What to Expect When Buying a Chevy Performance Car
We’d understand if you’re a bit tentative about pursuing a performance car. These vehicles are usually pricey, and customers may worry that the features and capabilities won’t justify the investment.
Luckily, each of Chevy’s three performance cars are relatively affordable, and at when compared to rival vehicles. Furthermore, these trio’s specs, features, and capabilities are practically unmatched throughout the segment.
We’ve compiled our favorite attributes of the three Chevy performance cars, which should provide more clarity to a potential customer. This way, when you head into a Chevy dealer’s business, you’ll know exactly what you should be expecting from the trio…
A Competitive Price
You should always expect an expensive price tag whenever you’re pursuing a performance vehicle. Luckily, Chevy’s group of sports cars are relatively affordable, and you shouldn’t have to break the bank to secure any of the three options:
- SS: $46,575
- Camaro: $25,700 – $48,300
- Corvette: $55, 400 – $83,400
These are reasonable values, especially when compared to the other performance vehicles in the industry. Sure, they’re still pricey, but they’re actually a good deal when you look at them comparatively.
You’re going to want unmatched power from your Chevy performance car, and each of the brand’s vehicles is accompanied by an impressive engine and transmission.
The Chevy SS comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that can pump out 415 horsepower. Coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission (with overdrive) or a six-speed automatic transmission (with overdrive and automatic capabilities), you can expect the unit to deliver a 14 city/21 highway mile per gallon efficiency.
Meanwhile, the other two Chevy performance vehicles provide a trio of engine options. The Camaro offers several smaller options, like the 2.0-liter I4 (275 horsepower) and the 3.6-liter V6 (335 horsepower). Of course, there’s also the hulking 6.2-liter V8 that’s capable of producing 455 horsepower. Drivers can choose between a six-speed manual (with overdrive) or an eight-speed automatic (with overdrive and automatic capabilities), and they should expect around a 19 city/28 highway mpg fuel economy.
Finally, the Corvette is available with a trio of 6.2-liter V8s: a 455 horsepower, a 460 horsepower, and the incredible 650 horsepower engine. These units can deliver an impressive fuel efficiency, with the specs coming in around 15 city/25 highway mpg. Drivers will have to choose between the Corvette’s eight-speed automatic (with overdrive) and seven-speed manual transmission.
Each of the vehicles includes a rear-wheel-drive drivetrain, and the SS is the lone performance car to offer electronic fuel injection (both the Camaro and Corvette offer direct injection). There may be several engines in the segment that can pump out more power and deliver better fuel economy… but they’ll cost you thousands of extra dollars.
Roomy Interior Dimensions
Surprisingly, the three Chevy performance cars are rather similar in regards to dimensions. Sure, you’d expect similarities from each of the brand’s vehicles, but it’s surprising how consistent these measurements actually are.
The Camaro and the SS share an identical width (74.7 inches), while the Corvette’s is only a tad longer (77.4 inches). Meanwhile, the wheelbases range from 106.7 inches to 114.8 inches (not much of a discrepancy), and the height ranges from 48.7 inches to 57.9 inches.
Interior dimensions are generally consistent across the board as well:
- Front Head Room: 38.7 inches (SS), 38.5 inches (Camaro), 37.9 inches (Corvette)
- Front Leg Room: 42.3 inches, 43.9 inches, 43 inches
While some dimensions for the Corvette and Camaro have not been reported, we can assume that they’re similar to those of the SS, including 39.7-inches of rear leg room, 57.2-inches of front hip room, and 58-inches of rear hip room.
Performance cars aren’t necessarily renowned for their interior dimensions, and these specs often aren’t a priority of the segment’s customers. Nonetheless, if you purchase one of Chevy’s performance cars, you’ll grow to appreciate the amount of stretching room.
So Chevy’s group of performance vehicles are powerful, roomy, and affordable. When it comes to favorable attributes, is that it?
Not so fast. The Chevy performance cars are well-regarded for reasons other than those mentioned. For instance, many customers are pleasantly surprised at the style and luxuriousness of the SS model. The vehicle’s exterior has been described as “sculpted” and “athletic,” which certainly helps reaffirm the car’s place in the performance segment. This style doesn’t only apply to the exterior, as the SS’s interior features leather seats with sueded microfiber inserts.
Meanwhile, the Camaro has been commended for its inclusion of technology and general sophistication. This is probably why the nameplate has already raked in a variety of awards, including Motor Trend’s 2016 Car of the Year, KBB.com’s Best Resale Value award, and a spot on Car and Driver’s 10-Best list.
The Camaro resembles previous models, but the engineers have been working on a restyled body. The vehicle is now smaller and lighter, which helps improve the car’s overall performance. By cutting 390 pounds from the body, drivers can now expect better braking and improved acceleration. The inside also offers a variety of amenities, whether it be the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the available eight-inch radio touchscreen, or the reconfigurable instrument cluster.
“Beauty” and “performance” were priorities of the Corvette’s engineers, and they certainly delivered with the 2016 model. The exterior has been redesigned to deliver a more “race-proven” style, and several exterior features were included to make the car more eye-catching (like the Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps and the high-mounted stop lamps). The various exteriors redesigns, whether it be the hood, the braking, or the powertrain, all combine to deliver the best possible driving experience.
You’re probably aware that Chevy allows their customers to have a bit of freedom and customize their vehicle’s looks. Still, you wouldn’t necessarily expect this from the luxury vehicles, as many engineers want the new owners to appreciate the vehicle “as is.”
Luckily, any potential buyers don’t have to settle for what’s available. If you’ve been eyeing a 2016 SS, you’ll have to choose between a variety of color options:
- Regal Peacock Green Metallic
- Some Like It Hot Red Metallic
- Jungle Green Metallic
- Silver Ice Metallic
- Red Hot 2
- Phantom Black Metallic
- Heron White
- Slipstream Blue Metallic
- Mystic Green Metallic
Meanwhile, the Camaro offers seven different wheel options!
- 20-inch Five Split Spoke Premium Gray Painted Machine Face
- 20-inch Five Split Spoke Bright Silver Painted
- 20-inch Five Spoke Low Gloss Black Painted
- 20-inch Five Spoke Bright Silver Painted
- 20-inch Five Split Spoke Low Gloss Black
- 20-inch Five Split Spoke Polished Forged
- 20-inch Five Spoke Gloss Black with Red Outline
Finally, the Corvette offers a variety of interior upholsteries or leathers to choose from. For instance, the 2LT version provides four different choices of their Perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces:
- Jet Black
- Adrenaline Red
A Trustworthy Warranty
This is completely identical across the board, as Chevy offers the same types of warranties for each of their vehicles, performance or not:
- Three-Year, 36,000-mile Bumper-To-Bumper Limited Warranty
- Five-Year, 60,000-mile Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty
- Five-Year, 60-mile Roadside Assistance Program
- Two-year Maintenance Warranty
Ready? These three Chevy performance cars certainly justify the value, whether it’s via the performance, the various attributes, or even the customization options. You’re not going to find a similar combination of attributes elsewhere, making the SS, the Camaro, and the Corvette the best possible performance options.