First sold in late 1966, the Camaro was introduced as Chevrolet's countermeasure to the popular Ford Mustang in the pony car category. The bowtie's answer to the blue oval brought a long-running rivalry that has competed on the track as well as for the attention of drivers on the road. As the Camaro brand approaches its 50th anniversary, there will always be the stain on its legacy of a poorly-conceived General Motors decision that dropped Chevrolet's pony car. Between 2003 and 2009 model years, Chevrolet was forced to atone for their error. The reinstatement of the Chevrolet Camaro 2010 brought a valuable sense of new life to a brand and company requiring a personality. With the emotion and place of the Camaro now recognized, Chevrolet will debut the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro version of their pony car at the end of this week.
Holding back the full vehicle, Chevrolet has engaged in spoon-feeding us tastes of the 2016 Camaro as an appetizer to Saturday's world unveiling. Ahead of it's premiere, here is a review of what we can expect to see in the next version of the bowtie sports coupe.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Style
It has been said the only a few badges will remain the same with the evolution of the Chevrolet Camaro for the 2016 model year. While the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is said to possess a small footprint than the fifth-generation vehicle, a lower and wider stance will invoke a meaner performance image.
At the front end, we can expect to see the familiar Camaro grille for 2016. While the appearance will not stun, the aerodynamic science gone into reshaping the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is thoughtfully engineered into the new car. To achieve better overall performance and reduced wind noise, the 2016 Camaro should have a sportier game face. Aerodynamic design for the latest Chevrolet Camaro features a flush belly pan that runs from the front grille to he center of the car providing reduced lift and drag. Altering the angle of the lower grille from 20 degrees to 13 degrees, the team behind the Chevrolet Camaro achieved one percent greater airflow for engine-cooling.
The 2016 Camaro's front is finished by a new aluminum hood that wraps itself around the engine tightly. More chiselled body panels appears to be a goal in the new vehicle. Rear fenders of the fifth-generation vehicle should also receive a magnification of its broad, bold shaping for the sixth-generation.
In total, the 2016 Camaro has undergone over 350 hours of wind tunnel testing.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Structure
With styling, the backbone of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is being strengthened on the new vehicle. Undergoing nine million computational hours before a prototype was built, the structure of the next-generation Camaro is attentively reworked. The new Chevrolet Camaro will be based on the rear-wheel drive General Motors Alpha platform also used for the Cadillac ATS. With that said, 70 percent of the components for the 2016 Camaro will be unique to the specific vehicle design.
Focused on minimizing weight, the sixth-generation car will be 28 percent stiffer compared to the current Camaro while weighing 200 pounds less.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Handling
A lighter overall weight and stiffer body structure means the Camaro should invoke a heightened sense of agility for the sixth-generation. Improved braking and suspension to withstand the lively new performance car is confirmed to be present in the new coupe. For 2016, front and rear suspension assemblies are formed in aluminum. The aluminum assemblies boasts 21 pounds less weight than compared to the use of steel construction. Some models of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is also going to incorporate rigid composite material suspension links for additional weight savings and strength.
The upgraded road performance should be present on the entire 2016 Chevrolet Camaro line-up. “We kept the cornering confidence and control that make the Gen 5 Camaro 1LE so fun to drive, and added a greater sense of agility,” he said. “The new Camaro brakes harder, flicks into corners more quickly, and drives out of the corner faster. We expect it will set the benchmark in the segment and give many sports cars a challenge.” said the Camaro's chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.
For the 2016 model year, the Magnetic Ride Control technology (previous available on the ZL1) will be made available on the on the Camaro SS. Handling responsiveness could be tailored through a Drive Mode Selector system providing the driver Snow/Ice, Tour and Sport settings. On the Chevrolet Camaro SS, the sixth-generation vehicle technology will also possess a Track setting.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Powertrain
While little news has been disclosed about the engine line-up for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro line-up prior to the vehicle's premiere, General Motors promises spirited V-8 power will once figure heavily into the DNA of the sports car.
The next-generation Camaro will receive its own version of the 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 engine. First introduced on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the high-tech descendant of the famed small-block employs the company's Gen 5 architecture. Gasoline direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing incorporated with the LT1 V-8 powerplant insures high operating efficiency. Improvements to both horsepower and fuel economy seems likely to be announced over the current Camaro SS. Unique to LT1 engine in this application will be tubular “tri-Y”-style exhaust manifolds as one of about 20 percent of components tailored to the 2016 Camaro. There has been no details regarding the customary base engine of the new Chevrolet Camaro. If the direct-injected, 3.6-liter V-6 engine carries over for the 2016 model year, over 320 horsepower should prove once-again to be a satisfying alternative to a V-8 powerplant. It may not be completely shocking if a turbocharged four-cylinder engine could also be part of the 2016 Camaro model line.
A 2016 Camaro is confirmed to include a dual-mode exhaust system that utilizes electronically controlled exhaust valves to provide a different level of performance and sound.
Saturday's debut of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro will take place at Belle Isle Park.