Should You Buy the New 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS?

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro

The new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS is packed with power, a better exterior, a better interior and enough technology to let it blast with the big boys thanks to the new lightweight Alpha platform. But the question remains intact, is it better than the new Mustang GT? Let’s find out.

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Performance

The formula remains the same, but the specifics changed; A small-block LT1 6.2-liter V-8 from the Corvette Stingray replaces the old LS3, it pushes power to 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque through the rear wheels. That’s 29-hp and 35 lb-ft more than what an LS3 gives you. So – we are already ahead of the game in the engine department, but how does it fare against the Mustangs Cayote 5.0? The Camaro SS has 20-hp & 55 lb-ft more than the Mustangs 435 hp and 400 lb-ft but is that enough to make you consider taking a Camaro with 1.2-liter more displacement and slight extra fuel costs.

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The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS offers a 1.4-inch stretch over the Cadillac ATS that uses the same Alpha Platform and offers both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic. It’s much lighter than before as well.

What about acceleration? The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS snaps the 0-60 mph test at just 4.0-seconds while the 2017 Ford Mustang GT takes 4.4 seconds to get there. The sixth-gen Camaro comes with brembo brakes that help the Camaro stop in 104-feet from 60 mph. So it beats the Mustangs 60-0 mph braking which is done with in 109-feet, that’s because the Mustang weighs in at 3,825 lb and the Camaro at 3,672 lb.

It’s quicker at the quarter mile too; with a 12.4 second @114-mph trap speed it trashes the Mustangs 12.9 second @110-mph quarter-mile time. As for lateral acceleration at the figure eight, the Ford Mustang does indeed get independent rear-suspension to aid it during cornering but it still isn’t enough. With a 0.96 G lateral acceleration it couldn’t match the Camaros superior 1.0 g rating.

General Motors offers some of the best magnetic shocks in the business if you tick the option, which you should – it would offer an even more comfortable ride through town and a flat confident composed car at the track.

I guess it’s safe to say the Camaro is the better sports car in the performance category.

Exterior design

Since this issue is very subjective, let’s discuss which car represents the muscle car generation better. The 2017 Ford Mustang is a radical departure from the model it replaces with so many visual upgrades and technological advancements it’s hard to even compare it to the older Mustang since it’s so far ahead. Although the older Mustang remains true to the muscle car spirit, the newer one looks like a European mule. The Camaro however, keeps it very relevant but manages to sharpen and shape up its looks without losing its muscle car spirit. But, with cars like the Mustang GT350 showing us how great a muscle car can be when equipped with the right tools, it sort of puts things into perspective.

If you would have asked me to choose between the 5th generation Mustang and Camaro models, i’d go for the Mustang any day. But now, things have changed and the Camaro might be the better looking muscle car.

Interior design

Both cars receive major interior upgrades that set them miles apart from the previous generation models. The Mustang offers better materials but the Camaro has a sportier more aggressive cabin. If only had Chevy used some better quality materials and Recaro seats – it would have taken this battle home with ease. You will notice one huge difference though, the Mustangs interior feels like you are seated in an F-150 as you sit pretty high and everything looks and feels big, while the Camaro offers a unique low to the ground feeling and a much more sportier design with sharp angles and a gorgeous flat-bottom steering wheel.

This really comes down to personal preference at this point, if you are looking for a sportier overall experience – The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS is the right car for you. But if you prefer the comfier bigger cabin, choose the Mustang. The previous generation Camaro interior felt so flimsy and the plastics were sub-par quality. The new cabin is so refreshing and feels premium compared to the outgoing Camaro.

Verdict

The price difference is about $2,000 for both V8 base options but if you live in Dubai, the Mustang tops out at 195,000 dirhams while the Camaro can reach 220,000 dirhams. This might make the Mustang a better bargain for your money – the manual is even cheaper at 189,000 dirhams. In real life, the faster car is the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS thanks to the massive amount of torque and horsepower coupled with great suspension and lighter weight. The Mustang is sort of like a grand tourer that offers a slight fuel-economy and interior quality advantage.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS (1SS)
BASE PRICE $37,295 – AED 196,000 – 220,000
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE 6.2L/455-hp/455-lb-ft* OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,672 lb (54/46%)
WHEELBASE 110.7 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.3 x 74.7 x 53.1 in
0-60 MPH 4.0 sec
QUARTER MILE 12.4 sec @ 114.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 104 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.00 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.1 sec @ 0.85 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 14/26/18 mpg (est)
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 241/130 kW-hrs/100 miles (est)
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.10 lb/mile (est)
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