The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro has just been revealed, ready to battle the year-old new Mustang, a clash of the titans when it comes to the US muscle car segment.
The Chevrolet model has its share of proponents, as does the Ford Mustang and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge Challenger. For the Chevrolet and Dodge models there’s only one quest at the horizon – beat the eternal leader, Ford’s Mustang. Actually, the Camaro accomplished the task last year – as the Mustang was exchanging the generations and ramping up production of the new model. So far after the first four months of the year, though, the situation has reversed – Mustang deliveries have jumped 60 percent, Challenger’s sales are also soaring tremendously – by around 41 percent – while Camaro has dropped 15 percent year-over-year. So the crucial sales battle could be summed up across five different areas.
Performance: the Camaro is 200 pounds lighter though its’ grown in size. The real question is if the new base engine that has 270 hp out of a turbocharged four-cylinder can best Mustang’s base V6 with 300 hp. Fuel economy – we come again at the 200 pounds difference from the outgoing model. Additionally, Chevy is adding a new eight-speed automatic and cylinder deactivation for the 3.6-liter V6 model. Interior: visibility has been poor, mainly because of the acclaimed exterior design with high beltline and smallish windows, but in the mix comes a standard backup camera. Chevy is also putting the MyLink system that has received praise from customers. Styling: here it’s a personal matter of taste – for some the evolution will hit the sweet spot, for others it won’t. Comfort: you need enough room for two and their weekend luggage or a four-person trip on short distances.