In the muscle-car stare down between perennial rivals Ford and Chevy, the Mustang just blinked; and with good reason. The taut, muscular, and leaner 2016 Camaro is arriving at Chevy dealerships near Kansas City, and we can hear the Blue Oval’s horses whimpering all the way from Kansas City to Dearborn.
Fans of the Chevy Camaro are rejoicing as the lighter, more nimble, and more powerful sixth-generation Camaro promises to up the ante in the “fun to drive” department. This was evident at the official Gen-Six launch in May, at Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle Grand Prix course. Chevy and GM execs were on hand to extol the virtues of how the Camaro’s weight-loss program and switch to the Alpha platform make it an even more exhilarating car to drive.
“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.”
Camaro fans lucky enough to attend the festive, invitation-only event were treated to an official unveiling worthy of the Camaro’s legendary name. 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 owners from around the world participated in a parade of Camaros of every shape, size, color, and customization.
A lucky few automotive journalists and auto industry bloggers were given the opportunity to test drive a pre-production prototype. Auto critic Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press wrote: “The V6 was a revelation. With a surprisingly throaty engine note and quick response it’ll be an engine some enthusiasts choose, a contrast to the lightly regarded V6 base engines in the Mustang and Challenger. . . The six-speed manual shifter was precise, with short throws and a light clutch for easy shifts.”
Ezra Dyer of Popular Mechanics shared his driving impressions, writing: “If it seems cruel to tease the new Camaro with a mere V6 under the hood, consider that the 2016 V6 will pack around 330 horsepower,”adding, “…that horsepower range puts you comfortably ahead of the 2010 Mustang GT rumbling up next to you at the traffic light.” Dyer also praised the new Camaro’s handling. “I can now attest that no Camaro ever soaked up a mid-course bump like this one does. The outgoing car didn’t feel thoroughly discombobulated, mind you, but the new one was just that much more graceful. (Yes, a Camaro. Graceful.).”
All new from the ground up
Everything about the 2016 Chevy 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. 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, is 28 percent more structural rigidity than the previous model.
Impressive interior updates
The Detroit Free Press’s Phelan also had this to say about the new 2016 Camaro’s revamped interior: “The interior materials and controls got significant upgrades. An 8-inch touch screen controls some features, but audio and climate also have user-friendly buttons and dials. The interior gets more soft materials than the outgoing model. Three color schemes will be available, with soft leather upholstery: A sporty red, cool black and white and upscale brown baseball-glove leather. Ambient lighting can be set for 24 different colors, and includes a special display mode to show off the interior when the Camaro is parked.”
Other interior highlights include a unique circular programmable “Command Center” nestled between twin analog gauges that 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.
A variety of powerplant and handling 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 rockets from 0-60 in 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 help make the new Camaro the most fuel-efficient ever.
For ultimate power and performance, the 6.2 liter LT1 V8 achieves a herculean 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 eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. 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.
The all-new Sixth Generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has flexed its muscles as it leaves the competition in its rearview mirror, and it’s coming soon to McCarthy Morse Chevrolet.
McCarthy 2000 Sales Event benefiting Make-A-Wish® Foundation
For the third consecutive year, McCarthy is proud to participate in raising funds for the Missouri chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation through our McCarthy 2000 Sales Event. From July 1 through Aug. 31, we will donate $10 for every new or pre-owned vehicle purchased at our dealership to this worthy cause. As part of the McCarthy Auto Group family of car dealerships here in Kansas City, our goal is to raise $20,000 to grant three wishes for three deserving children in the Kansas City metro area who suffer from a life-threatening medical condition. Help us support these special kids in Kansas City through Make-A-Wish. Together we can make a difference.
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As one of the premier Chevrolet dealerships in Kansas City, McCarthy Morse Chevrolet in Overland Park is your headquarters for super savings and exceptional deals on our entire inventory of new 2015 Chevy cars and trucks. We look forward to seeing you at our dealership, conveniently located at 9201 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 when the incredible new 2016 Chevy Camaro arrives, so check back often for updates. To reach our sales department, please call 877-461-6593.
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