By Jeff Bartlett
Motor Trend Magazine, February 1997 Issue. All Rights Reserved Petersen Publishing Company
Horsepower-obsessed SLP engineers have made an unholy pact with Chevrolet to concoct a witch's brew of Camaro performance that only 100 fortunate souls will be privileged to own. The revered Corvette LT4 engine, the finest ingredients from SLP Engineering parts bins, and the street-proven SS moniker have been stirred in a bubbling caldron to produce a special anniversary edition that should capture the interest of enthusiasts for generations.
Power and prestige for these extreme street-dominating Camaros come from replacing the standard muscular LT1 V-8 engine with even more firepower: the C4 Corvette's LT4. While official output figures rate the Camaro-fitted engine at 330 horses, that figure likely is conservative for the balanced-and-blueprinted powerplant, even before factoring in the forced-air induction system, ported exhaust manifolds, and the free-flowing stainless steel exhaust system.
The SS LT4 features the full round of go-fast equipment available on the milder SS, plus a few spellbinding original pieces. The most notable change on all '97 SS models is the softened suspension, addressing the coccyx-bruising tautness of previous models. The SS LT4 further benefits from the revised Level II suspension package featuring specially tuned Bilstein shocks, progressive-rate springs, and revised rear lower control arms.
|Body type:||2-door, 4-passenger|
|Drivetrain:||Front engine, rear wheel drive|
|Engine:||90 degree 5.7-liter
V-8, OHV, 2 valves/cylinder
|Horsepower, hp @ rpm:||330 @ 5800|
|Torque, lb-ft @ rpm:||340 @ 4500|
|Base curb weight, lb:||3560 (est.)|
|Brakes:||Vented disks/disks, ABS|
|Acceleration, 0-60 mph, sec:||4.9|
|Quarter mile, sec/mph:||13.2/108.8|
|Braking, 60-0 mph, ft:||106|
|Slalom, 600-ft, mph:||65.8|
|Skidpad, 200-ft, lateral g:||0.92|
|Price as tested:||$35,000 (est.)|