Driving the 16 camaro has reoriented my feelings towards it and (maybe) the company. I knew I’d be in for a treat, but I was still pleasantly surprised after just a few hours behind the wheel. Mine seemed to be the base model, V6 automatic (nothing I can do there, it being a rental lot in Chicago).
In an effort to condense my feelings: its a bit prettier, feels a whole lot more solid, is much nicer to be in, a lot nicer to the touch, better to listen to and requires little effort to make you smile.
I was delighted to see a screaming 7k redline that gets there awfully fast when flipping through the gears on open road. I did not really love the paddles with a full two inches of throw, but the trans works very well. It has plenty of passing power, and plenty of power off the line for me to do silly stupid fun stuff with.
I really enjoy the new look of the car. I like the added body lines. I don’t know if I’d say the car is beautiful. But it looks more appropriate to this future-muscle look Chevy has been moving towards. It does look more exotic, in a more loose definition of the word. More design for your buck is a nice thing.
The interior is where things get tricky. Comfortable seats? Check. More head room and visibility than before? Sort of a Check. Better ergonomics and layout? Definitely. Designed like a modern sports car and not like a rental car from an island where fun things are bad? Check! The interior designers got creative in there, and it looks very interesting and pretty. But, seriously, everyone needs to drop the unpainted fisher price material for use in the interior. I’m 99% sure that if marginally nicer materials were used and it increased the sticker price, everyone would still buy them and would be happier. Or maybe the audience who pays for these new doesn’t care what’s building the inside of their car.
Anyway, on a different note, I think the backseats got smaller. I didn’t put anyone back there, besides my 50lb dog, but just from looking, it seems like there’s no one who would be able to ride in back with me at the wheel. Its turned into a parcel sill with seat belts. Seems like interior space improved for the front two seats, and shrunk out back. This is something I’m fine with, since, if this were mine, people wouldnt be in back anyway. But I thought it’d be worth noting here.
Other than those quips, I think this new model is a leap in the right direction. I could see myself owning it down the road. I haven’t been so satisfied behind the wheel like this in some time, and that is what enthusiast options are all about.