All-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro revealed {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

12 May 2015

The new Ford Mustang has been hogging all the headlines recently with its slick styling and impressive handling. So much so that the Chevrolet Camaro has been forgotten somewhat, despite having the hardcore ZL1 get rave reviews and a facelift last year. But Chevy are aiming to take back the headlines with their new 2016 Camaro and its blend of sleek looks and new tech.

Visually the new Camaro initially doesn’t look too different from the outgoing model, but once you start to take in the details you see a fair amount of changes. The biggest difference is around the rear where there is now a more pronounced fastback style to the roofline. The Camaro has always had a shorter rear window and long boot, but in the interests of aerodynamics and increased rear passenger headroom the body now slopes further to the rear. There’s a more pronounced kick up in the side glass too, along with even more pumped up rear arches. At the front it’s pretty much the same as the outgoing model, with slim headlights and a thin grille, with a large central intake below. On the SS model there are bonnet vents and a unique rear spoiler too, along with 20-inch alloy wheels and Brembo brakes.

The engines on offer at launch include a 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo with 271 bhp and a 3.6 litre V6 with 330 bhp. But the important engine for BOTB fans is the 6.2 litre small-block V8 which produces 449 bhp and 455 lb/ft of torque. That’s 34 bhp more than the Mustang’s 5.0 litre V8 produces, and the Camaro’s V8 features cylinder deactivation to improve economy.  With the 90 kg weight saving over the outgoing model the new SS’s performance figures should be impressive with 0 – 62 mph taking under 5 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.

The Camaro SS comes with a six speed manual gearbox as standard, but there’s a new eight speed automatic option with paddle shifters. At the rear there’s a five-link suspension system while the front uses a MacPherson setup and there is the option of Magnetic Ride as seen on the previous ZL1.

The Camaro goes on sale in the US later this year and reaches Europe in early 2016. It’s likely that the 2.0 turbo and V8 models will be offered in Europe in line with the Mustang’s offerings, and prices will stay around the same as current models, but Chevrolet has confirmed that they won’t be following Ford’s lead and will not be offering the new Camaro in RHD.