General Motors has unveiled the sixth-generation Camaro, which looks more like a performance oriented muscle car now. It comes with an option of three engines and will launch in America towards the end of this year.
General Motors’ latest production vehicle to be unveiled to the world is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Classified as a pony car, its main rival comes from fellow American car manufacturer, Ford, with the Mustang. Currently in its sixth generation, the Camaro first went on sale in America way back in 1966. Regarded as one of the most iconic muscle cars in the world, the new Camaro is based on the Alpha Rear-Drive Platform which was introduced first with the Cadillac ATS. This platform gives the sports car excellent handling dynamics over the previous version. The latest model definitely looks the part to continue outselling the Mustang, which has been the case since 2010.
The 2016 Camaro weighs 200 lbs (91 kgs) lesser than its predecessor and looks much more sporty and thinner than the same. A few critics often regarded the fifth generation Camaro as too boxy. These lot of people will be relatively more happy to see the 2016 version of the muscle car look like more of a performance coupe now. Dimensions wise, the new model is an inch lower, an inch less broad and 2.3 inches shorter as compared to the old model. The dynamic new design makes the Camaro a very attractive looking car which will be available in the RS, SS and other base variants.
Visually, the top-end RS and SS variants get xenon headlights and LED strips on the front, while the base variants just get halogen lights instead. Even the RS and SS can be well differentiated amongst each other. The RS model gets a bulkier front bumper, horizontal LED strips and bonnet scoops on the front and a spoiler, it gets four exhaust pipes (two on each side) at the rear. Whereas, the SS gets a vertical strip of LEDs up-front and an integrated spoiler and two exhaust pipes (one on each side) at the rear.
However, the main changes for the 2016 Camaro is that the car will be offered with three engine options. The first is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine capable of generating 270 HP and 400 Nm of torque, that has been picked up directly from the Cadillac ATS and CTS. This engine can propel the car to 100 km/hr from standstill in 6 seconds. The second engine is an upgraded 3.6-litre V6 engine that generates 330 HP. The third and most powerful of the lot is the new 6.2-litre LT1 V8 engine which is only available on the SS model. This engine makes a stout 455 HP. All engines are available with an option of a 6-speed manual or with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
New features in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro include the likes of magnetic ride control, selectable drive modes and Brembo brakes. Interiors on the other hand look awesome as well. An 8-inch dash display is available as an option in addition to an infotainment system. Climate control is now easier to control and the new Camaro gets an electronic e-brake, which comes as bad news for enthusiasts. There is also a new technology called Interior Spectrum Lighting inside the car which has 24 different ambient lighting modes for the dashboard, door panels and centre console. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is expected to launch in America towards the end of this year and could also make its way to India but not in the near future.