Just last week Ford came out with the news its Mustang is this year’s best selling sports car around the globe, at least for the first half of the year. But we noted that the new sixth-gen 2016 Camaro soon heads into production and goes on sale this fall. Now Chevy wants everyone to remember that as well. Monday, Chevrolet came out swinging with a press release highlighting the performance of its new 2016 Camaro which weighs less, with more power. Chevy says it’ll launch you from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
The SS coupe gets the most powerful of the three engine choices with the all new 6.2-liter V8 engine with 455 horsepower. It offers both manual and an all new eight-speed automatic with paddle-shifters transmission, but to see the 4.0 second speed, get the automatic, which also does the quarter mile in a fresh 12.3 seconds.
The rest of the lineup includes the base 2.0-liter Turbo engine that delivers 275 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with six-speed manual transmission. There is also a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gets 335 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds with eight-speed automatic.
“The performance of the Camaro 2.0L Turbo will challenge many of the iconic muscles cars from the 1960s, while the Camaro SS’s performance – including 0.97 g cornering – makes it one of the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market. The performance numbers only tell half of the story, because the lighter curb weight also makes the new Camaro feel more responsive and agile behind the wheel. It brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, accelerates faster and is more fun to drive than ever,” says Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.
The new light weight, according to Chevy, was achieved by nine million hours of careful calculations to make the chassis both lighter and stiffer. All this led to the success of the base model shaving 368 pounds off and the SS shedding 223 pounds for a 14 percent pounds to horses improvement.
“Every Camaro model offers exceptional chassis strength and rigidity, but the modular design made the architecture more adaptable and mass-efficient, because we didn’t have to compensate for the unique demands of, say, the SS convertible when building a 2.0L Turbo coupe. The result was an elegant engineering solution: 12 chassis components that could be combined to meet the structural requirements of each specific model, without adding unnecessary mass to other models,” says Oppenheiser.
The Camaro arrives in dealerships this fall. The base 1LT model starts at $26,695 and for $10k more, the 1SS starts at $37,295.
Oh, and here’s one “fast fact” that Chevy wants you to know, “The 2016 Camaro 2.0L Turbo’s 275 horsepower rating matches the output of the 1993-1995 Camaro Z28’s 5.7L V-8 – and offers comparable acceleration performance.”