Chevrolet Camaro Performance
The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro earns reviewer praise for its potent V6 engine, as well as for the incredibly powerful and fast V8 models. Most test drivers also agree that the Camaro has agile reflexes despite its weight.
- "Despite its size and limited visibility, the Camaro delivers confident handling and spot-on steering that make it a better performer on winding roads than the reputation of old-school muscle cars might have you believe." -- Edmunds
- "Reigniting a decades-long rivalry with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Camaro blows past the competition by offering more power and, in the eyes of many, more presence. Just the fact that the 30-mpg V6 version of the 2015 Camaro dishes up 53 more horsepower than a 1979 Camaro Z28 speaks volumes about this car's attitude and ability." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Even in base form, the Camaro is potent: power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 -- mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission -- that produces 323 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque." -- Left Lane News
- "The V6 emits a rich sound, much like that of a luxury European sports car. The V8s are pure American muscle, with the ZL1 sounding like thunder when you hammer the throttle." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The base Chevrolet Camaro has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. According to the EPA, a V6 Camaro returns up to 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is on par with the estimates of rivals like the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang.
The Camaro SS has a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque with a manual transmission or 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque with an automatic. Camaros with the SS 1LE performance pack are only available with a manual transmission. The Camaro Z/28 has a 7.0-liter V8 that generates 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, and it is only available with a six-speed manual transmission. The Camaro ZL1 has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that produces 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. The ZL1 is available with either a manual or automatic transmission.
According to reviewers, the base V6 Camaro has ample power and feels strong. V8-powered models, especially the Camaro ZL1 and Z/28, are praised for their incredibly quick, supercar-like acceleration. Others add that V8-powered Camaros fitted with the available dual-mode exhaust have a delightful exhaust note.
- "Both V6- and V8-powered Camaro models are true muscle cars. They offer sublime off-the-line acceleration and huge power at the top end of the rev band. The supercharged, 580-hp ZL1 is the fastest and most powerful Camaro ever. It brings near-supercar performance to the muscle car category." -- AutoTrader
- "There is no such thing as a slow Camaro. Even the most basic model delivers up 323 horsepower, more than enough to permanently keep a smile on your face. Move up to the 580-horsepower ZL1 and you'll experience a zero to 60 run in a scant 3.9 seconds. Chevy adds a number of electronic assists, such a launch control, to make even the novice driver feel like a pro drag racer." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Now, that attraction can be downright visceral as well, thanks to beasts like the 580-horsepower V8 under the hood of the ZL1 model, an engine that enables it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a supercarlike 4.4 seconds." -- Edmunds
- "Fitted as my car was with the optional dual-mode exhaust system, I became quite enamored with passing lesser cars under highway overpasses, where the exhaust could trumpet against the cement and (probably) set off car alarms blocks away." -- Autoblog (2014)
Handling and Braking
Most test drivers say that the 2015 Camaro has impressive handling despite its heavy weight, and they are impressed with how it feels glued to the pavement. Some comment that the ZL1 is comfortable enough to live with on a daily basis, whereas they say the Z/28 is not very comfortable as a daily driver. Others are pleased that convertible models feel very solid, which isn't always the case with convertibles.
- "The ZL1 takes things to the next level, thanks to its combination of that 580-hp supercharged V8, adaptive suspension and strong Brembo brakes that put it on par with many supercars; still, it's well-behaved enough to use for a daily driver." -- Edmunds
- "What makes even the base Camaro especially impressive is its ability to corner and handle like a smaller car. It belies its size by remaining extremely well composed in high-speed turns. It also displays gobs of grip, thanks to its large 18-in (or 19-in, or 20-in) wheels." -- AutoTrader
- "If we had to pick just one Camaro, however, we'd skip over the Z/28 (it's a rough daily driver) and aim straight for the SS. … But in the curves, the Camaro reveals both its size and weight, requiring your full attention and skills at all times." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Camaro doesn't exactly 'dance' along back roads - this is a car that clocks in at over two tons, don't forget - but it offers enough raw grip to make it more than up to the challenge of anything I threw at it. It's stunning to me just how rigid Chevy engineers have made this convertible, which doesn't seem to give away one whit of flex to the coupe." -- Autoblog (2014)
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