After months of waiting with so many teasers, speculations and rumours, and CNBC’s teaser sort of exterior revealing, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has finally been officially revealed. The Golden Bowtie automaker’s muscle car has now entered sixth generation, just as its archrival Ford Mustang. Except the the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge, everything about the car is all-new. The Alpha-platform based all-new model is 28% more rigid. 70% of the architectural components are unique to the Camaro. The curb weight has been reduced by more than 200 lbs (90 kg), thanks to the usage of aluminum and other lightweight components.
The all-new Camaro is 4784 mm long (57 mm shorter), 1897 mm wide (20 mm narrower) and 1348 mm tall (28 mm shorter). The wheelbase has reduced by 41 mm, from 2852 mm to 2811 mm. The design is now even more athletic and gives the car a very muscular appeal regardless of the angle you see it from. The front fascia has become more aggressive now. The LT model get only halogen projector beam headlamps but the RS and SS models get the new HID projector-beam headlamps and integrated LED daytime running lights. The LT and RS models get differently designed front bumpers, upper grille, air dam grille and air inlets that house the LED fog light pipes.
The SS model features larger air inlets and horizontally positioned LED fog light pipes. The LED fog light pipes on the RS model are vertically positioned. Unlike the SS model, the RS model features a full length chrome strip on middle of the upper grille and two chrome strips on each side of the air dam grille. The LT model also gets the same chrome strip on upper grille but without chrome strips on the air dam grille. The RS model gets RS badging in red on the air dam grille, and similarly, the SS model gets SS badging in red color on the air dam grille. The SS model benefits from hood scoops.
The side profile features newly designed wheel arches, quarter panels and doors. The roofline tapers towards the rear-end now. The previously triangular rear quarter glass is now sort of trapezoidal in shape and larger. The LT model features 18-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Sport all-season tires but can be optionally had with 20-inch wheels wrapped with Eagle F1 Asymmetric all-season run-flat tires. The SS model gets 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires as standard.
The rear is also completely new with newly designed LED tail lamps, bumpers and lot curves not seen on the previous generation. The SS model features dual twin exhaust pipes. The official images of the RS model show both single exhaust pipes and dual twin exhaust pipes.
Ten body paint options will be offered. More personalization will be possible with customization options like stripe packages and more.
The interior is all-new with shifter-focused center console, simpler controls and high quality materials used throughout. There’s a new flat-bottom steering wheel for offering a sportier feeling. The instrument planel retains the familiar dual-binnacle-style instrument cluster hood but is a whole-lot modern, thanks to available dual, 8-inch HD displays. One of the two displays is housed in the instrument panel and the other one is placed in the center console for the MyLink infotainment system. While the analog speedometer and tachometer offer the core driving information, the 8-inch HD display between them can be configured to provide additional driving information like performance and navigation and also infotainment features.
A new interior feature called Spectrum Lighting offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dashboard, door panels and center console, and also fade and transition effects that spread throughout the cabin. The outgoing model’s mechanical parking brake has been replaced by an electronic one. This allowed for re-positioning the cup holders so that gear shifts in manual-transmission models can be hassle-free. The newly designed air vents feature control rings around them and these rings can be used to control cooling/heating temperature and fan adjustments.
Performance and Other Technical Details:
The LT model gets new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as standard, with 275 hp and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque. It is capable of delivering 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) acceleration in less than 6 seconds. GM estimates a fuel economy of more than 30 mpg on the highway for this engine. A 30 mpg figure would make the sixth-gen model the most fuel-efficient Camaro ever.
The LT model can be equipped with a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine also. It delivers 335 hp and 284 lb.-ft. (385 Nm) of torque. It features Active Fuel Management or cylinder deactivation in simple words, which disables two of the six cylinders under light throttle driving for more fuel econony and lesser CO2 emissions.
Both these engines can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or the all-new Hydra-Matic 8L45 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The new 8-speed automatic transmission that was first introduced on the Cadillac CT6, is based on the Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission, but scaled for better performance with smaller engines. It offers an estimated 5% efficiency improvement over a comparable 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Camaro SS is powered by the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 455 hp and 455 lb.-ft. (617 Nm) of torque. The naturally aspirated engine comes matched to a 6-speed manual transmission featuring new Active Rev Match, a rev-matching technology that increases engine speed before engaging the clutch during downshifts and decreases the engine speed before the clutch is engaged for upshifts. A Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters can be opted for.
Models equipped with the turbocharged engine feature active noise cancellation, while the ones equipped with a naturally aspirated engine feature artificial sound enhancers. The models equipped with the turbocharged engine, however, can be equipped with Bose audio system which features artificial engine sound enhancement. It amplifies the engine sound but can be disabled when the extra grunt is not preferred. Three drive modes are offered on the 2016 Camaro – Snow/Ice, Tour and Sport. The SS model also gets an extreme ‘Track’ mode. The drive mode can be selected by accessing the new Drive Mode Selector via a switch on the center console.
All Camaro models can be equipped with Brembo brakes for stopping power, except the SS model which already gets it as standard. The LT model can be equipped with brakes with 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors with four-piston calipers and 12.4-inch (315 mm) rear rotors with single-piston sliding calipers. The SS model’s Brembo brakes features 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors with four-piston fixed calipers.
Publicity, Production and Sales:
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will appear at many events in the U.S. throughout the year. The company is still scheduling events and activities for the all-new model, but almost all of it for 2015 has been revealed in a recent report. The 2016 Camaro will be produced at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan. When the production will commence, has not be revealed yet, but the all-new muscle car has been confirmed to be reaching U.S. dealerships by the end of this year.