2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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What's New for 2015:
  • Blue Velvet paint color

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is a rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger coupe or convertible model that competes primarily against the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is also similar in terms of layout and performance, and the high-performance Camaro Z/28 and ZL1 variants could entice people considering an Audi S5 or RS 5, BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, Lexus RC F, or a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

Models and Features
The 2015 Camaro lineup includes coupe and convertible models equipped with a variety of powertrains and trim levels. Coupes are sold in LS, LT, SS, ZL1, and Z/28 trim, while convertibles are offered only with LT, SS, and ZL1 trim.

Upgrade from LS to LT trim for a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-in. color touch screen, smartphone integration, USB port, and satellite radio. The Camaro LT also has different seat fabric, power front seat-height adjusters, and fog lights.

The Camaro SS is equipped with a more powerful engine, larger wheels and tires, performance brakes, limited-slip rear differential, electric steering, and unique styling changes including a vented hood.

Upgrade to the Camaro ZL1 for a supercharged V-8, more robust transmission with a short-throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust system, auxiliary engine fluid coolers, upgraded brakes, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Performance Traction Management with Active Handling, forged aluminum wheels, and high-performance tires. The ZL1's front styling is different from other Camaro models to ensure proper engine cooling.

The Camaro Z/28 is offered only as a coupe, and eliminates anything that is not essential to performance in order to shave 300 lbs. from the car. For example, air conditioning is optional, and there is just one speaker inside of this car.

In addition to its unique powertrain and helical limited-slip differential, the Z/28 benefits from more robust cooling systems, additional Performance Traction Management modes, carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, stiffened chassis and suspension, and Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers. It is more aerodynamic, too, and equipped with smaller and lighter 19-in. forged aluminum wheels with 305/30 high-performance tires. Standard Recaro performance seats include pass-throughs for a 5-point racing harness.

Under the Hood
A 323-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for the Camaro LS and LT, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet says the V-6 gets the Camaro to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

Upgrade to the Camaro SS for a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. With the standard 6-speed manual transmission, the SS generates 426 horsepower. Get the optional 6-speed automatic and the power rating drops to 400 horsepower. Chevrolet says the Camaro SS can accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 4.7 seconds.

A 1LE Performance package upgrades the SS model's handling and braking, and if the optional automatic transmission is selected, the V-8 is equipped with Active Fuel Management technology, which allows the engine to operate on 4 of its 8 cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to maximize fuel economy.

The Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful version of the car. It has a supercharged, 580-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, a de-tuned version of what Chevy installed in the previous-generation Corvette ZR1. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on the ZL1, with a 6-speed automatic transmission optional. According to Chevrolet, this is the fastest Camaro in terms of acceleration, with a claimed 0-to-60 run of 3.9 seconds, a full 2 seconds faster than a base Camaro by Chevrolet's numbers.

The Camaro Z/28 is designed for use on racetracks. It is equipped with a 505-horsepower version of the 7.0-liter V-8 from the previous-generation Corvette Z06, and features a long list of mechanical hardware upgrades designed to maximize lap times. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission choice.

Fuel Economy
Stick with the standard Camaro's V-6 engine and you can expect to get between 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. There is a version of the base Camaro LS that is designed to get slightly better mileage, at 18 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Choose the Camaro SS model's greater performance and fuel-economy figures dip to a low of 15 mpg in the city and a high of 24 mpg on the highway.

The inverse relationship between horsepower and fuel efficiency continues with the Z/28 and ZL1. The Camaro Z/28 is rated to get 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. The ZL1's figures are similar, ranging from 12 mpg city to 19 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Camaro Coupe gets the highest 5-star rating in every crash-test assessment, including rollover resistance. That's a fairly rare performance.

As far as safety features go, though, a Camaro offers little to discuss. OnStar services are standard for the first 6 months of ownership, and include Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, and more. A reversing camera is also available for the Camaro, along with rear park-assist sensors.

On the technology front, a Chevrolet MyLink color touch-screen infotainment system is offered for LT, SS, and ZL1 models, and can be upgraded with a navigation system. A 9-speaker sound system and a head-up display are also available for the 2015 Camaro.


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