The 2016 Chevy Camaro Unveiled
Just in time for its upcoming 50th birthday, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was given a total makeover and received rave reviews last Saturday at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
Since it’s creation in 1966, the Camaro has been an iconic American muscle car, but the 2016 Camaro features the most improved performance, technology, and comfort to date.
This sixth generation Camaro will give its historic rival, the Ford Mustang, a serious run for its money and will soon be available at your local Chevrolet dealer with plenty of accessories and options.
Lighter and leaner, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been redesigned for improved performance from the ground up.
At the Belle Isle Park debut, automotive journalists were asked to drive the 2015 Camaro and then the 2016 Camaro to experience for themselves the improved steering, handling, and overall drive of the new generation.
It was a smart move by Chevrolet because the improvements on the 2016 are compelling and undeniable.
Upgraded to the GM Alpha, the same rear-wheel drive platform used in the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the 2016 Chevy Camaro sheds two-hundred pounds and boasts a reported 28 percent stiffer body.
Equipped with lighter, aluminum suspension components, the 2016 Camaro sports better handling, due to the upgraded premium suspension system, featuring five-link independent rear suspension and multi-link McPherson strut front suspension.
The 2016 Camaro is also smaller, with a wheelbase reduced by 1.6 inches, an overall length shortened by 2.3 inches, a 0.8 inch narrower frame, and height decreased by 1.1 inches.
For the first time, the Camaro SS models will come with a modern twist on their classic brawn via Chevy’s Magnetic Ride Control technology which interprets road conditions against driver behavior, making necessary adjustments in an instant.
The Magnetic Ride Control gets extra support from four-piston Brembo brakes, delivering impressive stopping power standard on all trim levels.
Lead Development Engineer, Aaron Link, assures future drivers that the 2016 Camaro, “… will go faster, stop shorter and turn quicker. It has lower inertia everywhere.”
Drivetrains and Driver’s Choice
There is no shortage of power here. Or options, for that matter
With a choice of three engines and six powertrain combinations, Camaro enthusiasts, from the purists to the newly-initiated, will be duly impressed by Chevy’s latest creation.
The entry-level 2016 base model is, for the first time in Camaro history, equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder.
The 2.0-liter engine, with either eight or six-speed manual transmission, is capable of 275 horsepower with 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
Although not officially reported or confirmed at this point, the 2016 Chevy Camaro is expected to reach sixty miles per hour in under six seconds.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine offers the highest output for an engine in this segment, getting 335 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque.
If you want even more power, check out the V8 engine, the most powerful yet in a Camaro.
Lifted from the Corvette, the 6.2-liter LT1 is backed by 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque.
Though the new Camaros have not been released to the Chevrolet dealers quite yet, you can hear the impressive roar of their engines.
That alone should send Camaro drivers to their Chevrolet dealer with a quickness while simultaneously inspiring a new generation of Camaro loyalists.
But, Chevy’s engine-audio enhancement features active noise cancellation and its optional “stealth” mode available on the two larger engines let’s you keep the peace with your neighbors, if you’re so inclined.
Expected to reach your Chevrolet dealer’s showroom this fall, you’ll be able to choose which engine best suits you.
Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the brand new, selectable driving modes, yet another first-time perk for Camaro.
Depending on your driving needs, the terrain, and weather conditions, you can seamlessly shift between Snow/Ice, Tour, or Sport modes.
The 2016 Camaro SS level also features a “Track” setting and the engineers at Chevrolet assert that the new SS boasts better lap times than the L1E.
An upgraded rev-match system allows for smoother downshifts and the SS level features cylinder deactivation, which increases fuel efficiency by using only those cylinders required at slower speeds.
All of this enhanced power and clever technology in a sleek, remodeled package will be tough for Ford to beat.
You can almost hear the pounding retreat of horse hooves.
Though not immediately obvious, upon closer inspection, you can see that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro sports an almost complete exterior overhaul.
But even though it’s brand new, the 2016 looks reminiscent of the 1969 Chevy Camaro, more so than the current model, due to the scaled back C-pillar.
The subtle, yet significant overhaul improves the cars aerodynamics, which boosts its overall fuel efficiency.
This car is expected to achieve 30 city mpg.
There will be ten exterior color choices and your Chevrolet dealer will have plenty of accessories, including stripes, and package options when the cars arrive to showrooms in the fall.
Standard 18-inch wheels are wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Sport all-season tires or the available upgraded 20-inch wheels with Eagle F1 Asymmetric run-flats.
The SS comes with 20-inch wheels and Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 run-flats.
Despite the weight loss, this car is all-muscle, ready to flex against Ford.
From a visual and technological standpoint, the interior upgrades are far more noticeable than the exterior.
This is excellent news as the current and earlier generation Camaros received routine criticism for their disappointing interior environments.
Such criticism falls silent here, as the new interior offers increased comfort and stunning style.
High-end materials have replaced the majority of the cabin surfaces and drivers can choose from five interior color combinations.
Drivers will also enjoy a better gauge cluster and the ventilation system features some clever and unique controls.
Temperature and fan speed are adjusted by rings around the vents, replacing the conventional buttons and knobs of the past.
The result is a de-cluttered dash, sleek, and sophisticated.
Better technology includes ambient lighting throughout the interior, which Chevrolet calls its “Interior Spectrum Lighting,” available in 24 colors.
The “Show Mode” cycles through all the colors when the car is in park just for a fun, almost cinematic, effect.
Two eight-inch color displays make navigation clearer and entertainment easier to control.
Chevy also added a new electronic parking brake and while purists may not like this addition, it is evidence of Chevy’s commitment to innovation.
History in the Making
This is the first time that Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs will both be produced in Michigan, an interesting reality considering that the Camaro has sold better than the Mustang every year since 2010.
Although official pricing has yet to be released, Chevrolet officials suggest that consumers can expect a price point comparable to the current Camaro model.
This is a much better market climate for such an impressive muscle car release, compared to the 2009 comeback launch of the fifth generation lineup.
At that time, GM was still reeling and trying to recover from its bankruptcy declaration.
The timing was not ideal for a re-release of an updated iconic pony car.
But, the fifth generation brought much-needed attention and sales back to the Camaro, reminding the American public of its muscular fight against Mustang.
Since 2010, an estimated sixty-three percent of Camaro owners had never owned one before.
With the exciting and much-anticipated introduction of the 2016 Camaro, Chevrolet should corner the market on sales.
Even though this thrill ride won’t be accessible until the fall, now is an ideal time to either establish or revisit your relationship with your local Chevrolet dealer.
You’re going to want the inside track when it comes to driving off in this performance pony.