Baldwin-Motion Is Back With The Fantastic Five

Don’t let anybody tell you different: The Good Old Days are right now. Today’s Camaro is better built, more powerful, cleaner, and more affordable for the average guy than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things from the car’s storied history that we miss. Like, for instance, the legendary Baldwin-Motion big-block Camaros.

DeNooyer Performance Division and Redline Motorsports, hot off of building the HRT-SS454 Camaro featured on the cover of GM Performance Parts’ 2011 catalog, have teamed up with Joel Rosen to reinvigorate the Baldwin-Motion name with five different flavors of 427- and 454-powered 2011 5th Gen Camaros. Here’s a look at the specs:

MOTION SS-427 CAMARO
525 HORSEPOWER
• GM LS7 427 Aluminum Engine
• 7,000-RPM Redline
• Unique 4.125-inch bore block, pressed-in liners
• Cast Aluminum 11.0-to-1 flat-top pistons
• Titanium connecting rods
• Forged steel 4.00-inch stroke crankshaft
• Race-prepped CNC-ported Aluminum heads
• Titanium intake; Sodium-filled exhaust valves
• ATI/Redline damper
• Six-Speed manual transmission
• Paddle-shift 6L80E automatic (OPTIONAL)
•Z06 Corvette clutch
• High-Efficiency tubular exhaust system
• MBRP Stainless Steel mufflers
• High -Flow air intake system
• 160-degree High-Flow thermostat
• Custom calibrated Engine Management System
• MGW short throw shifter
• GM wheels
• Custom painted MOTION graphics
• Perforated seat inserts
• Custom embroidered headrests
• MOTION badges & VIN plates
• 3-Year/36,000-Mile Warranty

MOTION PHASE III 427 CAMARO
600 HORSEPOWER

• GM LS7 427 Aluminum Engine
• 7,000-RPM redline
• Unique block, 4.125-inch bore, pressed-in liners
• Cast Aluminum 11.0-to-1 flat-top pistons
• Titanium connecting rods
• 4.00-inch stroke crankshaft
• Race-prepped CNC-ported Aluminum heads
• Custom Redline R3 camshaft
• Titanium intake; Sodium-filled exhaust valves
• HD dual valve springs with Titanium retainers, locks & keepers
• FAST 102-mm LSX-R 102-mm intake manifold
• High-Efficiency tubular exhaust system
• ATI/Redline damper
• Six-Speed manual transmission
• Paddle-shift 6L80E automatic (OPTIONAL)
• Z06 Corvette clutch
• MBRP Stainless Steel mufflers
• High-Capacity air intake system
• 160-degree high-flow thermostat
• Relocated heater hoses, fuel lines, evap. & tb.
• Custom calibrated Engine Management system
• Custom Powder-Coated valve covers with coil relocation
• MGW short throw shifter
• Custom painted MOTION graphics
• Custom MOTION wheels (stock size tires)
• Custom Phase III Hood with Heat Extractors
• Phase III Eliminator Rear Spoiler
• MOTION badges & VIN plates
• Carbon-Fiber-look seat inserts
• Custom embroidered headrests
• Accented shifter boot; center compartment lid
• MOTION floor mats
• 2-Year/24,000-Mile Warranty

MOTION SS-454 CAMARO
550 HORSEPOWER

• GM LSX 454 Engine
• Bore: 4.185-inch; Stroke: 4.125-inch
• Cast-Iron block, six-bolt cross-bolted mains
• Forged Aluminum 11.0-to-1 pistons
• Steel connecting rods
• Forged 4340 Steel crankshaft
• Aluminum (production) LS7 cylinder heads
• Corvette Z06 LS7 intake manifold
• Redline Stage 1 hydraulic roller camshaft
• Titanium intake; Sodium-filled exhaust valves
• High-Efficiency tubular exhaust system
• MBRP Stainless Steel mufflers
• ATI/Redline damper
• Six-Speed manual transmission
• Paddle-shift 6L80E automatic (OPTIONAL)
• Z06 Corvette clutch
• High Capacity air intake system
• 160-degree high-flow thermostat
• Custom calibrated Engine Management System
• 454 LSX valve covers
• MGW short throw shifter
• Custom painted MOTION graphics
• GM wheels
• MOTION badges & VIN plates
• Perforated seat inserts, embroidered headrests
• MOTION floor mats
• 3-Year/36,000-Mile Warranty

MOTION PHASE III 454 CAMARO
625 HORSEPOWER (TORQUE MONSTER!)

• GM LSX 454 Engine
• Bore: 4.185-inch; Stroke: 4.125-inch
• Cast-Iron block, six-bolt cross-bolted mains
• Forged Aluminum 11.0-to-1 pistons
• Steel connecting rods
• Forged 4340 Steel crankshaft
• Race-prepped CNC-ported LS7 Aluminum heads
• Redline Stage 3R hydraulic roller camshaft
• Titanium intake; Sodium-filled exhaust valves
• FAST 102-mm LSX-R intake manifold
• High-Efficiency tubular exhaust system
• MBRP Stainless Steel mufflers
• ATI/Redline damper
• High-Capacity air intake system
• 160-degree high-flow thermostat
• Custom calibrated Engine Management System
• 454 LSX valve covers
• Six-Speed manual transmission (ONLY)
• Z06 Corvette clutch
• MGW short throw shifter
• Solid rear cradle; Poly differential bushings
• Custom painted MOTION graphics
• Custom MOTION wheels (stock size tires)
• Custom Phase III Hood with Heat Extractors
• Custom Phase III 454 Rear Spoiler
• MOTION badges & VIN plates
• Custom Carbon-Fiber-look seat inserts
• Custom embroidered headrests
• MOTION floor mats
• 2-Year//24,000-Mile Warranty

MOTION PHASE III 427-SC CAMARO SUPERCAR
800 HORSEPOWER SUPERCHARGED

• Supercharged GM LS7 427 Aluminum Engine
• 2.8-Liter Twin-Screw Supercharger System
• Eight-Rib supercharger drive assembly
• Unique block, 4.125-inch bore, pressed-in liners
• Forged 2618 Aluminum 9.3-to-1 pistons
• Forged 6.125-inch H-Beam Steel connecting rods
• Forged 4.00-inch stroke steel crankshaft
• Race-prepped CNC-ported Aluminum heads
• Custom Redline R3-SC Blower camshaft
• ATI/Redline damper
• High-Efficiency tubular exhaust system
• MBRP Stainless Steel mufflers, dual outlets
• High-Capacity air intake system
• 160-degree high-flow thermostat
• Custom calibrated Engine Management System
• High-Capacity fuel system
• Upgraded TR6060 Six-Speed manual transmission (ONLY)
• ZR1 Corvette dual disc clutch system
• MGW short throw shifter
• 1,000 Horsepower axles
• Pfadt Billet rear cradle mounts
• Pfadt differential bushings
• Pfadt trailing arms & tie rods
• Pfadt Coil-Over F&R Suspension
• Pfadt F&R sway bars
• Brembo Six-Piston Monoblock front brakes with 380-mm two-piece rotors
• Brembo Four-Piston Monoblock rear brakes with 380-mm two-piece rotors
• Custom MOTION painted striping
• Custom MOTION wheels with painted accents
• Custom Phase III-SC Hood with glass window
• Aggressive front fascia with air intake inlets
• Phase III-SC Rear Spoiler
• MOTION badges & VIN plates
• Accented front and rear seats with embroidered headrests with Carbon-Fiber finish
• 1-Year/12,000-Mile Warranty

Official Press Release:

More than 40 years ago Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen, a young Brooklyn dyno-tuner, hot rodder, street racer and national record holding drag racer, turned a simple 427 Camaro engine swap into an empire. And catapulted Baldwin-Motion and MOTION into internationally respected performance brands. Working with Baldwin Chevrolet, he was the most prolific builder-marketer of modified new big-block Chevys during the Supercar ‘60s & ‘70s. He backed up Phase III models with written money-back performance warranties! He’s now passing the torch to Howard Tanner, a young dyno-tuning specialist and speed shop owner.

“It’s Déjà Vu all over again,” said Joel Rosen, quoting the legendary Yankee, Yogi Berra. “We have re-launched the Baldwin-Motion and MOTION brands again, this time capturing the true spirit of what we did in 1967-1974: Market built-to-order, dyno-proven and warranted SS & Phase III 427 & 454 Camaros, crafted by a high-tech dyno shop and available exclusively from a single authorized Chevrolet dealer.”

Specially prepared 427 and 454 engines power the latest iterations of the legendary Baldwin-Motion Fantastic Five: 2011 SS & Phase III Camaros, dyno-rated at 525 (SS-427) to 800 horsepower (427-SC Supercar). Howard Tanner is President of Redline Motorsports, a speed shop specializing in fuel-injected vehicles in Schenectady, NY. He and his team are the builders. Dan Carlton, General Manager, DeNooyer Chevrolet’s Performance Division in Albany, NY is handling client contact.

DeNooyer Chevrolet, owned by second-generation Chevrolet dealer Jim DeNooyer, is the highest volume Chevrolet dealership in upstate New York. As a young, hands-on car guy, DeNooyer was into hot rods, customs and drag racing. He later moved up into fast boats and has held speed records since the 1990s. Sons, Joel and Tom, also high-performance enthusiasts, handle day-to-day operations.

“It’s great that the folks at DeNooyer Chevrolet and Redline Motorsports have embraced the Baldwin-Motion heritage of using the latest GM 427 and 454 high-performance factory engines in their new MOTION Camaros,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, Product Integration Manager, General Motors Performance Parts.

Tanner is a highly skilled engine calibrator and dyno-tuner as well as an experienced builder of large-displacement GM vehicles, including Camaros and Corvettes. Carlton, a respected racer, successful GM of luxury brand dealerships and former Chevrolet dealership principal, has years of experience selling both imported and domestic high-performance vehicles. He is a former New York State Ice Racing Champion and currently competes in sports car, ice racing and Modified motorsports.

Every MOTION Camaro will be built to order at Redline and tuned by Howard Tanner on its DYNOmite 1,400 horsepower Eddy Current Load dyno. A full dyno report as well as official Baldwin-Motion documentation will go with each car.

Sanctioned, serialized and signed by Joel Rosen, each 2011 MOTION SS & Phase III Camaro will be delivered with custom MOTION VIN plates and complete documentation. To prevent future cloning of MOTION Camaros, Rosen and Carlton will be establishing a confidential MOTION Registry detailing VINs, vehicle specifications and original purchaser data.

In 1967-1968, Baldwin-Motion marketed its full line of 427 Chevys under The Fantastic Five banner. Advertising and marketing materials, as well the windows at Baldwin Chevrolet, screamed The Fantastic Five. And, that’s how they’re launching the new line of 2011 MOTION Camaros.

The 2011 Fantastic Five: SS-427 (525 HP), Phase III 427 (600 HP), SS-454 (550 HP), PHASE III 454 (625 HP Torque Monster!) and PHASE III 427-SC (800 HP Supercharged Supercar). Complete details can be found at http://www.officialbaldwinmotion.com/

“I like to think of our 2011 SS and Phase III 427 & 454 Camaros as “modern MOTION mythmakers!” said, DeNooyer’s Carlton.

When Rosen and MOTION LLC’s Larry Jaworske and Joel Ehrenpreis re-launched the Baldwin-Motion and MOTION brands in 2005, they set a new standard for 1969 “continuation” Camaros. The Launch Edition two-seat SuperCoupe, powered by a front/mid-mounted, fuel-injected 540-inch aluminum big-block, won the coveted GM Design Award at SEMA 2005 and set a record at Barrett-Jackson in 2006

“We produced extremely expensive, coachbuilt Camaros between 2005-2009. This time it’s different. Our new MOTION 427 & 454 Camaros are much more affordable and drivable, starting at under-$80,000, and will be hard to beat on the street or at a show. I’ve ordered the first one (#001), a limited-production, 800-horsepower supercharged Phase III 427-SC Supercar,” said Rosen.

About the author

Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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