2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Quick Catch
When the road beckons you and you have access to a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, answer the call. This is what I take away from a recent drive from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco as part of Chevrolet’s road trip across the country that took its iconic pony car to the lower 48 states in l honor of the car’s 48th anniversary. Traveling 750 miles in a day and a half, I was not only impressed with the handling and performance of this 455 horsepower coupe, but also with the ride comfort and the impressive 26 mpg average on two-lane highways. and interstate.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much new in the all-new 2016 Camaro, although it has changed the rear-wheel-drive platforms from the old Zeta architecture to the new Alpha mechanics that underpin the Cadillac. ATS. The exterior is similar to the profile and aggressiveness of the previous model, but a closer inspection reveals a narrower upper grille opening, new lighting elements, a much larger lower air intake and a slightly greenhouse. lower. The same Coke bottle sweep remains on the side panels and the overall dimensions are sharper than the car it replaces.
Hide in the bunker
That low roof and high beltline still make you feel like you’re crouching behind the wheel, an impression reinforced by the rather high cabin on the other side of the steering wheel. Still, it’s a much more attractive cabin with comfortable bucket seats, a beautifully integrated center touchscreen, and an excellent heads-up display. From a pure comfort point of view, getting into an exit is what you would expect from a low profile sports coupe, but also on the passenger side, the lower seat belt anchorage had the annoying habit of getting in the way at times, stab the co-pilot in the hip.
Once installed behind the wheel, however, there’s nothing quite like the sound of the 6.2-liter V8 that comes standard with the SS trim level. Our car was fitted with GM’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, a combination that was ready to rumble when it came to passing maneuvers. It’s easy to feel like you’re king of the road with so much power under your right foot.
Technological tour de force
Much of this extravaganza across the country was about showcasing technology in the car, from Apple CarPlay to the OnStar system’s ability to find rooms and provide step-by-step directions. Halfway through the trip, pressing the blue OnStar button put us in touch with a support person who found and booked a room down the street, then provided easy-to-follow directions that got us there. at the door of the hotel. The in-car navigation also worked well, and with Apple CarPlay, it’s easy to use a smartphone’s apps not only for navigation, but also for voice-to-text and to access a wide range of entertainment options. .
But the technology is just the icing on the cake, and that’s the dynamics of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Electric power steering provides exceptional feel and feedback, the drivetrain is effortless and the suspension is smooth. the car is tense without being hard. A long day in the saddle could have been a lot more tiring if the car hadn’t provided that balance of comfort and ultimate grip. Speaking of grip, we got to check out the Camaro’s well-sorted traction control system during a race to Crater Lake in Oregon – by early November had already blanketed the upper elevations in snow – something that we only found out once we were on the right track. at the park. Yet, driven judiciously, the Camaro has proven to be self-confident.
By driving that many miles in a relatively short period of time, the 2016 Camaro has proven to be a complete package, and not just an SS trim only, which has an MSRP of $ 37,395. Budget-conscious buyers can also choose from a base 2.0-liter LT that develops 275 horsepower starting at $ 26,695 and the 3.6-liter, 335-horsepower V6 that costs $ 28,190.