The 2016 Camaro will come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. According to Chevy, that’ll be good for a 5.4-second zero-to-60-mph time with the manual transmission and 5.5 with the automatic. The functionality data, curb weights, and more on hundreds of cars per year.
In our testing, a 2010 Camaro V-6 with a six-speed manual reached 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and motored through the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds at 99 mph. Eventually, the Mustang GT–chasing Camaro SS, with its 450-hp Corvette-sourced V-8 engine, blasts to 60 mph in as little as 4 seconds flat with the same eight-speed automatic used in the Corvette.
Even though both the V-6 and V-8 2016 Camaros have more power than their fifth-generation equivalent, credit for the amended acceleration times must also be shared with the cars’ weight reduction. Chevrolet ditched the old Camaro’s bulky, heavy, sedan-based Zeta architecture for the stiff, light Alpha bones found beneath the Cadillac ATS.
A 2016 1SS with the manual transmission sheds 223 pounds compared to a 2015 1SS, which Chevy says weighed 3908 pounds. Chevrolet claims that, with the roughly 20-pounds-heavier automatic, will weigh 3339 pounds, making it the lightest of the bunch and 390 pounds lighter than a ’15 Camaro V-6 with the automatic transmission.
In doing so, we were told, the Camaro shed about 200 pounds; that figure has since been expanded upon, and, well, Chevy has been underselling the weight loss.
The stick-shift model is just 0.3 second slower, but the gap closes by the quarter-mile, with the auto nailing a 12.3-second time at 116 mph and the manual version needing an additional 0.2 second and traveling 115 mph. The new Camaro surely will be lighter than the car it replaces.
And while the weight savings came out of a car that was too heavy to start with, the sheer size of the weight deltas are impressive and bode well not only for straight-line functionality, but also for fuel economy and handling, too.