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Old 11-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Is a Camaro SS better than a C5?

I often feel as though I'm driving a 4th generation Corvette when I'm driving my SS, then I have to remind myself I'm in a way better car than a C4. It's been a while since I had a car that had any power, I gave up on cars a decade ago, and I have no C5 experience.

Is the SS better than a standard C5? You really don't know what you are getting into until you own something and spend some time with it, so I thought I'd ask some people that have experience with both cars.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:59 AM   #3
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I often feel as though I'm driving a 4th generation Corvette when I'm driving my SS, then I have to remind myself I'm in a way better car than a C4. It's been a while since I had a car that had any power, I gave up on cars a decade ago, and I have no C5 experience.

Is the SS better than a standard C5? You really don't know what you are getting into until you own something and spend some time with it, so I thought I'd ask some people that have experience with both cars.
Technology wise, the Camaro is ahead of both the C4 and C5 Corvette.
But the C5 Corvette is a much lighter car, and will run circles around any stock SS Camaro.

My '96 Corvette (LT4 Engine) will outrun my '11 L99 (automatic) Camaro.
Mostly because it is a much smaller, lighter car.
It also gets way better fuel mileage than the Camaro.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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Technology wise, the Camaro is ahead of both the C4 and C5 Corvette.
But the C5 Corvette is a much lighter car, and will run circles around any stock SS Camaro.

My '96 Corvette (LT4 Engine) will outrun my '11 L99 (automatic) Camaro.
Mostly because it is a much smaller, lighter car.
It also gets way better fuel mileage than the Camaro.


My uncle owns a C5. Granted, it's nowhere near stock at this point but when it was stock, I'd definitely give him the edge in terms of power. Tehcnology though goes to the Camaro
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #5
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I often feel as though I'm driving a 4th generation Corvette when I'm driving my SS, then I have to remind myself I'm in a way better car than a C4. It's been a while since I had a car that had any power, I gave up on cars a decade ago, and I have no C5 experience.

Is the SS better than a standard C5? You really don't know what you are getting into until you own something and spend some time with it, so I thought I'd ask some people that have experience with both cars.

for track performance...the very simple answer is the C5 is a greater car
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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Handles, stops better, and faster. Sounds like base C5 wins....Z06 rules of course.

Starting to wonder if I'm going in the right direction. I could have a Corvette sitting in my garage right now, instead I have a 2012 SS with 1000 miles on it and any Corvette I would get at this point in my life would certainly be a used car.
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I almost bought an 04 z06 2 weeks ago due to this line of thought tbh.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:57 PM   #8
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I'm at the same cross roads. I can afford either a used Vette (C6) or a new 1LE Camaro SS. Right now the 1LE is winning because it has a back seat and I have a wife and kid. Part of my deal though is if I go Vette it has got to be a Grand Sport. I'm waiting to see the reception the C7 gets I'm kind of hoping the fervor floods the market with some C6's.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #9
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Stock SS doesn't compare. I race with a guy that has a z06 c5 and he is an experienced driver. My modded SS easily hangs with him, but I have twice the money in mine than he does. If I could do it over I would buy a vette.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #10
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1/4 C5 non ZO6 vs LS3 Camaro would be a very close race maybe give the edge to the SS. Everything else like on a road course Vette wins.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:03 PM   #11
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The chassis engineering of a C5 Vette is still superior to the gen 5 SS.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:03 PM   #12
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When I bought my car, I was debating between a C6 and the SS. The cars would not be a daily driver, so practicality is no issue.

I ended up going with the SS because of style. I like the muscle-car look of the Camaro. It's almost like the weight-lifter of cars. Not the lightest or more nimble, but sure looks really tough.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:24 AM   #13
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What RollaMa said.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:07 AM   #14
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I don't care for the c5's and my camaro can beat a lot of them. But c6'd are a different story. I find myself thinking about getting a c6 z06 all the time
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