The Camaro is one of Chevrolet’s bread-and-butter products that appeals to a wide variety of customers, ranging from rental car agencies to professional drag racing teams. Yes, the Camaro can be all things to all people – assuming they want a 2+2 sports coupe or soft-top convertible – thanks to its vast array of available powertrains.
Those powertrain choices will be more plentiful in2016, thanks to the all-new and completely revised sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Granted, the mighty supercharged 6.2-liter LSA from the ZL1 and the honkin’ 7.0-liter V-8 in the track-ready Z/28 will no longer (for now, at least) be an option in the Camaro, but the 2016 pony car now sports the Corvette C7’s EcoTec3 6.2-liter V-8 with a slightly less-aggressive output rating. The former base engine, the 3.6-liter V-6, now pulls mid-trim-level duty, thanks to a modest power increase and a new, surprisingly sporty, exhaust note.
The buzz around the new Camaro is hot. Its newish design and all-new chassis make it a sharper-looking and more nimble car that’s worthy of its historic nameplate. An updated interior with large touch screens and TFT displays bring the interior into modern times, while lavishing occupants in a leather-wrapped environment.
But what about its predecessor, the outgoing fifth-generation Camaro: Is it as bad as some of its critics say it is, and what areas needed the most improving? I recently spent a week with one to find out. But my tester wasn’t some stripped-out rental, but rather an SS fitted with the 1LE handling package.
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