The 2016 Chevy Camaro: The Most Muscle for Your Dollar
There are three muscle cars that have stood the test of time, and remain icons to this very day; the 2016 Chevy Camaro, 2016 Dodge Challenger, and 2016 Mustang. All these models are famous and well praised, but there is something the Camaro has that the others don’t, and it’s something Chevy has prided itself on since the start. The 2016 Camaro gives you most bang for your buck; or most muscle for your dollar if you will, than the competition.
This means when you buy the Camaro, you are getting the best muscle car money can buy. Stock, it might not be the cheapest muscle car out there. But, as we progress up in trim level, it becomes clear which one is more worth putting your money towards.
2016 Chevy Camaro
The cheapest stock muscle car out of the three is actually the Mustang, and the most expensive is the Challenger. However, the Camaro’s starting MSRP of $25,700 is only a little over a grand more than the starting MSRP of the Mustang. For the 2016 Camaro 2SS though, it’s clear just how much you are getting for your money.
The 1SS comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 Direct Injection engine, and it churns out 455 horsepower and just as many pound-feet torque. The Camaro SS is able to do 0-60 in 4.0 seconds flat, which is a new record for the Camaro, making it the fastest one in history. Along with an engine that puts out 455 horsepower, the 2016 Camaro also shed over 200 lbs, the new lighter aerodynamic design no doubt played a huge role in the Camaro’s new 0-60 mph time.
It also sports sophisticated performance technology that improves performance and handling even further. Like Active Rev Matching, which comes with the 6-speed manual. This technology anticipates downshifts with throttle blips for silky-smooth shifting, which then imitates a “heel and toe” shifting technique. This is a technique used by professional race car drivers that takes many hours of practice. This technology allows the Camaro SS to shift like never before, and provides an even greater edge over the competition.
That’s only one of the performance enhancing technologies on board that help the Camaro SS perform better than ever before. With a new aerodynamic design, enhanced engine, and state-of-the-art performance technology, it’s almost shocking the Camaro SS starts at an MSRP of $36,300.
The starting MSRP of the Mustang is $24,145. Which is $1,555 cheaper than the Camaro, but without nearly as many performance enhancements/upgrades. With that being said, let’s take a look at the higher trim equivalent to the Camaro SS, which would be the Mustang GT. The GT Fastback comes in at a starting MSRP of $32,395, which is a little under 3 grand cheaper than the Camaro SS. That lower price is also matched by lower performance, and doesn’t have the same performance enhancing technology the Camaro SS does.
Along with a lack of performance technology, the Mustang GT also has a much weaker engine than the Camaro does. The GT has an engine that only delivers 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. All you muscle car enthusiasts know that torque provides tire-burning action and is what creates smoke-shows; which means the Camaro can light-up the track better.
The only way for the Mustang GT to finally gain more muscle than the Camaro SS is by going up 5 trim levels, to the Shelby GT350 model. This Mustang has a 5.2-liter Ti-VCT V8 that puts out 526 horsepower, that comes with an increase in price. The Only Mustang that’s able to beat the Camaro in horsepower is the Shelby GT350 with a huge price of $47,795; which is over 10 grand more than the Camaro SS, and could be considered a muscle car in an entirely different class.
It’s clear that the age-old muscle car feud still exists, but it’s also clear that if you want a muscle car that still does a mind-boggling 0-60 mph in 4 seconds without breaking the bank; the Camaro SS is your choice.
2016 Dodge Challenger
Especially when you consider the price of the next muscle car, which is the 2016 Dodge Challenger. This is a little stronger than the other two, by far, but that extra muscle comes at a price. A big price, seeing as the base Challenger starts at $26,995, which is over 2 grand more expensive than the Mustang, and over 1 grand more than the Camaro. For what? a base V6 that nets only 40 more horsepower and about 30 less torque than the Camaro? The Camaro SS comes in at 10 grand more, and gives you 150 more horsepower and over 150 more pound-feet torque. I mean, the Challenger is a nice looking car; but not that nice looking.
Just like the Mustang, the only way for the Challenger to beat the Camaro SS in performance is by equipping a stronger engine, or going up in trim level. Both these options significantly increase the price of the Challenger. The engine that can beat the Camaro SS is the 6.2-liter Hemi V8, and comes standard in the Challenger’s R/T Scat Pack trim. It puts out 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque for a price increase of $2,695.
Which means the only Challenger that can beat the Camaro SS is pushing $40,000, all for 30 more horsepower and 20 more torque. Just like the Mustang, it too lacks the performance technology that the Camaro SS has; which means the overall performance between these two vehicles is quite different.
When you break it down, it’s quite obvious that the 2016 Chevy Camaro is the car of choice when it comes to giving you the most bang for your buck. While the base trim is slightly weaker than the Mustang and a whisker more expensive, it still has the Active Rev Matching and other performance enhancing technologies that the Mustang doesn’t. Paired up against the Challenger, the Camaro is both a cheaper and smarter option. For 1 grand more, the Challenger sees a minor increase in horsepower and decrease in torque, and the R/T Scat Pack Challenger has a price that’s pushing $40,000; all for a negligible increase in horsepower and torque.
Chevy said they have always prided themselves about the Camaro being the Muscle car that was financially attainable, and they can hold their heads high about it in 2016 as well. Out of the big 3, it’s clear that the 2016 Chevy Camaro is the car that will give you more muscle for your dollar.