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Old 06-25-2010, 08:27 AM   #1
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I'm really impressed with the Camaro SS handling on wet mountain roads, and the GVW.

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Just so you guys know I'm a 40 year old professional driver. I drive a gasoline tanker about 350 miles and 12 hrs a day. I've owned 20-30 cars in my life. A lot of them have been sports cars for example 67 camaro rs conv, 66 chevelle ss 396, 80 Turbo T/A indy pace car, 89 Formula 350, and some sedans like subaru's, mazdas, dodges, hondas, ect...

Anyway, I took my Camaro SS/RS A6 out for a real road trip yesturday to the mountains. I drove about 100 miles to get to the mountains, and about 100 miles to get back. Total I drove about 8.5 hours and about 400 miles.

I knew there was a chance of heavy rain, but I wasn't going to let it ruin my day. Keep in mind I've been protecting my car from the elements in a garage for 5 months. So, I've never driven it in the rain before.

I was really impressed with the cars handling, braking, and accelerating in the rain. I was driving on curvy roads with steep inclines and declines in windy sever thunderstorm weather at times. I tried hard accelerations with and without the traction control, went thru the mountain curves at dry weather speed. The car handled in the rain the whole time just like the roads were dry! It accelerated up the inclines like it was nothing. I never felt any power loss at high altitudes. During the declines the car braked effortlessly. Infact I really didn't have to brake too much because the motor help out a bit. One time I did use the tap shift to go down to 5th to help keep the car from coasting away past the 55 MPH speed limit. Everything felt so tight and resposive just as if it was a sunny day. I've never felt so safe in a car before.

All this got me thinking about the cars GVW. Some people complain about the weight of the car but after driving in the rain I'm happy to say that I'm glad the car is heavy and strong. I'm happy that the car is built well and strong. It gives me that extra feeling of security driving in unplanned bad weather.

The car is very comforable. After all that driving, basically 400 miles in 8.5 hours, my wife and I never got uncomfortable, or soar behinds. The car is great to drive!

Another thing I found a use for after 5 months was the tap shifter. I used it for 2 things yesturday going down steep grades, and when that mustang pulled up to me I put it in the power range ! He didn't like that very much !
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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I was very impressed with it also on wet roads. I Picked my car up on March 13th, about 37 degress out side and RAINING. When I would accelerate, you keep feel the car wanting to slip sideways, but ST and TC kept her staight. She handles pretty damn good in the rain, for a sports car and summer tires.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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I live in San Diego, can someone clue me in on "rain?"
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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I am also really impressed - coming from Vancouver, Canada, rain is something you expect, and you need to be comfortable driving in it.
A couple of weeks ago, I took a friend out for a spin. It was raining (of course), and on a quiet highway, I laid into the throttle to show off the growl of the V8. I felt the rear end get a little bit loose, but it was quickly reined in before the TC light even came on. Driving through Utah the other week, I found myself in the midst of a torrential rainstorm/thunderstorm, and the car barely moved out of it's lane, even when passing a semi.
Thumbs up to GM for making an incredibly stable car.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #6
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Good to have a professional's perspective on the car, especially one so positive!

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Old 06-25-2010, 02:23 PM   #7
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Umm, no offense to the OP, but I would not call a truck driver a "professional driver" when it comes to evaluating sports cars.

That said I agree with the OP's assessment, the car handles well for a big car but I still wish it was 300 pounds lighter.
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