Chevrolet released the 2016 Camaro line performance figures. These numbers show that Chevy is seeing remarkable results with less weight, and more power.
The sheets indicate that the Camaro SS coupe (1SS), Camaro Super Sport edition, will reach speeds of 116 mph. A manual adds about three-tenths of a second to the speed.
These digits are similar to those of the Corvette Z51, which can accelerate from 0-60 mph at 3.7 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in just 11.9 seconds. It shouldn’t surprise that both Chevrolets as well as Corvettes are part GM. Camaro has a dual exhaust mode, which is based off the Corvette ZL1.
The 2016 Camaro SS coupe’s 6.2L V8 LT1V8 V8 produces 455 ponies and 455 lb per foot. Due to its lightweight aluminium components, the 2016 Camaro SS coupe is 390 lbs lighter than its predecessor. This improves the power-weight ratio by 14 %.
Al Oppenheiser is the chief engineer at Camaro. He stated that every Camaro model has extraordinary chassis strength and rigidity, and that the modular design makes it more adaptable and mass-efficient.
The improved power/weight ratio applies also to the 3.6L V6 (1LT), which produces 335 horses, and the 2.0L turbo model which can produce 265 horsepower. While the V6 can do the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds while the turbo takes 14 seconds.
Oppenheiser points out that the Camaro 2.0L turbo’s performance will challenge many muscle cars from the 1960s. However, the Camaro SS is one the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market – with 0.97 g cornering – Oppenheiser agrees.
Chevrolet claims the 2.0L Turbo produces the same power as the 1993-1995 V8 5.7L which was used in Camaro Z28.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT will be available at $26,695 and the 1SS at $37.295. Both models will be available beginning in the fall.