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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hits 60 MPH in 4.0 Seconds

V-8-powered coupe pulls 0.97 g in corners.

William WalkerphotographerJake HolmeswriterPatrick M. Hoeyphotographer

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro can rocket from 0 to 60 mph. Chevrolet revealed that the 2016 Camaro SS coupe will hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph, when equipped with its optional 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, which uses a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 good for 455 hp and 455 lb-ft, will be just a little bit slower if you opt for the 6-speed manual gearbox. With that configuration, the SS reaches the 60-mph benchmark in 4.3 seconds and finishes the quarter-mile run in 12.5 seconds at 115 mph. Those figures are only barely behind the times set by the Chevrolet Corvette Z51; with its 8-speed automatic and 460-hp, 6.2-liter V-8, the 'Vette hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and runs the quarter in 11.9 seconds.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS also poses a serious challenge to the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Although Ford doesn't issue performance estimates for its 435-hp, 5.0-liter V-8-powered coupe, our colleagues at Motor Trend clocked the car running to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and completing the quarter in 12.8 seconds, when equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

A big diet helps the Camaro achieve its quick acceleration times. At 3,685 lb with the manual transmission, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS is a whole 223 lb skinnier than an equivalent 2015 Camaro SS.

V-6, turbo-four also quick

Of course, it's not necessary to pay for the eight-cylinder SS to get a quick 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The car's base 275-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine will reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with a manual transmission and 5.5 seconds with an automatic transmission. Select the 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and the RS package, which adds high-performance 20-inch tires, and the Camaro will reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a manual transmission and 5.1 seconds with an automatic.

Those figures are more than competitive with the figures returned by the 310-hp 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Motor Trend figures show a Mustang EcoBoost like our Four Seasons example, which uses a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine, hitting 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

Grippy in the corners

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will also pull serious g-forces in corners. When fitted with its standard Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 summer-performance tires, Chevrolet says the Camaro SS will stick to a skidpad to the tune of 0.97 g. With the high-performance all-seasons tires in its RS package, the Camaro V-6 should manage 0.89 g, and the Camaro 2.0-liter's tires should cling to the pavement with 0.85 g of cornering force.

As for stopping, the Camaro SS is said to stop from 60 mph in just 117 feet, while the Camaro V-6 RS needs 124 feet and the Camaro 2.0-liter turbo will halt from 60 mph in 129 feet.

For reference, Chevrolet says a Corvette Z51 produces 1.03 g of cornering grip and brakes from 60 mph to a stop in 107 feet.

For a full run-down of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro performance figures, take a look at the table below, and stay tuned for our full review of the new pony car

  • 2.0T manual
  • 5.4
  • 14.0 @ 100
  • 0.85
  • 129
  • N/A
  • 2.0T auto
  • 5.5
  • 14.0 @ 99
  • 0.85
  • 129
  • 3,339
  • V-6 manual
  • 5.2
  • 13.7 @ 102
  • 0.89
  • 124
  • N/A
  • V-6 auto
  • 5.1
  • 13.5 @ 103
  • 0.89
  • 124
  • 3,435
  • V-8 manual
  • 4.3
  • 12.5 @ 115
  • 0.97
  • 117
  • 3,685
  • V-8 auto
  • 4.0
  • 12.3 @ 116
  • 0.97
  • 117
  • N/A