The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has just been unveiled and as expected, the muscle car arrives with plenty of goodies in order to take on the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang. General Motors says that the 2016 Camaro offers a leaner design as well as a broader engine lineup and will go on sale in the fourth quarter, in LT and SS trim levels.
When it comes to design, the vehicle retains the overall shape of its predecessor and offers new lightning signatures as well as 10 exterior colors. GM says that the engineers needed 350 hours of wind tunnel testing in order to reduce drag on LT models and improve downforce on SS. Camaro’s structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).
Other significant weight savings came from using an aluminum instrument panel instead of steel, saving 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg), the new five-link rear suspension system that saved 26 pounds (12 kg). The total curb weight for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was reduced by more than 200 pounds (90 kg). All Camaro models are offered with Brembo brakes (standard on SS models).
On the Camaro LT, brakes include 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors with four-piston calipers and 12.4-inch (315 mm) rear rotors with single-piston sliding calipers, while on the Camaro SS we find 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.
The brakes are hidden behind the 18-inch wheels offered as standard on the Camaro LT or the 20-inch aluminum wheels offered on the Camaro SS. Six different powertrain combinations will be available for the muscle car fans, each designed to deliver improved performance and efficiency. The 2016 Camaro LT is available with the all-new 2.0-liter Turbo petrol engine producing 275 hp (205 kW) and 284 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 6 seconds, while offering more than 30 mpg on the highway.
Moreover, the Camaro LT can be ordered with a new 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine that generates 355 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) of torque. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission or the new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Camaro SS uses the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine found on the Corvette Stingray, with about 20 percent of the components specific for the Camaro architecture. The engine develops 455 hp (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm), making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. The LT1 engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but customers can also order the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission.
Regarding the interior, the 2016 Camaro offers a new instrument panel, which represents a departure from the previous model. The new instrument cluster features analog instruments as well as an available 8-inch diagonal high-definition center screen.
There is also a new center console and a new center stack, designed with high performance driving in mind. The mechanical parking brake handle is now replaced by an electronic parking brake. [source: GM]