Continuing where I left
Some trivia and specs first specific to my trim [i.e. 2SS A6 L99]
L99 engine which is a 6.2L V8 and here are its salient features
- First Small Block Car engine with Variable Valve Timing
- Active Fuel Management -- Not a fan of this although its touted by GM
- SAE Certified Power & Torque
- 400HP with 410 foot pound of torque
- 6200 RPM redline
- Economy 15 city and 25 highway(which I never get . You have to be a granny to get that mileage)
- Rather monstrous engine oil capacity of 8.5L
- many more features that are beyond my powers of comprehension
Hydraulic Power steering -feels heavy especially if you're coming from an electric power steering.
Turning radius - curb-to-curb - 37.7 feet
Steering ratio - 16.1 : 1
Wheels - I'm still on stock wheels
Front - 20X8s weighing 30 pounds each
Rear - 20X9s weighing 32 pounds each
Front - Pirellis P245/45ZR20 weighing 32 pounds each
Rear - Pirellis P275/40ZR20 weighing 36 pounds each
Overall weight - 3913 pounds Yeah it's pretty heavy
Overall width - 75.5 inches
Overall height - 54.2 inches
Fuel Tank - 19 gal
Weight balance - front 52% /Rear 48%
- 4 piston Brembo brakes with ventilated front and rear rotors
- front 14.4 inch rotors and rear 14 inch rotors
Driving Experience :
Let me get the negatives out of the way first and note these are from my perspective and not necessarily a general opinion although most are.
- Some/Most of you may have already read in some reviews that the first thing that hits you when you sit in a 5th gen camaro is the visibility . Feels like you're in a tank with a small pothole out front. Some even say that it feels like you're the captain of an aircraft carrier with the huge runway in front of you.
In reality though its not that bad. It obviously ain't great but its something you can get used to pretty quickly. It does take some time initially to get the hang of the judgement of the corners of the car but drive it for an hour or so and you'll be all set. Not to mention rear park assist is standard in the 2SS so that's a plus.
- Blind spots are another big negative. Style and aesthetics come with a price and that price is function in this case. Not that I'm complaining. Like the visibility you also get used to the blind spots by adjusting you're mirrors in a certain way to avoid blind spots. Again takes a bit of getting used to.
- Windows are a little high for you to be the cool dude who hangs his hand out of the window. Takes something away from the ssup? moment at the signal when you're waiting alongside another car. However with the right amount of height adjustment of the seat this issue too can be fixed
- Power - Yes Be warned that with great power comes great responsibility especially if you're not used to high hp rides. If you don't respect it , then its gonna bite you in the ass
. Literally the ass
can go sideways if you go WOT like an idiot in a turn. Thanks to traction control though you have to be a megaidiot for that to happen. But if you turn off traction control all bets are off. Can be fun if you have a lot of room to play though.
- Steering - IF you are coming from an electric power steering you will definitely feel a differnce which is good and bad. Good because you get a more connected overall driving experience when turning. Bad because it takes more muscle to turn compared to an electric power steering.
- Tap shift lag - This is a minor negative and not that big a deal considering most tap shifts can't match the feel of a manual anyway (except for the godly ZL1 which has a blazing fast tap shift) . In the SS you can definitely feel that lag between shifts when you tap to go higher or lower. Definitely less than a seconds lag but long enough for you to feel it.
- Non Functional Visors - The visors on this thing are a joke. When I get time I will post pics to show you what I mean. Again not a deal breaker for me cos I don't really care much for it
- No Oh-**** bars. Given the power this thing has I would have prefered having them but again no biggie.
- Did I mention power -----> Easily the best part of this car even before looks and styling is the power. The low end torque is to die for. It's got the get up and go of a cheetah (well almost. Did you know that a Ferrari Enzo is no match for a cheetah in a 0-60mph sprint). 0-60mph in the camaro comes in a flash of 4.7 seconds and 0-100mph in under 11 secs Pretty close to super car territory given its only a measly 40K compared to most performance car that can do those kind of numbers
A completely stock L99 can do high 12s at the drag strip in the quarter mile pass given good conditions and there are some who have managed 12.86 secs with a trap of 108 mph. And with some simple boltons like CAI,tune,exhaust and skinnies there are some L99s that have pushed high 11s at the dragstrip. Best one I know is 11.789 @ 117mph with simple boltons
- Second up has got to be the looks. When I initially got the car in 2010 there were not too many of these around and was a real head turner and conversation starter. Many thumbsups and cool car comments later the excitement of the cars looks is now slowly fading away as is the case with any good design over a period of time. Everything gets old eventually. But I still love it just as much as the day I got it.
- Cornering - This thing is an absolute joy to corner and its got minimal roll and feels well planted. Is it the best car for cornering . Course not but given its massive weight I think it does a standup job of holding on. Stock it can do upto 0.95 lateral gs. PLus with a couple of aftermarket suspension boltons you can reach over 1G lateral acceleration . And also note this is my first real performance car so my exposure is also a bit limited.
- Brakes - The SS has got real good braking power and it needs it to tame that power. In its class it has always been the best performer at least till 2011 when it comes to stopping. Those brembos really work. It does generate a lot of brake dust with the stock pads and cleaning it initially used to be a pain but I fixed that by blacking out the wheels. Looks meaner now as well
The brake dust issue can be easily sorted with ceramic pads which is my next mod when the original ones wear out.
- After market parts --> There is a mini industry that the camaro has created. There are soooooooo many vendors for each niche whether it be exhausts or forced inductions or suspensions or cosmetic addons or electronic goodies or superchargers. The list goes on. Each niche has many vendors vying for customers which only makes things great for us since we now have more options.
- Stability at high speeds - Now this can quickly become a negative especially for new drivers because you just don't expect the kind of stability it has when you're talking about speeds in excess of 100mph. Mash the pedals and you're on your way to a speeding ticket in 6 seconds on most US roads and you won't even realize it because sitting inside its very easy to lose sight of the fact of how fast you are going. I guess the heaviness coupled with the almost 50-50 weight balance makes it an excellent stable cruiser.
- Heads up display -- This is my first car that has a heads up display and it has been on since the day I got it. You absolutely need it to keep that right foot under control. I have it constantly remind me how fast I'm going. It also helps to know your rpms right in your face without looking down when you're in the save-gas mode.
- Cool gauges -- The temp , battery , oil pressure , transmission temp gauges are definitely helpful to keep track of things especially when you're pushing it.
- Comfortable and roomy in the front. The seats are really nice and I have done 500 mile trips straight up with just 1 break in the middle and minimum exhaustion. Rear legroom is nothing to write home about . You definitely can't fit 4 full size adults and be comfortable at the same time. Can get a little cramped with 4 large adults. But then again its a coupe so its not like that was my primary requirement.
Can't think of much more for now so will stop here