Drive a 2014 Chevy Camaro, especially one with a matte-black ventilated hood and a set of massive black wheels fronting red-painted brake calipers, and you generate lots of attention, much of it negative. We’re talking about the Camaro SS equipped with the 1LE Package, and in addition to installing performance-enhancing hardware for this model Chevrolet might as well paint “I GO FAST” in giant letters along the sides, inspiring the police to give this car, and its driver, extra attention.
In addition to heightening the sensitivity of law enforcers equipped with radar guns, this rumbling Camaro SS appears to threaten the general populace just by showing up somewhere. Make any particular move construed as remotely aggressive by other drivers or pedestrians, and you can probably guess how they’re characterizing you. But after spending a beautiful afternoon driving this particular example of the breed on the coastal and mountain roads around Malibu, Calif., I simply don’t care.
This is a special car.