If you’ve been paying attention to news in the auto industry, you have probably noticed that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS is picking up awards left and right. It has been named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list, and received Kelley Blue Book’s award for Best Resale Value. Wondering what all the hype is about? Here’s what you should know about the new model.
Its Interior and Exterior Design Have Been Refined
First of all, the 2016 Camaro SS looks noticeably different from its predecessor. The two models are similar enough that they are obviously related, yet you would have no problem picking out the new model from a lineup. It is smaller and lighter than the earlier model, having shed more than 200 pounds, and it has a wider and tighter design. Nearly every detail has been updated, from the front end to the wheels and tail lights.
The Camaro SS is just as nice inside as it is outside. Several features have been refined for this model, including the steering wheel, center stack, seats, gauges, and air vents. You can change the LED lighting to suit your mood, with 24 different colors to choose from. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard and can be upgraded to 8 inches. Other available features include a Head-Up Display, 9-speaker Bose sound system, and MyLink navigation.
Performance and Handling Are Better Than Ever
Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of the new Camaro SS is that it compares favorably to the Corvette. Officially, the 2016 Camaro SS is listed at 455 horsepower, while the 2016 C7 Corvette gets 460 horsepower. However, the two cars have performed more similarly than you would expect in several tests measuring rear-wheel horsepower. In fact, despite being almost 300 pounds heavier, the 2016 Camaro SS often performs slightly better than the Corvette.
The eight-speed automatic Camaro SS accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds, while the six-speed manual uses Active Rev Matching for smoother shifting. The 6.2L LT1 V8 engine produces 455 pound-feet of torque, and you can add Magnetic Ride Control for improved handling. This technology scans the road surface 1,000 times per second and adjusts the dampers as needed. Drivers can even choose from four driving modes: Sport, Tour, Snow/Ice, and Track. Rounding out its features are Brembo performance disc brakes with 60 to zero stopping distance of 117 feet and torque vectoring to boost agility, especially during tight turns.
It’s Easy to Make It Your Own
You can customize your 2016 Camaro SS in several ways. Choose between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and three engine options: a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder, a 3.6L V6, and the previously mentioned 6.2L V8. The 2LT and 2SS come in five leather colors — including the striking Adrenaline Red. You can also add details such as a center racing stripe, rally strips, fender hash marks, or a body side spear in one of five colors. All of this is in addition to the features that vary by trim level, as well as the add-ons and packages available.
If the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS doesn’t strike you with love at first sight, take it for a spin. With performance and handling this good, it’ll be love at first drive.