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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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by Huw Evans  More from Author

The 2010 Camaro SS beats to the sound of a different drum.


Reborn as a fifth-generation car for the 2010 model, the current Camaro is available in two guises: LT (which offers a Rally Sport performance package) and the SS seen here.



Although the LS3 aluminum 6.2-liter engine in the new SS is light years removed from the Mark IV big-block in the 1967 version, both engines still feature two valves per cylinder and a single camshaft mounted in the block.



At present, only a two-door coupe is offered, though production of a convertible version is scheduled to begin at the Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant, beginning in 2011.



Except for minor details necessary for production, the final design is virtually identical to the original 2006 Camaro concept. Compare the side profile of this car with the 1967 model. Some viewed the new car as being closest to the 1969.



From the front, there are few similarities. Bumper-mounted driving lights are virtually standard on all modern cars, but the aggressive nose and bulging hood are throwbacks to the classic muscle car era. High intensity discharge headlights are offered as an option in place of the standard halogen units.



Camaro SS models come standard with these handsome 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in staggered fitment. The fronts are 8 inches wide, and the rears are 9 inches across.



Quad taillight lenses pay homage to the current Corvette and are a unique design element of the fifth generation car. Quad taillights only ever appeared on early second generation Camaros (1970-73).



Inside, the 2010 SS feels rather intimate, especially compared to the new Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. By modern standards it’s also refreshingly simple, with most of the controls housed in a neatly-designed center stack.



Unlike previous Camaros, which used a dedicated F-body platform, the current car is underpinned by GM’s new Zeta, global rear-wheel drive architecture and features a fully independent suspension.



Compared to the original SS, the latest version is very subtle. Apart from the badging on the grille and trunk, the only real giveaway is this scoop for the cold air induction system.



A running feature of every Camaro since day one has been frameless doors; even the third generation cars of the 1982-92 period had them. On the 2010 model, the door panel inserts also glow at night.



Camaro logos on the front fenders hark back to the original, though there are no engine call outs here.



SS cars equipped with a manual gearbox get the LS3 V-8, rated at 426 horsepower. Automatic versions get a Aisin six-speed slushbox and a 400hp L99 V-8 with lower compression and a different fuel system. Distributorless high energy ignition is standard on both engines.



With standard antilock brakes, traction control and stability control, the new SS is ready to take on all kinds of weather and traffic conditions.



Simulated gills on the rear quarter panels are another touch from the past mimicking those found on the 1969 Camaro.



The instrument cluster is also a nod to the past, with the speedometer and tachometer split by a center divider. Instead of Camaro lettering, it houses a liquid crystal display for speed and other functions.



Rally stripes are offered on the new Camaro, though our black test car came without them. Black wheels and tinted windows would make it look even more sinister.



Auxiliary gauges in the center console include oil pressure and oil temperature – they’re a neat touch and also hark back to the 1969 model.


Contoured bucket seats are comfortable, with good rake adjustment and bolstering. Six-way power seat controls are offered and were fitted to our test car.



From just about any angle, the fifth generation Camaro has a purposeful look. Cars ordered with a sunroof got a differently-shaped roof panel, without the central indentation. This car features the standard roof.



SS models feature a unique exhaust system with big 3-inch tips exiting on each side of the lower rear valance.



Massive 14-inch Brembo brakes include big four-piston calipers. They can stop the 2010 SS from 60 mph in less than 116 feet.




Specifications


2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS


Dimensions

Length: 190.4 in.
Width: 75.5 in.
Wheelbase: 112.3 in.
Track (front): 64.1 in.
Track (rear): 63.7 in.
Weight: 3780 lbs.


Engine
Type: V-8
Construction: Cast-aluminum block and heads
Valvetrain: OHV, single camshaft, two valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Sequential electronic fuel injection
Bore & Stroke: 4.06 x 3.62-in
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Displacement: 376 ci (6.2-litres)
Ignition system: GM high energy distributorless ignition
Max Power: 426 hp @ 5900 rpm
Max Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm


Transmission
Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual


Body/Chassis
Steel unibody two-door coupe


Suspension
Front: Independent with double ball joint multi link struts, direct acting stabilizer bar and progressive rate coil springs and shocks
Rear: Independent 4.5 link with progressive rate coil springs, shocks and stabilizer bar


Brakes
Front: Disc
Rear: Disc


Wheels
20 x 8-in. (front), 20 x 9-in. (rear), five-spoke aluminum


Tires
P245/45ZR20 (front), P275/40ZR20 (rear)


Price
$31,595


Performance
0-60 mph: 4.6 sec.
Quarter mile: 12.9 @ 110.8 mph
60-0 mph braking: 115 ft.

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