Detroit: Chevrolet on Friday revealed the all-new 2016 Camaro on Belle Isle in Detroit in front of around 1,000 people. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is only the sixth all-new Chevrolet Camaro, and it’s the first one built on General Motors’ Alpha chassis platform that is shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
“This car is far superior to any car in the sports-car segment,” General Motors executive vice president of global product development Mark Reuss said at the new car’s reveal. “It is designed to deliver higher levels of technology, refinement, and of course, performance.”
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is lighter and slimmer than its predecessor but the sixth-gen car does not look very different than its predecessor. Under the hood, the new Camaro still offers six- and eight-cylinder engines, namely a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and a 455-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 in SS. The V-8’s output figure is similar to that of the base Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s 6.2-liter engine, but Reuss downplays any concerns that the two cars now overlap in terms of power. “No, we don’t engineer one car thinking about another,” he says.
Reuss stressed that reducing weight in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro plays a role in all aspects of its dynamics – acceleration, braking, and handling.
“I’m the biggest advocate probably in GM of taking mass out of the car,” he says. “The 2016 Camaro SS is already turning faster lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package.”
The new Camaro has also got a four-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter rated for 275 hp. The new powertrain follows in the footsteps of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which has a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four good for 310 hp.
Chevrolet is confident that the new turbocharged Camaro would pose tough competition to the EcoBoost Mustang.