Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro

Transformer's Bumblebee gets a brand new makeover as Chevrolet's iconic pony car, the Camaro, has been regenerated for its sixth generation with new look, new choices, and a whole new take on the legendary muscle car that has been the longtime competitor to the Ford Mustang. Question is, is it any good?

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

For the first time in Camaro history, and sounds sacrilege for muscle car fans like us, there is now a 2.0L turbo engine available and this engine produces 275hp of power, about 35hp less than the Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost. Shoddy, why would introduced a turbocharged engine in the Camaro that does less than the Mustang's? Anyway, if you don't prefer the turbocharged route, there's also a 3.6L V6 engine delivering 335HP of power and for the true muscle cars fans, a Corvette-derived 6.2L V8 on the SS version producing 455HP of power and same amount for torques.

Which means at any speed, at any gear change, this V8-powered Camaro does the job very well and spoils the Ford Mustang GT for its sumptuous lunch. Yeah, baby. That's a sumptuous V8 engine only Chevrolet's iconic muscle car can deliver. Seems that this car's taking a lesson from its big brother, the Corvette. Of course, depending on the engine choices, the new Camaro can be mated with either an old-school 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. What are the odds? No matter the transmission choices, the new Camaro is all about adaptability fused with anticipation that will leave the opposition shuddered.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Thanks to its all-new lightweight platform, the new model is up to 390lbs lighter and 28% stiffer than the previous model and when joined forces with the most sophisticated suspension system and performance technologies, it has transformed into a decent handling car that can smoke out the European sports cars through the corners without all the drama infused. Again, that is one heck of a sumptuous feast General Motors offered for this new model. Of course, because this is a high-tech sports car, the Camaro offers different driving modes such as Sport, Tour, Snow/Ice, and for the SS model, Track, where every bit and bob on the new Camaro starting to unravel and you'll gonna need some skills to push this car to the limit. There's so much to love about how the Camaro performs not just a sportscar but as a grand tourer that you can use it anytime, anywhere, as long as you're not a show-off.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro interior

2016 Chevrolet Camaro interior

The Camaro is all about being a great car for your next day-off but for day-to-day use, it takes some tough love to getting used to because if you pull out at the set of lights, people will start taking notice of you once you got off. Same thing goes when stuck in traffic because this new look is all about nostalgia rebooted just like what the previous model did.

It sure is a great car, even when it has a introductory price of 25,700 US Dollars, but the new Camaro has some new roles to deal with ever since it got regenerated from being Bumblebee from the Transformers films. It may take time before the producers managed to have this car reprising the iconic role for their fifth Transformers film but in the meantime, it should be a more busy bee for the road and track before it's ready for show time.

Available colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Red Hot, Blue Velvet Metallic, Hyper Bule Metallic, Garnet Red Tintcoat, Bright Yellow, and Mosaic Black Metallic.

Photo: General Motors

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