Lingenfelter Performance has started testing the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS with a baseline dyno. This is rather important, since you need to know where your starting in order to accurately observe any performance gains.
Sure, one could just take the manufacturer’s specs, but every car is different, and the 2016 Camaro SS has proven to be slightly underrated in some cases. The final numbers for LPE’s dyno run were 409 rear-wheel-horsepower and, unfortunately, an illegible torque reading based on the screen shot provided.
That said, the rear-wheel-horsepower rating is below what Hennessey Performance observed with their 2016 Camaro dyno test. What HPE saw was actually higher than the recorded wheel-horsepower numbers of even the C7 Corvette Stingray, and continues to point in the direction that the 455 crank-SAE-rated-horsepower skews conservative. What LPE observed is actually more in line with a third 2016 Camaro dyno test done by Addiction Motorsports, which came in at 405 hp. But a fourth dyno test from HP Motorsports saw 422 hp sent to the rear wheels — just 9 hp less than what HPE observed (431 hp).
Our GM Authority calculators figure the average to be 416.75 rear-wheel-horsepower between the four tests. Furthermore, that average comes out to be just a 8.5 percent power loss from the official 455 hp rating. If we were to follow the notion that there’s normally an expected 15 percent power loss between the crank and the rear wheels, then what the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS is pushing to the rear wheels is closer to 520+ horsepower. If you adopt to the notion that 9-10 percent drivetrain power loss is acceptable, then the Camaro SS gives us 500 crank horsepower. Though being that the average between the four tests was 8.5 percent, that would still put the 2016 Camaro SS at 493 crank horsepower, when adding that 8.5 percent figure to the 455 hp rating.
We’ve already seen what Lingenfelter can do with the LT1 in the C7 Corvette, so we’re excited to see what they do with the Camaro SS. Aside from the performance expectations, perhaps a wide body kit like the one LPE designed for the C7 Corvette is on the way for the Camaro?
Watch the video and hear that mighty LT1 roar, then let us know what you’d like to see from Lingenfelter in regards to the 2016 Camaro SS by commenting below.