2016 Chevrolet Camaro Fuel Economy Released for LT V6 and SS V8 Models

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We know you've been waiting a heck of a long time for Chevrolet to release the fuel economy figures for the 2016 Camaro, so we won't beat around the bush about this.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V8 with the 6-speed manual transmission will return an EPA-rated 15 mpg city (15.7 l/100 km) and 25 mpg highway (9.4 l/100 km). The FoMoCo pony is similarly rated, but when you swap the 6-speed stick shift for the 8-speed Hydra-Matic auto, the 2016 Chevy Camaro V8 drinks a little less high-octane jungle juice.

The difference is minor: 17 mpg city (13.8l/100 km) and 28 mpg highway (8.4 l/100 km) for the Camaro vs. 16 mpg city (14.7 l/100 km) and 25 mpg highway (9.4 l/100 km) for the Mustang. Then again, this type of car isn't bought for its efficiency, except for car rental companies.

Unfortunately, EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6 automatic hasn't been released yet. On the upside, the numbers are in for the V6 manual – 18 mpg city (13 l/100 km) and 27 mpg highway (8.7 l/100 km). The Mustang V6 manual, on the other hand, manages 17 mpg (13.8 l/100 km) in the city and 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) out in the open. What about the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine of the 2016 Camaro?

This may not come as a surprise if you consider that production of the Camaro 2.0 turbo hasn't started yet, but no figures have been released for the 4-banger at the time of writing. Surprisingly, the 3.6-liter LGX V6 manages 1 mpg more in the city and 1 mpg less on the highway compared to the fifth-gen Camaro's V6.

How can the automatic V8 return 1 mpg better highway mileage than the V6 manual? The answer is simple.

The aggressive and closer spaced ratios of the automatic enabled engineers to use a taller rear end for lower rpms. A further explanation is that only the 8-speed Hydra-Matic transmission gets Active Fuel Management, a gizmo that turns off half of the cylinders under light-load conditions to improve mileage.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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