The 2016 Camaro Motor Trend Car of the Year

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The 2016 Camaro, now available at Classic Chevrolet, is based on GM’s Alpha platform, the same platform that you’ll find under the Cadillac CTS and ATS. The ATS was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2014. With that and several other features, the 2016 Camaro beat everyone else out for the Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2016 models.

Motor Trend reviewed the V-6 RS model. The RS packs in a ton of power in that 3.6-liter block – 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It’s backed by GM’s newest eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and, according to Motor Trend, handles better than the ATS.

Motor Trend looked at six criteria to make their choice. The new Camaro handles better than the outgoing model year and it looks great. You can see some of the changes in the C-pillar and the quarter window area.

The Camaro’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than the Cadillac ATS, which helps with handling; and the new cockpit is also better than the outgoing model’s. Since the 2016 model year is brand new, NHTSA and IIHS haven’t done any crash tests on it yet; however, the Cadillac ATS and CTS have both received 5-star ratings and Good marks from the NHTSA and IIHS, respectively. Motor Trend expects the Camaro to receive ratings that are just as high.

This year’s model went on a diet, too. The Camaro SS dropped over 200 pounds to 3,672 pounds and the V-6 weighs in at just 3,461 pounds, even with an automatic transmission. This drop in weight helps with fuel economy and increased performance. The weight loss also helps to make handling even better. The Camaro SS model ran Motor Trend’s figure-eight track in 24.1 seconds, just two-tenths of a second slower than a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. It runs a four-second zero to 60 mph and a 12.4-second quarter mile.

Motor Trend calls the new 2016 Camaro the best production pony car ever when talking about future comparisons with AMGs, Audis and BMWs.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and to learn more about the new Camaro, regardless of which trim level you choose.

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