10 Fastest Camaros of All Time (And 5 Slowest)
What is the fastest Camaro ever made?
Published November 25, 2018
Since 1966, the Chevrolet Camaro has been an American muscle car favorite. It’s been the Mustang’s main rival and has given the country something to debate about. In 2016, the sixth generation was launched and immediately awarded Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. The current generation offers plenty of variants, but what is the fastest Camaro ever made? Is it the newer line, or were there cars of the past that impressed?
The truth is; there are a lot of Camaro models to sift through to find the answers. Thankfully, we don’t mind doing some digging to find you the truth. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 10 fastest Camaros of all time. We ranked them by the 0-60 mph time to make things easier. While most are stock versions, we added in a few modified to keep things fun.
Whether you prefer a classic Camaro or you like the new, updated models, there will be something on this list for you. Let’s see what the fastest Camaro is when we get to the bottom of the list (stay tuned).
10. 2016 Camaro 2.0T
There’s no denying that Chevy has produced some amazing performance Camaros in their history. Ask anyone that knows anything about cars and they’ll quickly rattle off some of the most impressive models like the SS, RS, IROC-Z, and Z28. Surprisingly, in 2016, they were all put to shame by a four-cylinder budget variant.
The 2016 Camaro came with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 275 horsepower. That’s more than the Malaise Era V8s did. This car features a 0 to 60 mph time of just 5.4 seconds, which is also faster than the 80s IROC-Z. This just goes to prove that the automotive innovations continue to grow and change so we can have faster, better vehicles in our future. While this isn’t the fastest stock Camaro, it’s still one to be impressed by.
9. 1969 ZL1 Camaro
There’s no question that the 1969 ZL1 Camaro is a legend, but is it one of the fastest Camaros ever? It’s true that this model kicked street performance up a notch. In fact, it was able to hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. If you think about it for a moment, you might not be overly impressed at the moment. There are plenty of cars that can produce those kinds of time.
Now, stop and remember that this car is from the late 1960s. In that time, those speeds weren’t seen. The ZL1 offered speed and excitement to the average, everyday driver. It’s no wonder that Chevy has had such success with the ZL1 nameplate since then. Camaro enthusiasts know a good thing when they see it.
8. Camaro Fourth-Generation SS
The fourth-generation SS isn’t just a fan favorite; it’s also considered a contender as the fastest Camaro. It featured a 0-60 mph time of only 5.2 seconds. The SS was also seen as a Pontiac Firebird during these years. Both of them utilized a 5.7-liter LS1 Pushrod V8 engine which produced 325 horsepower plus 340 pound-feet of torque. There was even a 35th anniversary model of this car which was something the fans looked forward to.
The SS models featured an improved exhaust and intake, larger tires and wheels, plus a revised suspension. This helped to improve the car’s grip and handling while offering the riders comfort. In addition, the gearing ratios helped it accelerate faster and Chevy also provided an arc-shaped rear wing to increase downforce. It might not be the fastest Camaro in the world, but it sure won points for popularity.
7. Camaro Fourth-Generation Z28 SS
The first fourth-generation Camaro Z28 entered production for the 1993 model year. It was the beginning of a new era for the car brand and one that wasn’t as popular as many people thought it would be. That doesn’t excuse the fact that it’s still quite fast; with a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds.
Of course, most people never took a second look at this model, and only saw the SS. This generation was also the final redesign that Chevy did before the Camaro received a break during the 2000s. Then, the fifth-generation was born for the 2010 model year.
6. 2016 Camaro RS
This model proved that GM was capable of putting a smaller engine into the car while producing just as much power. In 2016, this 3.6-liter V6 Camaro impressed enthusiasts with their responsive, speedy new variant. This engine pumped out 335 horsepower plus 284 pound-feet of torque.
When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the car easily did 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. While it’s not the fastest stock Camaro, it sure did give many of the other models a run for their money.
5. 2014 COPO Camaro
If you wanted something bad-ass, they didn’t come much better than this COPO Camaro. Because it was fitted per NHRA specs, it never achieved the street-legal status. It didn’t matter to speed lovers; the Central Office Production Order lived up to all of its hype.
It hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of 175 miles per hour. In 2015, they created 69 units and there were a few engine options among them. These included a 5.7-liter or 7.0-liter V8. Of course, the horsepower and torque numbers varied on what engine was inside. It didn’t really matter; no matter what it was equipped with, it was a true beast.
4. 2014 Callaway Chevrolet Camaro SC652
When you want to find the fastest Camaros, it makes sense that you would think of this Callaway Camaro SC652. It’s one of the quickest and can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The powerful 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine is boosted by an Eaton TVS supercharger. That’s how this car can run a quarter mile in only 11.5 seconds.
Altogether, this car produces 652 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. The final SC652 sold for over $100,000. Sadly, we only ever saw ten of these produced, so it is also one of the more exclusive Camaros that was built. It’s the car that Camaro collectors would be proud to store in their garage.
3. 2019 Camaro ZL1
Even back a few years ago the ZL1 was considered to be the fastest stock Camaro. It hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and won its title as the fastest Camaro. The previous years are still highly coveted by enthusiasts, but they got an upgraded model in 2019.
It doesn’t matter what year from the past few, they all come with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. What makes the 2019 different is that it produces 650 horsepower instead of the previous 580. This also upgraded the 0-60 mph time from 3.9 seconds to 3.5 seconds. Speed isn’t all it has going for it either. This car takes corners like a Porsche on a race track. There’s no denying that this takes drivers on one hell of a ride.
2. 2010 Hennessey Chevrolet Camaro HPE700
When you ask most people what the fastest Camaro is, they are likely to answer with this model. While they are close, there’s one faster. However, the 0-60 mph time on the Hennessey Camaro HPE700 puts in a tie with the last option. This car also runs a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds and gets to 126 mph in that time.
It’s powered by an inter-cooled, supercharged pushrod 16-valve V8 engine. It puts out 726 horsepower and 741 pound-feet of torque. When it was first produced, it cost almost $120,000, so you can imagine that there weren’t that many sold. The price didn’t stop Camaro lovers from dreaming though.
1. 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SLP ZL1
We’ve done it! We finally reached the fastest Camaro of all time. Not only is it the top of our list, but you’ll also notice that it’s the fastest Camaro ZL1. It hits 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds. It’s powered by a V8 engine that pumps out 750 horsepower and 724 pound-feet of torque.
This car was made with a six-speed manual transmission. It also hit 70 mph in less than 160 feet. If you’ve always dreamt of a Camaro that would hug corners like a race car, this would be your ideal Chevy. It holds the road up to 0.9 G’s before you start to notice the back end getting loose. That’s why many people also rate this as one of the most fun Camaros to drive.
5 Slowest (These Aren’t the Fastest Camaro by Any Means)
If we are going to make a list ranking the fastest Camaros, then it only seems right we end by telling you about the five slowest Camaros. No one will ever mistake these cars as the fastest Camaro models on the market. Chances are, you might have even owned one of these at some point.
5. 1977 Camaro Z28
No one could ever confuse this Z28 with on of the fastest Camaros. Its small-block 5.7-liter V8 engine only produced 185 horsepower. This gave it a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds, which is nothing to brag about. This car might not have the speed of our fastest Camaro, but that doesn’t stop it from being a popular car to restore.
Muscle car enthusiasts enjoy restoring the 1977 Z28 because of how simple it is to accomplish. That’s because there’s an overwhelming supply of aftermarket parts available. Reproduction includes many of the exterior body panels, dash trim, bucket seats, and center console. It’s also mechanically sound thanks to the fact that it was a mainstream Chevy. If you desire a better ride, you’ll want to upgrade the suspension system. There are even some performance parts that will increase horsepower slightly, but not enough to make it the fastest Camaro.
4. 1994 Camaro V6
To compete with the base-model Mustang, Chevy offered this V6 variant for the 1994 model year. It was sportier than the Ford and came with a 3.4-liter V6 engine that produced 160 horsepower. With that engine, it took 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Still, it had a few things going for it. Obviously, the price made it affordable to a wide range of customers. It also had a sporty feel, more so than the Mustang did. This car was even bigger and broader than the Ford which offered a little more space in the cabin. The downside and significant flaw was the loud, coarse engine. It made most people wish they had saved up their money to invest in the V8 instead.
3. 1982 Camaro Z28
Underneath the hood of this Z28, you’ll find a 5.0-liter V8 engine that only pumps out 165 horsepower. That gives it a 0 to 60 mph time of 9.7 seconds. Even still, back in the 1980s when these were new, you would have still paid over $13,000 for one of these.
They all came standard with power-assisted steering, a sporty suspension, and 15-inch tires on seven-inch wide rims. While it wasn’t the fastest Camaro, it did shine while traveling on windy roads. The drive was pleasant and many people enjoyed this over the comparable Mustang for the year.
2. 1985 Camaro Berlinetta
It’s hard to watch Chevy fail as hard as they did with this model. It featured a 2.8-liter V6 engine that produced 135 horsepower. That gave it a 0 to 60 mph time of ten seconds flat. That’s almost the same time as the Astro van from the 1990s. Let that sink in a minute.
That wasn’t the only fail it had; multiple other aspects led to the disappointment. The engine was loud, the digital track was impossible to read, plus the electronics were difficult to operate. All around this was a major upset in the Camaro community.
1. 1975 Camaro
If you want to see the slowest Camaro around, then you’ll want to check out the model from 1975. It came with a 3.8-liter inline-six engine that pumped out a measly 105 horsepower. If you thought the last 0 to 60 mph time was bad, you’re in for a shocker. This one hit 60 mph in 10.6 seconds!
They didn’t produce an SS or Z28 this year either. In all fairness, they did also offer a V8 engine that delivered 145 horsepower instead. Despite the lack of power during this year, Chevy still managed to sell almost 150,000 models. That’s downright shocking to us.
Now that you know what the fastest Camaro is, do you have a favorite? Some muscle car enthusiasts prefer the older models. They like to restore them and head to the local car shows. Other Camaro fans prefer to keep up to date on what’s new and happening. No matter which of these camps you fall into, it’s possible to find the Camaro of your dreams.
Hopefully, some of the newer models will beat these specs and we can update our list in the near future.
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