Correspondent Steve Hammes was working his way through some of the key American muscle cars and of course he could not exclude the Chevrolet Camaro from the mix. Steve’s video car review covers everything from the ’10 Camaro’s interior woes, comparison to its competitors, and the engine/transmission options.
Steve tested the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS with 6-speed automatic transmission. With the automatic option, a choice that costs $1,185, you sacrifice a bit in the power department. The V8 L99 engine with the automatic transmission produces 400 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 410 lb-ft of torque versus the manual 6-speed V8 L53 engine that produces 426 horsepower at 5,900 and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. However, with a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.1 seconds, the Camaro SS’s automatic pairing won’t feel like you’ve given up anything. In terms of the rest of the performance, the SS Camaro delivers with quick takeoffs, improved cornering, and loud exhaust (at least for those outside of the car). There is something a bit unusual about the suspension system, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out more.
Our tester priced at $35,760 with little additions from the base price of $34,180.