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This is where muscle cars turn into "WTF-Just-happened" cars.
So you've got an intake and headers and you want more tire-shredding power? There's several companies out there are ready to help you do that!
1. Superchargers: Roots, Twin-screw, and Centrifugal. All have pros and cons, we'll discuss that.
2. Turbos: Which manufacturer and what they offer.
3. Push-of-Button power: Nitrous, Meth, and Alky oh my. What are your options.
ZL1's, They are a thing of dreams to most. At the cost of an SS + an RS, however, they remind us all that even the most affordable super cars are out of reach for most. If you're only concerned in horsepower numbers and dyno graphs, you can build ZL1 power for far less than the additional cost of a ZL1.(Although you give up the powertrain warranty)
My opinion of some pros and cons of the above options:
1: Superchargers: Similar throttle response to N/A builds, Easily installed and uninstalled, Not as much potential on the overall scope of the powerband.
2: Turbochargers: Significantly better power potential and low end torque at the cost of Delayed throttle response compared to Superchargers with a more involved install and removal process.
3: Push-of-Button: Instant power on demand and no parasitic losses while not being used. The cons being: frequent use incurs recurring cost and maintenance, and it has inherent risk if the proper precautions aren't taken prior to every use.
My personal favorite because of the ease of installation and removal. (I have different cars somewhat frequently, so easy on and off is helpful for resale) That being said, take some of what I say with a grain of salt because I AM biased. (If I knew I was going to keep a car forever and money was no object, I'd probably go with a Turbo system.) Let's see what options exist if you want to put a "Blower" on your LT1.
Edelbrock E-Force (2016 kit # 1559, 2017 kit # 1529)
Horsepower added: Up to 140RWHP & 124RWTQ (Claimed)
Cost associated: $ - As of Sept. 2017: $7499.99 w/ Tune (Sale at Phastek)
Edelbrock is at it again with an excellent product at an excellent price. Within a few minutes drive from my work, this company has a helpful team that is willing to answer any question to the best of their ability and at a moment's notice. Not only do they have customer service to back it up, they also offer a powertrain warranty to give you peace of mind. This system utilizes the TVS 2300 Supercharger mounted upside-down at 7psi, and the built-in air-to-water intercooler keeps your charge temps down low. With that much additional power, you're sure to leave many cars in your dust. Keep them thinking, "WTF just happened, wasn't that an SS?"
Magnuson Heartbeat TVS2300 Supercharger Kit #01-23-62-382-BL
Horsepower added: Up to a Total of 550RWHP & 510RWTQ on an otherwise stock Engine (Claimed)
Cost associated: $ - As of Sept. 2017: $7298.87
At only 6psi, the Magnuson is running the lowest boost out of the box from all of the TVS kits. If you watch their video on YouTube, you get the feeling that they do care about being innovative and giving customers the best product they can while still being at the front of the pack for coming to market. Plus, who doesn't love and Australian accent!? If you take a close look at this system versus other TVS systems, I think you'll notice right away that this system seems to have the largest volume of air between the Throttle Body and the Intake valves. I wonder to myself if this gives them an advantage for throttle response, charge temps, or consistency under heavy throttle, etc..
I only say this because I'm thinking about the inverse scenarios of 1. Adding throttle body spacers and 2. Individual Throttle Bodies which typically have the throttle bodies mere inches away from the intake valves. I've always understood ITB's to have the best throttle response of any intake system. Since the air is under pressure, perhaps this effect is negligible and even works in reverse so that the more pressurized air you have behind the throttle body, the better punch you have when flooring it on the highway. Ranting and Raving aside, the "Maggie," as it's referred to on the forums, has an excellent reputation with the customer base and is recommended by most commenters within the communities I'm a part of. It doesn't have this reputation for just a great product, but for excellent customer support as well.
Procharger P-Series Supercharger System
Horsepower added: Up to 150RWHP @ 7psi(Claimed)
Cost associated: $ - As of Sept. 2017: $5849
At less than $6k, this is one of the more affordable supercharger systems available. Rightfully so since they don't have any castings to tool up. The only major things that need fabricated to put this system together is the mounting bracket, flexible & Hard tubes, and the intercooler(Maybe). The manufacturing cost of the system is low in comparison to Magnuson or Edelbrock, which have to pay for tooling costs and castings to house the TVS 2300 guts. Also, I'm not personally a fan of such a large amount of flexible piping in a pressurized system that's highly dependent on an accurate measure of air that is in the system. Maybe it doesn't make that much of a difference. I'm not an expert on superchargers, that's just my opinion.
All that being said, I am a fan of ProCharger and so are many many others. #LethalCamaro and several of his close acquaintances are running ProChargers and have a lot of good things to say about them. They give a driving experience that is more like a Turbocharged engine rather than that of a Torquey N/A build, so to each their own. ProCharger's system is very clever and easy to install and remove, so it's still a good system for the cost associated and the power gained.
Vortech V-3 SI TUNER Supercharger System
Horsepower added: Up to 225RWHP @ 7.5psi (Claimed)
Cost associated: $ - As of Sept. 2017: $5699.99
Tuner kits are the way to go if you're capable of tuning your own car, or plan to have your car tuned by a professional shop anyways. Tuner kits give you the option of saving some money, which may get you boosted sooner than you otherwise might have. Vortech is taking a similar approach to what Procharger is taking with it's centrifugal supercharger unit mounted to a bracket where the intake box used to be. There's not a lot of information available for this kit at this point in time, but if you're handy with cars and know the right people, this kit can work very well for you.
Whipple 2.9L LT1 Supercharger System
Horsepower added: Up to a Total of 585RWHP on 91 octane (Claimed)
Cost associated: $ - As of Sept. 2017: $7195.00
The Whipple kit has a slight advantage over it's competition on this 6th Gen Camaro. It has managed to create the highest horsepower bolt-on system available and still offers a 3yr/36k mile warranty. In case you're not aware, Whipple has it's own unique style of screws that it uses on the majority of it's systems. The competition use a third-party-developed Roots-type system called Twin-Vortices-Series, TVS for short.(2300 for 2.3L) The Whipple kit, (See picture to the right) uses a 3x5 rotor combo and has a 2.9L displacement. Not only does it have the largest displacement system, it has a full TWO GALLONS of water reservoir to ensure that the system stays consistence through whatever you dish at it. Aside from the fact that it produces the most power out of the box, it also arguably makes the best sound of all the systems available. Due to the fact that I plan to do more than just a supercharger, I plan to go with this system over the others so I have "room to grow" with additional mods. Whipple, do you have Krypton Green powder coat available? :-)
As with almost every aftermarket Turbo system, the kits have little information available and the majority of people that do get them have to plop down large sums of money to be a part of small community of people. Not always, but largely, the systems are are sold to customers are just a little bit better than prototypes since the market is small and Heavy R&D doesn't prove to be very lucrative. If you keep this in mind when considering a Turbo system for your vehicle, you have a unique opportunity to have a car that is more powerful than most every competitor vehicle out there. That being said, Armageddon Turbo appears to be leading the way in terms of making a commercially available system for end customers. Specifically for the 6th Gen Camaro's, the Factory Fuel system is likely to be the limiting factor, if not the stock bottom end. Take a look a what your options are.
Armageddon Turbo Systems
Horsepower?: 624RWHP & 589RWTQ (With Cut-outs)
Cost associated?: TBD
First Teaser of the system HERE. Armageddon Turbo Systems is one of my favorite companies in the aftermarket industry. They have a lighthearted approach to the marketing side of the business and a very technological approach to the manufacturing side. Watch their VLOG here which shows some of the Fabrication process. They have not made the kit commercially available as of yet, but there are many people eagerly awaiting its arrival. As I mentioned above, Armageddon looks to be leading the way as far as getting the kit ready for production I expect them to be the first to market for this car. Let's go Armageddon Turbo Systems, bring it to market and put smiles on more Camaro Fan's faces!
Hellion LT1 Twin Turbo System
Horsepower?: +200RWHP (Claimed)
Cost associated?: $8995.00
Hellion Turbo has a kit that looks to be very near to complete. Their website, Found HERE, shows the kit available for purchase but is listed as Out-of-Stock. It is listed as utilizing two Precision 6266 Turbos with Billet wheels. As with most of the 6th Gen Camaro Turbo Kits, the Turbos and the kit will not be as much of a limiting factor as the Factory Fuel system will be. The different numbers shown above by the different manufacturers are large based on how far the manufacturer was willing to push the engine. They will likely all be capable of 600+RWHP. If Hellion ties up the remaining loose-ends soon, they too could be the first to market.
Horsepower?: 657RWHP & 633RWTQ
Cost associated?: TBD
First Teaser of RLM System HERE. It looks like it's a very potent system and the fabrication efforts appear to be pretty good as well. There's not a lot of info available for this system either, but I hope to hear more from them in the coming months. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be focused on bringing a kit to the aftermarket industry rather than just building a High HP car to do development on. If they can get buckled down and focus on fabricating more bolt-on kits for stock vehicles, they could also be first to market on this kit. Their skills and know-how are there, they just need to apply it to manufacturing to become an industry leader.
Push-of-Button Power Adders
To me, this is where things get scary. I know several people make lots of power very reliably with Nitrous and Methanol, but I also know a few people that have blown up highly built motors because of a simple fault with their system that was not safe-guarded due to poor Failure Mode & Effect Analysis(FMEA). If you're interested in making very cost-effective power and you're willing to take the risk associated with these types of systems, these are some of your options:
Nitrous Outlet Nitrous kit
Horsepower added: Up to 400HP
Cost associated: As of Sept. 2017 $775 on Phastek Currently $875 from Amazon.
This kit from Nitrous Outlet comes with a bolt-in spacer for your throttle body which has the nitrous nozzles integrated within it. That makes this kit completely reversible without any signs of having been installed. As I hinted at above, this does not come with any sort of Logic controller, so if there is a problem somewhere in your system, you know what can happen. All that negativity aside, it looks like Nitrous Outlet is the only company to make a kit that is bolt-on and reversible for your 6th Gen Camaro or your LT1 Engine.
Aside from Nitrous Outlet, there are several other companies out there that make universal kits which can be installed by tapping and installing a nozzle in either an intake tube or the intake manifold itself. That makes these kits irreversible unless you replace the component you put the nozzle into. Companies that make these universal kits include:
Stay tuned for more details.