2016 Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Engine – The introduction of the 6th generation of the Chevrolet Camaro for the 2016 model year is every bit as big of a deal as the 2015 Ford Mustang – both to the respective enthusiast of the model and to the industry as a whole. With the introduction of a new Camaro, the ongoing horsepower war in America rages on while buyers around the country benefit from the tight battle between the Camaro and the Mustang.
General Motors has done a remarkable job of keeping the details of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro under wraps so while we have all talked about the 6th gen Camaro at length, next to nothing is known for sure about the newest muscle car. Lately, I have been getting quite a few questions about which models will carry on from the current generation Camaro to the next generation, what the drivetrain options will look like at launch and which models will be available when the 2016 Camaro first hits the market. (2016 Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Engine)
Some recent reports say the 2016 Chevy Camaro will be an evolutionary design and nothing as radical as this rendering indicates. If so, Chevy design has retrenched in light of the conservative 2015 Ford Mustang. But while the new Mustang also is on a new platform with independent rear suspension, most of its dimensions other than height are either close to, or exactly the same (wheelbase, for instance) as the outgoing model. The current Camaro outsold the Mustang from 2010 to 2013 largely on its daring design, and it’s hard to believe that Chevrolet would suddenly get cautious after shifting its fashion-forward halo onto a new platform.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Engine
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is expected to arrive as a 2016 model year vehicle in 2015. The vehicle will be all-new (completely reengineered and redesigned) and will be smaller and lighter than the fifth-generation model — improving the driving experience, performance, and fuel economy.
We’ve known for four years that the 2016 Chevy Camaro will switch from GM’s heavy, aging, Australian-based Zeta platform to the new, all-singing, all-dancing Alpha platform. It will not be on the Cadillac ATS’s short-wheelbase version of Alpha but on the long-wheelbase version used for the 2014 Cadillac CTS. As with the CTS, the new Camaro will lose several hundred pounds of weight in its next iteration.
Why the long wheelbase? At 114.6 inches, it’s just 2.3 inches longer than the current Camaro’s wheelbase and shorter than the Dodge Challenger’s, although it is a full 7.5 inches longer than the Mustang’s. The Alpha platform is narrower than the Zeta platform, at least in CTS form, so the effect on the Camaro’s all-important footprint as factored into its Corporate Average Fuel Economy target may be negligible.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Engine
Engine choices will remain the SS and high-performance variants of the small-block V-8, as well as the 3.6-liter V-6. To go toe-to-toe with the Mustang EcoBoost, the ’16 Camaro will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the first time; in this case, it’s a version of Cadillac’s 272-hp, 295 lb-ft 2.0-liter.
Keeping the 2016 Chevy Camaro on the larger side also leaves room in the Chevrolet lineup for a Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ competitor, as previewed by the Code 130R concept from 2012. That rear-wheel-drive project may have been sidelined, however. At least one source believes the small sporty coupe, set also for the ’16 model year, will instead be based on the front-wheel-drive Tru 140S concept that was unveiled alongside the Code 130R.
Although we have no spy shots to dissect, we’ve long heard that the 2016 Chevy Camaro will have heritage cues from the second-generation Camaro, which premiered as a 1970½ model. We think it might look something like this, with the two-window daylight opening and a thick, semi-fastback C-pillar with no B-pillar. Our illustrator emphasized the waterline bodyside to separate the upper and lower segments, like the gen-two Camaro, and separated the headlamps from the center grille.
The modern variation of the ’70½ Camaro RS grille also ties it in with the squared-off eggcrate grilles making their way into most Chevy sedans, but with a center scoop to line up the grille with a powerdome that accentuates the Camaro’s muscle-car image. Our illustrator extended the black powerdome accent onto the roof to visually lower the car, and this is repeated again on the rear spoiler’s edge, rendered as an aerodynamic aide in carbon fiber. The coke bottle fender flares are more exaggerated than with the 2010–15 model. Front LED turn signals intersect with the LED headlamps..(2016 Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Engine)
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Specifications
As for confirmed information on the Camaro, there is really very little. It will ride on GM’s Alpha platform that’s found on the Cadillac ATS and CTS. It will also remain rear-wheel drive, with that new platform giving it some defense against the new Mustang’s independent rear suspension.
The 2016 Camaro can offer any of following engines:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 LTG (discounted by Camaro chief engineer)
- 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 LFX
- 3.6-liter twin turbo V6 LF3
- New 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 Small Block LT1 (LS1 success)
- New 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Small Block LT5
- New naturally-aspirated V8 Small Block (LS7 successor)
All engines will be direct injected and feature Variable Valve Timing, among other features.2016 Chevrolet Camaro Concept and Engine – source : automobilemag.com | torquenews.com |