6th Generation Chevrolet Camaro Review - Is It Still a Muscle Car?

This is the sixth generation of the legendary car that does not cease to amaze its fans, and also attract more and more new admirers. This time, we are not talking about using the basis of the previous generation to create a new generation. Now General Motors used a new platform. In fact, the whole process of creating a new Camaro began with a clean slate.

Of course, the manufacturer tried to convey the legendary image as much as possible, realizing it on the basis of modern technologies and the capabilities of the automotive industry. The result surpassed the expectations of many experts.

And the Camaro really scored a good shape: he lost weight by 385 lbs and shrunken in all directions. The length was reduced by 2.2”, the width by 0.8”, the height by 1.1”, and the axes approached each other by 1.6”. True, the second row of seats because of this has turned from unfriendly to quite so tortuous - it's absolutely impossible for a standard person to be there. But who cares about the rear passengers?

Aggression in its pure form

The appearance of the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro continues to develop the motives of the predecessor, but became more modern and expressive. Sharp edges and aggressively squinting optics with LED inserts of daytime running lights in conjunction with the massive rear hips, the original plastic bumpers and muscles pumped around the body form a powerful and squat silhouette that cannot be confused with any other sports car. Well, the final mite in the completion of a harmonious image is made by stylish lights and beautiful rims in size of 18 or 20 inches.

The design of the exterior is directly affected by the level of performance. The basic version of the Camaro is distinguished by vertical LED lights on the front bumper and two exhaust pipe fittings. But the privilege of top-end SS is a more aggressive muzzle with horizontal LEDs and ventilation slots on the hood, as well as four exhaust pipes, and a small spoiler on the trunk.

Let's try it on a racetrack

Even on wet asphalt immediately it becomes clear that engineers have taught the new Camaro to turn much better than the old one. Well, yes, you are right - a small achievement, given the fact that the fifth-generation car was stealing a little more than an asphalt paver. Whatever it was, and the reduction in weight, and almost a third more rigid body, and a new five-link rear suspension were suited: Camaro in its actions is understandable, easy and mobile. The steering wheel does not break records according to the amount of information given out, but the effort is well chosen (in sport mode, for sure).

It feels like it's playing somewhere in the league of a civilian coupe - like a Mercedes C-class or, say, Lexus RC. Actually, why not?

As with comfort, it seems, everything has become much better. In the past generation, after all, how was it? To force a heavy car with a soft body to somehow get in turns, engineers had to tighten the suspension to the limit, so the Camaro painfully punished you for every missed unevenness. Now the need for such compromises has disappeared, and the pursuit of weight reduction along the way has brought a bonus in the form of reduced unsprung masses.

In general, the chassis was successful - although until I ride on dry asphalt, I will not give my head for cutting off.

Powerplant Options

For the new Camaro the power scale of three petrol units is proposed (but the most surprising is the basic version): The role of the base is fulfilled by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ecotec turbo engine developing 275 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 295 ft lb of torque, available in the range from 3000 to 4500 rpm. The golden mean is a V-shaped six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine of 3.5 liters, equipped with direct injection, valve timing technology and the function of switching off a pair of cylinders at partial loads.

The V6 produce 335 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 283 ft lb of peak torque. The top is occupied by a 6.2 liter V8 LT1 with direct fuel injection to the combustion chamber, borrowed from the Corvette C7 Stingray supercar. It’s output reaches 455 horsepower at 6000 rpm, and the maximum torque is 455 ft lb, which are supplied to the wheels with 4400 rpm. Each of the engines is assigned a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed Hydra-Matic (8L45 for the 2.0-liter version, 8L90 for the modifications 3.6 and 6.2). In terms of dynamic characteristics, the Camaro is not bad - even the base version of this coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds, and for fuel consumption in the combined cycle it takes an average 30 mpg.

The new two-door is based on the rear-wheel drive platform Alpha, which also serves as the base for the Cadillac CTS sedan, but specially for the Camaro, it was redesigned by 70%. On the front axle is mounted an aluminum multi-link scheme with McPherson and a double pivoting fist, in the rear - a steel five-link suspension. The wider use of aluminum in the body structure increased the rigidity of the latter by 28% and reduced the total mass of the car by at least 200 lbs. The steering system implies the presence of an electrical amplifier. In the basic version, the coupe comes with Brembo brakes: 4-piston with 12.5”discs in front wheels and 1-piston with 12.4” discs for rear wheels. Top-end modifications are using brakes with a diameter of 13.5” on the front wheels and 13.3” on the rear.

Where does V8 go?

You might think that a two-liter turbocharged four is not a verdict. Remember the killer 380-horsepower Mercedes A 45 AMG, the powerful boxer engine of the Subaru WRX STI and the brand-new Porsche 718 Cayman, or even the stunning 240-hp naturally aspirated Honda S2000 engine. So, all these examples are not about the Camaro. Its engine is Ecotec LTG, which is still put on Cadillac ATS, CTS and CT6, as well as Opel Insignia and Chevrolet Malibu. In the American version, it develops 276 horsepower. And there is something wrong with it.

The announced performance is 5.9 seconds to a sixty. And - in fact - it's even faster than an old car with a 3.6-liter V6. But what an uninteresting engine it is!

He is pulling, there is nice performance, but everything is killing by monotonous, and most importantly – silent driving. More precisely, this way: WITHOUT SOUND. This engine has no voice not only in comparison with the V6 and V8, but also in comparison with other powerful quartets. A quiet spineless buzz with a slight hiss of the turbine and nothing more. Add to this the smooth and inconspicuous performance of the new eight-speed automatic, smooth, without picking up the character of the engine itself - and get one of the most boring ways in the world to accelerate to sixty in less than six seconds.

Yes, you will be right if you say that before the only cool Camaro was only five-liter SS, and the basic version, albeit with V6, was a student cart that did not overclock and did not handle well. It's like that. But those cars at least sounded properly. And then from the attributes of pony cars that we love, there was a design and... And that's it.

But you know what? To scold the creators of a two-liter car for its lack of voice is an ungrateful undertaking. If they wanted, they would work with the exhaust or, at worst, would put an electronic sound synthesizer to force the acoustical rage into the driver's ears through the speakers. They just did not seem to have such a goal. And there was a task to make a new "input" option – Camaro available for every day for those who have nothing but design and do not need something more. Which, moreover, would be more civilized, more modern and more economical than the previous initial version and could impose a fight on the new Mustang, which also has a turbocharged four - the Ecoboost 2.3 engine. And in this respect, there are no questions to the car - it's the perfect Camaro for your girlfriend.

Everything in its place

The interior of the Camaro retained a small continuity with its predecessor, but received a noticeably altered layout. It is interesting to look at four aircraft nozzle-deflectors that cause associations with the latest Mercedes-Benz models, with the central pair being planted at the level of the transmission lever.

The sports steering wheel is cut in the lower part and carries control elements, and it looks much more appropriate in the interior of the sports car than the steering wheel seems to adopted from Cruze in the former model. By default, under the sculptured "canopy" are hidden analog devices, but an optional 8-inch high-definition display could be installed. The screen of the same size is crowned also by the central console, but in its management there is a multimedia system MyLink.

An interesting way is organized control of air temperature and fan speed - they are headed by the rings around the ventilation deflectors, resulting in the developers managed to get rid of a part of the buttons. In what Chevrolet Camaro the sixth generation has noticeably added against the background of the fifth generation model, so it is as finishing materials - good plastic, cloth or leather in the upholstery of seats, metal inserts. The sports car is equipped with front seats with pronounced rollers on the sides, the rear seats will still be comfortable only for children or short passengers.

Here is the equipment list:

  • Multifunctional leather steering wheel;
  • Analog dashboard;
  • Electronic dashboard with a color display of 8 inches;
  • Multimedia system;
  • Multimedia touch screen for 8 inches;
  • Advanced audio system;
  • Climate control;
  • Full powered accessories;
  • A set of airbags;
  • Electromechanical hand brake;
  • A control system for the operation of the engine, gearbox, steering;
  • Background LED interior lighting (24 colors);
  • LED head optics;
  • LED daytime running lights and fog lights;
  • LED repeaters of turn signals on the rear-view mirrors;
  • Alloy wheels with a diameter of 18 to 20 inches;
  • Leather interior, etc.

Conclusion

What conclusions can be made about the sixth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro? This is an excellent car with a huge history and no less long and promising future. Already appeared a more extreme version of ZL1, which challenges really serious supercars, like the convenient Porsche 911.

The weak base engine and its too quiet character are somewhat depressing, but these are the realities of today's life. Real fans of muscle cars will still prefer V6 or V8, and for people who are interested in appearance and entourage, there will be enough and four cylinders.

2017-05-21 by Luke Widmeyer