You may remember the childish bickering that took place during our last Management Fleet inauguration. Boys and their toys, after all. But that was last month. We’ve matured, and settle such matters now with dignity and sophisticated debate.

Having won the office paper-rock-scissors tournament, I got first dibs with the new Chevrolet Camaro SS: a 6.2l V8, 426hp, 0-100kph in 5.1s and rear-wheel drive. Oh, and it’s a convertible.

In true muscle car style, our SS has the presence of a loosely chained Doberman: a menacing glare, hunched shoulders and – on start-up – a low growl threatening imminent attack. Just imagine one of these slowly getting bigger in your rearview mirror. Exactly.

One solid afternoon of introductory hooning and the trip computer had already gained two hundred clicks. Seems giving the Camaro a bootful when in first or second gear doesn’t get old quickly.

Nor does finding the nearest roundabout. This same rudimentary driving technique spins the rears nicely, snapping the back out. It’s hard to hide your smiles when the roof’s down.

But on that note, be aware of which radio station you’re listening to at the time. I’ve fallen victim to that before.

Chevrolet Camaro SS
Engine: V8 / 6162cc
Power: 426hp @ 5900rpm
Torque: 420lb ft @ 4600rpm
Transmission: Tremec TR6060 six-speed automatic / rear-wheel drive
Front suspension: Double-ball-joint / multi-link strut / direct-acting stabilizer bar / progressive-rate coil springs / fully adjustable camber / caster and toe / 27mm solid stabilizer bar
Rear suspension: 4.5-link independent / progressive-rate coil springs over shocks / stabilizer bar / fully adjustable camber and toe / 28mm solid stabilizer bar and specific half-shafts
Brakes: Four-wheel disc w/ ABS / ventilated front and rear rotors / single-piston front calipers and single-piston alloy rear calipers (LS, LT) / four-piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers (SS, incl. 1LE) / 355mm x 32mm (front) / 365mm x 28mm (rear)
Wheels: 20in front and rear
Tyres: 245/45 ZR20 (front) / 275/40 ZR20 (rear)
Weight (kerb) 1775kg
0-100kph: 5.1sec
Top speed: N/A

James Gent first started as a freelance motorsport writer in the UK, before an urge to be paid a monthly wage saw him move to Dubai in late 2011. A keen motoring enthusiast, he hopes that one day his garage will hold a Lamborghini Countach, as well as a WRC Lancia Delta Integrale.

James Gent

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