Camaro SS: Oh, Yes!

Camaro SS: Oh, Yes!

Refreshed and Reinvigorated for 2019

Auto Trends Magazine / Matt Keegan / March 1, 2019

The chief domestic manufacturers may be turning their backs on most car models, but left untouched are the muscle cars we love. These models include the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Charger, and the Ford Mustang, each of which delivers aggressive styling, potent engines, and timeless value.

The segment hasn?t always been as strong as it is today, especially when federal regulators instituted tough emissions and safety measures, beginning in the 1970s. Entire model lines, such as the Ford Torino, Dodge Charger, and the Buick GNX were canceled. Later, some of the brands that supported such models as the Mercury Cougar, Plymouth Roadrunner, Olds 442, and Pontiac Tempest and Firebird were discontinued.

Happily, the segment received a boost when modern models from Dodge and Chevrolet joined the Ford Mustang to supply the market with a current take on automotive sports coupe performance. These models offer more power, better steering and handling, and technologies the originals never had. Though demand is only a fraction of what we saw in the 1960s and 1970s, the core is strong and consumers love them.

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette continue to uphold the performance car banner for Chevy, although the latter is most definitely a sports car. As for the Camaro, the current-generation model rolled out in 2016, six years after the nameplate was restored.

For 2019, the Camaro is refreshed, sporting revised front and rear fascia?s along with other design changes. Chevrolet added a new infotainment interface and introduced an LE performance package to its base models.

The Camaro SS raises the power quotient significantly with its 6.2-liter V8 engine making 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Chevy pairs this engine with either a TREMEC 6-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

There are cars and then there are driver?s cars. The Camaro fits the latter category sublimely, especially in SS guise and above. It is a strong affirmation of what Chevrolet brings to the table with its sports coupe.

In all, the 2019 Camaro remains an excellent representation of what we want in a modern muscle car, even a sports car. Its aggressive looks, the variety of powertrain choices, sports cockpit, and advanced technologies match up well in a small, but a highly competitive segment.

Tailored for performance with a TREMEC TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching

The TR-6060 delivers great overall shift feel with short throws and smooth gear synchronization.

The synchroniser package features triple synchromesh on first and second gears, and double synchromesh on all other gears, including reverse, which has significantly reduced gear shift efforts and shift travel.

The reduced shift travel provided by the synchroniser package has also allowed increased space for the use of larger gears, which are stronger to deliver improved torque capacity and gearbox durability. A single-piece counter shaft also contributes to the greater torque capacity and durability enhancements.

Other features of the TR-6060 transmission include:

  • Reduced friction in the shifter system courtesy of a cam and anti-friction plunger to control the side load shift detents.
  • Forward and rearward shift detent grooves are broached on the front of the main-shaft with a spring-loaded anti-friction roller, for more precise control of shift detents and positive shift feel.
  • Anti-friction ball struts, sintered hubs and fine-pitch splines on all synchronisers for reduced friction between components – delivering improved shift feel and reduced shift efforts.
  • Wider, two piece gears with machined clutch teeth for more precise gear engagement and reduced potential for gear block-outs.