By   September 14, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Remember when a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds was world class speed? It wasn’t that long ago, but now an entry level Chevrolet Camaro with a four cylinder engine can accomplish that level of performance.

Of course the entry level 2016 Camaro is turbocharged and the 2.0-liter power plant outputs a strong 275 horsepower. That isn’t bad, but it is the fact that the sixth generation of the American muscle car has gone on a diet that really provides a performance boost.

So, just how much weight has the 2016 lost over the 2015 model? The four-cylinder option wasn’t available in 2015, but the car weighs 3,339 pounds which is 390 pounds lighter than the the 2015 V6 model. If you opt for the V6 the weight goes up to 3,435 which is still 294 pounds lighter than the previous year. But of course most of us would want the fire breathing 6.2-liter V8 powered SS which comes in at 3,685 pounds which is 223 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Add the lighter weight construction with more power and you get some very good 0-60 mph times. As we said before the time for the turbocharged four-cylinder to get to that speed is 5.4 seconds (for manual with the standard 18 inch wheels). The maximum lateral grip is 0.85 g.

The 335 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 automatic manages it in 5.1 seconds. To get this time the Camaro was equipped with 20 inch RF3 tires. Lateral grip maxes out at 0.89 g.

The SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that offers 455 horsepower (up from 426 in 2015). Thanks to the added power and less weight over the 2015 model the Camaro SS can now rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds when equipped with an automatic transmission and 20 inch RF4 tires. Maximum lateral grip is 0.97 g.

The moral of all these figures is that the new Camaro will be a very good performer. With these numbers we think some time on the track for some more testing is required (hint, hint).