2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS
The fourth-generation Camaro, along with its twin brother the Pontiac Firebird, lasted until 2002 and then went on an eight-year hiatus. During its nine-year lifespan, Chevrolet improved the Camaro greatly, not only aesthetically but with the introduction of various mechanical improvements. They also implemented new, more powerful engines, which added to the performance and style of the late ’90s and early ’00s Camaros (via Cars).
Arguably the best Camaro from that period is the 2001-2002 SS version that featured a 5.7-liter V8 with 325 HP. The combination of a powerful engine, sturdy chassis, and six-speed manual made the fourth-generation Camaro SS the quintessential muscle car in every aspect. It boasted the same feel, noise, and performance as legendary models from the ’60s, but with better comfort and ride quality. The early 2000s Camaro SS is remembered as one of the best affordable muscle cars from the period. It was also an excellent basis for modifications since the venerable V8 had significant potential. Achieving 400 to 500 HP from the LS1 V8 was relatively easy for buyers to do.