We are less than a week away from the unveiling of the all-new sixth generation 2016 Chevy Camaro. Monday, Chevrolet released its most revealing teaser photos yet, before the big unveiling Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
This week the talk is about aerodynamics. The automaker says all the changes it made to improve aerodynamics took 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, often 24 hours a day. Chevy says the end result is a total aerodynamic lift that’s been improved 30 percent for better stability.
“The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy.
One change involves the the belly pan. Rather than a traditional front air dam that stretches from the front grill to the center of the vehicle, the team developed a flush belly pan that stretches from the front grille to the center of the vehicle. Plus, the angle of the lower grille was changed from 20 to 13 degrees, to provide a 1-percent improvement engine cooling and maintain the car’s sleek design.
Chevy’s also previously released glimpses of the Gen 6 Camaro’s rear fenders and its sharply creased hood, along with its dual-mode exhaust and drive mode.
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’ll have to wait five more days for the full reveal in Detroit.