Tuesday, May 19, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Revives Muscle Car Wars
The muscle car battle is now hitting a renaissance as Chevrolet dropped the bomb on the all-new, sixth-generation Camaro. It promises to have higher levels of performance, technology, and refinement thanks to a top-down change.
It starts with a leaner, stiffer platform that’s actually dimensionally smaller than the model it replaces. It’s also significantly lighter: 90 kilograms lighter in terms of curb weight while having higher structural rigidity (up 28 percent) than before. The weight reduction is thanks to an aluminum instrument panel frame, aluminum front suspension links, and steel rear suspension links with lightening holes.
The front suspension uses a MacPherson Strut with a double-pivot design for more precise control and a more linear, communicative steering. At the back, a new five-link rear independent suspension reduces squat during acceleration while providing outstanding wheel control. GM’s Magnetic Ride Control (active suspension) is available for the Camaro SS model.
All Camaros offer Brembo brakes as available equipment while Goodyear tires are standard across the line (Eagle Sport all-seasons or Eagle F1 Asymmetric all-season run-flat tires). The Camaro SS moves up to Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires. Rim sizes are either 18 or 20 inches.
Under the hood, the Camaro has a choice between three powertrains. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 275 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. For power on demand, it offers a wide power band with 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,100 to 3,000 rpm. An all-new 3.6-liter V6 engine serves as the mid-range engine with 335 horsepower and 385 Nm of torque. This engine incorporates direct-injection, variable-valve timing, and for the first time, cylinder deactivation. The most powerful Camaro (the SS) runs on the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine also found in the Corvette Stingray. It has 455 horsepower and 617 Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful Camaro SS ever. All engines come with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.
The sleeker, tauter Camaro features a more driver-focused interior that continues the tradition of the dual cockpit design. However, the parking brake has been notably changed to an electric-type allowing for repositioned cup holders. The interior also features an LED ambient lighting system.