Two 6.2L V-8 engines are offered in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS, including the L99 on automatic-equipped vehicles and the LS3 on manual-equipped models. Both engines are derived from the LS3 that debuted on the 2008 Corvette.
The LS3 develops 426 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Output on the L99 is lower than the LS3 because of a slightly lower compression ratio (10.4:1 vs. 10.7:1) and design features of the Active Fuel Management System. The L99 is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2011 Camaro SS model’s Tremec TR 6060 six-speed manual is designed to handle the high torque characteristics of the LS3 engine, while providing shorter throws, smoother gear synchronization and greater overall shift feel with little or no vibration. Its specs include a solid, 290-mm flywheel and single-plate clutch. The final drive ratio for LS3 vehicles is 3.45:1.
Camaro’s four-passenger cabin is a balance of heritage and modern design. An available ambient light package offers advanced LED light pipe technology, giving the cabin a distinctive glow. Deep, recessed gauges, located in square housings, give a nod to the classic Camaro interior.
All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with manual tilt/telescope adjustment. Cruise control and a rear defogger also are standard, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, redundant steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, rear park assist and USB port are part of the available Driver Convenience and Connectivity package.
Base model estimated mpg: 16/24
Estimated starting price: $29,700
Compiled by Motor Matters

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