And while the 1LE makes some serious improvements to its handling, that heft can still be felt in the corners. I'm not saying the Camaro needs to be the size of a BRZ, but losing a few inches in every direction and a couple hundred pounds would do it wonders.
More than anything I liked the way the SS 1LE made me feel deep down inside. It made me feel awesome and patriotic and ostentatious, like I was talking a big game and could back it up with eight cylinders of power all day long. It made me feel like a badass.
It's a dependable kind of speed — downshift to third on the highway and you know exactly what you're gonna get. Zero to 60 mph comes in the low-to-mid four second range.
I didn't find it uncomfortable, personally, but will keep you well-acquainted with your city's potholes. (Too bad you won't see them coming because of the visibility thing.)
Mono tube rear dampers instead of the SS's normal twin-tube dampers, 27 mm front and 28 mm rear sway bars, stronger rear-axle half-shafts and a strut tower brace all make the car take high-speed corners with extreme confidence and just a smidge of body roll. And yes, you can get the rear end out quite easily.
If you don't count all the performance goodies as toys, my tester — a 1SS with fewer bells and whistles than the upmodel 2SS — came up fairly sparse in the toys department. A backup camera would have been nice but this car didn't have one.
And my car even came without the $895 performance exhaust, which I'd probably get if it was my car. Loud is good, but louder is better.
It's not a luxury car and it's not loaded with gadgets because that's not what it's meant to be. I would opt for the performance exhaust option, as well as a backup camera because that will make your life a little easier. Your parking life, at least.
Power: 426 HP at 5900 RPM/ 420 LB-FT at 4600 RPM
Transmission: Six-speed manual
0-60 Time: 4.5 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: Not listed
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,860 LBS
Seating: 2 people up front, 2 small children or people you don't like in the back
MPG: 16 city/24 highway/19 combined
MSRP: $34,350 base 1SS price; $40,340 as tested with 1LE package and other options.