Is The Base Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T A Proper Muscle Car?

The idea of having a Camaro powered by a turbo four-cylinder engine might sound strange to some people, even sacrilegious to some other, but that doesn’t make it necessarily a bad car.

Especially in this case, as the owner found his car -a brand new fully-loaded 2016 Camaro 2.0T with a manual and an original sticker price of $37k- sitting unwanted on a lot for eight months before buying it for just $26,000.

That’s basically Toyota 86-money for a very nicely balanced rear-drive coupe with 275hp and 295lb-ft of torque that also happens to be a Camaro. It’s all about perspective.

Sure, we’ve been used to Camaros destroying their rear tires to the tune of angry V8s but the current generation has also proven that it has a top-notch handling character so the base 2.0T model should be a very nice car indeed.

Let’s find out then if the four-banger Camaro deserves some credit thanks to Matt Farah’s latest One Take video.


  • Craig

    I’ve always appreciated the very basic versions of cars. The ‘Plain Janes’. [Even though these days – ‘Jane’ is no longer all that plain] This version of the Camaro would be fine with me.

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  • LJ

    No V-8, no muscle car.

  • vantageman1

    it does have more power than a few of the older V8s, i wouldnt call it a muscle car without the V8 but a great sports car for sure

  • TheBelltower

    $26k! Holy crap, I would do that.

  • nauticalone

    I like 2.0 four cylinder engines…in my Golf GTI. My Mustang or Camaro though needs a V8! And even for rental fleets at least a V6.

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