The 2016 Camaro SS Gets The ZL1's Fancy Magnetic Ride Suspension

Call it the democratization of performance. Exciting new technology starts life on expensive cars, then it trickles down the less-expensive stuff us mere mortals drive. Now the ill-understood magic of magnetism is coming to to the workin’ man’s 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

We’re a couple weeks away from the 2016 Camaro’s debut at Belle Isle Park, but Chevrolet announced that for the first time ever, the Camaro SS will get the option of having Magnetic Ride Control, previously only an option on the send-your-ass-to-jail supercharged ZL1.

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If you’re not familiar with magnetic ride, it’s an active damping system that make adjustments on the fly, reading road conditions and driver inputs 1,000 times per second. It’s one reason the big, heavy ZL1 is such an adept handler, and it serves to make the Corvette Stingray even better in the corners than it already is.

And now, it’s going on the normal Camaro SS, which should start in the mid-$30,000 range like the outgoing car. That’s awesome. It probably also won’t break the bank either, as it’s only a $1,795 option on the Corvette.

Between this news, the fact that the next Camaro will be at least 200 pounds lighter, and that it will use the world class platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS, we have a lot to look forward to. Even the non-muscle car crowd are probably gonna be impressed with this one.


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