Cars & Bids Bargain of the Week: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Modified Cars & Bids 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS article highlights:

  • The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS marked the beloved muscle car’s return with a Corvette V8
  • There’s a 2010 Camaro SS with several desirable and functional performance mods currently listed on Cars & Bids
  • Although it has some blemishes, it’s a bargain-priced example of a solid RWD sports car

Although its sales figures might suggest otherwise, the Chevrolet Camaro still has plenty to offer muscle and sports car buyers. But if dealership supply woes make brand-new buying difficult, you can always save some dough and go used. And though older modern Camaros don’t have all the latest tech, they don’t give up much in terms of performance. Especially not when, like the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS currently listed on Cars & Bids, they have a few modifications.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS revived the iconic muscle car with plenty of V8 speed

A red 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS in front of a factory
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Chevrolet
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Engine6.2-liter ‘LS3’ V8 (manual)
6.2-liter ‘L99’ V8 (automatic)
HorsepowerLS3: 426 hp
L99: 400 hp
TorqueLS3: 420 lb-ft
L99: 410 lb-ft
TransmissionSix-speed manual
Six-speed automatic
Curb weight3859 lbs (manual)
3908 lbs (automatic)
0-60 mph time4.6 seconds (Car and Driver)

It’s tough to imagine now, but there was a time when the Ford Mustang was the only pony/muscle car in town. Then, in 2008, the Dodge Challenger returned after a 25-year absence. And in 2010, eight years after it seemingly died, the Chevrolet Camaro returned for a fifth generation—with independent rear suspension, no less.

Admittedly, even though the Mustang still rocked a live rear axle, it was lighter and smaller than the revived Camaro. However, thanks to a solid chassis and accurate, communicative steering, the heavier and more refined Camaro could keep up on twisty roads. And in the pre-Hellcat years, both cars left the Dodge Challenger behind once the street started curving.

During its 2010-2015 run, the fifth-gen Camaro revived several other iconic trims, including the ZL1, Z/28, and 1LE. In 2010, though, the highest Chevrolet Camaro performance echelon was the SS. But don’t think of it as a consolation prize.

For one, each 2010 Camaro SS packs standard Brembo brakes, Pirelli P Zero summer tires, stiffer springs and shocks, a lower ride height, thicker anti-roll bars, and a limited-slip differential. Secondly, even manual cars have standard launch control. Finally, under the hood is the same LS3 V8 Chevrolet put in the C6 Corvette. The automatic version has cylinder deactivation to save some fuel, but it’s only good for one highway mpg. Plus, the stick is more satisfying and nicer to live with, Car and Driver says.

Later Camaro models would sharpen the reborn muscle car into a full-on sports car. But while the 2010 Camaro SS isn’t quite as lithe as the sixth-gen version, it laid a solid foundation for it. And some V8-powered burnouts, too.

There’s a well-modified example listed on Cars & Bids right now

A black modified 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS on a driveway
Modified 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS | Cars & Bids

Much like its rivals, the Chevrolet Camaro is a popular platform for style and performance mods. And as noted earlier, the 2010 Camaro SS currently listed on Cars & Bids has quite a few of both.

In addition to the previously-mentioned features, this 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS has a rear spoiler, power sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated front sports seats from the factory. It also has heated door mirrors, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, Bluetooth, fog lights, halo-ring HID headlights, and RS taillights. Plus, it wears the dealer-installed Ground Effects Package, which adds a rear diffuser, front splitter, and new side rocker panel moldings.

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As for the modifications, let’s start with the visual and exterior ones. Firstly, this 2010 Camaro SS rides on 20” Factory Reproductions ZL1 replica wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. The seller also tinted the windows and installed a black grille as well as AnzoUSA black taillight bezels. Plus, they removed the car’s chrome badges, painted the brake calipers red, and installed a Moroso ABS pump cover.

Meanwhile, the performance modifications are even more extensive:

  • JBA Speed Shop high-flow catalytic converters, headers, and mid-pipes
  • Flowmaster cat-back exhaust
  • Roto-fab cold-air intake
  • Mishimoto radiator and silicone hoses
  • BMR Suspension steering rack, trailing arm bushings, and driveshaft tunnel brace
  • Energy Suspension rear sway bar bushings
  • Spohn Performance front and rear end links
  • UMI Performance toe rods
  • LSR Performance front subframe brace
  • Custom tune
  • Taylor Cable red spark plug wires with aftermarket boots

Now, this 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS isn’t cosmetically perfect. In addition to some scratches and chips, it has a repaired rear quarter panel dent and a dented passenger’s side mirror. Also, one of the key fobs is damaged and the front seats are a bit creased. However, it has less than 26,700 miles on the clock. Furthermore, the seller changed the oil, air filters, coolant, brake fluid, and differential fluid roughly 2000 miles ago. And the removed stock parts come with the car.

Will this bargain-priced 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS make a good used sports car?

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As of this writing, this modified 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is listed at $13,333 with three days left in the auction. That’s roughly 1/3rd the price of a 2022 Camaro 1SS. Plus, the cheapest fifth-gen SS with similar miles on Autotrader costs roughly $10,000 more. In short, this is a bargain used muscle car.

Since it is a used muscle car, though, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. Cars & Bids also notes that the installed mods might not let this 2010 Camaro SS pass emissions tests, though again, the stock parts are included. However, since it’s an early coupe with a V8 and a stick, it’s immune from most of the major 5th-gen Camaro problems. And its oil cooler isn’t leaking, which is the one remaining potential issue.

So, if you want an affordable V8-powered RWD sports car, this Camaro might be for you.

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