Camaro 2016 Model Revealed

Camaro 2016 Model Revealed
Camaro 2016 Model Revealed

Under a tent packed with hundreds of camera-wielding American-muscle-car enthusiasts, General Motors pulled the sheet off its sixth generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Saturday in Detroit, Tech Daily reported.

Billed as a lighter and stiffer Camaro, this is Chevrolet’s highly anticipated answer to the sixth generation 2015 Ford Mustang. Both cars are lighter than their predecessors and roomier on the inside -- less pony car and more coupe. “It’s great that the pony car wars are heating up again,” Matt DeLorenzo, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book, said. “If it’s successful, the Camaro/Mustang could also bode well for resurgence in coupes with more generous back seats," Digital Business News reported.

The Ford Mustang has been gaining significant ground against its rivals, including the Dodge Challenger, but this new Camaro will likely see tables turn a little in favor of Chevrolet. GM is selling the Camaro as a new vision, complete with a redesigned exterior and a more modern interior to lure young buyers.

But Al Oppenheiser, the car’s chief engineer, and his team were careful to ensure that despite immense work on aerodynamic tweaking, the new Camaro eloquently retains many of the car’s external design signals -- the stuff that makes a Camaro look like a Camaro -- while steering clear of retro design tricks often employed in models that have been around for decades. GM wants buyers to see a 21st century Camaro, not a throwback. GM says the only parts that carry over from the fifth generation Camaro introduced in the 2010 model year after an eight-year hiatus, is the bow-tie Chevrolet emblem and the SS badge for the high performance version.

Pricing was not immediately announced nor when, exactly, later this year the car will appear in showrooms, but GM revealed Saturday the 2016 Camaro will have six powertrain configurations including a 2.0-liter turbo, a 3.6-liter V6 and a 6.2-liter V8. The biggest engine for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS churns out 455 horsepower and has 455 pound-feet of torque -- 20 more horsepower and 55 more pound-feet of torque than the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Like the Mustang, the new Camaro used more weight-saving aluminum components. Also like the Mustang, Chevrolet is offering a more fuel efficient engine that boasts 30 mpg on the highway while pushing out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.