2010 Chevy Camaro SS: How it Should Drive.
December 25, 2009
(Photo by Kurt Niebuhr)
First thing ya know, there's a big screw up with traffic and we need to bring our 2010 Chevy Camaro SS out to the track as a support vehicle for a certain vehicle testing assistant. Next thing ya know, well, the track's all wet, the traction control's off, Josh Jacquot's snagged the keys and the Camaro's all sideways around the skidpad.
Sigh. These things happen.
But really, why doesn't this thing drive like this ALL THE TIME? On dry pavement the Camaro is all grip all the time. You've gotta drop the clutch from like, 5 grand to have any fun. Slam the gas from 20 with the wheel cranked and it just sort turns...quickly...booorrrriiiinnng. That's not what a Camaro should do. At least, that's not what the Camaros (third and fourth gen) I grew up driving did. They went sideways if you werent' careful. It took skill to drive it in the dry and it really took some attention to drive it in the wet. Oh, and I grew up in New Englad...and we drove them in the snow and frankly, we're better men now because of it.
The kids who will, in a few years, end up in used 5th gen Camaros won't have to deal with any of that. They'll just hold the gas down and let the traction control and the wussy gearing keep them safe and coddled.
Driving the 5th gen in the rain was fun. It was stable and controlable, but it finally commanded the respect a 400+ hp RWD car should.
Follow the jump for a quick video...Josh's last lap of about, oh, 12?
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ @ 9,000 miles