The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Will Start At $26,695, V8 SS At $37,295

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Are you ballin’ on a budget? Looking for a new ride? Consider checking out the new budget 2016 Chevrolet Camaro - you can get it on the low low. The V8’s more expensive, naturally.


Autobots, roll out the deals, because according to a Chevy press release you can find at Autoblog, the brand new Camaro with the reasonably exciting 275 hp 2.0 liter four-cylinder and 295 lb-ft of torque is only going to set you back $26,695. That’s $305 cheaper than the outgoing model with a similar trim package, including the $995 destination charge!

Neat, but here’s the real thing we all care about: the V8 SS. That now starts at $37,295 for the base 1SS model. That’s a fairly hefty jump from $34,500 for that model on the outgoing 2015 model, but you are getting more stuff here.

It’s also, it must be noted, a lot more expensive than the base V8 Mustang GT, which starts at $32,925.

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All trims come with goodies like dynamic driving modes for when starting the car just isn’t enough, automatic climate-control to keep you cool so you can focus on heating up those stickies at the corners, a backup camera so you don’t have to worry about spotting that mailbox through the mailbox-sized rear window, and Apple CarPlay (edit: Android Auto was announced earlier, but not included in this press release - expect it to be available on later 2016 models).

Pay a little more for an RS and get a little more power along with LED lights at the back, HID too-bright lights at the front, a strip of plastic on the trunk that puts the forces down, a fancier grille for a fancier face, and 20 inch wheels the size of satellite dishes on a car bigger than actual satellites.


The new super-sexy SS model comes with a choice - the cheaper 1SS gets Brembo brakes, bro, transmission and differential coolers, with that differential being the limited-slip type on the manuals.

The more expensive SS comes with wireless phone charging, seats that are ventilated to cool and heat, a Bose stereo setup for your sick beats, and a whole bunch of safety stuff like Side-Blind-Zone alert with Lane Change Alert and rear cross-traffic alert. The car also looks more aggressive, and you still have the option to pay even more for dual-mode exhaust and oh-so-sweet Magnetic Ride Control.


Meanwhile the new ‘Stang starts at $24,425 for the V6, the EcoBoost at $25,995 - consider giving that a looksy before settling on a deal.

If you want to try and snag a 2015 Camaro and you need help crafting, we’ve got a handy little Buyer’s Guide ready and waiting.

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better red than dead

I make around $50k/year, maybe a couple more in any given year from flipping things on Ebay or doing really well at rotisserie baseball.

I feel like I’m absurdly conservative (for once) in thinking that a base Camaro with a couple of options (say $29-30k) is right on the outer edge of what is reasonable for my thoroughly middle-class (nationally and regionally) single-guy/no-kids income - and yet every car that’s not the saddest econobox starts in that realm - GTI, Colorado, Renegade Trailhawk (which is sort of just a gussied-up compact car anyway).

How is this situation tenable long term for car companies? The median income in the US isn’t increasing, housing and food costs are, ‘nice transportation’ is going to quickly fall on the budget chopping block.