NEW FOR 2016:
– All-new model.

Chevrolet’s Camaro is quite possibly the most anticipated new car of 2016. The evolution of this iconic pony car sees it maintain a familiar look, but underneath it’s an entirely new vehicle.

The new Camaro shares its underpinnings with the critically acclaimed Cadillac ATS. The move to the Alpha platform sees the Camaro shrink by about five centimetres in length, and two in width, and shed a boatload of weight. Depending on which engine is selected, it tips the scales between 100 and 130 kilos less than the outgoing model.

This has had a drastic effect on the way the Camaro drives; the steering is sharp, the car is less prone to understeer, and it feels lighter and nimbler than its chief rival, the Mustang. This hasn’t come at the cost of comfort – the ride is quite supple for a sports car wearing such large wheels. Magnetic dampers are an option for the SS.

The Camaro is being offered with three engines, mirroring the basic lineup of the Mustang. A turbocharged four cylinder, a naturally aspirated V6, and a good ‘ol fashioned pushrod V8 are all on offer – the latter belting out a full-bodied 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. All feature direct fuel injection, and the V6 and V8 use cylinder deactivation to save fuel. A six-speed manual comes standard (with rev-matching downshifts), with an eight-speed automatic available as an option.

Inside, the Camaro keeps its wild styling, but Chevrolet has doubled down on quality, fitting more soft-touch plastics, plus nifty detailing like configurable ambient lighting and circular vents that do double duty to control the heating and ventilation. The latest version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system provides the latest in-car connectivity including LTE WiFi and Apple CarPlay. Visibility is still lacking, and the rear quarters are still cramped – even compared to the Mustang.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is initially available as a Coupe in 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS trims. A convertible will join the range later this year.

1LT includes 18-inch alloy wheels, selectable drive modes, dual stainless steel exhaust, capless fuel filler, solar tinted glass, LED daytime running lights, power mirrors with body-colour caps, reverse camera, intermittent wipers, automatic climate control with pollen filter, console floor with dual cupholders, cruise control, rear defogger, carpeted floor mats, TFT instrument cluster colour display, illuminated entry, power locks, proximity key with push-button start, frameless rear-view mirror, 12-volt power outlet, tilt and telescoping steering column, flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, sun visors with vanity mirrors, power release trunk, power windows, eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way manual passenger’s seat, cloth upholstery, folding rear seatback with pass-through, and six-speaker 7.0-inch MyLink display audio system with Bluetooth, dual USB ports, aux-in jack, Apple CarPlay, AM/FM/satellite radio, OnStar with 4G LTE and WiFi.

RS Package adds 20-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, decklind-mounted rear spoiler.

Technology Package adds nine-speaker Bose audio system, and 8.0-inch MyLink display audio system.

Heavy-Duty Cooling & Brake Package adds external engine oil cooler, extra-capacity cooling system, and Brembo brakes and calipers.

Winter Protection Package adds car cover and battery protection package.

Key options include Six-Piston Brake Kit, dual-mode performance exhaust, power sunroof, and a variety of interior and exterior accessories.

2LT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, garage door opener, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, nine-speaker Bose audio system, and 8.0-inch MyLink display audio system.

RS Package adds 20-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, decklind-mounted rear spoiler.

Convenience & Lighting Package adds driver memory, wireless device charging, heated steering wheel, 8.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, head-up display, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert with lane change alert, heated exterior mirror with auto-dimming, colour configurable ambient lighting, illuminated sill plates.

Heavy-Duty Cooling & Brake Package adds external engine oil cooler, extra-capacity cooling system, and Brembo brakes and calipers.

Winter Protection Package adds car cover and battery protection package.

Key options include Six-Piston Brake Kit, dual-mode performance exhaust, power sunroof, navigation, and a variety of interior and exterior accessories.

1SS builds on 1LT and adds V8 engine, 20-inch wheels, performance tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, differential oil cooler, enhanced engine cooling system, external engine oil cooler, extra-capacity cooling system, transmission oil cooling system, limited-slip rear differential, HID headlamps, unique front fascia, rear spoiler, 8.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display, illuminated vanity mirrors, and 8.0-inch MyLink display audio system.

Winter Protection Package adds car cover and battery protection package.

Key options include Six-Piston Brake Kit, magnetic dampers, dual-mode performance exhaust, power sunroof, body kit, and a variety of interior and exterior accessories.

2SS adds rear park assist, dual-zone automatic climate control, head-up display, aluminum door and shifter accents, colour configurable ambient lighting, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated scuff plates, heated steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, garage door opener, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, driver memory, nine-speaker Bose audio system, rear cross-traffic alert, blind zone alert with lane-change alert, and wireless device charging.

Winter Protection Package adds car cover and battery protection package.

Key options include Six-Piston Brake Kit, magnetic dampers, dual-mode performance exhaust, power sunroof, body kit, navigation, and a variety of interior and exterior accessories.

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