The 2016 SS: Fastest Camaro in History
The 2016 Chevy Camaro SS is the fastest one ever produced, which is quite impressive considering the former models out there. I don’t think there has been this much hype about the Camaro since the COPO 9560 was released in 1969. Which, until this day, housed one of the strongest engines in Camaro history: the legendary ZL-1 all aluminum block engine rated at 425 horsepower. The 2016 Camaro SS is the biggest, baddest, and strongest Camaro this model lineup has ever seen. Before we jump into that, let’s take a look at some honorable mentions over the years so we can see just how powerful the new SS really is.
The first honorable mention is the original SS model produced in 1967. Before emission regulations swelled and the dark ages of the Camaro began, these things were rocking. The original 1967 SS sported a V8 that was rated at 295 horsepower, coincidently Chevy’s first 350 engine. Little did they know the V8 would become the staple of the Camaro brand. It might not have been as powerful as the COPO 9560 previously mentioned, but for its day this was one smokin’ hot-rod.
After the dark ages of the Camaro, it caught a break when Chevy discovered the TPI (Tuned Port Injection) system. This system was a revelation, and officially marked the return of horsepower in the Camaro. In 1991, the new TPI 5.7-liter V8 was boosted back up to 245 horsepower, a little weaker than the first SS model, but still one of the strongest ones out there up till this point.
In 1998, the Camaro got a new all-aluminum small-block LS-1 V8 engine, which resided in the Z28 model at the time as well as the SS. When GM introduced it to the SS after taking over production of the Camaro, they also introduced a ram-air induction system that got this bad boy up to 320 horsepower. Branding it as one of the strongest Camaros of its time.
These 3 models were some of the best Chevy ever produced, 4 if you count the 2015 SS rated at 426 horsepower, 1 horsepower stronger than the infamous COPO 9560. Just to further the perspective, the 2015 Camaro SS is able to do 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds, and conquers the quarter mile in 13 seconds flat. These numbers already blew the previous models out of the water, and with the 2016 it’s only gotten better.
The newest SS model would have you laughing at the other ones in the rearview mirror as you spit asphalt in their grilles. The 2016 SS houses a small-block 6.2-liter LT-1 V8 with direct injection and VVTi that puts out a record-breaking 455 horsepower and 455 pound-foot torque.
As far as performance goes, this hot-rod can run circles around its predecessors. This new engine lets the 2016 SS with an automatic transmission go from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat, 1 second faster than its previous generation and effectively making it the best 0-60 time ever recorded in Camaro history. As an added bonus, the fuel-efficiency is pretty great for a hot-rod; with an estimate of 19 mpg combined.