Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW M4 VS 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 BMW M4

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

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The M4 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro ZL1 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The M4’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M4 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Camaro ZL1 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The M4’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the M4 and the Camaro ZL1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

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The M4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Camaro ZL1’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The M4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro ZL1’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M4 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Chevrolet pays for maintenance for the Camaro ZL1 (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the M4 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Camaro ZL1.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the M4 has a standard 209-amp alternator. The Camaro ZL1’s 155-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Road & Track the BMW M4 is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (manual transmissions tested):

M4

Camaro ZL1

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.3 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.9 MPH

113.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the M4 gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro ZL1:

M4

Camaro ZL1

Manual

17 city/26 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

Auto

17 city/24 hwy

12 city/18 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camaro ZL1:

M4

M4 opt.

Camaro ZL1

Front Rotors

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

15 inches

14.4 inches

The M4 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M4 stops much shorter than the Camaro ZL1:

M4

Camaro ZL1

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

118 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The M4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro ZL1’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The M4 Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Camaro ZL1 Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW M4 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The M4 is 6.7 inches shorter than the Camaro ZL1, making the M4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the M4 has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro ZL1 has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The M4’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the M4 Coupe is quieter than the Camaro ZL1 Coupe:

M4

Camaro ZL1

At idle

48 dB

58 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M4 Coupe has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro ZL1 Coupe.

The M4 Convertible has 2.6 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 9.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro ZL1 Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M4 Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Camaro ZL1 Convertible with its top up (13 vs. 10.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M4 easier. The M4’s trunk lift-over height is 26.2 inches, while the Camaro ZL1’s liftover is 34.7 inches.

The M4’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro ZL1 Convertible doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The M4’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro ZL1 Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M4’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the M4, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the front windows are left down on the M4 the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro ZL1 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the M4 has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

Comfort Access standard on the M4 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The M4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The M4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Camaro ZL1’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The M4 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M4 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M4 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the M4 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Camaro ZL1’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the M4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M4 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The M4’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The M4’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the M4 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer rear vents.

With standard voice command, the M4 offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The M4’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camaro ZL1 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The Camaro ZL1 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The M3/M4 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 19 years. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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