The Chevrolet Camaro has a rich history with many ups and downs spanning the last 5 decades. General Motors ultimately gave us a muscle car template that we know and love today. The 1st generation 1967 Camaro along side the Pontiac Firebird debuted as GM’s call to action in response to the ever-popular Ford Mustang pony car. Almost instantly, the Mustang/Camaro rivalry became one of the greatest automotive rivalries in the world before the F-Body platform would ceases production in 2002 after 35 years. Unfortunately sales in the 90s were the worst of any other generation. That’s not to discredit the 4th gen F-bodies, because they performed well and still to this day are beating up on Mustangs regularly across America!
The fifth-generation Camaro finally hit showroom floors in 2010, and ushered in a whole new era of muscle car engineering. The first 5th gen Camaro sold 81,299 units that was nearly double what the last 4th gen Camaro sold of 41,776 units. Keeping pace with Ford and Dodge, the current generation of Camaros has seen a slew of special edition models, making for some of the fastest and best-performing cars Chevrolet has ever produced, breaking many records along the way. And with the all-new 6th generation platform coming into its second year, Camaro’s are getting even faster with Corvette like performance.
So which Camaros are the fastest, exactly? Well, there are a lot of different models to choose from. This list we’ve compiled of the quickest Camaros ever, ranked according to their officially recorded Zero-to-60 time, but we’re throwing in some other information too. We’ve excluded dealer-modified editions such as the Yenko Camaro and the factory built COPO Camaro racecar, and stuck strictly to the street legal models that could be ordered through Chevrolet dealerships nation wide.
So read on to see the Ten Fastest Chevrolet Camaros of all time!
10. 2016 Camaro 2.0 Turbo
There have been many incredibly performing Camaros through the past 5 decades. It’s safe to say many of them have become household names among car guys; such as the RS, SS, Z/28 and IROC-Z. But a four-cylinder budget model has overtaken many of them. The 2016 Camaro 2 liter Turbocharged base model produces 275 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. It weights in at 3,339 lbs. with the 8-speed automatic, but is also available with a 6-speed manual. But how can a 4 cylinder be considered a muscle car? Well this one made it, due to it’s impressive (for what it is) 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. That’s a second faster than the 80s kind of the hill IROC-Z. GM says it’ll run down the ¼ mile in 14 seconds flat. This really shows how many strides the automotive performance market has changed.
9. 1969 Camaro SS 427 4-Speed Muncie Close Ratio Manual
One of the most legendary Camaro models would have to be the SS 427 that took street performance to the next level. Now let’s explain something here, the regular Camaro lineup only offered up to the 396, because General Motors didn’t allowed bigger engines in “mid-sized” cars at this time. So Chevrolet offered the 427 to dealers as a special order with the COPO ordering code to get around this GM rule. These cars were still factory built and street legal. This Camaro is even competitive to today’s standards. Weighting in at 3,642 lbs the 427 produced 425 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm. This rocketed the 69’ 427 Camaro from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and get down the ¼ mile in the low-mid 12-second range when traction was available, otherwise most of these cars would be stuck in the high 13s spinning down the track.
8. 1996 Camaro SS/Z28 LT1
The 4th generation came out in 1993 and the first 5 years offered the LT1 5.7 V8 for the SS/Z28 models. This generation wasn’t successful when looking at sales numbers but in the eye of enthusiasts this generation was a great time period mostly because of how easy performance modifications had become for these cars during this time period. With the T56 6-Speed manual the LT1 Z28/SS produced 305 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 335 lb-ft of torque @ 2,400 rpm. The car weighed 3,443lbs and hit 0-60 in 5.2 Seconds. ¼ mile times averaged in the high 13 seconds range.
7. 2002 Camaro 35th Anniversary SS LS1
2002 would mark the end of the Camaro till 2010. Chevrolet offered a special edition to celebrate the Camaro’s 35th Anniversary despite at this time it had come to its end. The 35th Anniversary Camaro SS came with the 5.7 liter LS1 V8 producing 325 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm. With a curb weight of 3,410lbs the LS1 version of the 4th gen was slightly lighter and had slightly more power than the LT1 version. With the T56 6-Speed manual the 35th anniversary went 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. ¼ Mile times average in the mid 13 second range. The Gen 3 small block LS based engines are the hot rodders engine of choice in todays aftermarket performance culture.
6. 2016 Camaro RS V6 3.6
Proving once again how technology has changed in the last decade brings another non V8 car into the mix. This time around it’s the 2016 3.6 liter V6 Camaro RS, which is much quicker than V6’s in previous generations. This V6 is no slouch and if your driving one you’ll probably catch many people off guard. The 3.6 liter V6 makes 335 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 284 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm. Weighting in at 3,435 lbs. The 0-60 time is 5.1 seconds with an average ¼ mile in the mid 13 seconds range. Stock for Stock the 3.6 V6 Camaro and LS1 V8 Camaro would be a driver’s race.
5. 1997 Camaro SS LT4
1997 was the year after the last C4 rolled off the showroom floor and SLP who was contracted through General Motors to build the SS took the remaining LT4 V8’s from the 1996 Corvette Grand Sports and put them in the 1997 Camaro SS. There were 108 of these vehicles known to exist (100 US, 6 Canadian & 2 prototypes). Very few of the LT4 SS Camaro’s ever hit showroom floors because most of them were already spoken for. Low mileage LT4’s have been seen recently selling for over $50k. The LT4 produced 330 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 344 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm. The official Motor Trend tests recorded 0-60 is 4.9 seconds and ¼ mile in 13.2 seconds @ 108.8 mph.
4. 2014 Camaro Z/28
Since the debut of the Z/28 several decades ago it quickly won over the hearts of the muscle car performance enthusiast. In 2014 Chevy brought back the Z/28 with it’s best performance yet; rocking the 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine found in earlier Corvette ZO6’s. This time around the LS7 produces 505 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm and 481 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm. Coming in at a curb weight of 3,818 lbs, the Z/28 rockets from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. The official recorded test by Motor Trend brought it down the ¼ mile in just 12.3 seconds @ 117.2 mph.
3. 2016 Camaro SS
Although the 2016 SS has slightly less power than the 2014-15’ Z28 from the #4 spot, it also a little less weight to deal with. This is the first year 6th generation Camaro SS and it sure does pack a punch. With the 6.2-liter V8 producing 455 Horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 455 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm this SS gets up from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. It weights in at 3,686lbs with the 6-speed manual. As tested by Car and Driver it gets down the ¼ mile in 12.3 seconds @ 116 mph.
2. 2015 Camaro ZL1
The 5th generation ZL1 was the fastest when it came out with a 0-60 time of just 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is 184 mph. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine produces 580 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 556 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm. Even weighting in at 4,120lbs with a 6-Speed Manual Tremec TR6060, this beast is still pretty darn quick. General Motors declared the 15’ ZL1 ¼ mile to be 12.2 seconds at 116.6 mph.
1. 2017 Camaro ZL1
Just a couple of months ago the 17’ ZL1 hit showroom floors and already it has made a name for itself. Being the fastest Camaro model of all time, this ZL1 has been called a Corvette ZO6 with a back seat. Why not? It has the same exact engine, rocketing the Camaro ZL1 from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 650 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 650 Torque @ 3,600 rpm. Its curb weight is 3,883 lbs, which is over 200lbs lighter than it’s predecessor. General Motors declared it’s ¼ mile time of 11.4 seconds @ 127 mph. Not to mention Chevy offers a 5-year/60k mile drivetrain warranty. Now that’s pretty impressive, isn’t it?