Chevrolet built nearly half-a-million copies of their crazy popular Impala in 1961, and to capture even more of their customer’s hard earned dollars, a new Super Sport appearance package was added to the options list. There were no actual performance upgrades to the 1961 Impala SS, but your grandpa could pair its sport suspension and spinner hubcaps with a 360-hp 409ci V8. The SS option proved popular, and eventually migrated to the first-gen Camaro, where it could be had with either a 350 V8 or the all-mighty 396 big block. Fast forward to the 6th generation Camaro, and the SS package is the only way to get a V8 engine (outside of the Camaro ZL1). And since life in the modern era has to be complicated, the Sixth Gen Camaro SS can be ordered as a 1SS or a 2SS.
The difference between a Camaro 1SS and Camaro 2SS has to do with the features. In a nutshell; a 2016 or 2017 Camaro 1SS is the entry-level model with all of the performance goodies, but none of the fancy luxury features. A Camaro 2SS on the other hand, is loaded down with fancy tech, interior materials, and a trick, adjustable color head-up windshield display that can project information such as vehicle speed, selected gear, tachometer, g-force, outside temperature, turn-by-turn navigation, and audio system information. Both the Camaro 1SS and Camaro 2SS get the 4-mode Driver Selector System w/ launch control, and it can adjust the loudness of the optional $895 Dual Mode Exhaust system. As well as the firmness and response of the $1,695 Magnetic Ride Control active suspension.
Opt for the $5,000 Camaro 2SS package, and you’ll get luxury accouterments like heated and ventilated leather bucket seats with memory, fancy leather and aluminum-look cabin trim, a heated flat-bottom steering wheel, 24-color mood lighting, illuminated door sills, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging tray at the back of the center console, Bose audio, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, rear parking assist, and the head-up display.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
Camaro SS 6.2L LT1
Under the hood of the 6th generation Camaro SS is an all-aluminum 6.2L LT1 V8, with a raft of new technologies like direct injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel management (which shuts down four of the cylinders to achieve better fuel economy on the highway). This is the fifth generation of the legendary smallblock Chevy LT1 V8, and it took over 5 years to develop. Among the many power enhancing features that you're never going to see are special piston heads that are sculpted to allow for an insane 11.5:1 compression ratio. There’s 8 oil jets that spray the underside of each piston and cylinder to cool them down. The 4-into-1 exhaust manifolds are tuned to evacuate spent gases with minimal restrictions. And the intake manifold was engineered to provide a straight-shot path for the aircharge to reach the huge 2.13-in intake valves. AIRAID can even help you turn this feature into even more horsepower. But more on that in a moment.
Chevrolet Camaro SS Performance Air Filters
AIRAID 850-047 Direct Fit Replacement Air Filter - Air filters are designed to keep dirt from getting sucked into the engine, where it can damage the piezo injectors and piston rings. The problem is, that OE Camaro SS air filter is made from thick paper, and all of that dirt will get trapped on the surface, preventing a majority of the incoming air from ever reaching the engine. An AIRAID performance air filter on the other hand, eliminates airflow restrictions so that Chevrolet LT1 can make all of the horsepower that it was designed to make. Plus, it’s reusable, and comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.
2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Specifications
Bodystyles: Coupe / Convertible
Engine: 6.2L LT1 V8
Transmission: Tremec 6-speed manual w/ Active Rev Matching | GM Hydra-Matic 8-speed auto w/ remote start & automatic cylinder deactivation
Axle Ratio: 2.77 - auto | 3.73 - manual
Brakes: 4-piston Brembo calipers front/rear - Front - 13.6-in vented discs | Rear - 13.3-in vented discs
Wheels: Front - 20 x 8.5-in | 20 x 9.5-in
Curb Weight: Camaro SS Coupe = 3,697 lbs - auto | 3,685 lbs - manual - Camaro SS Convertible = 3,943 lbs - auto | 3,932 lbs - manual
2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Horsepower
Horsepower: 455 @ 6000 RPM
2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Performance
*- According to Chevrolet
0-60 mph - 4.0 seconds (auto)
1/4 mile - 12.3 seconds (auto)
Cornering - 0.97 g
Chevrolet Camaro SS Cold Air Intake Systems
In order to make power, the 6.2L LT1 intake manifold has been designed to deliver air to the cylinders, with fewer turns and narrow passages. However, the stock Camaro SS intake system is actually full of airflow restrictions. For example, the paper air filter can clog and block airflow, while the ripples in the stock intake tube will cause air to become turbulent. To address these issues, AIRAID developed a pair of Camaro SS cold air intake systems that can deliver an estimated increase of 10-hp & 10 lb-ft of torque. This extra power was measured at the rear wheels, not at the flywheel. And it comes in at lower RPMs. So you will experience stronger off-the-line acceleration (especially when you activate Launch Control) and more passing power at higher RPMs.