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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Ultimate Track Concept Front View In Motion
Pahrump, Nevada -- While the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show features dozens of aftermarket companies eager to help you soup up your car, Chevrolet hopes owners of its Gen V Camaro (2010-2015) will instead turn to their nearest dealership for go-fast hardware. Here at Spring Mountain Motorsports park, Chevrolet Performance showed us two Camaro concepts fitted with dealer-installed upgrade parts.
Chevrolet Performance wants to offer a wide range of parts from its high-performance variants -- the Camaro 1LE, ZL1, and Z/28 -- so owners of older V-6 and V-8 SS models can upgrade their cars with improved handling and braking. While customers can -- of course -- pick and choose parts individually, the SEMA concepts shown here have a specific list of upgrades designed for particular types of driving.
“We take the mystery out of going fast,” Chevrolet director of performance parts Mark Dickens says. “Customers can build a car to suit their driving interests.”

Testing Camaros back to back

Chevrolet brought stock and modified versions of the Camaro to Spring Mountain Motorsports resort for back-to-back comparisons. We start our lead-follow session around a 1.5-mile configuration at Spring Mountain's expansive track in a standard 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS to give us a baseline. As we recalled from prior encounters with the Camaro SS, the car is loud and fast, and it grips the road, too, but there’s a level of vagueness in the steering feedback and in the way the body rolls on the suspension that keeps this street racer from being a scintillating track car.
The Ultimate Street Performance Camaro SS concept shows drastic improvements. The most important modifications include stiffer anti-roll bars, a strut-tower brace, and 20-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:1 tires from the Camaro 1LE, plus a high-flow air intake, tougher wheel hubs, and larger brakes from the Camaro ZL1.
The new suspension transforms the way the Camaro transitions between corners. Turn-in is quicker, the car takes a set into a corner without first rolling and pitching (Chevrolet claims 25 percent less body roll), and the car has a much more neutral feel entering a corner. We can brake later, thanks to the confidence imbued by the firmer pedal, and get on the power sooner because we sense the rear tires are better planted. This is how we'd want our Camaro SS set up for track use: predictable, taut, and willing to attack corners.
At the Chevrolet’s Milford Road Course handling track in Michigan, test drivers report the Street Performance Camaro SS is nearly 6 seconds quicker than a standard car, recording a lap time of 1:59.3.

Let’s get serious with the track variant

The next step up is the Ultimate Track Camaro SS concept, which as the name suggests is far more oriented to the track than the open road. From the catalog of parts used to create the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, this concept car gets a free-flowing intake and exhaust for the V-8 engine, a helical limited-slip differential with racier 3.91:1 final-drive ratio and a differential cooler, Multimatic's expensive DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers, brake-cooling air ducts, and an aero package claimed to produce downforce.
From the Camaro ZL1 come upgraded brakes and stronger wheel hubs. From the Camaro 1LE come wheels and tires. And from the Chevy Performance catalog comes an LS3 Power Upgrade kit that comprises ported cylinder heads, new camshafts, and a reprogrammed engine computer.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Ultimate Track Concept Passenger Profile In Motion
The Ultimate Track Camaro SS car set a record lap on the Milford Road Course time of 1:56.4, pretty close to the 1:53.7 lap cut by the $75,000 Camaro Z/28.

More than just loud

Once behind the wheel of the UT Camaro, it’s easy to notice the throbbing idle that new cylinder heads, cams, and programming have given the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8, while the Z/28 exhausts let it roar like the Corvette Stingray. There's 30-40 hp more than the stock V-8’s 426 hp, and the redline climbs from 6,500 rpm to 7,000 rpm.
Yet the real revelation is the way this Camaro goes around corners. For starters, it is significantly tauter and exhibits nearly zero body roll, largely due to spring rates that are stiffer than those of the regular Camaro SS by 85 percent in front and 65 percent in the rear. In addition, the excellent DSSV dampers that help make the Camaro Z/28 so capable transform the way the SS coupe settles itself both in the transitions between corners and over the many elevation changes of the Spring Mountain track. It all makes for a Camaro that laps with the composure and sophistication of a more expensive sports car.
We can also feel a major difference in the car’s personality, thanks to the helical-type limited-slip differential. As you lift the throttle on entry to a corner, the differential unlocks and helps the Camaro swing toward the apex of the corner, and indeed we can cut a much tighter cornering line without adding any more steering input. Put your foot down, the diff locks up and the car's line noticeably straightens, letting you power out of a turn far earlier than in the Camaro street car.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Ultimate Track Concept Front Three Quarter View In Motion 2

Hey, we’re human, too

All this capability, however, can make drivers overconfident. Well, it made us overconfident, anyway.
On our second lap, we exit one sweeping right turn with too much throttle, and as the differential tightens up, and we perform a lurid slide that leaves black marks on the track behind us. Before we have time to feel embarrassed, the driver behind us does exactly the same thing as our lead-follow instructor laughs over the radio.
We say our over-exuberance is a testament to how much confidence the chassis gives drivers. Chevy engineers say they'd only recommend this setup to true track-rats, who would likely swap out the tires for something stickier and then fully disable the stability control.

Why buy?

One glaring question remains: Why would muscle-car fans pony up for these parts rather than simply buying a more capable Camaro, or heading to the aftermarket?
For starters, Chevrolet hopes buyers who already own a fifth-gen Camaro will appreciate that they can simply enhance their existing car rather than buying a brand-new one. The parts also go through the same grueling 24-hour endurance testing at the Milford Road Course that Chevrolet uses for all its performance cars.
Compared to aftermarket parts, the Chevrolet Performance upgrades can be installed at your dealer and -- according to Chevy's math -- cost less than what you could buy elsewhere. Chevrolet says all the upgrade necessary to build the Ultimate Track Camaro SS would only cost $13,000 before installation. The priciest component is the $3,876 Z/28 suspension kit, and no aftermarket company can offer Camaro owners the pricey DSSV dampers it includes. “Having this portfolio of performance parts allows us to grow with our customers,” Dickens says. “So now you can focus the (modified) vehicle on track-day use, 100 percent.”
Chevrolet officials admit that sales of these parts will probably be pretty limited. Even so, it's great to see a company catering to enthusiasts who want to take their cars to the track.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro
2015 Chevrolet Camaro

New for 2015

After a 2014 refresh, the Chevrolet Camaro enters 2015 relatively unchanged, but adds Blue Velvet Metallic as an exterior color option.

Vehicle Overview

The Camaro is Chevrolet’s long-running muscle car, which sits below the Corvette Stingray and SS in the automaker’s sports car lineup. The Camaro is offered in many forms, from a base V-6 model, to a high-performance ZL1, and to the track-ready Z/28.

Summary

The rear-drive Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible form, and offers a special-edition Z/28 model that's offered exclusively as a coupe, significantly revises the chassis and suspension for track-oriented performance. The Camaro can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The capable base-model 2015 Camaro gets a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, good for an EPA-estimated 18-19/27-30 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 17/28 mpg with the manual. The Camaro SS gets one of two V-8 engines, depending on transmission choice: the automatic-equipped models get a 400-hp 6.2-liter V-8 (L99) that makes 410 lb-ft of torque; manual-equipped models get a 426-hp 6.2-liter V-8 (LS3) that makes 420 lb-ft of torque; EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15/24 mpg for the auto, and 16/24 mpg for the manual. Buyers looking for even more power can get either body style in the ZL1 trim, which supercharges a 6.2-liter V-8 (LSA) for 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque, which the EPA rated at 12/18 mpg with the automatic, and 14/19 mpg with the manual.
Those looking to track their Camaro, and wanting more than the Chevrolet Performance Department offers, can step up to the 2015 Camaro Z/28, which comes exclusively as a coupe with a Tremec six-speed manual. The 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, from the 2013 Corvette Z06, makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque in the Z/28 and is good for an EPA-estimated 13/15 mpg. Chevrolet engineers lightened the Z/28, used the first Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve on a high-volume production vehicle (also available to non-Z/28 owners through the Chevrolet Performance Department), made other numerous changes to the chassis and body, and added high-performance summer tires.
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro coupe (convertible has not been tested) received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.

What We Think

Chevy engineers have pulled out all the stops for the Z/28. Handling and the very powerful brakes, designed to give consistent pedal feel with no fade even on the track, combine to make it quicker around a road course than more powerful competition.
The supercharged ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro available, and is a great deal cheaper than the track-oriented Z/28 (to the tune of almost $20,000). Since styling stays the same for the sake of aerodynamics (and the air-flow to the blower), it carries a quieter visual presence.
Indeed, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 displays a certain polish that makes it worth considering even as it ages. Curb appeal and horsepower supremacy can be fleeting—enjoy the moment, Hellcat—but the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 possesses another, more durable quality: competence.
You’ll Like
  • Z/28 for track dominance
  • Chevrolet Performance Department offers Z/28 goodies for the masses
  • Awesome curb appeal
You Won’t Like
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Even with the Z/28 weight savings, heavy!
  • Poor rearward visibility
Key Competitors
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Ford Mustang
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Rating

4
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
323 hp @ 6800rpm
Torque:
278 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Depreciation
33.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
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Depreciation
$12,082
33.6%
Insurance
$6,935
19.3%
Fuel Cost
$11,029
30.7%
Financing
$2,432
6.8%
Maintenance
$2,579
7.2%
Repair Costs
$517
1.4%
State Fees
$401
1.1%
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Value Rating: Average