1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

193.2” x 51.3”


Rear-wheel drive



4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • SS

  • Base


  • RS


  • Z28


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1996 Chevrolet Camaro review: Our expert's take

By Cars.com Editors

Here’s the real deal, the kind of serious, all-out, no-holds-barred muscle-car that makes gearheads of all ages breathe fire and burn rubber.

The Camaro SS is a roaring testosterone enhancer, filled with sound, fury and 310 horsepower. This special-edition Camaro is a terrific revival of the awesome muscle cars of the ’60s, down to the classic Hurst stick shift, though now it’s a six-speed. The resurrection of the revered SS emblem is the icing on the cake.

This is the maxed-out performance version of Chevrolet’s always-popular sports coupe, taken to the limit by SLP Engineering with more power, better brakes, tuned suspension, foot-wide tires, a custom exhaust and a bad attitude.

Of course, owning this beast would require a mountain of emotional maturity, which I just don’t think I have. I’d lose my license, lose my insurance, maybe end up in jail.

That’s not to say I didn’t dig it, which I did. Maybe too much.

The SS does evoke strong reactions. European car sophisticates hold their noses, environmental types bring out the ax handles and cops grab their ticket books as it rumbles by.

Polite society shudders. My wife rolls her eyes.

There is 310 horsepower on tap, gained from a 5.7 liter, LT1 V-8 engine with forced-air induction, custom exhaust and other tweaks.

Here are some numbers, according to Chevrolet:

– Zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds.
– 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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3
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1996 convertible SS SLP

I own a 96 SS convertible I had read a review the convertible is not a SS well mine is 1919 The hood with ram air and spolier all SLP options 305 H/P Arctic White with White top 32k Graphite leather 6 speed Torque sensor rear Aluminum Diff cover, SLP Performance exhaust engine oil cooler Z28/SS car cover an mats power driver seat all origanal down to the Top tires once. its a blast to drive a great posi it rips to easy pictures to this car zero justice good on gas reliable. couldn't ask for much more I got lucky car was a 1 owner woman that never abused it always garaged F.L car also. Enjoy only thing that was kept from factory Z/28 16 inch rims & shocks. wish I knew why it rides & handles fantastic.


The proud owner of a Z/28 SS . I bought july62006

I currently own a 96 Z/28 SS have owned since 2006 . Different injectors Holly performance throttle body Hedman Headers 4L65 Corvette trans upgrade . It pulled 387 hp. 405 torque @5,500 rpm . Very happy.


Nice joy ride car, but no sports ability!

I currently own three Gen-4 cars, all hot rides, and have had a total of 17 third and fourth gen F-Bodies since 1983, all hot rodded to a greater extent than this car. If you intend to race it, know that convertibles do not have the strength of body that the coupes' do! Also, they list this car as an "SS", but it does not have the hood, or rear spoiler to match, buyer beware.

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