Say hello to the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, GM’s take on the all American muscle car. This is the 6th generation model, following closely from the last generation’s “Bumblebee” design, as well as incorporating some classic design touches from previous models.
Unusually for a muscle car, this Camaro has shrunken in size. It is 57mm shorter, 20mm narrower and 28mm lower than the previous generation. Based on GM’s Alpha platform, this car has also been hitting the treadmill, shredding 90 kg off its kerb weight. This weight-saving is thanks to extensive use of aluminium.
Also of interest is the suspension set-up. The front uses a MacPherson set-up, while the rear has a new five-link system. According to GM, this new set up has made the new Camaro faster around a track than the track-orientated Camaro with the 1LE package. Gone are the days where muscle cars can only travel in straight lines then.
Now for the engines. Following in the footsteps of the Ford Mustang, the new Camaro is no longer just a V8 petrol-muncher. There is a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder, which has been turbocharged to produce 271 bhp and 400Nm of torque. This engine will enable the Camaro to hit 62 mph in just under 6 seconds, whilst also returning 30mpg.
There is also a 3.6 litre V6, producing 330 bhp and 385Nm of torque. This engine also incorporates cylinder deactivation, to help improve fuel economy. Both the four-cylinder and the V6 are available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Finally there is the Camaro SS, which has a small block V8, as found in the Corvette Stingray. This 6.2 litre motor produces 449 bhp and 616Nm of Torque. This big-boy V8 also gets cylinder deactivation, fuel injection and variable valve timing.
The interior is peculiar to say the least. It incorporates a central touchscreen with a set of toggle switches below it and a couple of air vents below that. Chevrolet designers said they wanted to create a low dashboard in order to allow for a wider looking windscreen. Somehow, I doubt this interior will please everybody.
This Camaro is sure to go down well in the US, where the following for Camaros is strong. I am not so sure about the Camaro’s popularity in Europe. It will probably be one of those cars which will be privately imported from the US. Either way, if you fancy yourself a good ol’ American muscle car, you choice just became a lot more difficult.