2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

So, do you want the long version or the short one? Let’s just see where this takes us, shall we? We’re all aware of the constant competition between famous muscle-car names – Challenger, Charger, Shelby, and Camaro. The latter had to keep up, so the brand has introduced the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

The coupé hasn’t forgotten its classic muscle-car roots, and the Camaro made a huge impact with its ‘Transformers’ appearance. Since then, we’ve come to realize that this model has evolved into much more than a quarter-mile vehicle; it’s now a sports-car. Part of GM’s global luxury family, the 2016 Camaro is tight, stylish and fast.

There’s more than one choice when it comes to the engine. The car manufacturer offers turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder  – 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque – which allows the vehicle to do 0 to 62 mph in less than 6.0 seconds. It comes mated to either a Tremec six-speed manual or an eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic.

The mid-range option is a 3.6-liter V6, with direct injection and cylinder deactivation, good for about 335 hp and 284 pound-feet of torque. 0 to 62 mph in 5 seconds, with the soundtrack provided by dual-mode exhausts. The thrills will be endless with this one,  that’s for sure.

The Drive Mode Selector allows drivers to fine-tune their experience, and decide upon the car’s steering, stability control, shift timing, and throttle progressions. Sport, Tour, and Snow/Ice modes are joined on the Camaro SS by a Track setting. Once you get behind the wheel you realize that the Camaro is still tons of fun, but also handles better and keeps you safe.

The SS version packs a 6.2-liter LT1 V8,  the same as a Corvette, developing 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. It comes with its own exhaust manifolds and various assorted updates. The engine was connected to an upgraded six-speed manual, courtesy of Tremec with rev-matching; however, customers may opt out for the eight-speed automatic.

Inside the cabin, the Camaro shows off a Start button, a great view, lower seating position at the back, a high tail and a rearview camera. There’s also a new dash, with new materials shapes making it look striking, to say the least: big digital gauges, huge air vents and a 21st century vibe about it.

The Cadillac CTS-V is where the electric power steering gear comes from, while GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers handle their job perfectly. Four-piston Brembo brakes comes as standard, hiding behind 18-inch alloys wrapped around in Goodyear Eagle Sport rubber. You may also enjoy 20-inch wheels with Eagle F1 run-flat tires, if you choose so.

What about prices? Well, the 2016 Camaro starts at the 1LT level for $26,695, while the 1LT V-6 begins at $28,490. The SS will set you back at least $37,295. Standard equipment includes power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and an AM/FM/XM audio system with two USB ports and an auxiliary jack, as well as Apple CarPlay.

Optionals include wireless phone charging, ambient lighting, a dual-mode exhaust, he RS package and the Magnetic Ride Control. Please note that a head-up display, navigation, ventilated front seats, a sunroof, and remote start also are available. I’m not sure this was the short version, but I doubt anyone can say they hate the new Camaro.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro