2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review

45 years ago Chevrolet introduced the iconic Camaro pony car. Since then, other American muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang, introduced a few years before the Camaro, continued an American heritage for the pony car. For 2012 the all-new Camaro 45th Anniversary edition commemorates a long line of Camaro’s lineage with 2LT and 2SS trims available in coupe or convertible flavors.
I had the chance to review the all-new 2017 Camaro SS 45th Anniversary edition packing in Camaro’s 426 horsepower V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In this configuration, my Camaro 45thanniversary edition test vehicle is essentially a Camaro with the 2SS trim package but with a few distinctive characteristics to celebrate a 45-year milestone.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review

On the outside of the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro, Chevrolet added custom 20-inch wheels, Carbon Flash Metallic exterior paint, fog light and tailamp bezels finished in dark silver, standard rear spoiler, RS styled taillight lenses, unique hood, body-color roof molding, HID headlights, 45th Anniversary emblems on the side, and a unique red and charcoal rally stripe on the hood.
The interior of the new 2017 Camaro receives a revised instrument panel and steering wheel. I give Chevrolet praise for axing the deep-dish ‘robot-man hands’ steering wheel from 2015 to 2016 model Camaro’s. The new steering wheel is a good design borrowed from other GM vehicles with some added padding in the right spot for more of a sports car feel. Unique to the 45th Anniversary edition Camaro on the inside are sport seats embroidered with a 45th Anniversary logo in addition to 45th emblems placed on the passenger side dash and steering wheel. General Motor’s heads-up display, part of the 45th Anniversary’s 2SS trimmed options list, provides a customizable green readout on the windshield allowing the driver to keep his/her eyes on the road.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review


I found the all-new 45th Anniversary Camaro to have its own unique characteristic in the looks department. The 45th Anniversary Camaro is subtly styled to set itself apart from other Camaro’s fresh out of the box.
Driving the all-new 2017 Camaro 45th Anniversary edition puts you in a class apart from others in knowing your vehicle is unique. Not only do you have over 400 ponies under the hood of one of the most stylish muscle cars on the road, but with the 45th Anniversary edition you commemorate American muscle history in the making for 45 years.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 45th Anniversary Edition Review

The new 2017 Camaro SS is a powerful machine that demands your attention when fully applying your right foot to the gas pedal. The standard 6-speed manual transmission takes some skill to master rowing the gears when you are pushing the Camaro’s 6.2-liter 426 horsepower and 420 ft. lbs. of torque V8 engine to its limit. The snarling grow from the exhaust of the 2017 Camaro SS can become addictive. I found myself downshifting to 2nd gear more than necessary just to hear the V8’s burble through the dual exhaust pipes. Lighting up the rear tires is a synch with the drop of the clutch while the improved suspension dynamics combined with the competitive mode stability control keeps things in line on curvy roads.
Fuel efficiency has been improved on the new 2017 Camaro V6 while the big V8 continues to get 16mpg city and 24mpg highway. Opting for the V6 will better those figures getting you as many as 28mpg on the highway and 17mpg city.