the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

2017 Berger Camaro – A Bigger, Badder Redux

The 2017 Berger Camaro is a beast. Berger Chevrolet, located about three hours west of Detroit in the city of Grand Rapids, has been involved with Camaro performance since the first GM pony car was sold in late September, 1966. In fact, they were entrenched in the rare and hard to find Central Office Product Order (COPO) versions that were offered in 1969.

the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

Fifty years later, the dealership is still going strong and remains tied-in with serious Camaro performance and style. The latest addition to the Berger Camaro line is a custom package on top of the track-focused Camaro SS 1LE – the Berger 1LE Edition.

the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

The new 1LE Edition offers comparable power to the Camaro ZL1 though it remains naturally aspirated. The lack of the blower and intercooler shaves about 80-pounds providing a key advantage. As for power, Berger turned to another Michigan based company, Katech, to perform a list of engine upgrades to the 6.2L that push the output to 550 horsepower with 485 lb-ft of torque.

the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

These engine upgrades include a set of CNC-ported cylinder heads, a unique camshaft grind, a CNC-ported throttle body, and high-performance lifters. The engine is also topped with an MSD Atomic intake manifold, Katech color-keyed valve covers, and relocated ignition coils. A high flow air intake system was also designed by Katech.

“The Camaro SS 1LE is one of the most capable cars on the street or track and we’ve taken it to the next level with more power and a more distinctive appearance,” said Matt Berger, President. “With these enhancements, we’ve upped the fun quotient, while advancing our long history of offering Camaros with more.”

the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

As far as custom touches to the exterior, the 2017 Berger Camaro adds a satin black hood and vents, a blacked out tail panel, fender hash marks in bright red, a custom rear spoiler extension, badges and more. Much more.

Berger’s 1LE Edition package lists for $12,598.46 with the completed car as low as $56,898.46. For more information, look up www.bergerchevy.com or call 616-949-5200.

the 2017 berger camaro - a bigger, badder redux, fuel curve

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Todd Ryden is first and foremost a car guy and admits to how lucky he is to have been able to build a career out of a hobby that he enjoys so much. He’s owned muscle cars and classics, raced a bit and has cruised across the country. With over 25 years in the industry from the manufacturing and marketing side to writing books and articles, he just gets it.

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