The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is different from its iconic predecessors. The 2016 Camaro has a new chassis, a new engine lineup, and is loaded with new technologies to improve the handling of the sixth generation Chevy sports car.
“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of product development, said in a statement.
On the road, the new car will be mistaken for nothing other than a Camaro as the changes are subtle, and Chevrolet wanted to keep the distinctive silhouette. However the new Camaro is 6cm shorter, and slightly narrower and lower than its (admittedly not tiny) predecessor. The downsizing comes courtesy of a new platform: the old Camaro sat on ‘Zeta’ architecture, and the new one uses the lighter, smaller ‘Alpha’ platform that also underpins the Cadillac ATS. That new platform helps reduce weight with the new Camaro weighing in some 200lbs less than the current generation.
For its 6th generation, Chevrolet has embraced downsizing. Similar to the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet’s longtime rival, the Camarao will be available not only with a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 making 335bhp and 284lb ft, but a turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder, which produces 275bhp and 295lb ft of torque. However the top of the range SS will benefit from GM’s 6.2-litre ‘LT1′ V8 an engine currently found in the new Corvette. Here, that V8 makes 455bhp and 455lb ft of torque, making the new SS the most powerful Camaro ever.
That being said, the focus is on fuel economy, with the company hoping to tease 30+ mpg highway out of the 2-liter Camaro. However the best news that comes along with the new Camaro: all three engines will come with a six-speed manual as standard, though an eight-speed auto is also optional.
Both the V6 and the V8 have dual-mode exhaust systems, which feature electronically-actuated valves that increase exhaust flow (and volume) under acceleration. The system opens up more in “track” mode, and can quiet things down in a user-selectable “stealth” mode.
We expect to see the new Camaro later this year and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel. This is a good time to be an enthusiast of American muscle.