The Sleuth’s first glimpse at Chevrolet’s latest pony car didn’t deliver the same heart-pumping thrills he experienced when the Mustang arrived for 2015. The Chevy’s rounded nose, tongue-shaped hood and gun-slit windows leave him nonplussed. Also, the cabin’s awkward pop-up-look gauge pod doesn’t excite. Conversely, the Camaro’s fastback roofline, the Corvette-influenced haunches and the crisply shaped tail are way cool. He also likes the Camaro’s 200-pound weight reduction and an engine lineup consisting of a turbocharged 275-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 335-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and Corvette-based 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. All are available with six-speed manual transmissions, or optional eight-speed automatics. Bottom line: Your Spy Guy expects the Camaro to recover its top-of-class sales spot that it ceded to the Ford Mustang when the latest iteration arrived for 2015.
Is it all roses and champagne for the new Camaro? If you’re a GM fan, probably. If you’re more objective, there are hits and misses, such as the messy front end.