With just a few weeks to go before the official unveiling of Chevy’s all-new 2016 Camaro, the automaker is keeping the teaser photos coming. This time, we’re getting a glimpse of the Gen 6 Camaro’s rear fenders and its sharply creased hood. The fenders were introduced on the Gen 5 model, but are updated with greater detailing that make the Camaro look lower and wider. The Camaro’s new aluminum hood features sharp creases to make it look like the hood is shrink-wrapped around the engine.
Chevy says its design team set out to create a leaner, more athletic design that complemented the new driving experience.
“The Camaro went to the gym and came out with a lithe, more athletic physique for the sixth generation,” says Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. “It’s a more expressive evolution of the Camaro’s iconic character – and one that complements its leaner size and sharper reflexes.”
Chevy’s previously announced that 70% of architectural components are unique to the sixth generation Camaro, including exterior dimensions, suspension geometry and powertrain components. In fact, only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation model. Those two are the bowtie emblem on the taillamp panel and the SS badge. More than 20 percent of the 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine has been tailored to fit the packaging for the 2016 Camaro, including unique, tubular “tri-Y” exhaust manifolds.
New drive modes will set the technological “benchmark” for the segment. Drive modes include Snow/Ice, Tour, and Sport as well as a Track mode in the SS model. The SS will also offer Magnetic Ride Control which was previously only available on the ZL1.
In each mode, the Camaro reads driver and road inputs at 1,000 times per second to automatically adjust the cars calibration, stability control, balance, and more to optimize performance and overall handling. Plus, new electronically controlled dual-mode exhaust valves will be able to bypass the mufflers for even better acceleration and sound levels.
“We wanted to build on the flexibility of the current Camaro ZL1, which is great for grand touring, commuting, the drag strip and track days,” said Aaron Link, Camaro lead development engineer. “The new Camaro will be even more adaptable, with up to eight vehicle attributes adjusted to fit a driver’s preference.”
Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.