Global warming has been the driving force behind car emissions laws since the 1970s. States with strict emissions laws have guidelines to follow when modifying anything under the hood, so many enthusiasts are limited in engine upgrades. Every part must be tested and receive a smog legal number that is cataloged when the car is emissions tested. So Chevrolet Performance engineers made the bold move of adding up every 50-state legal component they offer and it made for a great parts catalog. But they already had a clean burning monster under the hood of the Camaro ZL1, so the entire powertrain was offered with smog legal status as the Connect and Cruise system. From intake to exhaust, the 556 hp supercharged 6.2 liter LSA is identical to what was found in the Camaro and 2nd generation CTS-V, and very similar to the 638 hp LS9 in the Corvette ZR1.
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To show the world how easy it is to make a classic muscle car offer modern efficiency, Chevrolet Performance worked with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to showcase the first Connect and Cruise system. The perfect starting point was his 1970 Chevelle SS, which a high water mark for all muscle cars. The build took place at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds, because it has the same level of security as Area 51. A new body was supplied by Dynacorn, and it was dropped onto a coil over suspension. Moser Engineering built a 12 bolt rear end with 3.73 gears and disc brakes. Seats, wheels, and several other parts are straight from the Camaro assembly line, and are available at your local GM parts department. As part of the prime time Saturday night lineup, this Chevelle will be offered at no reserve at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. All proceeds will go to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, so it will undoubtedly incite a bidding frenzy. We will be there with live updates, so stay with us for all the auction excitement. If you don’t need that much power, we have a few pristine examples for your consideration.