Review: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT RS V6

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been redesigned from the ground up to shed pounds and add lightness to GM's muscle car template. In the process, it’s also seen its styling sharpened and its handling upgraded to better keep up - or in some cases, surpass - the capabilities of its primary rival, the Ford Mustang, which received a new platform of its own just last year.

Of course, while the Chevrolet Camaro SS might be the tire-smoker that gets all the glory in ad campaigns and YouTube videos, it's the six-cylinder version of the car that typically does the most volume at the dealership. Even with the presence of a new turbocharged four-cylinder model in the line-up, the Camaro V6 remains a popular choice for coupe buyers seeking to balance performance, style, and budget. We're a long way from the days when Detroit iron needed eight cylinders under the hood for you to have any fun, and the Chevrolet Camaro LT proves that with its surprisingly engaging character.

 

Pros:

  • The 3.6-liter V6 engine that comes with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT produces 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, which makes it a bit punchier than the turbo four (275 hp and 295 lb-ft). Our tester's 6-speed manual transmission was helpful when keeping the car near its 6,800 rpm redline where the power band is fattest (although torque comes on about 1,500 rpm lower) These numbers are great for a six-cylinder car - and they allow the coupe to hit 100 km/h in roughly 5.1-seconds.
  • Something else to like about the Camaro's V6: its exhaust note. Although muted at lower speeds (with none of the rumbling V8 menace offered by the SS), rev it up and you're gifted with a buzz that feels sufficiently boisterous. You can thank the optional dual-mode exhaust feature, an unexpected bonus in a world where six-cylinder muscle cars often get the short end of the stick in the muffler department.
  • The rear seat of the Chevrolet Camaro is surprisingly decent. We went on a road trip with two smaller adults occupying the back bench, and there were no real complaints after two hours on the road. Again, not something you'd count on from a mid-size coupe.
  • Fuel efficiency checked in at 10.1 L/100 km when combining city driving with a lengthy highway road trip with three passengers along for the ride. Not bad for a car that's by no means marketed as an econo-cruiser.

 

 

Cons

  • The 6-speed manual gearbox was somewhat vague when trying to shift quickly - or even when attempting to find reverse. It's not a huge issue, but the car lacks the snick-snick feel of a more dedicated sports coupe. It's also worth noting that opting for the 8-speed auto-box drops 12 horses and 6 lb-ft of twist from the final count.
  • Visibility is a real issue for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, as the redesign hasn't done away with the gun-slit side glass and enormous blind spots to the left and right of the automobile. You learn how to drive around it, and to use the back-up camera when parking, but shorter drivers may want to do a reality check before committing to a purchase.
  • The trunk of the Camaro isn't exactly small, but it's deeper-than-wide proportions make it a challenge to load oversized items. We had to leave some bulky suspension components at home that we had planned on putting in storage, because they simply wouldn't fit the dimensions of the Chevrolet's boot.
  • One small concern: the MyLink infotainment worked great, and the display looks sharp, but the screen itself is tilted down towards the console, ostensibly to avoid glare from the sun. This gives the driver and especially the front passenger an unusual perspective that takes some getting used to.

 

2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT V6

 

ENGINE

3.6-liter V6

OUTPUT

335 hp, 284 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual

0-100 KM/H

5.1 seconds

TOP SPEED

N/A

FUEL ECONOMY

13.2 L/100 km City / 8.7 L/100 km Highway

WEIGHT

1,518 kilograms (3,339lbs)

SEATING CAPACITY

5

CARGO VOLUME

257 litres (9.1 cubic feet)

BASE PRICE

$36,000

AS-TESTED PRICE

$42,975 (2LT RS)

 

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