Chevy Shows Off Two Camaro SS Performance Upgrades
While most of the big auto reveals this week are taking place in Las Vegas at SEMA, Chevy headed an hour west to Pahrum, Nevada, to show off two awesome Camaro SS performance upgrades to enhance the capabilities of fifth-generation Camaros. The two upgrades utilize factory-engineered 1LE and Z/28 components. Ah, we see we have your attention now.
The Camaro SS performance upgrades don’t require extensive modification but still deliver visible results on the track.
“We offer a wide range of performance parts for Camaro, so customers can build a car to suit their driving interests,” explained the director of Chevrolet Performance, Mark Dickens. “The standard Camaro SS offers a great balance of style and performance, ideal for street driving. Adding components from the Camaro 1LE shifts the balance more toward performance – ideal for someone who wants to attend a few track days, or is getting into autocross. Adding targeted performance components from the Z/28, and more horsepower, creates a completely track-focused car – ideal for someone who wants to spend every weekend at high-performance-driving events, or even getting into amateur racing.
“We built two Camaro concepts to show owners of the fifth-gen Camaros what their cars are capable of, using components derived from the ZL1, 1LE and Z/28 models,” Dickens added. “Each component is designed, engineered and tested by Chevrolet Performance. Our team integrates them to ensure proper fitment for the Camaro SS.”
There are three stages of the Camaro’s performance: stock SS, Ultimate Street Camaro SS, and Ultimate Track Camaro SS. Each one improved lap time over the predecessor, thanks to the enhancements. (The stock SS was, of course, a “control group” for the upgrades.)
The stock SS achieved a best lap time of 2:05.10; the Ultimate Street Camaro SS (with the 1LE package) achieved a best lap time of 1:59.30; and the mack daddy of them all, the Ultimate Track Camaro SS (with the Z/28 package), achieved a best lap time of 1:56.43 seconds.
Those times might sound incredibly similar, but in the world of racing, they make all the difference.