With everyone gearing up for the release of the 6th-gen Camaro, there are those of us who still get excited when we see a well put-together 5th-gen Camaro. Such is the case with this inaugural-year SS version that was recently modified by our friends at PCM of NC.
Actually, it was already “heavily modified,” according to PCM – featuring all of the bolt-ins and an aftermarket camshaft. Wanting “bigger, badder and better,” he gave PCM a ring and put in his request for a new cam and Advanced Induction 280cc ported and polished heads. Apparently, he not only wanted a bump in power, but an improved soundtrack as well. We first heard about the car over on PCM’s very own blog, and they provided all of the specs in great detail below.
We set to work designing a custom cam that was larger than any of our off the shelf versions, as we wanted to make sure we could give him the NASCAR sound he was looking for. Phil at Advanced Induction handled the heads – topping them off with Brian Tooley Platinum Valvesprings. We did our usual COMP Trunion upgrade and Melling 10296 oil pump as well for better support for the new bumpstick.
With our new cam and heads package, we picked up an additional 61rwhp and 32 ft/lbs of torque over the cam it came in with (and stock heads)! We felt this car dyno’d a bit on the low side; especially on its baselines, so we are focusing on the overall gain as a measure of performance. It’s original baseline (with bolt ons & cam it came in with) was 431 rwhp & 414 ft/lbs tq, the final numbers were 491 rwhp & 441 ft/lbs. The most important thing…the customer was happy with the new, much more aggressive sound!
“I love everything that y’all did to the car. Please tell your husband and the guys at the shop – Atta boy! I love the way it sits, the way it drives, and the way it sounds. I don’t think I could pick a better sound, as a matter of fact, I think Chevrolet ought to use my car as the standard for the way a Camaro should sound. Thanks Kelly for your patience and your willingness to work with me. You have another satisfied customer in me and I will not hesitate to recommend PCM.” -Camaro owner
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.