When talking about muscle car, our heart fall for the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or a Chevrolet Camaro, what we’re thinking? Vitamin versions, of course! We dream of a Challenger SRT devouring the road next to a Mustang GT and Camaro SS.
But did you know that all these muscle cars are available with smaller engines? In fact, most of the muscle cars sold today do not have a V8 under the hood.
Always an engine issue
In the case of the Camaro, the new generation of the model, we tested for the first time last summer, offers three engines. Basically, we have a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter, and the SS version, we find our old 6.2-liter V8.
Between the two slides V6. In the Mustang, the intermediate engine is the EcoBoost engine, another four-cylinder turbo. It is not selling at all. The V6 Camaro will he the same problem?
The V6 with a displacement of 3.6 liters, develops 335 hp at 6800 rev/min and torque of 295 lb-ft at 5300 rev/min. What these figures reveal is clear: to be appreciated, this V6 must be driven at high speed. Matched with the manual six reports, it is anemic at low revs. The reflex becomes constantly downgrade to innocuous move. At high speeds, regardless of driving pleasure, but then falls into a trap violations. Manual transmission, moreover, lack of refinement, both in terms of the clutch that the gear change. It is located light years from the manual of the Mazda MX-5, for example.
The test version was equipped with the optional exhaust system, and what tone to a V6! It is even surprising to give more gas than required for parking maneuvers …
We are bored of the SS version, but …
It is easy to say that the SS version is better than the V6. Yet flexibility at low rpm V8 and the remarkable magnetic suspension, available only on the SS, we do realize that it would be worthwhile to pay less of beer per week and put that amount on the premium required to spend V6 SS.
But hey, if you like beer, the Camaro V6 is still a good concentrate of what the Camaro SS: a sports car at the precise driving rather comfortable with the integrated Wi-Fi (provided that s’ subscribe).
Consumption: 4/5 – The V6 coupled to the manual transmission, even if the engine “medium” can be quite economical.
Driving: 4/5 – precise conduct, good handling, chassis ahead of the competition.
Performance: 3.5 / 5 – The V6, which runs up to 7000 rev / min, offers beautiful moments, but is amorphous at low revs.
Multimedia: 4.5 / 5 – Greatly improved.
Comfort: 3.5 / 5 – For a sports car, that’s fine, but the suspension is unrefined.
Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5 – We like the Camaro V6, but at the wheel, if one has tasted it, it makes us want to see the SS version.