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New Camaro SS Ticketed Above Claimed Top Speed

The Camaro SS Top Speed Is Actually Higher Than The Manufacturer’s Claims…

Updated October 2, 2018

We knew the sixth-generation Camaro SS was fast with a smaller body and a 6.2-L LT1 V8 engine, but a recent ticket issued to one’s owner notes speeds that are jaw-dropping. Recently, in Duluth, Minnesota, the driver of one of these 2016 machines was clocked and ticketed for jetting down the road at 171 mph, despite Chevrolet claiming the top speed to be 160 MPH.

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Although the speed demon behind the Camaro’s wheel wasn’t trying to lead the Hermantown police department on a high-speed chase, it took significant effort for deputy chief Shawn Padden in a Dodge Charger to catch up on the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway. “I hit the lights and siren and called it in to the State Patrol,” Padden told a local newspaper. “I had to get my car up to 135 just to get close enough for him to see my lights on,”

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Although we are impressed at how fast the Camaro SS can go with its 455 horses and 455 lb-ft of torque, it would have been wiser for the 36-year-old man behind the wheel to go all-out on the track instead of the open road – even if he was trying to impress his female passenger. As Officer Padden noted, “If he hits anything at that speed, a deer or whatever, it’s going to end badly for the people in that car and maybe for someone else. There is no reaction time at that speed.”

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Despite such safety concerns, Padden let the Camaro’s owner off fairly easy. He was written up for misdemeanor careless driving, which comes with a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail, and the risk of having his driver’s license revoked. It is, however, highly unlikely the maximum will be incurred in the absence of an accident or other factors.

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