The Chevrolet Camaro, a muscle car almost just as iconic as the Ford Mustang, has swung to the sixth generation recently, in order to fend off slowing sales of the outgoing model and the new generation of its archrival, unveiled last year.
A lot of ink has gone under the bridge since the weekend reveal of the sixth generation, all-new Camaro, a model that since its resurrection half a decade ago has managed to outsell its main competitors – the Mustang and Dodge Challenger. In order to maintain its new found reign, here are the main features of the new model. First off, while the design is evolutionary, there’s an all-new platform. And thanks to the Alpha architecture, the same used for the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the Camaro has shaved off 200 pounds and has a 28 percent stiffer body structure. Next up, the aluminum intensive assemblies – responsible for much of the 200-pound drop. The SS model also has as an option the Magnetic Ride Control technology, an advanced and effective suspension system. The base model of the 2016 Camaro comes with a turbocharged four cylinder that has 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The direct-injected, 3.6-liter V6 engine is also new and used as the middleweight contender. The SS trim uses the most powerful V8 ever – 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. While not obvious, the exterior styling is also completely new.
The interior design – together with the outwards visibility one of the primary focus points for critics – has jumped away from the subpar layout and quality. Here, as a subplot, we also see the MyLink infotainment system, much appreciated for its voice command features. Technology plays a crucial role in today’s cars, so even the muscle cars need a collection of new amenities – from ambient lighting to a couple of optional 8-inch color display screens – one of them acting as instrument cluster. And, in a related move that shows how much ride handling and quality has evolved, we have a Driving Mode Selector – allowing the driver to modify the behavior of the car according to its needs or driving conditions.