2016 Camaro Revealed

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro just debuted in Detroit during a special event at Belle Isle.

This is an all-new 2016 Camaro that heralds the nameplate’s sixth generation. It’s a new car from the ground-up based on the same Alpha platform as the Cadillac ATS and CTS built at GM’s Lansing assembly plant. By basing the new muscle car on that platform, it sheds up to 200 lbs and is significantly stiffer than the outgoing model.

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Production of the current Camaro in Oshawa, Canada, will end later this year, likely in November. The new model boasts a long list of mechanical enhancements that will make it a significantly more capable product.

SEE ALSO: GM ‘Very Confident’ 2016 Camaro is Better Than Mustang

Like the Mustang, the new Camaro will be available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Unlike that car, the boosted four-banger is going to serve as the base powertrain, followed by the V6 as a mid-range option capped off with the V8-powered SS.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS

The four-cylinder model makes 275 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque while the mid-range V6 offers 335 HP, 284 lb-ft. Of course that leaves one engine: the new 6.2-liter V8 that is a close relative to the motor powering the C7 Corvette. And power? It makes 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.

All variants of the new Camaro will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Like the new Corvette, the manual offers automatic rev matching downshifts.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Both the V6 and V8 models come standard with a variable exhaust that has a hushed “stealth” mode accessible via the snow and ice drive mode. When courtesy doesn’t matter as much, there’s also a setting that bypasses the mufflers entirely to increase engine performance.

On top of that, the car will also offer a variety of drive modes. All versions of them will come with a snow and ice mode, a normal mode and a sport mode, but the SS will also offer a “track” setting.

SS models also come standard with Brembo brakes and the same magnetic ride suspension that gives the supercharged ZL1 from the fifth generation respectable handling chops despite its gut-busting curb weight. The car uses a new multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension that Chevrolet says will offer more precise handling than the fifth-generation model.

Chevrolet is also introducing a more “driver focused” interior with the 2016 Camaro that includes a touch screen in the dashboard and an eight-inch digital display in the gauge cluster sitting between two analog gauges.

Halogen projector beams are standard on the car, but the RS and SS models will include HID headlights and LED daytime running lights along with LED taillights.

Official curb weights for the model line aren’t available yet, but the car is roughly two inches shorter than the outgoing model and a little less than an inch narrower while riding on a shorter wheelbase. It also sits about an inch lower than the old model.

General Motors hasn’t announced pricing for the new Camaro yet, but it should start showing up at dealerships sometime in the fourth quarter of the year.

Discuss this story at our 2016 Camaro Forum

  • Delcy

    Profile is similar to the Genesis coupe.

  • laserwizard

    What a joke! Total Recall Motors manages to not correct anything that was wrong with the current Shamaro – interior is ghastly – tacky – cheap looking and the interior, thanks to the wretched ATS platform, will be cramped.

    Boring and absolutely vomit inducing roof line- the tail lights look like they were plucked from some cheap junk yard car. This is a complete and utterly joke – weird proportions and enough JC Whitney addons to the front to make it look like Rupaul.

  • DJ

    I am highly disappointed in the interior. I was expecting seriously vastly improved interior and it is not. It is better than last generation but still ugly. Besides the new platform and new engines, it doesn’t look like much thought was put on the design of the exterior and interior.

  • danwat1234

    Make a plugin hybrid 4 cylinder turbo model!

  • roundthings

    Touchscreen.
    No thanks

  • guest

    Why? go buy a Prius if thats what you want.

  • guest

    My guess is you don’t like it huh?

  • danwat1234

    Not quite fast enough but it’s not bad. Maybe a used Chevy Volt with a Chevy Cruze sway bar and good tires.
    Waiting to see the big manufactures to make somewhat affordable sport plugin hybrids. Maybe the Bolt will be quick like the Spark and i3 is.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    It’s still a Camaro. Too big for this type of GT.

  • Maximania

    Wow, I’m actually very impressed. Those pictures yesterday left me very dispappointed, but from what I’m seeing in these official pictures, I actually really like the exterior looks. And when I saw the interior (with the older interior in mind), I was blown away. Really stunning. A little weird, but still awesome nonetheless.

    Coupled with the weight-loss, the engine choices, and the endorsements for great performance… I’m very excited for the next Camaro.

  • danwat1234

    “less than 50% of current trade in electric/plugin owners buy a new one”
    Where did you get that information? Usually once people go electric or plugin hybrid they stay with it because they like how it drives but that’s just my opinion.
    And electric vehicles is not a fad, it’s only expanding. You’ll see Bentley, Jaguar with electric cars, Subaru. pickup trucks. It’s just going to expand it’s not going to go away.
    1. Is the 2025 MPG requirement (and beyond) and also carbon credits.
    Also companies promoting their green image and *some* consumers desiring these vehicles, more as consumers test drive them.

    I agree the Camaro, Mustang, Charger won’t be electric in any way for a long time. Eventually I wouldn’t be surprised to see an option for that, like hybrid atkinson cycle turbo4, turbo4, turbo 6 cylinder.
    Auto start/stop mode where the engine stops, will come before that. Like what Porsche does with it’s 911 boxster now.

  • Rickers

    So, you still can’t see out of it.

  • Felix James

    Hey look. It’s a new Mustang.

  • guest

    Sorry I just read that from one of the auto research survey groups yesterday but trash canned it. The low cost of fossil fuel has cut into the demand for electric cars so much battery companies are closing.The false demand by the government rebates plus the cafe standards which IMHO will not stand is dying. Wind solar and renewable energy costs are so much more than natural gas and petroleum they will slow to a crawl. If I can find the article again I will respond but I didn’t pull those facts out of my arrs like so many on this site.

  • The_Fast_and_Furious_Gunrunner

    So will we be able to see out of the damn thing?

  • lola

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  • Billy Cypher

    Yeah, it’s still overweight in my opinion. But 200 lbs lighter is a step in the right direction.

    If it were up to me, the Camaro would be 3,000 lbs or less and the exterior dimensions would be 30% smaller than the current model.

  • Jim Mc Cool

    You got that 100% correct.

  • pywaket_1

    To pick a small nit, this isn’t the first time a turbo has been available. The 3rd generation Trans-Camaro had a turbo in it.

  • locstar

    Idk where on earth you live where corrolas look like that..?

  • locstar

    Not Sure i see the similarity?

  • Mark S

    Nice evolution of the model – minor but welcome exterior changes, great interior changes, weight loss, more rigidity, magnetic ride and the 6.2l LT1…….if this handles close to the 1LE, looking at a great car.

  • ARC1111

    CALM DOWN! Camry/Corolla/Toyota/Shamota, POINT is it is ugly and looks like a half DOZEN other models ALREADY out there, got it?

  • locstar

    No not really actually this looks nothing like the images above.. So no i don’t “got it”.

  • locstar

    Not really.. it looks like nothing toyota makes… im not saying im in love with the design but in no way shape form or fashion does it look like a toyota… got it?