2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Track Tested
October 01, 2009
A Camaro at a drag strip? I never thought I'd see the day...
About 2,000 miles ago, literally the day the odometer said we no longer had to abide by engine break-in rules, we brought our 2010 Chevy Camaro SS to the track for some testing: 0-60, quarter-mile, slalom, skidpad...we did it all.
Follow the jump for the full results....
Vehicle: 2010 Chevy Camaro SS
Driver: Chris Walton
Drive Type: Rear-wheel-drive
Transmission Type: 6-speed manual
Engine Type: Aluminum OHV V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 6162 / 376
Redline (rpm): 6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 426 @ 5900
400 @ 5900Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 420 @ 4600 410 @ 4300Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc with 4-piston fixed caliper
Brake Type (rear): Ventilated disc with 4-piston fixed caliper
Steering System: speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front) MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear) multi-link
Tire Size (front): 245/45ZR20 103y
Tire Size (rear): 275/40ZR20 106y
Tire Brand: Pirelli
Tire Model: P-Zero
Tire Type: Summer Performance
Wheel Material (front/rear): Aluminum
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,864
0 - 30 (sec): 2.5 (2.9 traction control on)
0 - 45 (sec): 3.8 (4.2 traction control on)
0 - 60 (sec): 5.4 (6.0 traction control on)
0 - 75 (sec): 7.3 (8.0 traction control on)
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 13.5 @ 108.6 (14.0 @ 108.1 traction control on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 5.1 (5.7 traction control on)
30 - 0 (ft): 28
60 - 0 (ft): 112
Braking Rating: Very Good
Slalom (mph): 66.0 (64.8 with Competitive mode. 64.3 traction control on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): .84g (.83g with traction control on)
Handling Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 51.1
Db @ Full Throttle: 79
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 64.8 (engine rpm: 1,800)
Acceleration Comments: As per usual with a Camaro, the best run is with minimal tire spin and going to WOT asap. The shifter is a little heavy, the clutch pedal doesn't offer much info where engagement occurs and the car sounds faster than it is.
Braking Comments: Strange progression of stops (112, 125, 123, 122, 115, 116, 115) could be due to low mileage. Still the pedal effort remained steady and the ABS cycle consistent. no smelly brakes or fading.
Handling Comments: Skidpad: Moderate and stubborn understeer with Stabilitrac off and both throttle intervention and mild brake application with it on. Very difficult to see painted skid pad line in clockwise direction. Steering feel is only a little useful in terms of front tire grip info. Slalom: It's as if I'm slaloming with blinders on. It's very very difficult to determine where the front tires are and it's critical for a good run to stay tight to the cones. Also, the inherent understeer requires an early turn-in that (more often than not) results in a cone strike.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant