2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe

A sporty 2-door muscle car gets lifted.

  • Likes
  • Lighter model
  • Better feel
  • Handling
  • Dislikes
  • could be more sophisticated

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe represents the model’s first real redesign since it came back from the dead as a 2010 model. That car, built on GM’s Zeta platform from the Cadillac CTS, had pretty impressive performance and endearing muscle-car styling, while complaints centered around issues of visibility and weight. For 2016, GM gives us a lighter, smaller Camaro. Wait ... what’s that? A new car that’s actually lighter than the one it replaces?

In a time when 5000-lb crossovers wear the badge of performance cars, the 2016 Camaro is a refreshing step in the other direction. Now based on the Alpha platform which also underpins the mid-sized Cadillac ATS, the 2LT V6 Camaro we drove is almost 300 pounds lighter than a comparable 2015 Camaro. With a slight bump in horsepower, too, it feels quicker at any speed. Handling is still sharp, with better turn-in response and a more lively transitional feel.

The interior isn’t luxury-car grade, but it’s not a heap of cheap plastic either; it has some elegant design touches built into it. The HVAC controls are simple and effective, and the steering wheel is one of the nicer looking pieces in the business. Compared to many new cars, there aren’t a ton of driver assist features, but that’s not really why you buy a Camaro anyway. Visibility is marginally better than the outgoing model’s, but then, you could probably say the same about a medieval castle. The belt line is still a little high, and the windows a little narrow.

The Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe is a truly involving driver’s car, with a smooth and strong powertrain, decent quality and agile handling. Fuel economy should go up somewhat as well, thanks to the lighter curb weight. If you really want your pony car to save gas, a 4-cylinder turbo Camaro is also available for 2016, using the Cadillac ATS’ 2.0-liter engine. GM says it will reach 60 mph in less than six seconds.

Warranty/Service: 2 Years/24,000 Miles 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance, 3 Years/36,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, 3 Years/36,000 Miles Rust-Through 6 Years/100,000 Miles Corrosion Warranty, 5 Years/60,000 Miles Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $29,800

As Tested: $29,800

  • 19 / 28 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.1 sec
  • 0-60
  • 335 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Horsepower
  • 151 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
  • Horsepower: 335 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Torque: 284 lb-ft @ 5300 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual / 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 3,469 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 110.7 in
  • Length: 188.3 in
  • Width: 74.7 in
  • Height: 53.1 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disks
  • Suspension: Sport-tuned suspension
  • Traction: Stabilitrak stability anti-traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 5.1 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 152 ft.
  • Top Speed: 151 mph
  • EPA City: 19 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 28 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 23 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Air bags, driver and front passenger, dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact, knee and head curtain side-impact, anit-lock brake system, rear child seat latch anchors

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