So the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled to much pomp and circumstance at Belle Isle, Detroit. The new 2016 Camaro comes a fresh but not substantially different design than its predecessor and a brand-new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
That’s right. Just like smartphone makers that copy each other’s innovative features, Chevy has followed Ford and launched a four-pot Camaro to go head to head with the Blue Oval’s EcoBoost Mustang. Power-wise, the Chevy has the upper hand though, boasting 275 hp (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm), 30 mpg, and a 0-60 time of under six seconds.
The power supremacy continues with the 2016 Camaro SS which features a revised version of the old 6.2 liter V8 engine. It offers 455 hp (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm) which is significantly more than what you get from the Mustang GT V8. The SS also comes with Magnetic Ride Control active suspension and all-new Drive Mode Selector.
2016 Camaro also has a V6 flavor with a 3.6 liter unit that delivers 335 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm). But as with the Mustang, chances are the V6 version will be the least popular variant of the new Camaro.
All new Chevrolet Camaro models benefit from a range of new features such as 8-inch configurable color HD display, Interior Spectrum Lighting that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console.
Then there is the new design which is largely the same as the old design, save for the new LED lights, slimmer grilles, and overall more sculpted body panels that are more aerodynamically efficient. It’s a good looking car, but an uninterested eye would not be able to tell it apart from the previous generation. That is not the case with the interior though, where you get some pretty cool retro-style air vents, brand new swtichgear, and a sport steering wheel, all topped off with top-notch quality.
“We have had the incredible opportunity to meet literally thousands of Gen 5 Camaro owners who provided direct feedback on what they loved about their car and what they wanted for the next-gen Camaro,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “As a result, the 2016 Camaro builds on what made the current Camaro such a success with more power, more agile handling and more technology. We expect it will set the new benchmark in the segment – and give a new generation of enthusiasts a reason to fall in love with Camaro.”