5 Sali­vat­ing rea­sons to wait for the Chevro­let Ca­maro SS

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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.

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