Is an electric Camaro the ultimate restomod, or pure sacrilege?
Kindred Motorworks is a relatively new restomodding shop based in California. It takes a unique approach to the current EV restomodding trend. Its website mentions that the people behind the scenes geek out about the torque provided by electric motors but that they also love a good whiff of gasoline.
Unlike most mainstream manufacturers, Kindred Motorworks is not swapping one powertrain for the other. It believes ICE and EV can coexist in harmony. The Kindred Camaro is a prime example. Based on the 1969 model, you can choose between three powertrains. The latest version is a full EV, but Kindred will happily sell you an LS model with a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 producing 495 horsepower or an LT with a full-fat supercharged 6.2 V8 with 700 hp on tap.
This is a somewhat unique approach in the restomodding space. Most restomod shops focus on one or the other, as demonstrated by VELA Performance's Emilia GT Veloce, although some European restomod companies have tackled both propulsion systems. Totem Automobili's GT Super uses a twin-turbo V6, for example, while its GT Electric eschews that for batteries and electric motors.
The Kindred Camaro EV is still under development, but we have some details about it. The claimed range is 200 miles and comes standard with a 6.6 kW onboard charger. It's clear this car is not meant for daily use but rather a fun day out in the canyons.
The Camaro EV's rear wheels will be driven by a 294-horsepower electric motor powered by a 74 kWh battery. Given the inevitable weight penalty, both V8 models are bound to be much faster, though the EV will likely still feel brisk due to an electric motor's immediate power delivery.
The Version LS has 13-inch front brake rotors with six-piston calipers, while four-piston calipers clamp down on 12-inch rear rotors. A set of 17-inch Aluminum Rally Style wheels are standard, shod with Falken Azenis high-performance rubber, while a four-link rear suspension with a Panhard bar aids handling. Inside, this model has Houndstooth seats front and rear, a MOMO Indy steering wheel, and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging.
The Version LT (the supercharged one if you choose a gas engine) gets a fully independent rear end with a Torsen limited-slip differential. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, while braking is handled by 14-inch front and 10.5-inch rear brakes with six-piston calipers all around.
Inside this high-performance variant, Recaro Sportster GT front seats and a MOMO Mod 08 wheel are features, with everything clad in Alcantara. It still features comforts like heated seats, though.
This isn't the first time we've covered Kindred. Previously we wrote about the company's 1966 to 1675 Ford Bronco restomods, which are also available with a choice of electric or gas powertrains. The electric version has the same specs as the Camaro, while the alternative is powered by Ford's Coyote V8 crate engine.
If muscle cars and off-roading aren't your things, the company will even work its magic on the old VW Microbus, adding modern tech, comfort, and propulsion to a vintage look and feel.
The first Kindred Motorworks models will go on sale in 2024, with prices ranging from $150,000 to $200,000.
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