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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hits 60 MPH in 4 Seconds

16Chevrolet_Camaro_AB_02.jpg 2016 Chevrolet Camaro; | Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

With as much as 390 pounds of weight shed versus its predecessor, the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is as quick as many supercars. With its eight-speed automatic transmission, the Camaro coupe hits 60 mph in just 4 seconds flat en route to a quarter-mile time of 12.3 seconds, according to performance numbers released by GM today. That may not surprise anyone who’s driven the prior-gen Camaro Z/28 or ZL1, but here’s the kicker: That’s from a run-of-the-mill Camaro SS, a car you can buy for less than $37,500.

Related: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Starts at $26,695; $37K for V-8 Camaro SS

Of course, “run of the mill” is a relative term, given the Camaro SS’ 6.2-liter V-8 makes 455 horsepower. But raw horsepower is just a spec. If GM’s acceleration figures pan out, the new Camaro SS should deliver stout performance. Consider this: Our friends at PBS’ “MotorWeek” clocked 4.5 and 12.9 seconds, respectively, to hit 60 mph and the quarter-mile in a stick-shift 2015 Ford Mustang GT. In a non-Hellcat automatic Dodge Challenger SRT8, it took 4.7 and 12.8 seconds, respectively. Dodge claims a few tenths quicker times for the SRT8; Ford did not respond to our request for factory performance numbers.

Naturally, we’ll have to organize a track run of all three to report our own numbers. Sure, twist our arm.

Those weren’t the only numbers GM released. The automaker announced a lot more performance specs for the Camaro coupe today:

  • With its base 275-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and manual transmission, the Camaro hits 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and clears the quarter-mile in 14 seconds flat, GM says. That’s “comparable” performance to the 1990s-era Camaro Z28, the automaker reports.
  • With an optional, 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and automatic transmission, the Camaro needs 5.1 and 13.5 seconds, respectively, to hit 60 mph and clear the quarter-mile.
  • Transmission choice has little performance effect on the turbo four-cylinder, but the V-6 and V-8 get their best times with automatics. Manual transmissions slow the V-6 by a smidge, but the manual Camaro SS is considerably slower to 60 mph (4.3 seconds). Stick-shift purists like us will groan, but it’s the latest example of automatic transmissions enabling the best track times in performance cars.
  • With Goodyear Eagle F1 high-performance summer tires, the Camaro SS pulls a strong 0.97 Gs of lateral cornering. That compares to 0.89 Gs with the RS Package on the V-6, which has Goodyear Eagle F1 all-season tires. With the standard Goodyear Eagle Sports, the turbo 2.0-liter pulls 0.85 Gs.
  • With those same tires, braking performance from 60 mph to zero ranges from 129 feet in the turbo 2.0-liter to 117 feet in the SS.

The Camaro coupe hits dealerships in November; a convertible will arrive at year’s end or in early 2016.

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