Anyone in the market to buy a performance vehicle should be interested in the 2019 Camaro 2SS. Why wouldn’t they be? First of all, the new exterior is going to stop you on a dime, but then the back seat’s passenger potential is not going to impress you. Consequently, what else could the car offer but styling and high performance? In truth, some people are happy with styling. Unlike the engine in this Camaro, the Chevy V6 has historically been an engine with a lot of pop, and you get good economy. Maybe that’s enough for drivers. But for the authentic performance fans out there, the Camaro is the real deal!
But is this Camaro a highly entertaining car? First, let’s look at the exterior, where the fun starts. The impressive front nose, the high riding doors and muscular lines moving from the headlights to the taillights suggest that the Camaro exudes power, but the fun’s there too. It’s not hard not to imagine the sheer thrill of driving it.
Climb inside! Do you feel the quality in the bucket seats, in the palm of your hand as it grips the suede stick shift or the suede microfiber-wrapped steering wheel? Can you identify a flaw in the driving cockpit? Driving this car isn’t necessarily about power. It’s about curving fast and beautifully, it’s about switching lanes on the freeway and disappearing in a cloud of dust. It’s about tapping the brakes to slow down gracefully and getting out of jams with real agility. It’s about rolling down the window and feeling the suede upholstery against the skin of your arm as you wave to somebody, so it can be sensual. Pull out on to a performance track and open it up if you want. The engineers who built it believe you’re going to run it on a race track. It won’t disappoint!
How does the drive train arrangement turn the Camaro into a performance Beast? You start with Chevrolet’s rear-wheel drive and a new 2.6 liter V8 with 454 hp and 485 lb/ft of torque. That’s nothing to scoff at. They increased the displacement, so the torque number went up. The car accelerates even faster, so the Camaro is fast off the start and strong on the stretch.
The standard package comes with a clutch and six-speed transmission, so it looks right. But The Camaro has been designed and constructed specifically for speed. The optional ten-speed automatic transmission is being offered to increase the speed of the Camaro. The engineers embraced predictive shift technology and developed what Chevy calls Active Rev Matching to get gear changes in as fast as 150 milliseconds, so do you really want to keep that six-speed manual transmission? For an additional $1600, you could have a wonder transmission.
What’s the fastest time in the 0- 60mph speed test of the Camaro? It hasn’t been released, but it’s probably 3.5 to 4.0 seconds. What does the Camaro top out at? It hasn’t been released but it’s greater than 165 mph and less than 195 mph? It’s cruising with the best Camaros ever made.
The newly designed front grill inhales in a significant amount of air to keep the car running cool during performance runs. It even incorporated the notorious flow-tie in the front grill.
The design and construction of the Camaro support the power and speed. It’s not clear whether the famous magnetic suspension is available in the Camaro as it is in other Camaros, so time will tell. The specs say it sports a suspension system with Dampers, rear cradle mounts, ball-jointed rear toe links and stabilizer bars and doesn’t list an optional package. It has a limited slip differential, so when the differential senses a significant difference in wheel speed, it locks to turn both rear wheels in unison for added traction. That might be sufficient for what you want this car to do.
Behind the wheel, you’ll discover Speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering, so you get power when you need it for tight maneuvers and lesser speed when you’re on the highway. You can put the car in four different modes: Tour, Sport, Snow and Track.
The Brembo 4-piston front and 4-piston rear fixed calipers are stiff for even-steven pad wear, drag reduction and enhanced modulation. That gives the driver increased control of the brakes.
You could do a lot worse than the Camaro 2SS in your search for the ideal performance car, but it’s debatable whether you can do better unless you want to break the bank and spend close to six figures. Chevrolet believes it can compete with the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger, and they’re right.