Many GM fans have eagerly awaited the arrival of the sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, as once again the Camaro SS out-muscles its fellow muscle cars with better performance and more horsepower. The 455 horsepower LT1 borrowed from the Chevy Corvette gives the new Camaro SS the kind of out-of-the-box power that can get you into big trouble with local law enforcement, as one Minnesota resident recently found out.
Citypages reports that an officer of the Hermantown Police Department clocked a driver in a 2016 Camaro 1SS at speeds of up to 171 MPH on public roads. Deputy Chief Shawn Padden described the black car as “a blur” when it flew past him, adding “It was like a rocket on wheels at that point.” From the factory, the Camaro SS is governed at just 155 MPH, but a five-minute software reflash can take care of that.
The Camaro SS driver was clocked at 143 MPH, 168 MPH, and 171 MPH before Padden was able to pull him over, the officer reaching speeds of 135 MPH during the pursuit. Thankfully, the Camaro driver pulled over rather than play the high-risk game of hot pursuit. The unnamed driver claimed he had no idea how fast he was going, though the fact that a female passenger was on board gives little doubt of what he was trying to accomplish.
As you might expect, the penalty for exceeding the speed limit by over 100 MPH is stiffer than someone who could justifiably claim they were just “going along” with traffic. Officer Padden issued a “coupon” ticket that carries a potential $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail, and even the loss of one’s license to drive. A hefty price for an attempt to impress the fairer sex.
We can’t help but be reminded of Uncle Ben’s sage words to a young Peter Parker (aka Spiderman); with great power comes great responsibility. Keep it to the track.