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First Drive: Callaway SC572 and SC552 is the Chevrolet Camaro done right


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2010 Callaway SC572 Camaro - Click above for high-res image gallery

There are a couple of salient points about the new Chevrolet Camaro that are inescapable. First, it has the looks that kill. And whether or not you dig the Camaro's aesthetics, you can't deny it stands out from the crowd. Actually, that's not the right way to put it - a new Camaro in a mall parking lot is like an economists' convention crashed by Kiss.

However, much like the infamous New York rock band that always looked mean and scary but actually wrote some pretty pop-centric stuff, the Camaro might look like a sports car, but it's not. Sure, in SS trim you get General Motors' awesome LS3 6.2-liter V8 and all the power that entails (426 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque), but the choppy suspension and near-two-ton bulk drag the Camaro down from the sports car it could be. And if the recently reborn for 2011 Mustang GT is any indication, the sports car it should be.

But what if... What if you could change the suspension, reduce unsprung weight and up the power to deal with the Camaro's bulk? What would you have then? Could some serious tuning turn the Camaro into a serious sports car? Legendary Corvette tuner Callaway has taken on just that task with their new SC572 (manual) and SC552 (automatic) new age ponies. We drove 'em both, and the results are... jump.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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It certainly looks the part for a Camaro done right. Really like the exterior mods. The Carbon Fiber and the red paint contrast beautifully together, and remind me of the Corvette ZR1. Very tasteful.

Speaking of which, I love the hood window, I actually think it looks better than the ZR1's, partly because it's bigger and trimmed in bare carbon fiber, partly because I can see actual engine.

The power upgrades are very nice, but the suspension and the shift kit are the real stories for me. The Camaro's plenty powerful already, and anyone can bolt on a supercharger, but redoing the suspension to make it a proper sports car, now that takes skill. Adding a more precises short throw shifter is really nice too, and replacing that stupid shift knob with one that was designed to fit in a human hand is icing on the cake.


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