2016 Chevrolet Camaro Sees Improved Performance Across the Board
"Lighter is Better" is the mantra with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Where the fifth-generation could be considered heavy and unbalanced, the new model takes a lighter approach. Chevrolet dropped the overall weight by 368 pounds, improved the handling, and boosted power just a smidgen. And it shows. From a standstill, the 2016 Camaro SS can hit 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. That’s about half a second quicker than the SS it’s replacing. As for a quarter mile, it takes the new Camaro just 12.3 seconds when equipped with the new 8-speed paddle-shift automatic. And it’s the same story throughout the lineup. RELATED: See More of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
The base 2.0-liter engine puts out 275 horsepower, and can blast from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. A quarter mile can be dealt with in just 14 seconds. The 335-horsepower V6 also sees an improvement, hitting 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, and tackling the quarter mile in just 13.5 seconds.
All this new speed is impressive for sure, but it’s nothing compared to the way this new Camaro takes a corner. “The performance number only tells half of the story,” said Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer. “It brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, and accelerates faster and is more fun to drive than ever.”
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Having driven the 2016 Camaro V6 prototype, we can attest. Where the fifth-gen focused on straight line speed, the 2016 Camaro is a serious competitor on the track. Handling and performance in the corners was much improved. We're curious to see how it will stack up against the new Ford Mustang.
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