The Camaro SS gets a 6.2L V-8 LS3 engine from the Corvette making 422 hp (315 kW) and 408 lb.-ft. of torque (553 Nm) with the standard six-speed manual trans. However, the 6-speed automatic receive a slightly different engine.
With a live web cast, GM finally revealed the production 2010 Camaro today. GM officials proclaimed they were excited to get back into the realm of sports cars, besides the Corvette of course, and the new Camaro represents a heritage-inspired sports car for the 21st century.
As previously reported, the Camaro LT and LS models receive a 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 which is rated at an estimated 300 horsepower (224 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available. The 3.6L engine delivers an estimated 26 mpg on the highway.
The Camaro SS gets the 6.2L V-8 LS3 engine from the Corvette making 422 horsepower (315 kW) and 408 lb.-ft. of torque (553 Nm) with the standard six-speed TR6060 manual transmission. However, for those selecting the 6-speed automatic receive a slightly different less powerful engine.
Introducing the a new L99 V-8 engine. Based on the LS3 engine, it receives GM’s Active Fuel Management (aka cylinder deactivation system). The system allows cylinder deactivation down to 4 cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy. The L99 is estimated at a slightly deficient 400 horsepower (299 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (535 Nm), and it is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission. Although this sounds not very appealing for the horsepower minded, this combination delivers an estimated 23 mpg on the highway, only 3 mpg less than the V6.
When the first pictures leaked, an RS badge in the front grille threw us all for a loop. Now we know the RS refers to an appearance package available on the LT and SS models. It includes HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, special tail lamps and 20-inch wheels.
See release below for further details and specifications chart.