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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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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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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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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
a stock base C5 maybe? Not a mod for mod c5Z06..
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a stock base C5 maybe? Not a mod for mod c5Z06..
Around my area I haven't came across many c5's with a lot of mods. Most I've ran are intake tuned ones. One supercharged one runs around my area but we haven't hooked up yet. I've seen his track times and we are close. From a dead stop he has me from a roll I still believe he wins but I think it would surprise him.
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I came from a C5 vette... The camaro handles just as good and rides better in my book. The Ls3 makes up for the wieght, my vette ran low 13s at 107ish stock, my camaro 110ish! On the top end the camaro is definetly faster... add some mods to the vette and because of wieght I am sure the c5 will run away on a road course in the handling department though. Stock for stock, I bet they would be neck and neck in the corners with the edge in the striaghts to a LS3 SS. No dought my camaro was the faster stock car in a striaght line!
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #18
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Not all C5's are created equal. I came from a 2001 C5 automatic. I have no experience with the C5 manual but the auto C5 coupe I had felt pretty slow by comparison to some of the cars I've owned before (04 STi 02 SS Camaro auto 99 trams am manual). A tune and plugs made it better .. But my stock LS3 (when it was stock) feltlike it has more nuts and a better ride.

And working on a C5 vs. 5th gen Camaro? Be ready for the corvette tax and more busted knuckles. Real pita
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Its amazing how some people just dont give credit to the 5th gen... Last time I raced a bolton C5 I destroyed him, granted I have a cam! Also if I am not mistaken the 5th gen has a faster time around Nurb then a base C5 by 20 sec!! No mistake this car is faster then my vette was, and trust me I LOVED that vette! If you look at listed nurb times the camaro is at 8:20 and they show a 97 auto C5 at 8:40, that 20 freaking seconds!
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im not talking about a base C5, im only referring to the C5Z. Mod for Mod, our 5th gens arent pulling it... its to light and has better aero.

if you want to compare stock for stock, who cares? Buy which one you like better if you're leaving it stock.
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No thats true, not a c5z! This post is about a base C5 though.
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Its amazing how some people just dont give credit to the 5th gen... Last time I raced a bolton C5 I destroyed him, granted I have a cam! Also if I am not mistaken the 5th gen has a faster time around Nurb then a base C5 by 20 sec!! No mistake this car is faster then my vette was, and trust me I LOVED that vette! If you look at listed nurb times the camaro is at 8:20 and they show a 97 auto C5 at 8:40, that 20 freaking seconds!
I read a llloooottttt of strange stories on these forums speculating results in "SS vs..." stories (which in turn then become littered with "don't street race" posts by someone on a soap box, but that's another subject altogether). But this one? Man if you are walking on a C5 in your car, that's awesome, but I'd need to see it to cement that one home.

But in support of the spirit of what you were getting at with your post, I remember posts here second guessing a race with the newer Goats or the 370Zs. With those I can confirm, regardless of the venue, that my SS in it's current configuration can, and has spanked both of those cars no contest (although I confess I don't know what year the GTO was and the performance of those can vary a bit by production year). I did however have some trouble with an SVT Cobra who pulled on me, but I wasn't in competition mode so I was pulling timing between shifts and yet he only pulled on me slowly and steadily - it should also be noted that he had crazy drag radials on the car and it was clearly built. I thought he'd smoke me no contest, but it didn't happen that way.

With that said, people try to discredit the SS because of it's hefty curb weight, but those people are just looking for a criticism to levy. But I haven't had too much experience with a Vette of any notoriety against my SS....
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I can't speak for a C5 vette, but my dad has a bone stock (first year) 2005 C6 Vette with a 6 speed and any time i get in it, as a driver OR a passenger, it feels like a formula 1 car compared to my Camaro. Even parking beside it makes my Camaro look like a huge, tall tank compared to the low slung vette. With that said, i wouldn't trade my Camaro for it, as I like the musclecar feel the Camaro has.
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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
Keep your car and buy an old C6. I own an '06 Z51 vette. Just recently put an e-force supercharger on it, but i love Camaro's too. So now i'll have my 1LE sitting next to it. I don't mind that the Camaro is slower. I simply want to have the 2 best chevys out there.
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I read a llloooottttt of strange stories on these forums speculating results in "SS vs..." stories (which in turn then become littered with "don't street race" posts by someone on a soap box, but that's another subject altogether). But this one? Man if you are walking on a C5 in your car, that's awesome, but I'd need to see it to cement that one home.

But in support of the spirit of what you were getting at with your post, I remember posts here second guessing a race with the newer Goats or the 370Zs. With those I can confirm, regardless of the venue, that my SS in it's current configuration can, and has spanked both of those cars no contest (although I confess I don't know what year the GTO was and the performance of those can vary a bit by production year). I did however have some trouble with an SVT Cobra who pulled on me, but I wasn't in competition mode so I was pulling timing between shifts and yet he only pulled on me slowly and steadily - it should also be noted that he had crazy drag radials on the car and it was clearly built. I thought he'd smoke me no contest, but it didn't happen that way.

With that said, people try to discredit the SS because of it's hefty curb weight, but those people are just looking for a criticism to levy. But I haven't had too much experience with a Vette of any notoriety against my SS....
Now I have bolt ons and cam and I've pulled on a new GS a few tuned and intake c5's and a bunch of mustangs in my area 2 of them were 03-04 cobras one claimed to have 450-470 rwhp and he had 2 car links put on him. But I personally know a guy with one with 640rwhp and I know he will take me lol. Those cars can go crazy modding them But yes I have pulled on many strong cars in my area.
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