Even though its huge, brutal, supercharged ZL1 brothers have made most of the headlines lately, they are certainly not the only V8 Camaros around. Chevy still builds and sells the Chevy Camaro SS, and it still has a significantly powerful pushrod V8 making 455 horsepower, a number that outdid the Mustang GT until this year, or even now it is only a difference of 5 horsepower. Add in some outstanding handling, and you’ve one of the most compelling V8 sports cars available on the market.
The example we test drove was in many ways the perfect enthusiast car. It was a well-equipped 2SS model, the top trim level, and the V8 was coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. It was suspended through GM’s magic magnetic ride control suspension and came with Chevy’s new Redline package, which adds black and red accents all around the car. Altogether, our Camaro came to a not-so-cheap $47,530.
Chevy Camaro SS Drive Experience
The Chevy Camaro is a lot of cars. We kept thinking that as we noticed around the blocky pillars and looked out over the long hood. however, it is a good thing. It’s muscular yet also sophisticated, agile and powerful. Love the turbo four Chevy is providing in the Camaro, but each time we drive an SS like this one, we realize that is the way we’d go if I were in the market. A V8 Camaro is simply irresistible. The manual transmission has long throws, but it’s specific, and the clutch action is well calibrated. it’s an engaging, worthwhile drive experience.
The Camaro feels excellent in corners, the chassis is tight, however not crazy abusive, and it is ahead of the last generation’s dynamics. The car has a buff look. it is a subtle change as compared with its predecessor, though we think it is better tailored. The creases just seem to hang in a better, more confident way and the front end sort of sneers at you. The only complaint is the interior is a bit plain. The materials do not feel excellent, however, the layout and the design are smart. overall, the modern Camaro is in a great place. it is well-rounded, attractive and compelling.
Chevy Camaro SS Overall View
This was my first time behind the wheel of the Camaro. It was fun. We immediately observed the limited visibility, which made it look like the car is all blind spots. But we were having an awful week so we decided to withhold judgment and just drive to clear my head, and this car delivered one of the most enjoyable times we have had in recent memory. We took this SS onto the throughway, up and down Woodward Avenue and via the drive-thru. We were having a lot of fun that we forgot about the things we did not like when we first were given behind the wheel. Such things as, a difficult to find and reach USB port to charge my phone, or the oddly placed hazard light button that was deployed by cell phone (keep your cell phone in the cup holder in the 2018 Camaro). The snappy shifting of gears, the gravely sound of the engine as you get up to (and only slightly above) speed, the comfortable wheel, the quickness, those all outweighed those little annoyances. without difficulty.
There are a few quirks, though. Visibility remains a weak point, particularly toward the rear. If possible, be sure to get blind spot monitoring, as ours had. It is also a chunk noisy in the cockpit, especially from road and tire noise. There is also the issue of the interior. On lower trim Camaros it’d be fine, but moving as much as a car that is easily over $40,000, and it might be great to have fewer cheap plastics. But the controls are easy to use, MyLink is a pretty user-friendly infotainment system, and the temperature control rings are still cool. Overall, it is a brilliantly fun and comfortable vehicle with some rough edges left.