First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Don Sherman

Pole Position

The Camaro SS's combination of price, performance, and panache topples the existing muscle car order. The Hemi-powered Challenger SRT8 is too heavy to keep pace and the face-lifted Mustang GT is trumped by Camaro's sophistication and speed. Loyal Chevy fans who've waited six years for this day finally have the car than they deserve. The new Camaro also has the breadth of character needed to draw defectors back from the import brink. Before the fuel runs out, drivers who've been content with four- and six-cylinder power - hot or not - should experience life on the road with a 400-plus horsepower thumper under their hood.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Base price: $30,995 (1SS Model; 6-speed manual)
As tested: $35,380
Options:2SS Trim Level - $3185
RS package - $1200
Engine: 6.2-liter OHV 16-valve V-8
Horsepower: 426 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
L x W x H: 190.4 x 75.5 x 54.2 in
Legroom F/R: 42.4/29.9 in
Headroom F/R: 37.4/45.3 in
Cargo capacity: 11.3 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3859 lbs.
EPA Rating (city/highway): 16/24 mpg

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