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AutoBlog: SEMA 2009: Jay Leno Camaro a pre-emptive strike against EcoBoost 'Stang

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Filed under: Concept Cars, SEMA Show, Coupe, Performance, Chevrolet, Ford, Celebrities

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2010 Chevrolet Jay Leno Camaro - Click above for high-res image gallery

What do you get the guy who has everything? For SEMA 2009, GM decided to go with the less-is-more approach and built Jay Leno his own special Camaro... with less. Less cylinders at any rate, as this V6 special more than makes up for its lack of firing pots by adding a pair of turbochargers.

10-leno-camaro-sema_opt.jpgThe 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 is otherwise similar to the unit that resides in run-of-the-mill Camaro LS and LT models, but with the dual huffers helping it, it produces the same 425 horsepower as its V8-propelled SS brother. And in a playful EcoBoasting slap, Chevy points out that they get the extra performance with virtually no penalty in fuel economy. Take that, rumored EcoBoost Mustang!

Besides the power upgrades, the Leno Camaro also gets a beefed up clutch for its six-speed transmission, an upgraded radiator, Brembo brakes, a Pedders coil-over kit, and a bodykit that includes a new rear diffuser as well as a revised front fascia and hood with additional venting for brakes and engine. It's one of a handful of Camaros in the GM booth, but it's the only one sticking its chin out, egging on the Ford boys. Press release after the jump and full gallery below.



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Just saw pics elsewhere of Leno and Welburn chatting next to this car.

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I for one can see myself buying this over the V-8 powered SS for the shear fact of fuel economy and the same stopping and clutch hardware as the V-8.

I wonder how much it will be a premium compared to the V-8.

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Maybe after Leno tests it out some and GM can get some data, anything is possible.

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There are possibilities that it may. It is known that GM is working on force fed twin turbos for the V-6. Here is some little info.

The best part is that rather than showcasing wild concepts that would never feasibly make it to production, many of the Camaro modifications and accessories on show can be ordered through Chevrolet dealers for installation at the time of the vehicle’s purchase. This allows customers to personalize their cars to their exact wishes, with installation handled by the dealer and the cost rolled into the monthly payments.
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They'd have to up the power on the V8 SS before they'd allow this to see daylight.

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