GENEVA – At the Geneva Motor Show 2016, Chevrolet will reveal an all-new sixth-generation of the Chevrolet Camaro to the European public. With higher levels of performance and technology, lots of interior and exterior refinements, as well as a smaller and lighter architecture, the Camaro is one of the world’s finest driver’s cars. It’s no wonder that the new Camaro is the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year.
“We expect it will set a new benchmark in the segment – and give a new generation of enthusiasts a reason to fall in love with Camaro,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.
To make it not only the best Camaro ever, but one of the best performance cars available, Chevrolet focused on three pillars of development: design, performance, and technology.
“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”
The 2016 Camaro appears with a fresh surface, a more athletic-looking, sculpted exterior that complements the tighter, and leaner architecture, and offers all-new, modern lighting signatures – including LED-technology, but despite all of the changes, it retains the iconic Camaro design.
The muscular effect of the exterior makes the new car look significantly lower and wider than before, even though it is within 50 mm of the exterior dimensions of the current model. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the outer face contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing efficiency.
Lightweight architecture and chassis systems
Approximately 70 percent of the architectural components are unique to Camaro. Through extensive computer-aided engineering, structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the total curb weight for the Camaro has been reduced by more than 90 kg.
“The driving experience is significantly different,” said Aaron Link, lead development engineer. “Immediately, you will notice how much lighter and more nimble the Camaro feels. That feeling increases when you drive the Camaro harder – it brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, and accelerates faster than ever.”
The Camaro features a new, multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with Camaro-specific geometry. The double-pivot design provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system. At the rear, a new five-link independent suspension yields outstanding wheel control and reduces “squat” during acceleration.
In addition, Magnetic Ride Control is available on the Camaro V8 for the first time. The active suspension reads road and driving conditions 1,000 times per second, and automatically adjusts the damper settings to optimize ride comfort and control.
World-class performance from an American icon
The new Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by a lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range. Included in this, is the first-ever Camaro Turbo engine package, with a new 2.0L turbo at 276 hp (203 kW) and 400 Nm – and which delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in less than six seconds. Even with all this, the new Camaro is the most fuel-efficient model ever.
In addition, Chevrolet presents the most powerful Camaro V8 ever made, with a new 6.2L LT1 direct-injected Small Block V8 rated at 453 hp (333 kW) and 617 Nm of torque. For the first time, Magnetic Ride Control suspension is available for the Camaro V8 and costumers can apply an Active Fuel Management for the Camaro V8 Automatic, allowing the car to achieve 25% better fuel efficiency than the previous generation.
The LT1 engine is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission – with new Active Rev Match technology that “blips” the throttle for perfectly timed downshifts – or the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed paddle shift automatic.
Each engine has been carefully tuned for a distinctive performance sound. All 2.0L turbo models feature active noise cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise. The dual-mode performance exhaust system, available on the Camaro V8, features quad outlets and electric valves that open and close the active exhaust. It’s tuned to allow peak performance at high speeds and aggressive idle, and a less aggressive presence at steady cruising speeds. Also, the Driver Mode Selector calibrates a unique exhaust note for each mode.
Driver-focused interior and technologies
Like the exterior, the interior is completely new, yet instantly recognizable. “Given the level of technology and performance, the interior had to be modern and driver focused.” said Ryan Vaughan, interior design manager. The inside of the car integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster, and a customizable ambient lighting feature.
The instrument cluster features analog instruments to provide the driver with essential performance information, as well as an eight-inch-diagonal high-definition center screen that can be configured to provide additional information, including navigation, performance, and infotainment features. Another eight-inch screen, integrated in the center of the instrument panel, serves as the interface for the enhanced, next-generation MyLink system. Furthermore, the new Camaro elates with slick smart phone integration via Apple CarPlay. Additionally, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected (requires an active OnStar subscription).
Also available for the new Camaro is a segment-first LED ambient lighting system. Integrated into the dash, door panels, and center console, it offers 24 different colors, as well as fade and transition effects that spread across the interior. There’s even a theatrical “car show” mode that cycles randomly through the entire color spectrum when the Camaro is parked.
The ambient lighting is one of eight attributes the driver can adjust using the Camaro’s new Driver Mode Selector– accessed via a switch on the center console. The system enables the driver to tailor the look, sound, and feel of 2016 Camaro to their preference and to the driving conditions.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.