With its smooth and hush ride, sharp and nimble handling with a prodigious grip, boffo V8 and strong V6 engines, the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro advances this iconic pony car legacy’s into the future. It also comes with a new hardware under the skin which also underpins its mechanical prowess. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
Fuel efficiency and muscle cars are normally about as synonymous with each other as puritanical driving and Keith Richards. However, the automotive industry has seen some major changes from the one in 1967, a period in time when no one would care to think twice about taking a long-haul trip upcountry in a fuel-guzzling vehicle.
Flash-forward to today and you realize stringent fuel economy requirements and volatile gas prices make a strong case when it comes to engine efficiency, and this is especially true with what GM has done with its fleet of vehicles including the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro.
The base engine offers a brawny 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 275 hp and 295 lbs. ft. of torque. Chevy reckons the fuel economy ratings of the four banger to stand at an impressive 30 mpg/highway.
The platform under which it is based continues to be “Alpha” – a mechanical underpinning that’s also used by both the 2017 Cadillac CTS and ATS. What the platform means is that the new Camaro is lower, narrower and shorter just like its predecessor. Chevy says the new Camaro has shed about 200 pounds relative to the previous vehicle thanks to clever engineering and extensive use of lightweight materials on its panels and chassis.
Much can be said about the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, but the bottom line remains it is among the few cars in its segment that actually manages to offer just about anything termed desirable: interior refinement, fuel economy, movie-star styling, and tire-burning power. You can also check what the competition offers, rivals in this segment include Dodge Challenger V6, Ford Shelby Mustang GT, and the Mustang EcoBoost.
Trim Options – 2017 Chevrolet Camaro
Four trims – 1LT, 2LT, ISS, and 2SS – are offered for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro coupe. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible review is offered separately, as is the Z28 and ZL1. An additional trim may be added on the existing lineup on its release date.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.7 in. (110.7 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 8.3 in. (188.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.7 in. (74.7 in.)
Passenger volume: 81-85 ft³
Cargo volume: 7-9 ft³
Curb weight: 3400-3600 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 5,4 sec
MPG: 21/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black, Blue Velvet Metallic, Bright Yellow, Garnet Red Tintcoat, Hyper Blue Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Exterior Photos & 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Interior Review
Standard accessories and changes offered for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT include a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual exhaust tip, automatic headlights, 18” alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a limited-slip differential, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch touchscreen display, OnStar connectivity, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, keyless entry and ignition, smartphone app integration, satellite and HD radio, and a six-speaker sound system.
Stepping up to the Camaro 2LT gets you an upgraded infotainment system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, automatic dual-zone climate control, and ventilated and heated front seats.
The Camaro 1SS adds a limited-slip differential, an eight-inch multifunction display, a “Track” driving mode, upgraded brakes, 20” wheels, a V8 engine, a sport-tuned suspension system, and xenon headlights.
Finally, the top-of-the-line Camaro 2SS builds upon what the 1SS offers plus all the contents of the Lighting and Convenience packages, unique interior color trims, adaptive suspension dampers, a navigation system, and a performance exhaust.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Motivation for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is offered by a four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at 275 horsepower and 295 pounds-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission system or an optional eight-speed auto with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This mill comes fitted under the hoods of the Camaro 1LT and 2LT.
Optional for the two trims is a 3.6L V6 rated at 335 horsepower and 284 pounds-ft. of torque.
More mojo is offered by a 6.2L V8 engine rated at 455 horsepower and 455 pounds-ft. of torque, and comes fitted under the hood of the Camaro 2SS.
When we come to the fuel economy, EPA says we should expect the manual-equipped versions to return 18/27/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 17/28/20 mpg with the automatic-equipped versions.
Zipping from 0-60 mph with the automatic-equipped V8 takes an impressive 4.0 seconds, and half a second more with the manual.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Price & Release Date
The Camaro SS price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $28,400, and $25,700 for the Camaro Coupe. As for when they will be offered for sale, rumors allege the coupe will probably hit dealerships sometime in the first half of next year.