2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Fast
January 06, 2010
Yes, I was nine miles late. Whatever. I was too busy going fast. And no, I'm not being puerile with this particular speed reading (though I know you are). I made it so because it's the velocity at which the Camaro gets real fast provided you play it right.
Granted, the procedure I'm about to describe is not one you'd normally associate with a 400-plus-horsepower muscle car. We're not kidding about this car's lazy gearing. But trust me -- if you've ever got a Camaro SS on one of those closed course things, give it a shot.
Step 1: hold it at 69 mph and downshift to 3rd, which puts you right at 4,000 rpm.
Step 2: floor it.
There aren't many cars on the road that can keep up with the SS after that. The Corvette-sourced V8 just makes a whole bunch of country-strong power from 4,000 rpm to redline (also atypical by historical muscle-car standards). I prefer the subjectively brawnier low-end torque of my newly beloved Challenger R/T's 5.7-liter Hemi, but there's no doubt the Chevy will flat smoke either Challenger (R/T or SRT-8) once that LS3 gets going.
Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor