2016 Chevrolet Camaro: Notes From The Reveal

Posted on May 17 2015 - 6:05am by Mary Mohler

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted Saturday evening in Detroit at an enthusiast-oriented event near the city’s IndyCar course. While the big news was the Camaro’s 200-pound weight loss, tighter chassis, and a snorting new V8, plenty of other morsels of Camaro info came out. Here’s some of the more interesting stuff we heard.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

• The 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder is the first turbocharged engine in a Camaro.

• The LT1 borrowed from the Corvette Stingray marks the third time a Camaro has used an engine with that badge. It was previously used in 1970-72 (Z/28), 1993-97 (Z/28), and 1996-97 (SS).

• The Camaro was revealed in a tent before nearly 1,000 enthusiasts, General Motors executives (including CEO Mary Barra) and mere feet from the Grand Prix course where IndyCars will run in two weeks.

• Chevy hopes to continue to attract new customers with the Camaro and said 63 percent of the fifth-generation buyers were new to the brand.

• GM product boss Mark Reuss neatly summed up the Camaro’s handling character. “It’s wicked fast and extremely nimble.”

• Reuss on the design goal: make it “look like a car for tomorrow instead of a car from yesterday.”

• Reuss’ first car was a 1967 Camaro, and he’s reiterated his passion for the car. “People want to be seen in a Camaro, and that never goes away.”

• Chevy North America president Alan Batey said he plans to line up a red Camaro as soon as the order bank opens. We assume he’ll have early access to that.

• Though the appearance is similar, the sixth generation of the Camaro appears a little sleeker and is more aerodynamic thanks to 350 hours in the wind tunnel. Only two parts, the SS badge and the rear bow-tie emblem, are carryover.

• Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro’s chief engineer, said most of the options (except Magnetic Ride Control, which is SS exclusive), will be offered on the inline four. The engine will be capable of propelling the Camaro to a sprint to 60 miles per hour in well under six seconds. “We don’t want to … make it feel like an excuse car,” he said.

• Without revealing specifics, Oppenheiser said every Camaro variant will be faster than the model it replaces.

•The interior is vastly improved. We got an up-close look in the cabin of one of the cars revealed with a red and white layout, and the materials are much better. The setting is more colorful, and 24 different ambient lighting shades are available.