Chevrolet would like you to see traces of the original 1967 Camaro in its updated muscle car. Perhaps. But what matters is under the skin.

The new Camaro’s delightful dynamic prowess shames some European luxury coupes. Reduced weight, sophisticated suspension, and sharp steering create a driving experience that defies expectations of Detroit iron. The car rockets from its barking V8 engine, corners with alacrity, and has braking performance on par with the world’s best. The ride is relatively civilized and impressively planted, benefiting from the optional magnetic ride suspension and a platform shared with Cadillac.

But the cockpit is decidedly intimate. The bolstered seats are short on lumbar support and head room barely leaves space for a comb-over. The low dash vents freeze your elbows. The rear seat remains vestigial, with room for a toddler or a terrier.

The Chevy MyLink infotainment system is attractive and intuitive to use, but oddly, the touch screen tilts downward.

The narrow windshield and windows mean that upward and outward visibility is atrocious. At least the Camaro includes a rear backup camera along with parking assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

What was once all about brute force now includes refinement and some high culture.

Read the complete Chevrolet Camaro road test.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Review

HIGHS: Acceleration, handling, braking, styling
LOWS: Visibility, tight interior, dash vent location
POWERTRAIN: 455-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine; 6-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
FUEL: 20 mpg

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.