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Spend a day in the desert with a droptop Camaro

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Today’s office: a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro sixth-gen, in both coupe and convertible forms, outside Spring Mountain in Pahrump, Nevada.

Here’s the catch: it’s a four-banger, which the guys at Cars Illustrated were skeptical about. “Really, did Chevrolet not learn their lesson from the 3rd-Gen Iron Duke mess?” they point out, helpfully.

But on the Spring Mountain track, Dennis learns to love the turbo Camaro. He turns out a 0-60 sprint of 5.5 seconds, and a 13.8-second quarter-mile time: “Now I don’t want to ruffle too many feathers, but if you think about that would-be time slip…it’s a click or two faster than a Trailblazer SS and could be a great kill if you happen to slide up next to one at the local track.”

And compared to the Ford Mustang, our thoroughly unbiased writer writes: “that thing was a heap of junk on the road course.”

Then it’s time to go explore Death Valley. And you know what that means, of course: mandatory burnouts. Everybody in a muscle car has to do a burnout. All in all, it sounds like a pretty good time at today’s office.

2016 Camaro SS Convertible

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