Despite its large size, the El Camino SS has great handling and only needs to brake in difficult corners, being on par with the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in that field. The El Camino SS also has great straight-line performance; its acceleration is on the same level as most high-performance B Class or C Class competitors and its nitrous boost is powerful. Its stock top speed is 162 mph (260 km/h) and 176 mph (283 km/h) when nitrous is used.
The Chevrolet El Camino SS appears in Need for Speed: The Run as a tier 1 vehicle that is unlocked from the beginning. It is an average performing car with an "expert" handling difficulty as its cornering abilities are strongly influenced by heavy steering.
The El Camino SS is less prone to oversteer than the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS and a few other muscle cars although it has a lacking top speed compared to the rest of the tier 1 vehicle range.
The Cesar DeLeon signature edition is a tier 4 vehicle that is unlocked after winning the rival race "Route 82" against Cesar DeLeon in stage 4. Its engine output is 735 bhp at 5,600 rpm, a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), a 0 to 60 mph time of in 4.2s, and an "expert" handling rating.
The NFS Edition is a tier 4 vehicle that is unlocked after beating 20 Group Objectives. Its engine output is 735 bhp at 5,600 rpm, a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), a 0 to 60 mph time of in 4.2s, and an "expert" handling rating.
The Puppet signature edition is a tier 5 vehicle included with the Signature Edition Booster Pack. Its engine output is 1025 bhp at 5,750 rpm, has a top speed of a top speed of 210 mph (338 km/h), Regardless of this high performance figure, accelerates from 0- to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and an "expert" handling rating.
These terms suggest that the Puppet is a slightly above average car. Since its handling difficulty is rated the same as seen on other editions of the El Camino SS, the Puppet might be outperformed when cornering by lighter vehicles.
The El Camino SS is fitted with a 5-speed gearbox in Need for Speed: World.