2016 Chevy Camaro
The Wraps Come Off
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – It is virtually the same size as the previous model yet is lighter, a turbo four joins the lineup and Chevy insists that only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation to the new Gen Six Camaro.
There will be two models, the LT and the SS, so let’s start in the power department.
The SS gets the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 introduced on the Corvette Stingray with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. New “Active Rev Match” technology “blips” the throttle on downshifts.
Next is an all-new 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque available on the LT model.
And if you can believe it, a Camaro will be available with a four! The LT’s standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbo with 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque with 90 percent of peak torque viable from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm. Chevy claims a 0-60 run of less than six seconds and an estimated 30 mpg on the highway.
Both the six and eight will come with mechanical sound enhancers that direct induction noise into the cabin. With a “dual mode exhaust, drivers can personalize the exhaust sound from a stealth mode to the more aggressive track mode. Will true believers need an audio system?
Chevy said all three engines will be offered with a six speed manual transmission or a new paddle shift eight speed automatic. Of course, there will be adjustable driver modes and Magnetic Ride Control active suspension will be available on the SS.
Gen Six will go on sale later this year.
It is within an inch or two of the existing model size wise, and that includes the interior. For 2016, the Camaro will retain the familiar dual-binnacle style instrument cluster and an eight inch diagonal high-def center screen will be available for navi, performance and infotainment updates.
Another eight inch screen in the center of the instrument panel serves as the interface for a new My Link system. Heating and cooling controls are integrated into rings surrounding the air duct. Chevy maintains that eliminating the associated buttons makes the cabin feel more spacious, and makes adjusting the temperature easier. And don’t miss the flat bottom steering wheel.
An LED ambient lighting system in the dash, door panels and center console, offers two dozen different colors as well as fade and transition effect that spread across the interior. A “Car Show” mode cycles randomly through the entire color spectrum when the car is parked.
A total of 10 exterior colors will be offered along with five interior color combinations.
Chevy engineers claim the driving experience is “significantly different” thanks to the lighter weight, up to 200 pounds, and a more nimble feel. There is a new multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension and a five link independent suspension to the rear “that reduces squat during acceleration.”
Brembo brakes will be offered on the LT model and will be standard equipment on the higher performance SS. Look for 18 inch wheels on the LT with a 20 inch option. The SS gets 20 inch aluminum wheels.
“From every angle, you’ll never mistake this for anything but a Camaro”, said Tom Peters, design director. “We’ve taken that iconic design and amplified its proportions to reflect a more dynamic driving experience – like the T-shirt on a muscular physique.”
How much that “muscular physique” will cost will be announced later.