2021 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

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Safety

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Both the Camaro and the 4 Series Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 4 Series Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 4 Series Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Camaro has more powerful engines than the 4 Series Coupe:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

430i Coupe 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

M440i xDrive Coupe 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

382 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The 4 Series Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Coupe (19 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 4 Series Coupe.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Coupe (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Coupe (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4 Series Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Coupe.

Passenger Space

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The Camaro Coupe has .5 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more front legroom than the 4 Series Coupe.

Recommendations

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The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The 4 Series Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 4 Series Coupe has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The 4 Series Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the BMW 4 Series by almost three to one during 2019.

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