re interested, head to your nearest Chevrolet dealer and reserve your place in line. Better yet, SLP says it will warrant its performance modifications to match GM’s own 5 year/ 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.