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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe specs / reviews

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

Engine & Transmission
Base Engine 2.0L Inline4 16 Valve Turbocharger Gas Premium Unleaded (recommended) LTG
Transmission MANUAL 6M
Drivetrain rear wheel drive
Horsepower 275 Horsepower
Torque 295 ft-lbs.
Valves 16
Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY)
Fuel Capacity
Fuel Type premium unleaded (recommended)
Turning Circle
Front Suspension Classification independent
Independent Suspension four-wheel
Rear Spring Type coil springs
Rear Suspension Classification independent
Front Stabilizer Bar stabilizer bar
Front Spring Type coil springs
Rear Stabilizer Bar stabilizer bar
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors 74.7 in.
Wheelbase 110.7 in.
Overall Length 188.3 in.
Overall Height 53.1 in.
Interior Dimensions
1st Row Head Room 36.6 in.
1st Row Leg Room 42.6 in.

You might have heard something about a redesigned Chevy Camaro. Well, the rumors are true, and the latest Camaro sits on a new platform derived from Cadillac ATS and CTS underpinnings. That bodes well in terms of driving dynamics, as do most of the changes Chevrolet makes to its rear-drive sports coupe for 2016.


Changes for 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

• Stiffer, lighter, smaller, more aerodynamic

• Coupe or convertible in LT or SS trim levels

• Turbocharged 4-cylinder, V6, or V8 engine

• Manual or automatic transmission

• Improved interior materials

• Next-generation infotainment systems

• New safety technologies

• Lots of customization options

• Reduced powertrain warranty, fewer free scheduled maintenance visits


2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Highlights

Behold, the sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro! More refined and sophisticated than ever, the new Camaro is initially offered in LT and SS trim levels, and in coupe or convertible format. The Camaro Convertible is covered in a separate report once it goes on sale.

Chevrolet says that the 2016 Camaro feels lighter and more nimble, able to accelerate, brake, and corner better than ever. Stiffer, smaller, and 200 pounds lighter, the new Camaro is also more aerodynamic, reducing drag for LT models and increasing downforce for SS models.

A direct-injected, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Camaro LT, rated to make 275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevrolet says that at least 90 percent of peak torque is on tap from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm, and peak torque kicks in from there all the way to 4,500 rpm. Acceleration to 60 mph takes less than six seconds by Chevy’s stopwatch, and the automaker expects a Camaro Turbo to get more than 30 mpg on the highway.

As an option, the Camaro LT is offered with a new direct-injected, 3.6-liter V6 engine generating 335 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. It includes Active Fuel Management technology, which shuts off some of the engine’s cylinders to improve fuel economy, and breathes through a dual-mode exhaust system featuring Stealth and Sport modes.

Camaro SS models feature a direct-injected, 6.2-liter V8 lifted out of the Corvette Stingray. It makes 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque, and also employs Active Fuel Management and a dual-mode exhaust system. Additionally, the Camaro SS gets functional brake cooling ducts and hood vents to make sure the mechanicals remain cool, calm, and collected.

Each engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and in the Camaro SS it includes Active Rev Match technology. An 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles and Performance Algorithm Shift technology is an option. The Camaro’s stability control system includes competitive driving and launch control modes, and a new Driver Mode Selector system allows the driver to choose from Snow/Ice, Tour, and Sport driving modes. A Track mode is offered exclusively for the Camaro SS.

Every 2016 Camaro has a multi-link MacPherson strut front and 5-link rear suspension, and a magnetic ride control suspension is optional for the Camaro SS. The driver grips a flat-bottom steering wheel connected to a rack-mounted, variable-ratio electric steering system. Brembo performance brakes are optional for the Camaro LT and standard for the Camaro SS, where 4-piston fixed calipers front and rear clamp down on larger rotors.

The new Camaro LT sits on standard 18-inch wheels, with 20-inch wheels available as an option. The Camaro SS gets standard 20s wrapped in run-flat performance tires. A set of HID headlights with LED running lights comes in the LT model’s RS option package, and are standard for the SS.

Inside, Chevy says it has improved the Camaro’s interior materials. It would have been hard not to. Available in five different interior color combinations, the cabin features slick air-vent control rings and can be optioned with configurable instrumentation and customizable ambient lighting.

Chevrolet MyLink infotainment technology is standard for the Camaro LT, and includes a 7-inch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology is included with this system, and every Camaro also comes with OnStar subscription services including automatic collision notification and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

A next-generation Chevrolet MyLink system is available for the new Camaro, featuring a larger 8-inch display screen and Apple CarPlay technology. Chevy says that Android Auto is coming soon, but isn’t sure when. This setup can be upgraded with a navigation system, a Bose premium audio system, and wireless smartphone charging. A heads-up display is also available for the new Camaro.

Standard equipment includes a reversing camera. Optional safety technology includes rear parking assist sensors, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane change assist feature.

In addition to factory-installed equipment, Chevrolet offers an accessories catalog full of ways to customize a Camaro.

Alternatives to the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

The obvious alternative to the new Camaro is the Ford Mustang, which was redesigned for 2015 and gets a new Shelby GT350 variant for the 2016 model year. For a larger muscle car, try the Dodge Challenger. For a smaller and often overlooked alternative, consider the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

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