Friday, March 20, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro: What We Do Know


In the past year we have heard a lot about what to expect from the new 2016 Chevy Camaro, some of it myth and speculation and some of it very much what we still expect to see next month. There are some facts that we now know for sure because Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president for global development took some time yesterday to help put are imaginations at ease.

Engine and Transmission
As expected, the 6.2-liter LT-1 V-8 that nestled itself under the hood of the 2015 Corvette will make its way into the 2016 Chevy Camaro. The Corvette engine had to have 20 percent of its components repositioned to fit inside of the Camaro engine department. This engine pumped out 455-hp for the Corvette, so similar numbers are to be expected for the Camaro. Also the Corvette upgraded from a six-speed automatic that has been used for years and worked well to an eight-speed automatic for 2015 with a lot of success. From most accounts it sounds like that eight-speed transmission will find its way into the 2016 Camaro as well.

Fuel economy is always on everyone's mind in this day-and-age, so yes, like always there will be a six-cylinder option, but also new to the play book will be a four-cylinder option that makes some people disgusted and some happy, depends on how you want to look at it. The LT-4 will also have some fuel saving tricks up its sleeve. Active Fuel Management did wonders for the Corvette and even though last year it was offered on the SS Camaros, other trim options did not have it as an option. This year the option is expected to be available on more than just the SS, possibly all V-8 engines.

Other 2016 Camaro Confirmed Features
This should not amaze people too much because this has been talked about and confirmed many times throughout the year, but just in case you did not here, the 2016 Chevy Camaro will be riding on the shorter frame that the Cadillac ATS rides on. This called for some serious reconstruction. Mark Reuss confirms that 70 percent of the Camaro will be unique to the Gen 6 style. New front and rear suspension had to be engineered, along with a wider and lengthened front-end for better handling and a new unique Camaro look. An all-new interior is confirmed and should give us a different design along with different dimensions. The dimensions could help a sour spot that critics seem to complain about. It has been long talked about the cramped backseats and this renewed interior might be a solution.

Next month on Belle Isle we will finally get the unveiling of the 2016 Chevy Camaro. I'm sure by then there will be more updates and sneak peaks. But one thing that has not being confirmed, but I'm sure will happen is a convertible version and a Z/28, only time will tell.