New Chevy Camaro SS Stats, HP Comparisons
Chevy is stepping it up on the power front. First we get news of the $107k (and the rest) 638hp Corvette ZR1. Now we hear news of the new $40kish Camaro SS. GM says that bad boy will holster a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 good for 500 horses. For comparison sake, the new ($51k?) Cadillac CTS-V will boast a 550-horse powerplant. Pricewise, the Camaro SS' more logical competitors are the $40k Dodge Challenger SRT8 (425hp) and the $42k Ford Mustang GT500 (500hp). For bowtie lovers, the question will be whether to go for the 500 horsepower Camaro SS or make the jump to the $50k base Corvette with 430 horses. Oh, choices, choices. You say the muscle car era is over before it begins (again)? It is. But that just means the used car lot in three years will be the world's greatest meat market.
Just wait one year, and a kick your butt car will be yours for a nice discount. The dealers are going to gouge the eyes out of the early adopters, being the scum that they are. Hopefully for every rob job performed, they get an "accidental" shipment of base Cobalts with manual transmissions...
The other benefit of waiting on a car like this is that you get to enjoy the enhancements the manufacturer makes like added features, more power, special packages, etc.
Production version will be revealed in about 3 months, Woodward or something. From my understanding there may be two V-6’s 240-260hp and a DI 300hp, V8 from the G8 GXP with just over 400hp and the supercharged 500+hp in the Z28. Still unknown if the top dog will be SS or Z28. Expect prices to be similar to the Challenger so 23k for the base, 29k for 400hp and 39k for 500hp. Not including options of course. Being lighter than the Challenger this will be a very good performance bargain. If they have cylinder deactivation on the 400hp V-8 I’ll still get that. Hell I get V-8 mileage now with only 232hp. Remember the adage “speed cost money, how fast do you want to go?” People will still pay for speed when they won’t pay for trucks. Think of it this way. Half the cost of a 911 and faster.
Steve_S : Lutz said there would only be one V6. "Lutz said GM has dropped plans to offer a low-priced, entry-level Camaro with one of GM’s low-tech V6s. GM will position both the V6 and V8 versions of the Camaro as premium cars compared to the Camaro’s chief rival, the Ford Mustang." http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200803191538/FREE/86927553