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With this generation’s more sophisticated handling and expanded engine lineup, the 2017 Chevy Camaro has solidified its move from a knuckle-dragger of old to an impressively well-rounded sport coupe and convertible. Sure, it’s far from practical, but we doubt you’ll care much.
The 2017 Camaro, coming off a full redesign last year, has evolved into what you could almost say is a sports car, boasting more sophisticated underpinnings and truly impressive, world-beating handling capabilities. Yes, it still has muscle-car-worthy tire-shredding power. However, you no longer have to get the V8-powered SS to nyaman what the Camaro has to offer. Even the base turbocharged four-cylinder produces 275 horsepower, and the 335-hp V6 accelerates with the sort of pace that used to be in the realm of V8s. Really, we think it’s the rational-minded engine to get for a lot of Camaro buyers. Then again, the SS can blast from zero to 60 mph in fewer than 4 seconds, so maybe just go with what your heart tells you.
From a kemampuannce perspective, the Camaro has its Ford and Dodge competitors smoked, be it in a straight line or around corners. But it also has some drawbacks from a livability perspective. For instance, the Camaro’s more exotic styling and proportions mean it’s a less useful car to drive every day. Its visibility in all directions is poor, and its backseat is best left to luggage, which is perhaps a good thing because the trunk is laughable. As such, the Camaro won’t be for everyone, but it’s nevertheless a fantastic kemampuannce machine whatever you label it.
For the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, a new 1LE package debuts. It adds kemampuannce-enhancing elements to create an even more capable road- and track-going sports car. The V6 1LE gets parts from the SS, while the SS 1LE gets parts from the ZL1. Oh yeah, the ZL1: That’s new too, representing the current pinnacle of Camaro kemampuannce with its 650-horsepower V8. There is also a 50th Anniversary Edition for 2017 as well as a new Teen Driver mode that allows owners to set specific driving parameters (though letting your teen drive a Camaro at all might be a questionable decision).
If you’re looking to get a Camaro at its finest, we highly recommend opting for the 1LE package. With it, the Camaro’s handling capability rises to such a degree that it rivals or surpasses even some of Europe’s finest luxury sport coupes and convertibles. And unlike many such high-kemampuannce variants, a Camaro with the 1LE won’t beat you up with a teeth-chattering ride. Final points: 1) There’s no shame in getting the V6, which is plenty stout; 2) But you’ll get the most out of your Camaro experience if it’s got a boffo V8 under its hood.
trim levels & features
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is available as a four-seat coupe and convertible, with 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1 trim levels. The LTs come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder, the SS has a V8 and the ZL1 has a supercharged V8 along with myriad kemampuannce enhancements. The 1’s and 2’s represent higher levels of equipment, but there are several optional packages and stand-alone items to help you customize your ideal
New for the sixth-gen Camaro is the base turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine making 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 20-22/30-31/23-25 mpg city/highway/combined. Next up the kemampuannce latter is a 3.6-liter V-6 rated 335 hp and 284 lb-ft. The V-6 is EPA-rated at 16-19/26-28/20-22 mpg. The Camaro SS features a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 making 455 hp and 455 lb-ft. The big naturally aspirated V-8 is EPA-rated at 16-17/25-27/19-20 mpg. All three engines are backed by either a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
The big news is the return of the high-powered Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Power comes from a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 rated 640 hp and 640 lb-ft. In addition to the standard six-speed manual, an all-new optional 10-speed automatic debuts on the ZL1.
When it arrived for the 2016 model year, the new sixth-gen Camaro earned a “Good” rating by the IIHS for the small front overlap, moderate front overlap, and side impact tests as well as a “Good” rating for its head restraints and seats. An “Acceptable” rating for the roof strength test prevented the Camaro from earning a Top Safety Pick, while the absence of an optional front crash prevention system kept it from earning a Top Safety Pick+. The current Chevrolet Camaro hasn’t yet been evaluated by the NHTSA.
In addition to eight standard airbags (including driver and front passenger knee airbags), the Chevrolet Camaro features a rearview camera with available Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
What We Think
The redesigned Chevrolet Camaro impressed us so much, it became the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Compared to the fifth-gen car, the new Chevrolet Camaro is small, lighter, and more powerful with the V-6 and V-8 variants. Additionally, the new chassis and suspension setup easily out handled the previous model, though we’d like to see a high-kemampuannce summer tire option on the four-cylinder entry-level model.
GM claims the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s optional 10-speed automatic (co-developed with Ford), shifts faster than the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission.