From big promises will spring impressive performance—hopefully.
This is what Chevrolet has had us thinking as it’s teased us over the past few weeks with details about the sixth-generation Camaro muscle car, due to go on sale next year as a 2016 model.
Here are six things we know about the sixth-generation, 2016 Camaro.
One: It looks a lot like a Camaro done up in zebra stripes, and seems capable of going fast on a racetrack, as seen at the end of this video posted to Youtube on March 13. Have a look at GM’s renderings of the rear fender (up top) and hood (shown further down).
Two: If this sound clip, published on March 16, is indeed a recording of a sixth-gen, then it sounds really, f***ing badass.
Three: It will be 200 pounds (about 91 kg) lighter than the current, fifth-gen car, a feat accomplished, says GM, through dozens of small changes: the instrument panel support is made of aluminum, cutting 4.4 kg, and the suspension is also aluminum-intensive, making it 21 percent lighter. Through weight savings, GM says it expects the new Camaro to “set the (handling) benchmark in the segment and give many sports cars a challenge.”
Four: Despite a lower curb weight, GM says the car’s structure will be 28 percent stiffer, also enhancing handling by allowing engineers to “more precisely calibrate the steering and suspension,” which included taking the opportunity to reduce unsprung weight in the form of lighter brakes and wheels.
Five: While the new car will share its GM Alpha platform with “daintier” cars like the Cadillac ATS, the manufacturer says 70 percent of Camaro’s parts will be unique to it, adding that the only parts being carried over from the current car are the ‘bowtie’ and SS badges. The front structure is longer, allowing the proportions necessary to maintain the car’s “iconic” (GM’s word) profile, and widened for “stable, confident cornering,” and a fifth of the 6.2L LT1 V8 has been modified to fit the Camaro’s engine bay.
Six: Canadian pride forces us to reiterate the fact that GM will not build the new car at its Oshawa, Ontario plant. Instead, production will move to Lansing, Michigan, where it will be assembled alongside its Alpha platform mates. While we may be able to call the next-gen Camaro many things, like (hopefully) a fantastic sports car, we will no longer be able to claim it as partly Canadian.
Seven: On May 11, GM revealed it had put the new Camaro’s design through more than 350 hours of wind-tunnel testing. The result, says the company, is a notable reduction in aerodynamic lift thanks to, among other things, an aero belly pan. Changing the angle of the lower grille also provided a one percent improvement in engine cooling.
We’ll know (hopefully, a lot) more about the car on May 16, when Chevrolet is set to introduce the car officially at Belle Isle Park, in downtown Detroit.