Chevrolet Camaro SS alternatives

Latest model: Chevrolet Camaro SS 2012
Chevrolet Camaro SS 2012If the regular V6-powered Camaro lacks the horsepower you're seeking, perhaps it's time to take a look at the V8-motivated Camaro SS. The high-performance model first arrived at dealers as a range-topping model, but now with the arrival of the ZL1, the SS occupies the middle ground. The Camaro SS is motivated by a 6.2-liter V8 that can be had in two forms depending on transmission selection. When coupled with the six-speed automatic transmission, the SS is good for 400 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, while opting for the manual gearbox will net an additional 26 horsepower and 10 torque, for a grand total of 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

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The more powerful version of the SS, with its six-speed manual transmission, will return 16 city, 24 highway miles per gallon. Opting for the automatic will raise the highway figure to 25 mpg.

Other SS goodies include four-piston Brembo brakes, a sportier FE3 suspension and Competitive/Sport modes for the car's StabiliTrak stability control system, including launch control for manual SS models.

Of note, GM claims the Camaro SS lapped Germany's Nurburgring in 8 minutes 20 seconds. While not as blistering as the Corvette ZR1's 7:26.4 second lap, it still puts the Camaro in some pretty decent company, such as the E46 BMW M3. However, the Camaro SS' little brother -- the 2008 Cobalt SS -- made its way around the Nurburgring in just 8:22.