Published on 12/26/2018

Gen 6 Camaro Recommended First Mods!

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DUSTIN WILSON

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HENNESSEY PERFORMANCE

Next up in our series of articles looking back at some of readers’ favorites is one spotlighting the Gen 6 Camaro. Below is an overview of the recommended first mods for the iconic vehicle.

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Published on 12/26/2018
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DUSTIN WILSON

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HENNESSEY PERFORMANCE

Gen 6 Camaro Recommended First Mods!

Next up in our series of articles looking back at some of readers’ favorites is one spotlighting the Gen 6 Camaro. Below is an overview of the recommended first mods for the iconic vehicle.

We recently test drove a Gen 6 Camaro SS and loved the power from the LT1 V8. And really, there’s not a lot we would change, but like you other gearheads out there, we can’t leave well enough alone. So, we perused Chevrolet Performance’s Vehicle-Specific Parts page where you can shop for vehicle-specific parts, as well as their Parts Catalog to compile a brief list of the first few mods we would make if we had a Gen 6.

Step 1: Close the Gap

We know of certain individuals that will not even drive a car on the street until they’ve lowered the vehicle. We’re not saying that’s always the correct position to take on the lowered vs. stock ride height ‘stance’, but we will admit, subjectively, you can improve a car’s looks by simply lowering the car. Lucky for you, you can get an OE designed, engineered and tested lowering kit specific for your new Camaro.

Chevrolet Performance didn’t cut corners with this kit. It’s not just a set of lowering springs, but includes custom valved shocks for the increased spring rate. The kits are designed to provide an integrated package that provides an aggressive stance by lowering the vehicle up to 0.8-inch, while optimizing ride quality and vehicle performance. They also deliver a lower center of gravity that enhances the feeling of responsiveness. Four kits are tailored for LT and SS coupe and convertible models.

When guys begin tracking their car more frequently, one of the biggest bang-for-the-buck upgrades to go faster around a track is suspension. With a lowered stance, you lower your center of gravity increasing your turn-in sharpness, as well as transitional stability. The increased spring rate also reduces body roll so the car is more planted increasing your confidence as a driver to push the car even harder. Suspension stiffness also helps with braking, decreasing the nose dive effect, thus reducing the amount of weight transfer to the front keeping the rear tires more planted. All in all, suspension upgrades is one of the best for overall performance, plus your car will look great.

Interested? Call up your local Chevrolet dealer to get this kit ordered and even have them install it for you. You’ll be cruising around town, or the track, with a perfect stance before you know it.

Step 2: Unleash the Beast

After getting the stance of the car just right, while increasing its handling prowess, we’d throw on an upgraded exhaust. We were recently on track in a personal vehicle with stock exhaust, and after a full weekend of tracking the car, we were longing for more exhaust sound to better hear our revs. Chevrolet Performance has a performance exhaust available for your V6 and/or V8 Camaro.

These axle-back systems enhance the performance sound of your Camaro while offering a premium appearance. Each is a direct replacement for the factory system and maintains the vehicle’s factory warranty. The entire system is made from 304 stainless steel with 2.75” piping for V8 (2.5” for V6) and includes 4” high polish 304 stainless tips.

Below is an example of what a performance exhaust sounds like on the V6 - intoxicating indeed.

Step 3: “Brakefast”

So, by now, you’re sounding good and looking good, and you may even have a few track days under your belt. If that’s the case, the logical next step is to upgrade your braking. The faster you get on track, the faster you’re going to wear out your brakes due to braking later and later. Upgrading your brakes is one of, if not, the best decision you can make as it not only increases performance, but also safety. A lot of guys will upgrade their brake pads to higher temp pads so they can stay on track longer and brake later, but, their stock rotors weren’t made for that kind of abuse and most end up cracking their rotors within the first day of tracking their car. Chevrolet Performance has released a kit that matches performance pads with performance rotors so you get the best of both worlds in one package.

If this sounds like you, Chevrolet has a couple options. For you guys with a 2016 Camaro LT with 2.0L Turbo or 3.6L there’s a Brembo four-piston front brake package. This package includes Brembo® four-piston aluminum calipers with performance brake pads and 13.6” x 1.2” (345mm x 30mm) vented and slotted Duralife rotors – the same size as the Camaro SS. The Duralife rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion and provide quieter braking with less vibration. The kit is a direct replacement for the original front brakes and includes low-expansion front brake hoses, all necessary hardware and installation instructions.

This other option is the Brembo® front brake system that features six-piston monoblock aluminum calipers with performance brake pads and two-piece, 14.6” x 1.3” (370mm x 34mm) vented and slotted Duralife rotors (cast-iron braking rings with aluminum hats). This front-brake kit is available for all Gen-6 Camaro models and includes low-expansion front brake hoses, all necessary hardware and installation instructions. The SS we test drove had the six-piston kit on and the performance was exactly as you’d expect from an OE - quiet and g-force inducing.

Step 4: Breathe It In

Now that you have increased your handling prowess, you can better hear yourself on track and you’re safely braking later and later on track, the next step is a performance intake for a few additional ponies to edge out your competition. Chevrolet Performance has a Performance Intake available for the SS with the LT1 V8. The entire airbox is hand constructed from aluminum and is powder coated for durability. It also looks great under the hood while cooling your intake charge and reducing air intake restriction by 17% at peak airflow (350gr per second). Plus, who doesn’t love that increased intake sound emitted from under the hood? This may very well be one of the first mods most people will perform on their car, and we can’t argue with that since it produces more power and better sounds.

Remember, you can call up your local Chevrolet dealer to get any of these parts for your car, or even to just call and ask some questions. A dealer locator is at this link. To read more on Chevrolet Performance’s Vehicle-Specific Parts and browse the parts specific to your Camaro - click here.