It’s amazing what shedding a few pounds can do. In the case of the the all-new Sixth Generation 2016 Camaro, shedding two-hundred pounds of excess weight has made it quicker, lighter, and more nimble than ever, not to mention even more of a blast to drive than its predecessors.
“The Camaro went to the gym and came out with a lithe, more athletic physique for the sixth generation,” explained Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Global Design.
“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once,” added Mark Reuss, GM’s Executive Vice President of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”
An exhilarating new driving experience revealed
The sixth-gen Camaro’s amped up “fun-to-drive” quotient became evident during the official unveiling of the much-anticipated muscle car during a special launch event May 16 on Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle Grand Prix course, which is located on the Detroit River within view of GM’s soaring corporate headquarters in the iconic Renaissance Center.
The debut affair featured a “Camaro Museum” where 25 vintage Camaros were displayed. Highlights included what’s considered the oldest production Camaro in existence: a 1967 Camaro with VIN 16, as well as the original 2006 Camaro concept vehicle that became the basis for the fifth-generation production model. Camaro enthusiasts from around the world flocked to the event, many of whom participated in a grand parade of Camaros of every age, color, and customization. When the event was announced, the 1,000 tickets made available to fans were scooped up in just eight hours. Festivities also included a “hot lap” ride-along in a 2015 Camaro Z/28.
A lucky few automotive journalists and bloggers were given the opportunity to test drive a pre-production prototype. Chris Davies of “Slash Gear” noted: “The new Camaro feels far more in-tune with the track. The steering is direct and engaging, while there’s no wallow or roll through the corners. As a result, you can keep more speed going into each bend and pick up more aggressively coming out of them.”
And Jeff Perez of “BoldRide” opined: “Barreling down the straight in an updated six-speed manual (and later an eight-speed automatic), the new driving dynamics are immediately noticeable. Buzzwords like lightness and handling danced around in my head as I threw it into the first corner as vigorously as my nerves and Chevrolet PR people would allow.”
All new from the ground up
Everything about the “Gen-Six” Camaro is new from the ground up. In fact, the only two items carried over from the previous model were Chevy’s signature “bowtie” badge and the “SS” emblem. The exterior sheet metal retains the Camaro’s broad and dramatic rear fenders, but with greater detailing. Smooth curved surfaces separated by sharp creases accentuate the Camaro’s long and low-slung aluminum hood. It’s almost as if the hood was “shrink-wrapped” around the engine. The result is that the new 2016 Camaro looks lower and wider, despite the fact that it’s actually a bit smaller overall than the previous edition. Riding on GM’s Alpha Platform, which is the foundation for the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the new Camaro is 28 percent more structurally rigid than the previous model.
Modern interior impresses
The Camaro’s interior also received a major makeover. Premium materials are utilized throughout and exterior visibility has been improved. It includes an ambient lighting system with 24 different colors with controllable fade and transition effects. A new eight-inch high-definition color touchscreen display now resides at the top of the center stack. It controls Chevy’s Mylink “infotainment suite” of apps, navigation, and audio features.
Heating and cooling controls are actually incorporated into the large, round machine-tooled air vents, while a flat-bottomed, leather-wrapped steering wheel contains an array of fingertip controls. A unique circular programmable “Command Center” nestled between twin analog gauges provides a variety of driver-focused information, including navigation, performance, infotainment options, and even a lap timer. Additionally, an available textured wireless phone charging mat is incorporated behind the center console.
Driver-selectable Sport, Tour, and Ice/Snow drive modes allow you to tweak traction control, ride stiffness, shift feel, throttle, exhaust, and steering for a truly customized ride. The SS Model also features a special “Track” setting for an even sportier driving experience. And GM’s magnetic ride control is now offered on the Camaro for the first time.
Several powerplant configurations
It’s under the hood where the new 2016 Camaro really shines. There are six total powertrain configurations, starting with the standard 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Turbo, which is rated at 275 hp with 295 lb-ft of torque. It delivers 0-60 times of less than six seconds. The Gen-Six Camaro also gets a new, 3.6 liter V-6 that produces 335 hp with 284 lb-ft of torque. A combination of direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management (which deactivates two cylinders under light throttle situations) help make the new Camaro
the most fuel-efficient ever.
For the ultimate in power and performance, the 6.2 liter, LT1 V8 (borrowed from the Corvette Stingray) achieves a prodigious 455 hp and massive 455 lb-ft of torque, making it the most potent Camaro SS ever built. The engines are mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
It’s no wonder that all 2016 Camaros come with standard Brembo brakes. Another unique feature is a dual-mode exhaust, available on the V6 and the V8, which allows you to personalize the exhaust sound, from “stealth” to “track” modes.
The all-new Sixth Generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro: A lighter, leaner legend is reborn.
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