Almost half a century after the first Camaro appeared, Chevrolet gave its long-running muscle car and Mustang competitor a total redesign. Launched as a 2016 model, the latest iteration of the stylishly sporty four-seat coupe and convertible demonstrates that traditional macho body lines, coupled with the potential for raw power, haven’t gone out of fashion. When it comes to delivering sheer driving excitement for the money, the contemporary Camaro exudes just as much appeal as the 1967 original.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Overview
What's New for 2017
Fully redesigned—indeed transformed—as a 2016 model, the Camaro adds a trio of new choices for 2017: a 50th Anniversary Edition, a higher-performance 1LE option, and a return of the ZL1 coupe—now hotter than ever. All 2017 Camaros get a “FIFTY” badge on the steering wheel.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Camaro
In its current form, the Camaro is a bit smaller and some 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, wearing a more exotic-looking body. Base LT engine is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which whips up a robust 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That’s sufficient to make the entry-level Camaro appropriately quick, while delivering at least an estimated 30 mpg on the highway.
Optional is a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet. Tucked into SS models is Chevrolet’s mighty 6.2-liter V8, which raises the ante to 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters may be substituted. Both the V6 and V8 feature cylinder-deactivation technology for enhanced fuel-efficiency.
This year’s 50th Anniversary Package will be offered on 2LT and 2SS models. Painted Nightfall Gray metallic, they get a distinct satin chrome-accented grille and unique 20-inch wheels. Also included are unique black leather upholstery with suede inserts and orange contrast stitching, plus distinctive touches in the steering wheel and instrument panel. Front brake calipers are orange, and an RS Appearance Package is included.
The new 1LE Performance Package is offered on LT and 1SS models with the V6 or V8 and manual shift. On the LT, the package includes “track-tested” SS components, an FE3 suspension, Brembo brakes, and heavy-duty cooling. The SS version includes an electronic limited-slip differential, specific chassis tuning that permits cornering past 1g, and Magnetic Ride Control.
All-out Camaro enthusiasts are sure to yearn for the revived ZL1 coupe, which gets a new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that generates a whopping 640 horsepower (estimated) and 640 pound-feet of torque. Either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission may be installed. Visually, the ZL1 might best be described as meaner than ever, starting with a new hood that contains a heat extractor and carbon-fiber insert. Despite its phenomenal track-based prowess in acceleration, handling and braking, the ZL1 is suitable for everyday driving
All models are well-equipped, and an LT will fully satisfy most drivers’ needs—unless V8 power is non-negotiable. If the potential for tire-smoking behavior is on your personal agenda, there's no substitute for the SS. Naturally, the reborn ZL1 isn’t a Camaro for everyone, even if you’re a long-time fan of Chevrolet’s ornery four-seater.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Review
Chevrolet redesigned its iconic arch-rival to the Ford Mustang, the Camaro, a year ago. And for 2017, the Camaro's 50th birthday, Chevy is reviving the high-performance ZL1 – and dosing it with 650 horsepower – so it can sit atop the lineup of sporty, stylish coupes and convertibles, which continue to follow the “classic” muscle-car recipe.
Pricing and Equipment
Starting at $26,900 (destination charge included) for an LS coupe, the price zooms to $37,900 and beyond for an SS coupe, and a whopping $62,135 for the ultra-hot ZL1. LS and LT convertibles cost $6,000 more than coupes.
In the LS and LT, a standard turbocharged four develops 275 horsepower. The optional 3.6-liter V6 makes 335 horsepower.
With its Corvette-sourced 6.2-liter V8 generating 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, the SS hits 60 mph in a mere four seconds. Standard 1SS equipment includes:
- Six-speed manual transmission (eight-speed automatic optional)
- Heated/ventilated leather-appointed power seats
- Four-position Drive Mode Selector
- 20-inch aluminum wheels with summer-only performance tires
- Brembo brakes
- HID headlights with LED accents
For an additional $5,000, the 2SS version adds such extras as:
- Head-up display
- Bose premium audio
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
A 50th Anniversary Edition package is also available.
- Expect startling performance from the SS coupe, in particular. Even the turbo-four model is impressively quick with either the manual or automatic transmission, though lacking in viscerally energizing sounds to complement its driving force.
- Precise steering talents help make the fifth-generation Camaro more than a mere muscle-car. A sophisticated suspension ensures exceptional handling, providing new levels of performance. Adding the new 1LE handling package can make a superior road machine even better.
- The eight-speed automatic transmission responds smartly and yields smooth shifts. In addition to its lusty 650-horsepower supercharged V8, the new ZL1 gets a 10-speed automatic transmission.
- As with many performance cars, ride comfort can be an issue, especially if the Camaro wears bigger tires.
- Except for the turbo four in LS models, EPA-estimated at 25 miles per gallon combined, fuel economy is not a plus. Thirstiest of the lot is the ZL1, at 16 mpg combined.
- Adult-size cockpit up front – but definitely not in the back.
- Supportive, well-shaped front seats with ample head room in each trim level, amenable to taller drivers.
- In addition to minimal rear-seat room, the shrunken trunk is narrow and shallow.
- Current Camaro has a bit less total interior space than its predecessor.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Available magnetic dampers induce a sense of calm, letting that Camaro dash across pavement trouble spots with surprisingly little harshness.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Seriously scant back-seat space isn’t even for children. It’s a prime example of placing style ahead of function. Convertibles are even tighter back there.
The Bottom Line
To plenty of enthusiasts, the Camaro’s body conveys a look of menacing intimidation – though we’d rather focus on its retro-derived beauty. All versions are well equipped, but considering what you get for $40,000 or so, an SS qualifies as exceptional in value. Just don’t expect space for four in any Camaro.
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