The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has impressed both us and plenty of other critics with its speed, refinement, and outright performance, and now, the sixth-gen faces off against the granddaddy of all sport performance coupes. On the newest episode of Head 2 Head, hosts Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa pit Chevy’s newest muscle against the venerable BMW M4.
This isn’t the first time Motor Trend has forced hot American iron to rub shoulders with European royalty. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 faced off against the contemporary M3, with which it shared nearly identical performance figures. Back then, the Mustang didn’t quite have the finesse to take the crown, but it certainly bruised the M3’s ego. Now, with the regular Camaro SS putting down better test performance figures than the Bavarian bomber, it was high time the two coupes faced off.
In testing, the two cars are nearly identical, with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS taking a slight edge, with faster 0-60-mph and quarter-mile times, but it fell behind the M4 in terms of braking distance.
While straight-line performance is neck-and-neck, both hosts found the Camaro easier to launch reliably than the tire-shredding M4. Resident wheelman Randy Pobst confirms the same tail-happy nature of the M4 on the track, though the M4 edges the Camaro out slightly with a 0.2-second advantage on track.
So, unable to make a decision on which car won this Head 2 Head from the data alone, the hosts turn to on-road driving impressions. Spoiler: things don’t go so well for the BMW.
Want to see their full impressions and conclusions? Take a look at the newest episode of Head 2 Head in the video below.