2017 Chevrolet (Chevy) Camaro (SS / LT) Review

After last year’s full redesign, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro gets a new Teen Driver mode that allows owners to set specific driving parameters. A new 50th Anniversary Edition package for 2LT and 2SS Camaros that adds some specialized branding and exterior touches is available, and Chevy has announced a 640-horsepower Camaro ZL1 that is expected to arrive at dealers in late 2016. Also slated for late-2016 arrival is a track-oriented 1LE package that will be available on V6- and V8- equipped Camaros with the manual transmission.

The sixth-gen Camaro now utilizes the GM Alpha platform shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS and features MacPherson struts in front, rather than the former Multi-link setup. General Motors claims that 70 percent of architectural components in the new Camaro are unique to the car.

Like its predecessor, the sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro is available in coupe and convertible bodystyles. Compared to the previous generation, it is 2.3 in (58 mm) shorter, 0.8 in (20 mm) less wide and 1.1 in (28 mm) shorter in height. With similar equipment and engine, it is also more than 200 lb (91 kg) lighter.

Trim levels introduced at launch include 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS. Standard equipment on all trims includes automatic air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering-wheel, satellite radio, parking assist and seven airbags.

A ZL1 trim level with a supercharged 6.2 L V8 will be available for the 2017 model year and will feature a lower grill opening for improved cooling, a new front splitter and a carbon hood insert which removes hot air from the engine compartment. It also features wider front fenders for improved handling, unique rockers and Magnetic Ride suspension. Transmission choices are a rev matching six-speed manual or a new 10-speed automatic.

In October, 2016, Chevrolet announced that there would be a 2017 base 1LS trim level of the Camaro that would be introduced by the end of November, 2016. Trim level content for the 1LS will be identical to that of the current base 1LT trim, with the exception that the 2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine and 6-speed manual transmission would be the only available powertrain options for the 1LS trim, and it would be available exclusively as a Coupe. Moreover, the 1LT trim now receives the 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles as standard equipment for 2017. Pricing for the 1LS trim will start at around $26,000. This follows the announcement that Chevrolet would be lowering prices throughout the 2017 Camaro lineup.

The sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro is initially available with three engines driving the rear wheels:

The 2.0 L LTG Ecotec turbocharged Inline-4 produces 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) @ 5,600 rpm and 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) of torque @ 3,000 rpm and is the first 4-cylinder in a Camaro since the 3rd generation. It is available on 1LT and 2LT trims, it trails the sixth-generation Ford Mustang’s Ecoboost 4-cylinder by 35 bhp (26 kW; 35 PS).

The 3.6 L LGX V6 generates 335 bhp (250 kW; 340 PS) @ 6,800 rpm and 284 lb·ft (385 N·m) of torque @ 5,300 rpm. It is 12 bhp (8.9 kW; 12 PS) greater than the previous generation’s V6 and 35 bhp (26 kW; 35 PS) more than the sixth-gen Mustang’s V6.

The 6.2 L LT1 V8 is shared with the Chevrolet Corvette and produces 455 bhp (339 kW; 461 PS) @ 6,000 rpm and 455 lb·ft (617 N·m) of torque @ 4,400 rpm, 29 bhp (22 kW; 29 PS) greater than the previous generation’s standard V8 on 1SS and 2SS models.

The 6.2 L LT4 V8 will be featured on the ZL1 models. Output is 650 bhp (480 kW; 660 PS) and 650 lb·ft (880 N·m) of torque.
All engines are available with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions except for the ZL1 models which use a 10-speed automatic in addition to the manual.

The 2017 Camaro 1LT features:
2.0L 275hp turbocharged engine
18-inch aluminum wheels
Cloth power 8-way driver and power 6-way front passenger seats
Rear vision camera


In addition to 1LT features, the 2017 Camaro 2LT includes:
Heated/ventilated leather-appointed power 8-way driver and power 6-way front passenger seats
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Frameless electrochromic ISRV mirror
Chevrolet MyLink16 with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display


In addition to the 2LT features, the 2017 Camaro 1SS includes:
6.2L 455hp V8 engine
20-inch aluminum wheels with summer-only performance run-flat tires25
Brembo performance 4-wheel disc brakes
HID headlamps with LED signature lighting accents


In addition to the 1SS features, the 2017 Camaro 2SS includes:
Heated/ventilated leather-appointed power 8-way driver and power 6-way front passenger seats
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Chevrolet MyLink16 with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
Bose® premium audio system


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