The Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most iconic nameplates in automotive history. Few cars are so entrenched in American car culture and evocative of 1960s performance and style. Even fewer have stood the test of time.
2016 to Present: Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is completely redesigned for the 2016 model year. This sixth-generation Camaro shares its platform with the Cadillac ATS and CTS. The result is a trimmer and lighter body and a more sporting focus, according to General Motors. Like the outgoing model, coupe and convertible body styles are offered.
Three engine choices are offered, including a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A new 3.6-liter V6 serves as the midlevel engine, producing 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. Camaro SS models continue to carry a 6.2-liter V8 engine, but offer a bit more power than the previous generation with 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available on the 2016 Camaro.
While the look on the outside may be familiar, the interior gets a major reboot, with upgraded materials and more amenities such as driver assistance systems. Like the outgoing model, the Camaro continues to feature analog gauges, but gains a configurable 8-inch information center in the instrument panel. The Camaro also features a new version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.
Earlier Camaro Models
After a six-year hiatus, the Camaro was relaunched in 2009 as a 2010 model that features an up-to-date set of mechanicals. All Camaros are rear-wheel drive and powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower or a 6.2-liter V8 with up to 426 horsepower. A six-speed manual is standard, though a six-speed automatic is a common option. Base Camaros are somewhat sparsely equipped, but can be loaded up with items such as leather upholstery, a head-up display, high-end audio systems and importantly, improvements to performance and handling.
For 2011, the V6 gained a few horsepower and a Camaro convertible was introduced midway through the model year.
In 2012, the V6 model got another power boost, now with 323 horsepower, and the Camaro SS received an upgraded suspension to improve handling. A revised interior came with a new steering wheel and improved quality. A backup camera became available to improve visibility. The new Camaro ZL1 added a supercharged V8 engine with 580 horsepower and a 45th Anniversary package became available on SS models.
The 1LE package was added for 2013 Camaro SS models, which includes more aggressive suspension tuning and a 3.91 axle ratio. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system also became available, which features a touch-screen display and can be bundled with navigation.
The Camaro Z/28 name returned for 2014. This track-ready Camaro comes with a 7.0-liter, 505-horsepower V8 that was previously found under the hood of the Corvette Z06. Carbon-ceramic brakes, special spoilers and structural enhancements were added, while insulation and air conditioning were deleted in order to reduce weight and focus the Z/28 as a performance machine. Other Camaros got revised exterior styling with a new grille and new lights. Recaro front bucket seats became optional on V8 models.