- Quarter mile in 13.7 seconds at 102 mph.
- Zero to 100 and back to zero in 19.7 seconds (according to Road & Track magazine). Here's another number to ponder: $7,243. That's how much additional it costs to turn a run-of-the-mill Camaro Z28 into a Camaro SS. On our test car, with stereo upgrade and a full package of power options and accessories, that almost hit $30,000. According to SLP, the base price for the Camaro SS, without all the luxury gizmos and the custom exhaust system supplied on our test car, is $24,500. That equates to a powerful horsepower-to-dollar ratio. This is the first time in 24 years that Chevrolet has used the Super Sports emblem on a Camaro. Although the overall treatment is accomplished by SLP, it's sold as an option package by Chevy dealers. With its massive hood scoop, gigantic tires and subtle revisions to the rear fenders, the Camaro SS looks ready to take no prisoners. In freeway traffic, slower cars quickly change lanes as the glowering Camaro grows larger in their rear-view mirrors. Merging onto the freeway is laughably easy. And once there, burbling along in sixth gear at 65 mph with the engine barely turning above idle, the SS gets remarkably good gas mileage. That's part of the flexibility of this whole package: The explosive power is there when you want it, but when driven gently around town, the SS is surprisingly smooth and docile. On the down side, the hard rear suspension becomes annoying, as does the rumbling exhaust. Being challenged to a drag race by every hot dog on the street gets old, too. A similar styling and performance treatment to the Camaro SS has been bestowed on its corporate twin, the Pontiac Firebird, which gets the performance designation of WS6 Ram Air, based on the Trans Am. Ford mounts some convincing competition from its Mustang Cobra SVT, a thoroughly tweaked version of its GT model, a similar treatment at a similar price. Take your pick. The race is on. 1996 Chevrolet Camaro SS Vehicle type: Five-passenger, two-door coupe, rear-wheel-drive. Base price: $19,390. Price as tested: $29,675. Engine: 5.7-liter V8, 310 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, 325 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm. Transmission: Six-speed stick shift. Curb weight: 3,460 pounds. Length: 193.2 inches. Wheelbase: 101.5 inches. Safety features: Dual air bags, anti-lock brakes. EPA fuel economy: 16 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.
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