Sometimes things are absolutely worth the wait. The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro “offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years,” said GM spokesman Monte Doran.
The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range, Doran said. Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including the LT1 6.2L V8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – for the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior, Doran said. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing efficiency.
“Redesigning the Camaro is thrill-ing and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors 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.”
To make it not only the best Camaro ever, but one of the best performance cars available, Chevrolet focused on three pillars of development: Performance, technology and design.
On the performance side, vehicle mass has been reduced by 200 pounds or more, depending on the model, creating a more nimble, responsive driving experience. Magnetic Ride Control active suspension will be available on Camaro SS for the first time.
Technology enables the new Drive Mode Selector, which tailors up to eight vehicle attributes for four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings.
On the design side, the new Camaro is more athletic-looking with a sculptured exterior that complements the tighter, leaner architecture. There is also a greater emphasis on customer personalization with wider range of choices, including 10 exterior colors, five interior color combinations, lighting options and a full complement of dealer- available accessories available at launch – including wheels, stripe packages and additional accessories.
The Gen Six Camaro goes on sale later this year, offered in LT and SS models and will be built at Lansing Grand River Assembly.
“From every angle, you’ll never mistake this for anything but a Camaro,” said Tom Peters, de- sign director. “We’ve taken that iconic design and amplified its proportions to reflect a more dynamic driving experience – like the T-shirt on a muscular physique.”