5 Salivating reasons to wait for the Chevrolet Camaro SS
1. THAT ENGINE
The Camaro is outgunned on dollar-per-kW against HSV’s current Commodore-based range, but the Camaro SS features GM’s 6.2-litre LT1 V8. With variable valve timing and direct injection, the atmo unit thumps out 339kW and 617Nm, and is one of the most advanced small blocks The General’s ever built.
2. THAT CHASSIS
Like Cadillac’s German-fighting ATS and CTS models the sixthgen Camaro is built on the Alpha platform. But 70 per cent of it is unique to the Camaro. This means significantly wider tracks than the CTS. It’s also lighter, and at 1645kg it weighs 101kg less than the old Commodore-based Camaro.
3. TRICK BITS
GM’s latest generation magnetic dampers underpin a package that comprises electric steering and Brembos all around. At under $90K, it might be the cheapest ticket to GM’s trick shocks yet. Drivetrain-wise, the Camaro SS uses an 10-speed auto, or six speed manual, and scores a shorter diff ratio in its LSD.
4. PLUSH OFFICE
Camaro’s current V8-spec SS comes with all the expected safety gear and niceties, and the interior’s reportedly excellent. Doesn’t score sat-nav standard, though. Let’s hope nothing’s lost during the change to right-hook.
5. MORE TO COME
This all opens the gates to more vicious, track-focused variants like the ZL1 1LE to sneak into the local line-up. A one-up on Ford’s GT350-less range.