The Pennsylvania mod shop is best known for giving Jeeps another level of trail-ratedness, but it appears an all-wheel-drive widebody Camaro was too tempting to resist. Now the monster will make an appearance at this week’s annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and that ought to merit a closer look if you’re on scene.
Lift up this Camaro SS’s hood and you’ll find a familiar sight—a 6.2-liter V8, which was originally good for 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It is now said to push out 650 horsepower thanks to a Turbonetics turbocharger system and full Flowmaster exhaust.
That grunt is then sent to a TR6060 “Tranzilla” six-speed manual gearbox, which is in turn pushed to both front and rear wheels through a Chevrolet Trailblazer SS transfer case. A Toyota Tundra front differential handles the power application to the front, while a limited-slip Chevrolet differential turns 4:10 gears in the rear. Talk about a custom job.
Expectedly, the Camaro suspension has been reworked as well. Bilstein coilover shocks replace the standard units at all four corners, and 20-inch TIS Monster wheels are on the receiving end of that turbo V8’s bellow. Somehow off-roading sounds like a bit too much to ask of this low-slung Camaro, nevertheless there’s a full length skid plate bolted underneath.
The outrageous widebody conversion is said to be an in-house job for Hauk Designs, which massaged fiberglass fender flares into the Camaro, and finished off the body with a brushed steel wrap. Performance figures go unmentioned beyond horsepower, but on visuals alone this all-wheel-drive pony car looks the part of a true bruiser.
Like many SEMA Show custom cars, the “Starken” Camaro will eventually find a new home and it appears Hauk Designs is pressing the fast forward button on that process. The Chevrolet recently turned up on eBay, listing for $40,000. What say you, Internets? Is the all-wheel-drive turbo V8 Camaro a good buy?