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Chevrolet Camaro SS396 (1970)


Chevrolet Camaro SS396 (1970)

The redesign of the Camaro came early in 1970 so these models are often referred to as the 70 1/2 Camaros. It was an instant hit on the streets, especially when Chevy announced the performance version, top of which was the SS396. The engine was actually 402ci (6.6 liters) through an increase in bore size, even though GM badged it still as a 396. Two states of tune were available, in the 1^34 with 850bhp (261kW) or L-78 with 375bhp (280kW), and while the 350 version came with 10.25:1 compression and a Rochester four-barrel carb, the 385 went higher still on Compression, adding an aluminium intake and a Holley four-barrel. Underneath, the extras included a heavy-duty F41 suspension package with front and rear anti-roll bars, a 12-bolt rear axle with choice of ratios and 7xl4-inch (178x356mm) wheels. Cars ordered with the four-speed Muncie gearbox also got a Hurst shifter.

Chevrolet Camaro SS396 (1970) Specifications

Top speed:128 mph (205 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:402 ci (6,587 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:375 bhp (280 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:415 lb ft (562 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,550 lb (1,613 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (4.96 km/I)
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