2017 Camaro SS Review, Speed, Features Racing Packages



2017 Camaro SS Review, Speed, Features Racing Packages
2017 Camaro SS Review, Speed, Features Racing Packages

The 2017 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 2017 Camaro 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.
The more powerful version of the 2017 Camaro 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 Camaro 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 2017 Camaro SS models.
Of note, GM claims the 2017 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 Car in some pretty decent company, such as the E46 BMW M3.
For the latest model year, the Camaro SS gains a electric power steering system from the fine-handling ZL1. Despite this addition, the Camaro SS remains slightly less nimble than its main competitor - the Ford Mustang - due largely to its heftier curb weight. It continues to offer up a comfortable ride and excellent directional stability, however.
Inside, the 2017 Camaro SS recently received a minor cabin update with a new steering wheel and a revised gauge cluster. While the changes help make the car's stylish interior a bit more user-friendly, they do little to mitigate the visibility problems created by the show-car exterior styling - thick pillars and a high beltline mean that seeing out of the sides and back of the Camaro SS can be a challenge. Thankfully, Chevrolet does offer an optional backup camera.
New to the 2017 Camaro SS is an optional MyLink infotainment system, which offers voice control of certain entertainment functions and includes Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and streaming audio via Pandora radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink comes with a color touchscreen and can be outfitted with navigation.
Trim Level Breakdown
The entry-level 1SS trim comes standard with power-adjustable front seats, a six-speaker FM/CM/CD/SiriusXM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The 2SS adds leather upholstery, an eight-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system with a USB port, an auxiliary four-gauge cluster, a heads-up display and a rearview camera.
An 2017 Camaro RS appearance package is available on the SS and includes HID headlamps with an integrated halo ring feature, spoiler, specific tail lamps and 20-inch wheels. There is also a recently added Rear Vision Package with combines Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera and inside rearview auto-dimming mirror with built-in rearview camera display.
1LE Package
The 2017 Camaro 1LE package adds several goodies from the top-spec 2017 Camaro ZL1 while keeping the overall bottom line in check. Aimed at the road racing crowd, it can be added to 1SS and 2SS trim levels equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. However, 1LE cars ditch the SS' standard Tremec TR6060-M10 in favor of a performance-tuned Tremec TR6060-MM6 with a numerically higher 3.91 final-drive ratio.
The 2017 Camaro 1LE also replaces the twin-tube dampers found on standard SS cars with monotube rear dampers, which Chevrolet says provides better body-motion control while maintaining a comfortable on-road ride. Other 2017 Camaro 1LE performance upgrades include larger stabilizer bars, a strengthened rear end, strut tower brace and a 2017 Camaro ZL1-derived high capacity fuel pump. A dual-mode exhaust system will stand as a 2017 Camaro 1LE option.
Although those improvements don't change the 2017 Camaro SS' 426 horsepower rating, Chevy says the car can pull 1g in the corners.
In order to visually set the 2017 Camaro 1LE apart from its SS counterparts, the package includes a matte-black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler, as well as 10-spoke alloy wheels borrowed from the 2017 Camaro ZL1. Inside the 2017 Camaro 1LE borrows even more content from the ZL1, including a flat-bottomed steering wheel and shift knob.
Occupant Safety
All 2017 Camaro SS models are equipped with dual front, front side and full-length side-curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
Key Competitors
Those looking at the 2017 Camaro SS should also consider the Ford Mustang GT, Dodge Challenger R/T and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.