Now through Nov. 14, depending on where you live, you might just cross paths with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Teams of journalists are driving some cross-country in a promotion called the Find New Roads Trip.
Chevrolet is bringing the Camaro East, West, North, and South across the United States to consumer events where you can get up close and personal with the exciting new coupe as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Cruze. The Camaro is going to cover 48 states in 25 days.
Instead of trucking the Camaro to places like Dallas, Albuquerque, Seattle, Orlando, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix, for example, auto journalists like yours truly are going to drive the muscle cars between cities. My assignment is to drive from Dallas to Albuquerque in slightly more than 24 hours.
It’s not going to be a problem. In fact, I’m pretty confident my driving partner and I are going to be able to cover the 600-plus miles by dinnertime if we leave Dallas at 8:30 am, especially if we choose the keys to an SS model. Then again, I think we’ll make it regardless if we have V6 or V8 power under the hood.
Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a standard 2.0-liter turbo and an available, all-new 3.6-liter V6 in LT models, and the 455-horsepower 6.2-liter LT1 V8 in the SS, which makes it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.
Let’s break down the specs on the Camaro SS first. It has the aforementioned 455 horsepower, but it also has 455 lb-ft of torque. Plus the Magnetic Ride Control active suspension is available, which should provide incredible amounts of real-world handling. It’s probably going to be a beast on the track.
The all-new 3.6-liter V6 features direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and—for the first time—active fuel management. It produces 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment.
It’s almost heresy, but there’s even a fuel-efficient Camaro in the mix capable of 30 mpg. It’s the most efficient Camaro ever, with a new 2.0-liter turbo engine with 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It can get from 0 to 60 mph, according to Chevy, in well under 6 seconds. Not sure if there’s one on the trip, but I wouldn’t mind driving it.
The first vehicles delivered to customers will be coupes—SS or LT models with the 3.6-liter V6. The Camaro convertible and models with the 2.0-liter turbo engine will begin shipping in early 2016.
All this makes now a great time to be driving a Camaro (or buying one). They’ll arrive at dealers by mid-November.
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