Sure, it’s fast – but is there more to it than that?

In case you were unaware, the 2017 sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro just took out its eternal rival, the Ford Mustang, in a comparison review examining everything from the aero and interior equipment, to speed and handling. And that’s all well and good, but before all you Chevy fans out there go in search of a cooler full of celebratory beverages, it’s time for the Camaro to face its next challenge – the rest of the world. Because although it managed to one-up the Mustang, the Bow Tie’s most popular muscle car is still facing more than a little competition from overseas. To see if it can stay at the top, we’re pitting it against four sporty coupes, two from Europe, and two from Japan. It’s ‘Merica vs. the world – will the ‘Maro once again take home the win?

Here’s the lineup looking to take the Chevy down: from Germany, we have the Audi TT Coupe and the BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, while in the other corner representing the Land of the Rising Sun is the Lexus RC Turbo Coupe and Nissan 370Z Nismo. Each of these vehicles comes with two doors, a sporty attitude, and a price tag that starts at around $40,000.

But right away, there’s a problem – clearly, if this were little more than a test of quarter mile times, the Camaro SS would be the hands-down winner. But Chevy contends its sixth-gen Camaro is much more than just a muscle car, bringing a host of features designed to make it useful in situations that don’t include staging lights.

So then – does it? Read on to find out

Continue reading for the full comparison.

Background

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The Chevy Camaro has come a long way in the 50 odd years it’s been in production. The latest model in particular represents a huge stride forward for the iconic nameplate, evolving beyond its muscle car connotations in the hopes of becoming a full-fledged sports car.

That said, this thing is still a Camaro, and Chevy isn’t about to toss away all the stuff that makes us love this car – it’s still loud and brash and in your face at all times. Furthermore, in the sports car segment, it manages to occupy a unique niche, one where tons of performance can be had for not a lot of money. The focus is still on speed and agility and maximum bang for your buck, and not so much luxury. And we like that.

Without a doubt, this thing is still a Camaro, and Chevy isn’t about to toss away all the stuff that makes us love this car.

As a result, that focus makes this comparison a bit odd, right? Without a doubt, the Camaro is the most performance-oriented option in the lineup, with the exception of perhaps the 370Z. But the question is this – what do you get for your money, and does the Camaro’s speed justify its lack of amenities and comfort? And more importantly, has the Camaro really moved beyond its one-dimensional appeal to become a true, well-rounded sports car?

To do all that, it’s gonna need to beat the competition, including a few models best known for backside coddling and not trap speeds. So read on as we explore whether or not shock and awe can outmuscle elegance and luxury.

Looks, Styling, And Aero

Looks aren’t everything, but they’re still definitely an important factor when buying a two-door sports coupe. With that in mind, what does each of these machines bring to the table when it comes to aesthetics? And beyond those subjective features, how about something more concrete, such as aerodynamics and downforce?

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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When Chevy introduced the sixth-generation Camaro back in May of 2015, it proudly announced that the only carryover parts from fifth-gen’s exterior were “the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge.” That leaves a good amount of room for innovation, and as such, the latest model is certainly a pretty big step up from the old model.

To begin, the Camaro comes with smaller dimensions on the outside. However, it still looks lower and wider thanks the inclusion of a new front end and headlight assembly. The side view still includes the tried and true fastback profile as it did before, plus a chiseled, stout rear end that adds lots of visual punch.

The Camaro SS has similar cues as the older models, seen prominently in the nose with the broad and flat front fascia and rectangular design. The shoulder line also brings similar styling cues as before, mimicking that of the old in its angles. Up top is something called a “reverse mohawk” roof, with a prominent indentation placed in the middle.

The Camaro SS has similar cues as the older models, seen prominently in the nose with the broad and flat front fascia and rectangular design. It looks aggressive, but it’s also definitely functional.

It looks aggressive, that’s for sure, but it’s also definitely functional as well. Chevy says it spent 350 hours testing out various designs in the wind tunnel, honing the new look to make sure it was both efficient with low drag figures, and effective at staving off lift at speed.

Part of this can be seen with the large air curtain mounted to the car’s chin. The SS also comes with a model-specific fascia design that throws in brake cooling ducts and functional hood vents, while out back, there’s an SS-specific spoiler element.

The wheels are 20-inch aluminum units, while those mean-looking headlights have HID lighting elements and LED daytime running lights. The taillights are also LED’s. Buyers get their choice of 11 different paint options, as well as multiple trim options and several stripe options, which means you can get your ‘Maro looking pretty just about any way you want it.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 110.7
Overall Length (Inches) 188.3
Overall Width (Inches) 74.7
Overall Height (Inches) 53.1
Front Track (Inches) 62.5
Rear Track (Inches) 63.7

2) Audi TT Coupe

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Beyond the R8, the Audi TT is perhaps the most assertive-looking vehicle in the Four Ring’s stable. It’s got sharp angles and deep cuts, looking both refined and sporty, without overdoing it in any one area. It’s a nice stopgap between the more pedestrian A5 Coupe and more dramatic R8, and although it’s not overly shouty like the Camaro, it’s still capable of turning quite a few heads on the street.

Starting this off is a large, geometric Singleframe grille, a styling element that pervades throughout each of Audi’s current offerings. On either side of this dominating intake are pointed headlight units, which come standard with LED lighting elements and LED daytime running lights.

It’s a nice stopgap between the more pedestrian A5 Coupe and more dramatic R8, and although it’s not overly shouty like the Camaro, it’s still capable of turning quite a few heads on the street.

The side view offers the same rounded roofline shape as it has in the past, although the roofline has been pushed forward a bit to give it more of a fastback-like feeling. The side view mirrors get features like power folding, auto dim, and heating, while the wheels are 18 inches as standard with a 5-twin spoke design. Towards the passenger-side rear fender is an aluminum-optic fuel filler door, which is etched with the TT logo and gets a capless refuel feature.

The rear end completes the look with a simple, rounded shape that accentuates the car’s width. The taillights get an LED lighting element plus dynamic turn signals, while the insert below the bumper gets dual polished exhaust tips. On the trunk is a rear spoiler that automatically lowers and rises as needed, offering a bit of rear stability at speed, and a cleaner look when parked. The drag coefficient is rated at 0.30.

Finally, there are 10 different paint options to choose from. If you don’t like any of the 10, Audi also offers exclusive hues for a $3,900 upcharge.

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 98.6
Overall Length (Inches) 164.7
Overall Width (Inches) 72.1
Overall Height (Inches) 53.2
Front Track (Inches) 61.9
Rear Track (Inches) 61.1

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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The BMW 2 Series is a nicely balanced car in terms of aesthetics, mixing refinement with a hearty dose of motorsport cues and beefiness. The front end gets the normal assemblage of Bimmer styling cues, such as a black kidney grille above a triple play of lower intakes. The headlights are slim and narrow, and come equipped with Xenon adaptive lighting elements and a dynamic auto level feature. There’s also the traditional Corona headlight rings, plus LED accents as well.

Move to the side, and the 2 Series starts to reveal more of its performance intentions thanks to raked upper and lower character lines that lend the car its forward-leaning poise. The side view mirrors come finished in a Ferric Grey metallic color, while the wheels are 18 inches in diameter with a five split-spoke design. Buyers can also go for 19-inch wheels if desired, which are a $4,195 option.

The front end gets the normal assemblage of Bimmer styling cues, such as a black kidney grille above a triple play of lower intakes.

Further options include seven different paint choices, and two different wheel finishes.

For this comparison, we’re looking at the M240i Coupe model, which gets the always-appropriate M Aero package. Included is a new air curtain for the front fascia, plus a rear spoiler to round it out.

Other details include dark chrome trim on the bumpers, intakes, and exhaust tips. And if you don’t like the flashiness of the standard polished exhaust tips, you can get carbon fiber finishers as a replacement for $257.

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 105.9
Overall Length (Inches) 174.7
Overall Width (Inches) 69.8
Overall Height (Inches) 55.8
Front Track (Inches) 59.9
Rear Track (Inches) 61.3

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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While it’s not quite as aggressive as the Camaro, the Lexus does bring its own variety of flair and presence to this comparison. The front end in particular makes this car standout, offering a huge amount of sharp cuts and angles, plus a low and wide stance.

The headlight housings and grille make up the bulk of this unique styling approach. That front intake is dubbed a spindle grille, and it’s a Lexus trademark with a mesh insert complement. The small headlights are also underlined by swish-shaped daytime running lights, and Lexus likes to point out how the “upper section’s mesh pattern gradually [transforms] into an “F” character as it approaches the lower extremity.” In the options list are available triple LED headlights.

The headlight housings and grille make up the bulk of this unique styling approach. That front intake is dubbed a spindle grille, and it’s a Lexus trademark with the mesh insert complement.

For the 2017 model year, Lexus added new finishes for the 18- and 19-inch wheel options. The side view mirrors get subtle integrated turn signals, while the door handles get “integrated LED puddle lamps.”

Move towards the rear, and the RC’s chunkiness continues with several layers of styling elements, including a rounded trunk line, beefy rear fenders, and vertical side vents. LEDs are used for the brake lights and license plate illumination, while dual polished steel exhaust tips get additional hard angles.

New for 2017 is a dark paint option dubbed Caviar, which joins eight other hues for nine colors total. The car’s drag coefficient is rated at 0.295.

Finally, if you opt into the more expensive F Sporttrim level, you get 19-inch wheels as standard with a unique 10 twin-spoke design, plus a base black grille finish for that huge spindle intake in the nose.

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 107.5
Overall Length (Inches) 184.8
Overall Width (Inches) 69.8
Overall Height (Inches) 54.9
Front Track (Inches) 62.2
Rear Track (Inches) 63

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Out of the four rivals we’ve lined up for the Chevy Camaro, the Nissan 370Z Nismo is probably the most apt at offering high-speed visual ferocity. While the base model 370Z is already quite the looker, with a powerful stance and aggressive profile, the Nismo iteration offers much, much more thanks to a careful selection of exclusive aero parts. The look is inspired by the capstone of the Nissan performance pyramid, a.k.a., the mighty GT-R, and that means the aero is all quite functional, striking a balance between front and rear downforce for extra stick at speed.

Seeing this thing in your rearview mirror, you’d first be struck by the deep front intake, punctuated by red lower blade elements that turn up and into the fascia. Smaller vertical intakes are in the corners, offset by upper daytime running lights running on the horizontal. The headlights use an L-shaped design and get bi-functional xenon lighting elements with an automatic on/off feature. The hood is made from aluminum to keep excess weight off the nose, and is complete with two lengthwise muscle lines.

The look is inspired by the capstone of the Nissan performance pyramid, a.k.a., the mighty GT-R, and that means the aero is all quite functional, striking a balance between front and rear downforce for extra stick at speed.

The profile is also quite striking, showing off a long hood line and a cabin that’s been pushed towards the rear. The haunches are wide and squat, flaring out in classic coupe-like flamboyance. The brushed metal door handles are mounted vertically on the doors, and there are heated side view mirrors with integrated turn signals. New for the 2017 model year are redesigned wheels from legendary Japanese tuner Rays, which are made from lightweight aluminum alloy. Hiding behind the fresh rollers you’ll find brake calipers painted in red.

Moving to the sizable rear end, we find a Nismo-specific spoiler, which seems to complete the Z’s almost 911-esque rear end. Dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets are mounted underneath and get further red trim.

While visually more assertive than the regular Z Coupe, the Nismo edition is also larger, sporting an addition 3 inches in length and an extra inch in width. There are four exterior paint colors to choose from, including Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Solid Red.

Finally, the drag coefficient is rated at 0.30.

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 100.4
Overall Length (Inches) 170.5
Overall Width (Inches) 73.6
Overall Height (Inches) 51.8
Front Track (Inches) 61.2
Rear Track (Inches) 62.2

The Bottom Line

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Top picture: Chevrolet Camaro. Bottom picture, left to right, top to bottom: Audi TT Coupe, BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, Lexus RC Turbo Coupe, Nissan 370Z Nismo.

The Camaro is definitely a peacock, especially compared to the Audi, Bimmer, and Lexus. The Nissan, however, manages to keep pace in the aesthetics department, offering Japanese-style aggression compared to the red-white-and-blue Camaro.

But here’s the thing about driving around in the Camaro – Chevy may claim it has evolved beyond it’s relatively simple roots of straight-line drag racing, but in the minds of onlookers, it’s still clearly an all-American muscle car.

Chevy may claim the Camaro has evolved, but in the minds of onlookers, it’s still clearly an all-American muscle car.

And that includes all the associations and assumptions you’d expect for such a vehicle, like a lack of refinement, a stripped-down interior space, and a bit of flabbiness in the corners. Whether or not the Camaro really does exhibit those characteristics doesn’t matter – the perception is still there, and it’s gonna take a while to shake.

To some people that’s not a problem. After all, enthusiasts and Chevy fans know the truth. But for the general public, the Camaro still looks like a rather brutish muscle car.

Interior, Comfort, And Convenience

Take a peek into the cabin of a race car (a real race car), and you’ll notice the interior tends to be a bit… let’s say sparsely appointed. The only features present are those needed for turning quick lap times, which means little more than a single bucket seat, a roll cage, some gauges, a steering wheel, a set of pedals, and a shifter.

To be a real sports car in this segment, not a race car, a vehicle is gonna need to have the appropriate features in the cabin – stuff for comfort on a long trip, like padded seats that can be adjusted in multiple ways, and multimedia readouts dishing out more than just the engine rpm and oil pressure.

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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The Chevy Camaro sports a somewhat modernized cabin, but there is the odd retro touch added here and there. Chevy likes to characterize the layout as being “shifter-focused,” with the greatest emphasis placed on the side of the cabin with the steering wheel.

Speaking of which, the SS gets a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with a flat-bottom, leather covering, contrast stitching, metal surrounds, and an available heating function. There are also brushed metal surrounds for the buttons, a material that extends to other parts of the cabin, such as on the door panels.

One very cool feature is the control for the heater and air conditioning, which is adjusted via rings placed around the circular vents mounted in the center console. Chevy says it used these as a means to reduce the clutter created by excess hard buttons.

Chevy likes to characterize the layout as being “shifter-focused,” with the greatest emphasis placed on the side of the cabin with the steering wheel.

Infotainment features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, while in the dash is a 7.0-inch color touchscreen. Options include a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, as well as a customizable high-definition 8.0-inch digital display cluster mounted behind the steering wheel.

Driving the infotainment system is the MyLink software platform. Complementing it all is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, voice control, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a cool ambient lighting feature with over 24 individual colors. There are also five separate options for the interior colors.

The seats get decent lateral bolsters, plus there’s an 8-way power adjustable feature for the driver. Further options include available heating and ventilation.

When it comes to aural entertainment, the Camaro SS is equipped with a resonator feature that lets passengers hear induction noises more clearly. The explosive noises from out back come courtesy of a dual-mode exhaust with an electronically controlled bypass valve. That means you can put it in track mode for more noise, or put it in stealth mode for silent running, depending on your given mood and situation.

Interior dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 38.5 / 33.5
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 43.9 / 29.9
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 55.0 / -
Hip room front/rear (Inches) 54.5 / -
Cargo volume (cubic feet) 9.1

2) Audi TT Coupe

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The Audi TT offers a rather premium-looking interior, especially in this crowd. With high-quality materials and an elegant layout, it’s all quite reminiscent of other entries in the Audi lineup. Clutter is minimalized, and sitting in either of the front seats, there’s never any question that you’re in a modern luxury car.

Slide into the left seat, and you’re first met with a sporty steering wheel with a three-spoke design, flat bottom, and multi-function controls operated via thumb-length buttons at the 9 and 3. Shift paddles are also located on the sides in those models equipped with an automatic transmission.

The cabin layout uses a 2+2 seating arrangement, with the rear seats offering very little in terms of room. Up front, though, things are quite comfortable thanks to 12-way power adjustability and four-way power lumbar adjustments. The seats are also quite supportive when driving aggressively thanks to large side bolsters. The climate control is operated thanks to the rings surrounding the air vents.

It’s all quite reminiscent of other entries in the Audi lineup. Clutter is minimalized, and sitting in either of the front seats, there’s never any question that you’re in a modern luxury car.

Materials include aluminum trim for the center console, doors, and shifter surround. Options include upgraded Fine Nappa leather upholstery, while customers can choose between four different color options.

Behind the steering wheel is the Audi virtual cockpit feature, which comes equipped as standard. This system is essentially an MMI interface that replaces the traditional analog instrument panel with a 12.3-inch color display.

Further infotainment features come courtesy of the Audi connect system, which comes with a free six-month trial subscription, including stuff like Wi-Fi connectivity with 4G LTE, streaming audio, over-the-air updates, and real-time traffic. The whole shebang is operated thanks the Volkswagen’s MIB-2 infotainment platform, while an MMI touch user interface in the center console helps issue commands.

Upgraded aural entertainment can be had with the optional Bang & Olufsen stereo, which throws in 12 speakers juiced by 680 watts of power. A dash of extra “look-at-me” is offered thanks to a lighting feature that illuminates the woofers mounted in the front doors. Finally, a standard rearview camera helps to maneuver the car in tight spaces.

Interior dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 37.1 / 33.8
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 41.1 / 28.9
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 53.6 / 47.9
Cargo volume (cubic feet) 12

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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The BMW’s interior is a mix of refinement and sportiness, with a driver-centric layout and a plethora of hard buttons on the center console. There’s aluminum trim set in a geometric hexagonal pattern, plus BMW’s SensaTec upholstery material off set by Estoril Blue highlights. Up top, the headliner is finished in Anthracite, while ambient lighting adds an extra splash of color at night. Customers can choose between six different interior color scheme options, plus four different color options for the trim.

Up front, you’ll find 10-way power adjustable seats with 2-way adjustable side bolster, a manually adjustable headrest, and 4-way adjustable lumbar support. Drivers get to grips with a three-spoke leather steering wheel offering multi-function buttons in the corners and brushed metal inserts. Up top is a two-way power moonroof.

The BMW’s interior is a mix of refinement and sportiness, with a driver-centric layout and a plethora of hard buttons on the center console.

The infotainment front is covered with a standard AM/FM/CD Hi-Fi stereo. There are seven speakers running through a 205-watt amp. There’s also SiriusXM radio with a free 1-year subscription, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a hub to connect via USB. A 6.5-inch screen mounted to the top of the dash provides visual feedback, and runs off BMW’s iDrive platform.

Convenience features include useful bits like dynamic cruise control, automatic climate control, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic headlights. There’s also a memory function that’ll default to your preferred settings if there happens to be multiple drivers for the car.

Interior dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 40.1 / -
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 41.5 / 33
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 54.4 / 53.4

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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Like the Bimmer and the Audi, the Lexus RC Coupe is also set on mixing sportiness and luxury, spreading it on thick with high-end materials and sporting cues just about everywhere you look. Lexus says it took inspiration from the LFA halo car, although it’s quite a bit subdued compared to the brand’s V-10 halo machine, even managing seating four passengers total.

It all starts with a three-spoke steering wheel with sizable hand bolsters at 10 and 2 and multi-function controls at 9 and 3. The lower spoke is brushed aluminum, while multi-function steering buttons for the phone, audio, and cruise control are in the sides. The instrument panel is more closely related to the LFA in terms of look and layout.

Four interior colors are offered, including Stratus Gray, Playa, Flaxen, and Black. There’s also abundant contrast stitching, while opting for the wood trim adds something called shimamoku on the doors and dash, which is a reference to the polished and layered techniques used in the wood’s creation.

Opt into the F Sport model, and you get further performance cues like aluminum pedals, the Rioja Red interior color options, and special sporty leather trim for the steering wheel and shifter.

Like the Bimmer and the Audi, the Lexus RC Coupe is also set on mixing sportiness and luxury, spreading it on thick with high-end materials and sporting cues just about everywhere you look.

Notices and helpful info come courtesy of a 4.2-inch TFT LCD display mounted in the cluster, which also links up with the multimedia system for stuff like music selection and navigation directions. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is mounted in the upper portion of the dash with smartphone-like controls, but there’s also a Remote Touchpad Interface on the center console.

There’s also an app for service reminders and remote feature control for the door locks, engine starter, climate control, vehicle locator, and guest driver monitor. Both iOS and Android are supported. Bluetooth connections are also supported, and there’s further app integration for entertainment as well.

The stereo is your traditional CD/iPod/USB set-up, with 10 speakers as standard, a 10-inch subwoofer, and 256 watts of power. There’s also an available Mark Levinson Premium Audio system with 17 speakers, 360-degree sound production, three-dimensional output, Clari-Fi audio restoration, and 835 watts of power.

The navigation includes a standard Scout GPS Link system with Lexus Display Audio, which integrates with your smartphone for direct inclusion into the infotainment system – put the app on your phone, and your maps and directions will be displayed on the touchscreen. Alternatively, you can get the Lexus Navigation System. The navigation system is offered with points of interest, plus English, French, and Spanish languages. There’s also traffic and weather info, 3D map views, simulated highway junction views, posted speed limit display, and it’ll automatically display nearby gas stations when you’re running low on fuel.

The safety system includes a Pre-Collision System that’ll register potential collisions with other vehicles. If a collision is considered imminent, the system will apply the binders automatically with Brake Assist.

The safety system includes a Pre-Collision System that’ll register potential collisions with other vehicles. If a collision is considered imminent, the system will apply the binders automatically with Brake Assist. It also gets an available Blind Spot Monitor for lane changes, and will monitor vehicles coming up from the rear when adding Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which is ideal when reversing out of a parking spot.

The automatic climate control offers a plethora of specific temperature zones divided between high and low, left and right. Lexus explains it like this: “For example, on a colder day with bright sunshine, you can set the upper air mix for cooling while at the same time have the lower air mix set for warmth.” There’s also a pollen removal system and a deodorizer to keep the air nice and fresh.

Finally, the Lexus RC is surprisingly practical thanks to its manual/electric folding rear seats and a memory function to help accommodate more stuff.

Interior dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 39 / 34.8
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 45.4 / 27.3
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 54.7 / 50.8
Hip room front/rear (Inches) 53.9 / 44.9
Passenger volume 82 cubic feet
Cargo volume (cubic feet) 10.4

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Unlike the other competitors on this list, the Nissan is a little closer to the Camaro in terms of interior focus. Clearly, this is a cabin space for involving the driver, with Recaro seats that boast large lateral bolsters and a sporty shape. Only two passengers can be accommodated, without even a hint of a rear seat on board.

The instrument panel gets a “scooped” design, and there are extra gauges for the oil temperature and the voltmeter. There’s also a clock. The shifter gets a leather wrap, and the pedals are made from aluminum.

The Nismo comes with model-specific features like red and black leather upholstery, plus Alcantara inserts. There’s also red seat trim and stitching that bears the Nismo logo. More Alcantara and leather can be found on the steering wheel. Standard appointment includes a manually adjustable driver’s and passenger seat, with 8-way adjustability for the driver and 4-way adjustability for the passenger.

Behind the steering wheel is a Nismo tachometer in red. The needles for the speedo and tacho complete a full “sweep” of the dial when you first start the car, adding a nice touch of drama. Standard appointment includes a navigation system, a 7.0-inch VGA touchscreen, a RearView Monitor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a HomeLink Universal Transceiver.

Clearly, this is a cabin space for involving the driver, with Recaro seats that boast large lateral bolsters and a sporty shape. Only two passengers can be accommodated, without even a hint of a rear seat on board.

Further features include a Nissan Intelligent Key, a Push Button Start, a Bose in-dash AM/FM/CD/Aux six-speaker audio system with two subwoofers, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, and USB and iPod interface, and Bluetooth support.

Go for the upgraded Tech trim level, and you get SiriusXM radio and streaming Bluetooth audio. The power windows get a one-touch up/down feature, and there’s automatic climate control as well.

Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement are standard on all trim levels of the 370Z Nismo. These tech features target unpleasant aural intrusions and cancel them out just like on the GT-R, while also enhancing the good sounds for more thrills.

Interior dimensions

Headroom front (Inches) 38.2
Legroom front (Inches) 42.9
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 54.4
Hip room front/rear (Inches) 54.6
Passenger volume 51.6 cubic feet
Cargo volume (cubic feet) 6.9

The Bottom Line

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Top picture: Chevrolet Camaro. Bottom picture, left to right, top to bottom: Audi TT Coupe, BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, Lexus RC Turbo Coupe, Nissan 370Z Nismo.

Here we find the Camaro really start to falter. While the Chevy’s interior does come with some rather interesting features, it’s a bit of a dungeon compared to these other competitors. It feels and looks cheap, and while there is a bit of technology at play, it doesn’t compare to what you get in something like the Lexus, even when opting for the higher trim levels and packages. Up against similarly priced sports cars, the Camaro’s interior clearly cuts a few corners.

Engine, Drivetrain, And Speed

This is where most of you will undoubtedly place the majority of the emphasis in your decision making as to which car is superior. However, the question remains – how does the speed potential of the Camaro stack up against the other entries on this list, and does that differential justify the conciliations you have to make in other areas?

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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The Chevy Camaro is offered with three options for the under-hood entertainment, each with its own trim level, but the SS is the one you want. That’s because it comes equipped with the biggest and baddest powerplant option of the three – a 6.2-liter small block LT1 V-8 with direct fuel injection. It’s the same engine that you get with the Corvette Stingray, but it’s been modified a bit to work wonders for the Camaro. The exhaust manifold, for example, is a new tri-Y unit, and it produces the kind of noise that makes you want to just stay awhile and listen.

The Camaro SS comes equipped with the biggest and baddest powerplant option of this comparison – a 6.2-liter small block LT1 V-8.

Gearbox options include either a six-speed manual, or an eight-speed automatic. The six-speed has an automated blip feature for the downshifts, while the automatic throws in stuff like variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management for a little extra mpg. Either transmission option upgrades the cooling capability thanks to auxiliary radiators, a differential cooler, and a transmission cooler.

Output is rated at a heady 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 455 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm, making the new model the most powerful factory production Camaro SS ever made. A sprint to 60 mph takes just 4 seconds, while the quarter mile is done in 12.3 seconds at 116 mph quarter mile. Wind it all the way out and you’ll see 165 mph.

2) Audi TT Coupe

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The base model Audi TT gets a front-mounted, transverse 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine. The block is iron and the head is aluminum, while the bore is measured at 3.25 inches and the stroke is 3.65 inches. It’s also got double overhead cams, 16 valves, and a turbo that makes 17.2 psi of boost.

Routing the output to the pavement is an S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which feeds Audi’s “new” quattro AWD system. The AWD system also comes equipped with variable ratio control. According to Audi, “the new system varies torque delivery percentage front to rear by measuring the coefficient of traction at all four wheels via 150 readings every 10 milliseconds and can be controlled through the Audi drive select system.”

Properly motivated, it’s enough to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

Total output comes to 220 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. Properly motivated, it’s enough to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Top speed is rated at 130 mph, which gets an electronically controlled limiter for U.S. buyers without access to the autobahn.

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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The M240i gets M-style performance in all the right places – including under the hood. New for the 2017 model year is an upgraded turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which produces more power than before.

The construction is all aluminum, while a twin-scroll turbo is mounted to a steel exhaust manifold. There’s a map-controlled oil pump, electric wastegate control, intercooling with an electric cooling pump, and an electronic throttle. There’s also direct fuel injection, Valvetronic variable valve control, Double-Vanos cam timing, and an automatic start/stop system, plus brake energy regeneration.

New for the 2017 model year is an upgraded turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which produces more power than before.

That should make it decently efficient, but here are the important bits – output comes to 335 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, 15 more than the model that came before. The engine also produces a sizable 369 pound-feet of torque at 1,520 rpm, a gain of 39 pound-feet.

Get it with AWD, and you’ll hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the old model. However, the more relevant option in this comparison is the RWD set-up, which hits the same mark in a slightly slower 4.6 seconds with the manual transmission, and 4.4 seconds with automatic. Both numbers are 0.2 seconds quicker than the outgoing model.

Get it with RWD, and you’ll see 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with the manual transmission, or 4.4 seconds with automatic.

Speaking of transmissions, the M240i is offered with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic transmission as standard, plus RWD. You can alternatively get it with BMW’s xDrive system, but if you get the RWD model, you can option in a three-pedal six-speed manual transmission if desired. The six-speed also comes equipped with a rev match function if heel-toe is an issue. Meanwhile, the automatic gets standard launch control.

Also of note is the engine sound – that inline six-cylinder sounds tasty indeed, especially when optioned with the available sport exhaust system.

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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Lexus offers a variety of different trim levels for the RC Coupe. Higher in the range, you can get a six-cylinder engine with a decent wallop of power, but for this test, we’re gonna stick with the base model to keep the prices relatively close.

That means buyers get a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. There’s also D-4ST direct injection, intercooling, 16 valves, dual VVT-I, and a twin-scroll turbo. Power comes to 241horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,650 rpm. Wind it out and you’ll see 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, while the quarter mile is completed in 16 seconds flat. Top speed is rated at 143 mph.

Buyers get a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. Power comes to 241horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,650 rpm.

Cog swaps come courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission, which gets something called Sports Program Direct Shift, or SPDS. This system mates the qualities of a torque converter and dual-clutch for both smoothness and a little extra hands-on interaction.

Drivers get three individual drive modes to choose from, including Normal, Sport, and Manual. Downshifting takes less than half a second in M mode, and includes automatic throttle blips to keep the engagement nice and buttery.

Go for Sport shifting mode, and the G-sensor AI-Shift control unit comes into play, feeding info to the computer to figure out which gear to slot into for maximum performance. It’ll downshift during braking, keep higher revs on sweepers, and offer snappier uptake when dipping back into the throttle.

Go for Sport shifting mode, and the G-sensor AI-Shift control unit comes into play, feeding info to the computer to figure out which gear to slot into for maximum performance.

The Drive Mode Select also lets the driver more accurately control the response and feel of the powertrain, steering assist, and if you get the F Sport pack, the suspension system as well. Further refinement can be had with multiple drive modes on the suspension, including Normal, Sport, Eco, and with the F Sport pack, a Sport S+ mode.

Finally, an optional performance exhaust system adds louder good noises out the back.

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Making the go in the Nissan is a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6, with dual overhead cams plus Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) to optimize the combustion cycle for max efficiency. Redline is set at 7,500 rpm.

Pin the throttle, and the six-cylinder spins out 350 horsepower at 7,400 rpm (18 more than standard coupe), and 276 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. To help make the extra bit of power, the Nismo comes equipped with a model-specific “H-configured” exhaust system and muffler tuning. The Engine Control Module was also optimized.

All told, the 370Z Nismo manages to hit 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, while the quarter mile is completed in 13.5 seconds at 105 mph. Top speed registers at 155 mph.

Pin the throttle, and the six-cylinder spins out 350 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 276 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. That’s 18 horsepower more than standard coupe, which is provided by upgrades like a model-specific “H-configured” exhaust system and muffler tuning.

There are two transmission options on the table for the 370Z, including a standard close-ratio six-speed manual with the SynchroRev Match. This system makes for smoother downshifts by automatically blipping the throttle, but it can be deactivated for your own heel-toe action if preferred.

There’s also an available seven-speed automatic, which gets Downshift Rev Matching, plus Adaptive Shift Control and manual shifting via paddles on the steering wheel. A carbon-fiber driveshaft sends the power where it needs to be.

The Bottom Line

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Top picture: Chevrolet Camaro. Bottom picture, left to right, top to bottom: Audi TT Coupe, BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe, Lexus RC Turbo Coupe, Nissan 370Z Nismo.

The Camaro SS is one very quick car. With a 0-to-60 mph time of four seconds and a quarter mile time in the low 12’s, it’s the fastest option here by a long shot.

Or is it? The BMW is slower, but with a 0-to-60 mph time about a half second slower and ample top end thanks to a banging turbo six-cylinder, it’s not terribly off the pace of the Chevy product. The Audi, Lexus, and even the Nissan are significantly slower, but if you’re looking for a nice mix of performance and elegance, the M240i looks as though it’s starting to rise above the pack.

Chevrolet Camaro SS Audi TT BMW 2 Series M240i Lexus RC Turbo Nissan 370Z Nismo
Engine 6.2L LT1 V-8, VVT with Direct Injection 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbocharger naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6
Horsepower 455 HP @ 6,000 RPM 220 HP @ 4,500 RPM 335 HP @ 5,500 RPM 241 HP @ 5,800 RPM 350 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Torque 455 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,600 RPM 368 LB-FT @ 1,520 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,650 RPM 276 LB-FT @ 5,200
Transmission TREMEC six-speed manual with Active Rev Match S tronic six-speed dual-clutch automatic eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic eight-speed automatic six-speed manual with the SynchroRev Match
0 to 60 mph 4.0 seconds 5.3 seconds 4.2 seconds 7.3 seconds 5 seconds
Quarter mile time 12.3 seconds @ 116 mph - - 16 seconds 13.5 seconds @ 105 mph
Top Speed 165 mph 130 mph 155 mph 143 mph 155 mph

Chassis And Handling

Traditionally an area where the Camaro has lacked refinement, the new Camaro promises a whole new experience behind the wheel in the chassis and handling department. But why is that, and how do the specs line up with other entries with two doors and similar price tags?

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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To help it make the move from muscle car to sports car, the Camaro first had to go on a diet. To that end, Chevy started with GM’s Alpha architecture, a highly rigid (yet lightweight) platform combining high-strength steel and aluminum. The platform was initially used on the 2014 Cadillac CTS, and applied to the Camaro, it makes for smaller exterior dimensions and up to 390 pounds less weight than the fifth-gen vehicle. The platform is also 28 percent more rigid as well.

Contributing to that hefty weight savings is an array of alloy suspension components in front. The rear suspension is made from steel, but uses lightening holes to free up a little extra mass.

Speaking of suspension, the Camaro uses multi-link MacPherson struts up front, including geometry that’s specific to the model. Meanwhile, the rear uses a five-link set-up. New for the updated Camaro SS is a Magnetic Ride Control system, which throws in high-tech components originally sourced from the ZL1 track monster. This active suspension set-up can automatically adjust itself up to 1,000 times per second, making it ideal for high performance applications like the Camaro.

New for the updated Camaro SS is a Magnetic Ride Control system, which throws in high-tech components originally sourced from the ZL1 track monster.

Complementing the suspension is a quick-ratio steering rack, with just 2.5 turns required from lock to lock. The standard Brembo brakes measure in with 13.6-inch rotors in front, which are pinched by four-piston calipers, and 13.3-inch rotors in the rear, also pinched by four-piston calipers.

Torque vectoring is equipped on the rear axle. This brake-based system is used to slow the inside wheel for crisper handling, and there’s a Competitive Braking mode to help you stand it on its nose as you dive into a corner. Four individual driving modes make the most of it all, including Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and a Track mode.

Finally, traction comes courtesy of F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires from Goodyear.

2) Audi TT Coupe

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Although it is technically a luxury car, the Audi TT is relatively lightweight, tipping the scales at a scant 3,164 pounds. Managing the heft is a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a four-link rear suspension, which comes complemented by an aluminum subframe, and dynamic axle kinematics.

Helping the TT stop are 12.3-inch front ventilated disc brakes, while in back there are 11.8-inch solid disc brakes. The wheels measure in at 8.5 inches by 18 inches, and are shod in a sticky summer-only compound measured at 245/40R18. Alternatively, buyers can get theirs with all-season rubber, if preferred.

Although it is technically a luxury car, the Audi TT is relatively lightweight, tipping the scales at a scant 3,164 pounds. Managing the heft is a MacPherson strut front suspension, and a four-link rear suspension.

Folks looking to upgrade can also get into larger 19-inch wheels that are 9 inches wide and come with 245/35R19 summer tires. The larger wheels are also offered in two separate designs.

Finally, the steering is an electromechanical speed-sensitive power set-up with progressive feedback and a 14.6:1 steering ratio.

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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The 2 Series is already equipped with a rather potent chassis, but BMW adds to this on the M240i Coupe with new suspension components front to back. Both ends employ a five-link set-up, including an aluminum double-pivot spring and strut type for the front axle. The rear also employs aluminum components, while twin-tube gas-pressure shocks are used in all four corners. Upgrades include adaptive suspension as standard, plus M Sport components that lower the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inches).

Underneath the well-wrought bodylines are M-spec wheels, hewn from a lightweight allow and measuring in at 18 inches in diameter. Wheel width is staggered at 7.5 inches in front and 8 inches in the rear. Wrapping the rollers is Michelin’s Pilot Super Sport tires, which measure in at 225/40R18 in front and 245/35R18 in the rear. Under the rollers are M Sport brakes with fixed multi-piston calipers.

Underneath the well-wrought bodylines are M-spec wheels, hewn from a lightweight allow and measuring in at 18 inches in diameter.

Helping it turn is Electric Power Steering with Variable Sports Steering and a Servotronic function. More traction off the corners can be had with the optional M Performance limited-slip differential, which sells for $2,500. The car’s curb weight comes in at 3,500 pounds.

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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The Lexus uses a rigid stand-alone platform to back its sporting intentions, combining individual elements from both the Lexus GS and Lexus IS models. To keep it both rigid and lightweight, the platform employs techniques like laser screw welding and unique body adhesives, both of which help it feel more planted at speed and in the curves.

The suspension set-up is a double wishbone in the front and a multi-link in the rear, borrowing some inspiration from the GS. Standard spec includes performance dampers in the corners.

The brakes are standard 13.15-inch discs up front, although the F Sport trim level upgrades the rotors to 14.06-inchers. In back are 12.2-inch disc brakes.

Standard tire appointment is 235/45R18’s at all four corners. You can also upsize your wheels to 19-inchers if desired, in which case the fronts and rears are staggered at 235/40R19 in front and 265/35R19 in the rear, coming equipped with summer rubber only on the RWD model.

The suspension set-up is a double wishbone in the front and a multi-link in the rear, borrowing some inspiration from the GS. Standard spec includes performance dampers in the corners.

And no sporty luxury sedan would be complete without the usual assemblage of electronic wizardry. Standard spec on the Lexus includes something called Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management (VDIM), which essentially integrates the powertrain, ABS, steering, traction control, and stability control to keep it all handling appropriately without punting you into a wall. The system also adds in Hill-start Assist Control.

Turning the thing is an electric power-assist steering set-up. The final curb weight is rated at 3,737 pounds, making it one of the heavier options in this comparison.

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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The Nissan 370Z starts its handling chops with a double-wishbone front suspension and a four-link rear suspension. It’s a good starting place for a front-engine, RWD sports car, and to this basic set-up, Nismo added model-specific tuning, which includes higher spring rates, stiffer anti-roll bars, more roll resistance, stiffer dampers front and back, and an extra 0.6 inches in track width. More specifically, the spring rates are 15 percent higher in front and 10 percent higher in the rear, while the roll stiffness was increased by 15 percent.

Individual component upgrades include a rear underbody V-brace, while the body gets a strut tower brace and performance dampers.

The Nismo’s spring rates are 15 percent higher in front and 10 percent higher in the rear, while the roll stiffness was increased by 15 percent.

Making it stop are Nismo-specific brakes, with 14-inch rotors in front and 13.8-inch rotors in the rear. Pinching the discs are 4-piston calipers in front and 2-piston calipers in back, both of which are made from aluminum. There’s also a variable ratio brake pedal, while the upgraded, rigid brake hoses are filled with R35 Special II fluid.

Giving the Nismo a little extra traction is a viscous limited-slip differential for the rear axle, while a shorter final drive offers sharper acceleration to make the most of the extra rear grip when applying the loud pedal. The final drive comes to 3.692 (from 3.357) for automatic transmissions, while manual transmission look like 3.916 (from 3.692). The steering is also speed sensitive for variable feedback.

Giving the Nismo a little extra traction is a viscous limited-slip differential for the rear axle.

The tires are from Bridgestone, with the company’s Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance rubber making it stick. Tire sizing comes in at 245/40R19 in front and 285/35R19 in back. The staggered wheel sizing is measured at 19 by 9.5 inches in front, and 19 by 10.5 inch in the rear.

The car’s curb weight tips the scales at 3,400 pounds.

The Bottom Line

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The Camaro SS once appears to be ahead of the pack on this one, offering some very nice equipment for your money, including those magnetic ride suspension components that should handle the track with ease.

However, I can’t help but keep returning to the BMW M240i. While a bit pricier, you can get it with a ton of track-ready performance parts for a little extra outlay, while also offering surprising suppleness on the street.

The Intangibles

While all these cars have several similarities, including the body style, sporty attitude, and roughly $40,000 price tag, there’s quite a bit to separate them as well. The following section includes the things that make each car unique, and the associations you could make with each beyond the realm of specs and numbers.

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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What does it take to make a muscle car? Attitude. The sort of “faster than you” demeanor you might find in any other sports car, but put on display without restraint. The Camaro is fast, no doubt about it, and it wants everyone around to know that fact with one glance at the shark nose front fascia, one burble from the exhaust, one dab of the throttle. Subtlety is not this car’s strong suit.

2) Audi TT Coupe

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Rather than shouting about performance, the Audi TT Coupe takes a more refined approach. It looks like it should offer some excitement behind the wheel, with a shapely profile and poised stance, but it can just as easily cruise through town without making a big production of it. This is elegance and sportiness combined as one.

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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When you proclaim something to be the ultimate driving machine, you have to have the chops to back it up. Luckily, BMW has been making fun performance cars for quite a long while now, and the M240i is a classic example of relatively accessible, yet luxurious Bavarian performance. Its somewhat small dimensions help it to transform into a nippy RWD fun machine when asked, while its interior appointment never lets you forget you’re driving around in a spot of Euro-spec comfort.

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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In terms of associations, the Lexus is definitely a cruiser. It’s heavy and complex, offering lots of technology, plus a sleek, refined ride on the street. If you’re looking for to get from A to B in a smart, glossy, standout coupe, the RC is definitely worthy of your consideration. It might not have the performance of some of the other competitors in this comparison, but when it comes to interior appointment and gear, it’s definitely worthwhile.

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Besides the Camaro, the 370Z Nismo is definitely the most exciting option on this list. Infused with a long history of performance, this is a factory-tuned special that’s ready and willing to bring the JDM heat to your local autocross or a winding mountain road. It’s also definitely a head turner, and a unique competitor against the all-American Camaro.

Pricing And Options

Remember when I wrote that each of these cars has a similar price tag? This section explores just how similar those prices really are, and what kind of outlay is needed to get a little extra if you want it.

1) Chevy Camaro SS

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There is a plethora of trim levels to choose from with the Camaro, including two unique trim levels just for the SS.

The first is the 1SS, which starts at $37,900. The next step up is the 2SS, which is five grand more at $42,900, but adds a nice variety of equipment in the cabin. The comfort-oriented bits and pieces include heated and ventilated leather seats, power adjustable seats for the driver and passenger, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and an upgraded Bose sound system.

Options include the Technology Package for $800, the Ground Effects Package for $2,250, the Performance Enthusiast Package for $2,550, and the Winter Protection Package for $475.

2) Audi TT Coupe

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The base model Audi TT Coupe starts at $43,500, but there’s a large variety of available equipment on deck to quickly bump that price a bit higher. Starting it off is the Technology pack, which throws in USB smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, as well as Audi MMI Navigation plus, parking system plus with front and rear acoustic parking sensors, and Audi’s side assist. The package costs $2,950.

Then there’s the Black Optic pack, which adds visual enhancement with a black Singleframe grille surround, black side view mirror housings, and new 19-inch 5-double spoke wheels with a Titanium finish. Pricing is set at $1,200.

Further options include the sport seat package for $1,000, and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo for $950.

3) BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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The M240i Coupe starts at $44,450, which gets you a model with a RWD drivetrain. The M240i Coupe is also offered with AWD, which bumps up the MSRP to $46,450.

Options include the Cold Weather Package, which tosses in three settings for the heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washers for $700. Next is the Driving Assistance Package, with Park Distance Control and a Rear view camera for $950. There’s also the Driving Assistance Plus package, with speed limit info, active driving assistant, and automatic high beams for $700.

You can also opt into carbon fiber side view mirrors for $770, a navigation system for $1,950, wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot for $500, and an upgraded stereo for $875.

4) Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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The Lexus RC line starts with the Turbo Coupe model, which brings an MSRP of $40,155. Alternatively, you can step up to the F Sport model, which adds exterior and interior components, as well as new suspension pieces, bumping the MSRP up to $44,260.

Options include the All-Weather Package, which adds in retractable headlight washers, a PTC heater (basically a heater that’ll quickly warm up the cabin on those frigid winter mornings), and a windshield de-icer, all for $220.

There’s also the Luxury Package, which adds a huge host of goodies, including a Blind Spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a heated steering wheel (when equipped with AWD), heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-trimmed interior with contrast stitching, electrochromatic side view mirrors, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a driver’s seat memory power function plus power memory for the side view mirrors and steering wheel. Final pricing comes to $2,990.

For the audiophiles out there, you can also upgrade the stereo to a 17-speaker system, plus add in navigation for $2,550.

5) Nissan 370Z Nismo

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The 370Z Coupe Nismo starts at $41,990, but you can upgrade to the better-equipped Tech trim level for $45,490, adding in stuff like navigation, a RearView Monitor, an upgraded stereo, and a HomeLink Transceiver.

There are also available illuminated kick plates for $225.

Conclusion

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Even against the heady competition we’ve assembled here, the Camaro manages to hold its own. It might not have the same kind of refinement inside or out as the majority of the rivals we’ve listed, but it isn’t a complete track rat either. You still get a decent amount of technology and comfort and style, plus a generous heaping of speed and performance on top.

But is there a better option? Looking over the various competitors, there might be – depending on what you want.

If it’s sportiness and comfort for the daily grind that you’re after, the BMW M240i Coupe is the one to get. This thing finds a solid balance between thrills and coddling, offering excitement when you want it, and the chance to just get there when you don’t. Add in options for AWD, more performance, and more technology with the available packages, and this looks like the pick for an enthusiast’s daily.

The Lexus goes even further towards the luxury side of the spectrum. Standard onboard equipment is ample, and although it’s not the fastest pick in this comparison, it’s got enough juice to keep you awake.

So where’s that leave the Camaro? It’s simple – if you want maximum performance bang for your dollar, get the SS, throw a little cash towards the sportier options on the package list, and enjoy your weekend getaways at the track.

TopSpeed’s Rankings

First Place – BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe

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You want it all – something that looks good, goes quick, and won’t break your back. The BMW does all this, and although it’s not the cheapest option on the list, you definitely get what you pay for.

Second Place – Chevy Camaro SS

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Close, but no cigar, at least this time. The Camaro lost out on its top spot due to its lack of refinement and overly brash attitude, eschewing interior goodies and comfort in favor of outright speed and performance. But if you enjoy burn outs, quarter mile blasts, and nailing that apex so much you’re willing to put up with the odd discomfort now and again, this is the pick for you.

Third Place – Lexus RC Turbo Coupe

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Never mind how it looks on the outside – step into the cabin of the Lexus RC Turbo Coupe, and you’ll be one happy camper. This thing is decked out in tons of luxury and technology, and sitting in the driver’s seat is a pleasurable experience when cruising. It’s just a shame it’s so damn slow.

Fourth Place – Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Undoubtedly the closest thing to the Camaro in terms of attitude, the Nismo comes up short due to its lack of speed and refinement. It’s hard to justify the price for something like this, and although it surely meets the demands of hardcore Nissan fans, it can’t quite compete against the faster and more comfortable options listed here.

Fifth Place – Audi TT Coupe

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The Audi TT’s biggest strength is also one of its biggest weaknesses – it’s just too subtle. Sure, it’s comfy and it looks pretty good, but it’s also rather slow and kind of a bore in terms of aesthetics. Pair that with a high MSRP, and unfortunately the Four Rings takes last place in this comparison.

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