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Old 05-21-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Is it fast or what?

Is is a fair statement to say that the Camaro is not as fast as you would have thought or what 400+ hp would have felt like?

When people get there cars no one is saying this beast is really fast or the fasted car I was ever in. I really want to say wow to the speed, will I?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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Anything that runs a true 13.0 at 110 mph is quick. The majority of people have not been in cars that quick. Obviously, this board has more enthusiasts, so that number will undoubtedly be way higher, but it IS a quick car. If you don't believe so, just compare its stats to all production cars built over the past 30 years. It stacks up extremely well. I am posting this with an IMO caveat.

The "felt like" is not really quantifiable and is really up to the individual.
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So blow off the break in and cops and just punch it to 200 MPH then fly off a cliff?

This is what happens when paper tigers and the real pavement meet up.

Cars do more then just go in a straight line btw.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:24 PM   #4
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So blow off the break in and cops and just punch it to 200 MPH then fly off a cliff?

This is what happens when paper tigers and the real pavement meet up.

Cars do more then just go in a straight line btw.

Very true.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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come on man anything with 400hp is going to be fast. You figure the average cars these days are anywhere from 200-250hp, and im not even talking the torque and HP to weight ratio
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:31 PM   #6
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So blow off the break in and cops and just punch it to 200 MPH then fly off a cliff?.
I would like to see you try that!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:36 PM   #7
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trust me it's very quick, i've driven a nascar at daytona(petty driving school) and i drive a police car all around all day for work,which is not a big deal but i got my car today 1ss manual and let me tell you it will get up and go! and it will put down about 80 ft. of dual rubber to the pavement, it will impress the hell out of ur neighbors and YOU!
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:39 PM   #8
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trust me it's very quick, i've driven a nascar at daytona(petty driving school) and i drive a police car all around all day for work,which is not a big deal but i got my car today 1ss manual and let me tell you it will get up and go! and it will put down about 80 ft. of dual rubber to the pavement, it will impress the hell out of ur neighbors and YOU!
nice to hear the cops are having fun with the same car i am sure to get pulled over in.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:48 PM   #9
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nice to hear the cops are having fun with the same car i am sure to get pulled over in.

but thank god I too am a LEO, so hopefully that will keep me out of a ticket
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:49 PM   #10
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ahhhhh l.o.l. it's all about when and where, like fishing.... you can't catch them all
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:00 PM   #11
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Is is a fair statement to say that the Camaro is not as fast as you would have thought or what 400+ hp would have felt like?

When people get there cars no one is saying this beast is really fast or the fasted car I was ever in. I really want to say wow to the speed, will I?
The richest guy in our town, who usually gets a new Z06 every year, got a ZR1 and he told me he wasn't impressed.

That had nothing to do with your thread, but your question made me think of it. GAH! Give me that car!
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:01 PM   #12
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Man for the first few months the car ALONE should maybe get you a warning. (MAYBE)

It better put me further back in my seat than Bonnies IS350.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:02 PM   #13
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It is EXACTLY as fast as I would have thought 400 and 426 HP would be. Absolutely awesome. If you doubt that, either you haven't driven one or you are getting out of a Corvette.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:02 PM   #14
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What's your current reference for fast?
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:14 PM   #15
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What's your current reference for fast?
The fasted cars I ever had was a 1993 TT Turbo Supra and a close 2nd was a Boxster S. My wife has an Acura TL 2009 and that has som nice pick up but I really want the 1993 TT Turbo Supra speed, It was good. The SS is very close 0 to 60 times.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:31 PM   #16
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I too am a LEO. This car is not only fast, it is scary fast.
Rowing thru the gears with just a slightly heavy right foot pushes
you back into the seat in EVERY gear. That is the fun part........
The scary part is going down the highway at what you "feel" like is
65-70 and looking at the speedo and seeing 91!!!!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:43 PM   #17
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I haven't driven one, but it's a heavy car, with a tall wheel/tire combo, and that will negate some of that "400 HP" feeling. Plus stuff like torque management on the automatics (and maybe the manuals, for all I know).

Also, for people accustomed to cars like the 4th gen f-body, the new car is a lot quieter and smoother, which dulls the perception of speed. My LT1 Camaro felt like some kind of jet fighter or rollercoaster even though it "only" ran low 14s stock. Because it was loud and kind of rough around the edges, it felt faster than it actually was.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:40 AM   #18
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The richest guy in our town, who usually gets a new Z06 every year, got a ZR1 and he told me he wasn't impressed.
Did he say that as a "Yawn, I'm so rich nothing impresses me" way? There's no way the ZR1 doesn't impress him unless he buys a top level Lamborghini every year also.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:43 AM   #19
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trust me it's very quick, i've driven a nascar at daytona(petty driving school) and i drive a police car all around all day for work,which is not a big deal but i got my car today 1ss manual and let me tell you it will get up and go! and it will put down about 80 ft. of dual rubber to the pavement, it will impress the hell out of ur neighbors and YOU!
Nice.. It is good to be able to do all those things and not be afraid of a ticket..
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Nice.. It is good to be able to do all those things and not be afraid of a ticket..
lol I can do it in any state..lol
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:18 AM   #21
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my last camaro put 411 to the wheels and ran 11.7 at the track. so im not expecting it to be holy crap fast. i just want it to be, wow thats pretty fast and very tame.
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Old 05-22-2009, 04:38 AM   #22
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It'll be fast enough for me. My gen 4 z28 was enough for me so I know the new SS will be even better.

Most of the guys I know have Hondas, toyotas et al....The SS will be enough
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Moving up from a V6 Mustang that is an automatic with 150HP..So I think the SS will be very fast in comparison..
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:58 AM   #24
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After almost two weeks of driving the 2 SS/RS I have not said how fast it is because it is a given. 426 HP is the most power I have ever had. The torque when you launch the car is unbelievable. I have had her up to 110 so far, but I am waiting to break her in. She has 800 miles on her so far. I think after 1500 she will be ready for the track and all of the other engine enhancements. So to answer your question. Yes the car is fast.
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I only have 127 miles on mine (1SS manual), but I will offer this:
#1 The car is so refined in every way (quiet exhaust, virtually NO road noise or wind noise) and goes about its business so effortlessly (way more traction than my 99 SS) that it "feels" slower than it is.

#2 All LS engines get faster as they break in, it may take 5000 miles to get the full effect.

#3 Compared to an LS1, it takes some RPM to get into the meat of the power curve (say around 3500) so off the line it doesn't feel as fast either unless you bring up the revs which is somewhat anti-social behavior on the street.
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