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Camaro SS Takes on Nissan Z in Drag Race, Winner Gets to Race Supra

As the Chevrolet Camaro faces discontinuation following the 2024 model year, it’s an apt moment to appreciate the true capabilities of this pony car. In a recent series of drag and roll races orchestrated by the remarkable Sam CarLegion, a 2022 model year Camaro SS with a manual transmission was put to the test against two authentic sports cars – the Nissan Z and the Toyota Supra.

However, before delving into the races, it’s worth addressing the reason behind the Camaro’s departure. Similar to Stellantis, General Motors has chosen to pivot towards all-electric vehicles. As per ongoing speculation, General Motors may revive the Camaro in the form of an electric sedan. Such a prospect, if proven true, would indeed be astonishing. This raises a pertinent query – is the Mustang Mach-E genuinely worthy of being dubbed a Mustang?

Set at the Dunnville Autodrome in Canada, the 2SS 1LE Camaro in the featured video houses a potent 6.2-liter small-block V8, the same LT1 engine that made its debut in the C7 Corvette a few years back. In this iteration, the engine yields a commendable 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 455 pound-feet (617 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Instead of engaging in a three-way contest, Sam CarLegion initially pitted the Camaro against the Nissan Z. Following this, the more consistent contender – the Camaro – went head-to-head with the BMW inline-six-powered Supra.

Predictably, the Chevy Camaro outperformed the Nissan Z in both standing and rolling start races. The Camaro sprinted from 0 to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 4.2 seconds, while the Z struggled to reach 4.5 seconds. When it came to the quarter-mile, the Camaro clocked 12.5 seconds compared to the Z’s 13.0 seconds.

A contributing factor to the Z’s defeats was its turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a 3.0-liter unit shared with the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400. The Z generates 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm) of torque between 1,600 and 5,200 rpm.

Facing off against the Toyota Supra proved to be a more demanding challenge for the Camaro. This was due, in part, to the Supra’s B58 inline-six turbo engine – an engine consistently underrated by BMW in various applications. The B58-based S58 engine, as seen in the M3 sedan, also offers slightly more power than officially stated. The Camaro triumphed over the Supra in a rolling start at 43 mph (70 kph), yet the Supra exhibited superior acceleration from a standstill.

While the Supra’s victory margin has diminished, it still led the Camaro in the quarter-mile, recording 12.4 seconds against the Camaro’s 12.6 seconds. Off the line, the Supra clocked 3.9 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour, slightly edging out the Camaro’s 4.2 seconds.

The ultimate query remains – given these diverse machines, which would you choose to make your own? Would you relinquish the captivating symphony of the potent small block in favor of the turbocharged inline-six?

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