2016 Chevy Camaro - Miami, FL
Chevrolet ended production on the legendary Camaro in 2002, citing lower sales, a declining interest in sports coupes, and heavy competition from the rival Ford Mustang. Following concept cars in 2006 and 2007, the fifth-generation Camaro came back with a bang in 2010.
Over the past five years, the vehicle has steadily climbed the ranks of the best-selling sports cars, culminating in it being named the best-selling 2015 entry sport car by edmunds.com.
With the Chevy Camaro set to celebrate it's 50th birthday in 2016, what better way for the company to celebrate than releasing it's most sophisticated and capable pony car in the nameplate's history. The new car will feature all your favorite qualities of the previous Camaros, while also taking into account the success of the Cadillac CTS, Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
Order books will reportedly open on August 13th, with production expected to begin on August 22. As we await the release of the 2016 Camaro, let's take a look at some fun facts concerning the car…
Production Will Return to the USA
Following the approval of the fifth-generation Camaro in 2006, the car was produced at the Oshawa Car Assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. However, as General Managers announced in 2012, production on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro would return to the United States for the first time since the early 1990s.
The Canadian Auto Workers union referred to the move as a "betrayal," but GM claimed the relocation would result in "lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies."
“It’s a betrayal to our CAW membership and it’s a betrayal to Canada relative to Canadian jobs in a very important industry in the province of Ontario,” CAW president Ken Lewenza said in 2012 (via CTVNews.ca).
The 2016 vehicle will be made at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan, and the Camaro production will be consolidated with the production of the Cadillac CTS and ATS (since both are rear-wheel drive vehicles). The move will create more than 500 jobs in Michigan, and the company will first look to rehire the 450 hourly employees who were laid off from the plant earlier this year.
"We build the best cars in the world right here in Lansing, and we're delighted to welcome the 2016 Chevy Camaro to the Lansing-made family of great automobiles," said Lansing mayor Virg Bernero.
The Interior Has Undergone Drastic Changes
You've seen it before: a nameplate's new model features barely any modifications from it's predecessor beside it's name. That won't be the case with the 2016 Camaro, as the vehicle's interior has been redesigned entirely.
The 5th-generation Camaro had received criticism for it's plastic cabin, lack of headroom, and an unreliable MyLink infotainment system. That's apparently changed for 2016, as Alexander Kalogianni of DigitalTrends.com describes the inside of the new car as being much more "ergonomic and driver oriented," resulting in a significantly more sophisticated design.
The dashboard is less cluttered than the 2015 model, as the sole feature is the eight-inch, Chevrolet Mylink infotainment system. Mylink allows the driver to access many of their phone's features, including making calls, accessing apps and sending texts, while also listening to the hundreds of stations on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
That's not it for the interior changes. There are repositioned air conditioning vents with HVAC controls, a flat-bottom steering wheel, kneepads, a wireless phone charging mat that keeps your phone secure… the list goes on and on. This doesn't just make for a better, more focused driving experience; it makes for an entirely more impressive car.
If you're really looking to brag about your new ride, you could show your friends the interior lighting display surrounding the center cluster, featuring more than 24 selectable colors and a full-color light show.
The Exterior and Architecture Has Changed Too
As the Chevrolet website notes, the only carryover pieces from the fifth-generation Camaro are the Chevy bowtie emblem and the SS badge. In fact, the chassis may remind you more of the Cadillac CTS or ATS, as Chevrolet based their 2016 model on the Caddy.
The exterior will still have the same recognizable look, but without all the baggage. The 2016 model will be two inches shorter, an inch wider, and 200-pounds lighter (resulting in the lightest Camaro yet). Even with all the changes, the car has reportedly performed well during "extensive" wind tunnel testing. As GM design director Tom Peters explained, this will make for a more "dynamic" driving experience.
The wheel options have also been refined to include lightweight aluminum instead of steel, which reduces unsprung mass and significantly improves handling. LT models will come with standard 18-inch wheels (20-inch optional), while the SS model comes with standard 20-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights.
The 2016 Camaro Features It's Most Powerful Engine Yet
The new car will also feature a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine which is capable of producing 335 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is a considerable upgrade from last year's motor, which allowed for 323 hp and 278 lbs-ft or torque.
Buyers could alternatively opt for the 6.2L V8 engine, which allows for 455 horsepower and 455 lbs-ft of torque. These changes should make the 2016 version the most powerful Camaro ever.
Or, if you prefer a less-powerful Camaro with better fuel economy, you could opt for the 2.0L turbo engine, which is estimated to return more than 30 highway miles per gallon, while also allowing for 275 hp and 296 lb-ft of torque. All of the engines are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
The car isn't all about power, as there will be four selectable drive modes that cater to any driving condition: snow/ice, tour, sport and track. This allows for better acceleration, transmission, handle and traction regardless of the weather.
The car should also be fast, and we mean really fast. Chevy has claimed that the SS model has recorded faster lap times than the track-focused 2015 model, and that car has the ability to go from 0 to 60 in less than six seconds.
We apologize for getting you all giddy, as you'll have to wait until at least the fall to get your hands on the new Camaro. In the meantime, visit Miami Lakes Automall for updated info regarding a release date, price, and more!