This is it, the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro dressed in a sleeker body and given enough punch to outperform the previous generation Camaro. Which by the way outdid the 2015 Ford Mustang last year by a few thousand units in sales records which goes to say that Mustang isn’t doing so well even with its new bold redesign which frankly doesn’t do it much justice.
But this is the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro and it needs to bring it on more than ever, with muscle cars being at the top of their game now; Improvising with improved handling, weight reduction and fast acceleration wont cut it anymore.
Having said that, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is much faster, lighter, handles better and does everything better than the 2010 fifth generation Camaro. The 6th gen model will actually share nothing but some visual identity elements with the outgoing model. The new Camaro takes alot from the already successfull Cadillac ATS and CTS platforms and benefits from GM’s (General Motors) new Alpha architecture which underpins General Motors’ compact to mid-size, front-engine, rear-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles.
Don’t let the Cadillac inspiration fool you however, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is a different monster all-together. Benefiting from the Alpha platform and transforming it into a much more robust package with a wider track and a lower center of gravity which gives the 6th gen handling abilities never seen before and most of all make it feel lighter on its feet. So you can kiss goodbye to that heavy feeling Camaro reference, with an all new car that just “feels different” with 200 pounds being shed compared to the older Camaro.
Allot has been taken from the new Cadillac CTS-V and ATS performance series, starting from the steering gear that gets a wider-track to feel more like a coupe thanks to the longer tie rods, weight cutting improvements learned from both cars and a new suspension design that features a front multi-link MacPherson strut setup upfront and a five-link rear suspension design in the rear – and of course the amazing Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers (as an option on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS only!).
The car handles better thanks to those 20 inch wheels wrapped in Eagle F1 run-flat tires (option on the LT, standard on the SS) and four piston Brembo brakes as standard on all 2016 Cherolet Camaro’s, while if you are on a budget you still get the Goodyear Eagle Sports base tire which isn’t bad at all and comparable to the Perilli Pzero’s.
4 Cylinder Turbocharged Engine
There will be three different engines on offer coupled with four transmission choices all developed for the new Camaro. Let’s keep the best for last though. So, Ford introduced a 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged engine, and to that the boys at Chevy gave the sixth-gen Camaro a new 2.0 turbocharged toy to play with, rated at 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with an EPA rating of 30 miles per gallon – certainly the most efficient Camaro to date. The four-cylinder Camaro can be had with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission and can do a 0-60mph sprint in just 6.0 seconds.
The other engine is of-course a 3.6 Liter V6 sitting in the middle of the lineup and produces a healthy 336 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque with the benefits of direct injection and cylinder deactivation, we expect this Camaro to be the least sold though..
Enter the most important bit of this article, the powerhouse in the new Camaro. You will get the LT1 V-8 with all it’s 6.2 liter displacement glory capable of 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque with no specific details on times yet. The LT1 engine will have its own exhaust manifolds and shares 80% of its components with the current Corvette LT1 engine. The Tremec six-speed Cadillac transmission will get rev-matching (can be turned off via steering-wheel) with the addition of a sensor under the shift rail that detects movement and blips the throttle for better, cleaner and smoother gear changes throughout the drive.
Another neat feature that sets the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro in-tune with the rest of the Muscle-Car pack is the added Drive Mode Selector that changes the Camaro’s personality from throttle response to stability control and steering feel all the way to shift patterns (snow/ice) sport, track, etc.