After driving the track-conquering Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE earlier this 12 months, it’s possible you’ll assume I might discover the Camaro SS a little bit of a let down. The SS model of Chevy’s four-seater coupe does not have a ridiculously highly effective 650-horsepower supercharged engine or insane dealing with prowess, however on common streets it is something however a disappointment. The truth is, it has simply the suitable mixture of energy, dealing with, styling and creature comforts I might need from a pony automobile for driving on regular roads.
Highly effective and agile
Establishing store underneath the hood of the SS is a 6.2-liter V8 producing an admirable 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed guide transmission with a superb computerized rev-matching operate. Once I needed to heel and toe it, I may deactivate rev-matching with a pull of a steering wheel paddle. With very good throttle response and thrust all through the rev vary and an easy-to-modulate clutch pedal and fluid shifter, I discovered nothing to gripe about within the driveline.
Contemplating the displacement and energy, gas financial system is not unhealthy, both, returning 16 mpg within the metropolis and 25 mpg on the freeway in keeping with the EPA.
Huge 20-inch Goodyear tires assist get the V8 energy down.
Meaty 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Uneven three run-flat tires assist to get all the facility down throughout launches. The extensive rubber delivers a ton of grip, serving the Camaro nicely in corners, whereas the elective Magnetic Trip Management suspension retains the three,700-pound automobile comparatively flat in Sport and Observe modes.
By way of bends, steering is weighty and pretty attentive to inputs, whereas the Brembo brakes with four-piston entrance and rear calipers shortly sluggish the SS down, permitting for deep dives into braking zones. Once more, it is not ZL1 1LE ranges of agility, however greater than I might ever want for bombing round again roads.
For day by day driving, which the vast majority of Camaro SS fashions leaving seller tons will principally do, toggling the automobile to the Touring setting unlocks a surprisingly snug trip. Steering lightens up and the suspension presents extra trip compliance, and even larger bumps do not punish occupants badly, spectacular contemplating the low-profile tires.
I have been a fan of the sixth-generation Camaro’s sheetmetal since its debut, however that does not imply it could actually’t be improved. Working example, the Redline version package deal that my tester is carrying provides various blacked-out options akin to 20-inch aluminum wheels, mirrors, bowtie emblems, decklid decal and darkish end rear lights. There’s additionally a slathering of pink accents, akin to across the entrance fender decals, a design aspect from Chevrolet’s motorsports historical past.
Usually, I am not an enormous supporter of styling packages, however I can positively get behind the Redline remedy on the Camaro. The delicate adjustments do give the Chevy muscle automobile extra visible perspective.
A greater cockpit
As for the cabin, the $2,345 Redline version package deal solely provides premium carpeted ground mats to environment which are leaps and bounds higher than the earlier gen Camaro. The structure is clear and intuitive, constructed from nicer supplies, and sports activities snug cooled and heated entrance seats and a heated steering wheel that’s superior with colder temps upon us right here within the Midwest.
Infotainment is dealt with by a responsive Chevy MyLink system with an Eight-inch touchscreen controlling a nine-speaker Bose audio system, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and is able to operating each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The elective $495 navigation system works as marketed and shortly calculates routes to locations.
For a coupe, sensible system charging choices are plentiful with two USB ports within the heart armrest, a daily energy outlet on the middle console and a wi-fi charging pad that comes commonplace on 2SS fashions of the Camaro.
Nonetheless, there are nonetheless some issues within the Camaro. Troublesome ingress and egress to a cosy backseat stays a serious situation, as is the slim opening for loading and unloading gadgets into the 9.1 cubic-feet trunk and the horrible rearward visibility.
Navigation will value you an additional $495 within the Camaro SS.
To assist with the visibility downside, the Camaro has a backup digital camera, rear park help and rear cross site visitors alert to assist not hit something or anybody in parking tons. On the highway, lane change alert and aspect blind zone alert assist address the Chevy’s very massive blind spots.
My Camaro SS
If I used to be in the marketplace for a Chevy Camaro SS, I might spec out a automobile that’s similar to this 2SS take a look at automobile. With the 2SS I get the Bose audio system, heated steering wheel for Michigan winters, wi-fi charging pad for my Samsung Galaxy S8 and the blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross site visitors alert to raised take care of the Camaro’s rear visibility points.
I might additionally spring for the $1,695 Magnetic Trip Management suspension, because it’s price each penny to have a automobile that may be each tight and entertaining on twisty roads after which be snug and forgiving for slogging by way of site visitors on the press of a button.
The Redline version package deal does add further visible punch.
Since I nonetheless like onboard navigation methods and Chevy’s is an effective one, I will throw on that $495 possibility, too, together with the Redline version package deal as a result of I do fancy the marginally extra sinister look the styling touches convey. The choices and vacation spot prices would bump the $42,000 base value of my Camaro 2SS to $47,530.
The category of the horse automobile subject
That price ticket appears affordable for what’s the most refined and greatest all-around American muscle automobile out there right this moment. The Camaro SS delivers efficiency, trip consolation, seems, a wholesome listing of tech options and respectable inside environment. It nonetheless has a couple of points, but when I have been searching for a pony automobile, I might take it over a comparable Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.