Retrofitting GMs latest and greatest motor into yesteryears engine bay isnt anything new. But when that retrofit candidate is a current LS1 powerplant, it makes it all the betterespecially if the recipient is a second-gen Camaro. Add a PPG Tangerine Orange hue with a splash of pearl-white stripes, and you end up with a killer ride that is the envy of the town.
Loyal readers will undoubtably remember the Hotchkis Performance 71 Camaro from our third annual 0-100-0 slam dance (Go! Whoa!, July 01). The object of the 0-100-0 shootout was to find out who could blast their way to 100 mph, then throw in some serious negative gs to bring the car to a halt in the shortest distance. This second-gen Camaro did remarkably well, reaching 100 mph in a mere 1,133 feet and returning to 0 mph in just 361 feet. It then further proved it was no slouch by thumping out a 12.90 at 108.34 in the quarter-mile!
Needless to say, the 71 left quite an impression on us, and since Hotchkis Performance was only an hour away, we felt the need to probe into the creation of the beast. But better yet, we managed to steal the keys and do a little test driving of our own in the greater Los Angeles area. We would like to thank Hotchkis for not calling the police on us when we didnt return the car when we were supposed toit wasnt our fault that we enjoyed the six-speed, cold A/C, LS1 rumble, nice stereo system, the comfy seats