Although the Camaro began its existence as a pony car in 1967, it has earned the very well-deserved muscle car designation over the years. Through six generations, the Camaro’s performance, appearance and safety characteristics have continually improved. As power and handling in the Camaro increases, Chevrolet returns their attention to the sporty flagship model, the Corvette, to keep it performing ahead of the pack.
From its 1963 birth to present day, the Corvette firmly holds its established place as the iconic model for this innovative marque. That does not stop the Camaro from gunning for first place, however. With so many model improvements over the generations, the choice between two powerful muscle cars has never been more difficult than it is today.
CHEVY CAMARO AND CORVETTE PERFORMANCE
The Camaro was completely reworked for the sixth generation release in 2015. Three quick engine options are available for this generation. The 2-liter turbo inline four cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 are available in the base trim packages. The SS will come equipped with the powerful 6.2-liter V8, which produces a stunning 455 horsepower. With a 580 horsepower supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8, the ZL1 will lead in power until the release of the Z28 in 2017.
The 455 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 also powers the base model Corvette. The 650 horsepower supercharged version of that engine pushes the long-awaited Z06 model up to 60 MPH in just 2.95 seconds. The ZL1 Camaro takes more than a full second longer to reach 60, for a total time of 4.1 seconds.
The Camaro easily puts the power to the ground using a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed paddle shifted automatic transmission. In 2017, the ZL1 model will likely have the option for a 10-speed automatic. The Corvette, on the other hand, features either an extremely capable seven-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed auto box.
CHEVY CAMARO AND CORVETTE STYLING
Both the Camaro and Corvette feature the trademark aggressive styling cues Chevrolet has long infused in these vehicles. The cars are built low to the ground to create a stunning profile and maximize the performance of the aerodynamic features. The Corvette utilizes an aluminum frame to achieve a wider stance for improved performance at the limits.
Since both of these models are pure muscle cars, the cockpits are designed with the driver in mind. Only the highest quality materials are used throughout the interior space. Ergonomic controls, including a short shifter and flat bottomed steering wheel, allow drivers to pilot their vehicle around the track, lap after lap, without growing fatigued. There are several color choices available for the interior, which customizes the dash, seats, door cards and accents to the driver’s preference.
As drivers attempt to choose between these vehicles, the decision is going to come down to the test drive. Contact Bachman Chevrolet today to schedule an appointment with a sales representative and get a quote online. Have other questions about Chevy? Ask us in the comments below.