Could The New Camaro Contend With The 4 Series?

4-Series | May 19th, 2015 by 11
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Just yesterday, Chevrolet showed the world its new Camaro for 2016. Some lucky members of the press were able to drive test mules of some …

Just yesterday, Chevrolet showed the world its new Camaro for 2016. Some lucky members of the press were able to drive test mules of some V6 versions and all seemed to come away impressed. All test mule drivers seem to say the same things; direct steering, throaty and powerful V6 and balanced chassis. So far the new Camaro seems to have every sports car box checked. But is it just good for a Camaro or is it properly good, good enough to take on the best of Europe?

With a range of four and six-cylinder engines, rear-wheel drive and a balanced chassis, the Camaro seems like a viable contender to the BMW 4 Series.

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At least on paper it does. Both of the non-V8 Camaro engines have similar sizes and power figures to BMW’s offerings and the performance figures should be similar as well. But numbers are only a small portion of a sports car’s story. The Camaro may have a similar spec sheet to the 4 Series, but will it drive as well, will it be as refined or as enjoyable?

For decades, the answer to all of those questions would be an absolute no. The Camaro was always too fat and bloaty to hang with the posh Europeans. Camaros never drove with the balance or sophistication of anything from BMW or Mercedes. However, the new Camaro is built on the same platform as the Cadillac ATS and CTS, cars which many people prefer to their European competitors. So this time around, the Camaro has a Puncher’s chance.

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Now obviously, the target audiences for the Camaro and 4 Series are very different. The price ranges are also vastly different. However, it’s possible that someone who would want a 4 Series but can’t afford one might want to spring for the much cheaper, though similar, Camaro. So while not direct competitors, per say, the Camaro might be a cheaper alternative and a dark horse candidate for buyers in the segment.

So what do you think, will the Camaro be able to hide its blue-collar roots and be a sophisticated sports car? Or will it always be a brutish American muscle car?

11 responses to “Could The New Camaro Contend With The 4 Series?”

  1. IceDree says:

    No, the Camaro is in a different class (although the line is getting blurry).

    The ATS coupe is the 4-series’ rival.
    On a sidenote, the new 335hp 3.6 V6 in the new Camaro will be available on the ATS, CTS & CT6 (& most likely the XT5 as well) later this year

    • I agree, for the most part. At the moment, even for 2016, the Camaro is still a rung below the 4 Series, whose American competition is the ATS coupe. However, it is interesting to see the Camaro closing the gap.

  2. izzey04 says:

    why so ugly…..

  3. jason bourne says:

    No.

  4. GMsucks says:

    Can no one at GM design a side window, it looks like they took the previous windows and made a car fit the tiny slots that the previous windows fit. Knowing GM it’s a possibility. So any coupe at any price competes which means a Chevy SS competes with the 5 series. GM is good at one thing which is producing the same power with a 6.2 liter engine that BMW, Mercedes and Audi can do with 4.0-4.4 liter. I have not bought a GM since the last POS I bought around 1990. 5 disasters in a row, 82 Camaro, 84 Fiero, 85 Fiero, 88 Olds Cutlass, 90 Cutlass all with major defects. Couldn’t even drive the Camaro home from the dealer in Cincinnati as the gear shift came out of the floor. Take this and give them $60 billion to pay off unions and kill 100 people (so far) with bad ignitions and GM is an embarrassment to America in my opinion.

  5. Mike Vella says:

    It would have to be WAY better than the previous gen for it to even come close.
    I drove a couple different models of the Camaro and they were awful. Cheap, cheesy interior, crummy road feel and the sight lines were almost comically bad.

    • I agree, the previous one was pretty terrible. From what I’m hearing, the new one is a massive improvement.

      • Mike Vella says:

        It would have to be.. :)

        GM should send some spies over to Ford.

        They are building cars that actually have nice steering, ride and road manners. I had a brand new Fusion (granted, that’s a sedan) for all of last week on vacation on Kauai and it was great – except for that one USA failure, the center console from your elbow to the dash. Absolute crap. Seriously, though. Why does entire control center tilt AWAY from you??
        For a mid-sized sedan, I think it’s a bargain when tricked out with all the bells and whistles. They have a bit to go for a car that size with the eco-boost motor, but still..

        Next rental I’m going to try and get a Focus hatch and see how it is.

        • You’re right, the Fusion is actually a pretty good car. I drove both the Ford Focus SE Hatch and the ST. Obviously the ST was better, but the standard Focus really isn’t bad at all. The ST is a riot, though. Legitimate contender to the VW GTI.

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