Kill Stories: Camaro with an LM7 Gaps a WS6
Chevrolet Camaro features a worked over 5.3-liter truck engine and a big-stall torque convertor.
This week’s Kill Story was originally shared to the forum in a thread by “Cwarta” from a YouTube channel with a similar name and it features a couple drag races between a Chevrolet Camaro and a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6. Both of these cars are from the 4th generation of the GM F-body and they are both powered by a variation of an LS engine, but the Camaro with a truck engine is a whole lot quicker.
The camera car in each of these videos is a 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 and the car in the other lane is a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro. Under the hood of the Pontiac is the original LS1, but the owner has added a new camshaft, an LS6 intake, unspecified “bolt-ons”, a 3,000 stall convertor and a set of 3.42 gears. The Camaro has a 5.3-liter LM7 V8 from an early-to-mid 2000s Chevrolet truck with eBay headers, an aftermarket camshaft, an LS6 intake, 3.73 gears and a stall convertor that the OP claims is “up around 5,000 rpm”.
In the race above, the bright yellow, truck engine-powered Camaro lines up with the red Firebird and when the starter drops his arms, both cars tear away from the starting line. Well, the Chevy tears away while the Firebird struggles with traction. As a result of the traction issues for the Trans Am, the yellow Chevy beats the tar out of its cousin from the Pontiac brand.
In the second run (below), both cars have some traction issues on the launch, but once again, the Camaro with LM7 power beats the crap out of the LS1-powered Pontiac Firebird.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!