What’s It Like to Drive the 2017 Chevy Camaro?

The Chevrolet Camaro is an American classic. Just saying the name of this beloved vehicle conjures an image of American automotive greatness and the glory days of Detroit manufacturing.

For the 50th anniversary of a car as special and as beloved as this one, Chevy needed to do something incredibly impressive to live up to the reputation for excellence that had already been established around it. On that front, we’re happy to report that the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is a proud successor to its predecessors, including 2016’s Motor Trend Magazine “Car of the Year.”

2017 Chevy Camaro Details

2017 Chevy Camaro

One of the biggest changes to the 2017 Camaro from the previous version released in 2015 is its lighter frame. The 2017 Camaro is a lighter and smaller version of the classic sports car but, also, a stronger version.

U.S. automakers have been experimenting with incorporating lightweight aluminum into many of the frames of their vehicles, leading to cars that weigh less while also being stronger and safer.

The Camaro is one of the vehicles that benefits from this development; all in all, the 2017 version is nearly 400 pounds lighter than its direct predecessor, giving it superior acceleration and braking power.

This isn’t the only development. The 2017 Camaro comes with a new, double-pivot sport strut front suspension, as well as a five-link rear setup that has improved the Camaro’s overall handling. For a sports car, how it handles is obviously an incredibly important part of the package.

The 2017 Camaro also comes with several options for the engine. The standard option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine capable of 275 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque; nothing to sneer at but not really anything special, either.

Things get much more impressive with the upgrade options, however. These include a 3.6-liter direct injection V6 (335 horsepower), a Corvette-style 6.2-liter V8 capable of 455 horsepower, and the ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter, 650 horsepower engine.

The engine isn’t the only part of the Camaro with multiple options. Standard versions come with a six-speed manual transmission, with the option to upgrade to a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic. The ZL1 (with the incredibly powerful engine we mentioned above) also has the option to upgrade from the standard six-speed manual to a 10-speed automatic.

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Inside the cabin, things are just as impressive. The 2017 Camaro comes with many of Chevrolet’s latest and best technological amenities, including an 8-inch display, Premium Bose stereo system, configurable instrument cluster, SiriusXM satellite radio, heated and cooled seats, and multiple connectivity features for mobile devices.

If you loved previous versions of the Camaro, then you’re going to love its newest incarnation, too. On every conceivable front—steering and handling, body construction, and automotive technology—it represents an important advancement while still representing all of the things that make a Camaro a Camaro. The Camaro may be 50 years old, but it’s still got plenty of life left in it.

Learn more by contacting our Spencer Chevrolet dealership today at 812-829-4843.

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What’s It Like to Drive the 2017 Chevy Camaro?