On Belle Isle, Detroit, this afternoon, Chevrolet unwrapped the 2016 Camaro. This is the advent of the Gen Six Camaro. There is a rousing evolution of the Gen Five exterior, and lots that’s new in the interior. It looks ready to give the revamped Ford Mustang a gallop for its money.
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- Design has a bit more rogue in it than Gen 5. Click on POETIC PROSE if you want to read the GM’s enthusiastic publicity department as they explain the victorious metamorphosis. What is valid is that the Camaro projects “a stronger, more determined face”. And it seems wider and lower, beyond any real change in dimensions.
- GM engineers repurposed the company’s “Alpha” structure; the Alpha was first designed as the foundation for the nimble and acclaimed (though slow-selling) Cadillac ATS compact coupe and sedan.
- Choice of 6 engines, ranging from a formidable 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 – straight from the Corvette Stingray – all the way down to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that can get you to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. (Gotta make that yellow light!)
- Magnetic Ride Control active suspension available on Camaro SS for the first time.
- All-new Drive Mode Selector, which tailors up to eight vehicle attributes for four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings
- “Interior Spectrum Lighting” shines a light pipe in a selection of 24 colors across the dashboard. The ambient lighting system is integrated in the dash, door panels and center console, and provides fade and transition effects that spread across the interior. (Or you can shuffle the colors for a theatrical effect.) Ideal for first dates.
Actually a lot of interior is upgraded. New steering wheel, video displays, the control rings around the air vents, and the seats.
To quote Patrick George from Jalopnik:
What GM has accomplished is taking the performance technology invested in the Stingray, outgoing Camaro ZL1, and new Cadillac V-series models and applies them to the more affordable Camaro.