Bolt-On Boost

Hot Rod|July 2020

Bolt-On Boost
A FEW POUNDS OF PROCHARGER-INDUCED AIRFLOW DELIVER 177 REAR-WHEEL HORSEPOWER FOR THE SIXTH-GEN CAMARO SS
Barry Kluczyk

Today’s bolt-on systems deliver a bigger bang for the buck than ever before, and ProCharger’s range of systems for the sixth-gen Camaro is a prime example.

On this otherwise stock 2019 Camaro SS, the car picked up an incredible 177 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, all with a modest 7 psi of inter cooled boost. The max boost of 7 psi is significant because it’s a must to stave off piston-burning detonation with the LT1’s high 11.5:1 compression ratio.

A generation ago, a low-boost kit like this might have been good for about 100 horsepower, but advances in engine efficiency and supercharger technology have enabled the DIY bolt-on systems to offer tremendous gains. And, indeed, the ProCharger kit for the Camaro is something that can be installed at home by someone packing moderate wrench-turning skills.

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