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4 Key Performance Numbers Announced for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The gradual rollout of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro continues today, as General Motors has announced 3 key performance figures for the entire Camar0Six lineup, including braking distances, cornering forces and the all-so-important 0-60 times – with the Camaro SS dashing from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat and rocketing down the quarter mile in the low 12 second range.

When General Motors introduced the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro at a private event in Detroit earlier this year, we got an eyeful of the 6th generation Camaro, but the company was (not) surprisingly short on actual details. We learned what the cars looked like, we learned what would come under the hood and we learned all of the rest of the details that one could decipher simply by looking at a car. However, GM was short on the in-depth details that couldn’t be seen.

Fortunately GM has spent the weeks following the world debut of the 2016 Camaro offering up little bits of vital information, all of which have slowly and gradually completed the Camaro Six puzzle. Today, the latest piece of the puzzle reveals how hard the new Camaro will corner, how hard it will stop, how quickly the next generation GM muscle car will dash from 0-60 miles per hour and how fast it will run through the quarter mile.

High Tech Braking
First off, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro features the highest performance standard braking system on a GM muscle car, and that affords the Camaro Six impressive stopping figures. When fitted with the standard all-season tires, the base model Camaro with the 2.0L turbo engine is capable of getting down to a stop from 60 miles per hour in just 129 feet. Step up to the V6 Camaro with the slightly better Goodyear Eagle F1 all-season tires and even with the heavier engine, the 335hp mid-level package will get stopped from 60 in just 124 feet.

Finally, the 2016 Camaro SS with the standard Brembo brakes and the Goodyear Eagle F1 3-season tires is able to get stopped from 60 miles per hour in just 117 feet.

Hammering the Corners
Next up, we have the cornering figures for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro in Turbo, V6 and SS forms. In base form with the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and the all-season Goodyear tires, the Camaro can sustain 0.85g of cornering force while the slightly heavier V6 Camaro will better tires will reach 0.89 – a number which I suspect would be achievable by the turbo models when fitted with the same tires.

Most importantly, the 2016 Camaro SS is capable of tickling the 1g mark with the basic 3-season tires, hitting 0.97g – although Im confident that an optioned-up 6th gen Camaro SS will allow owners to hit the 1g mark in the right situations.

0-60, Quarter Mile
Now, the numbers that we have all been waiting for – even since before the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was first introduced in Detroit this summer.

The 2016 Camaro with the 275hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to the 6-speed manual transmission will dash from a stop to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds, while a full quarter mile pass will take right around 14 seconds flat.

Step up to the 335hp Camaro V6 models with the 8-speed automatic transmission and the 0-60 time drops to 5.1 seconds while the quarter mile time dips to 13.5 seconds.

Finally, the 2016 Camaro 1SS with the 455hp LT1 V8 and the 8-speed automatic transmission will blast from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds while running the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 116 miles per hour. That same Camaro with the 6-speed manual transmission will get to 60 in 4.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds – both of which are very impressive – but it appears as though the self-shifting Camaro Six will be the quickest of the crew.

Now, we just have to wait patiently for the first batch of 2016 Chevrolet Camaros to reach owners, so that we can see how those official numbers transfer into real world track times.

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So a $40k Camaro 1SS can run to 60 in 4.0 seconds and do the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds? I just saw in Road and Track that the new $90K Mustang Shelby Super Snake can go zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds and does the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds. My impression of these aftermarket tuners of Mustangs is reconfirmed.