2010 Chevy Camaro SS: 1,860 rpm at 80 mph
October 26, 2009
On Friday I posted about possible modifications we should make to our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS. In that post I stupidly forgot to mention my desire to put numerically higher (shorter) rear-end gears in the car.
Of course many of you picked up on my idiocy and began screaming for a set of 4.10 gears to replace the Camaro's tall 3.45s. But it made me wonder what it would do to the car's highway cruising ability.
As you can see in the photo, right now at 80 mph in 6th gear the Camaro's V8 is lumbering along at just under 2,000 rpm (1,860 rpm to be exact). With 3.73 gears that number would jump to 2,015 rpm and with 4.10 gears it would leap up to 2,216 rpm.
What do you think? Would the decrease in highway fuel economy be worth the additional acceleration? I say yes.
Scott Oldham, Inside line Editor in Chief