The Chevrolet Camaro accounted for 42 percent of the rear-drive performance coupe market in 2011. Needless to say, the Chevy pony car has been winning like Charlie Sheen (are people still saying that?). But the Camaro as we know it today will have to be replaced in the coming years. However, the challenge for its development team is to improve it, without ruining the successful formula.
Luckily for the Camaros developers, the fifth-generation isn’t perfect and there’s room for improvement. Constant complaints about bland interior, visibility, and weight have been the three biggest drawbacks of the vehicle. But adding to the to-do list is finding a solution to that whole CAFE emissions thing, which poses a major challenge to engineers, while the affection for the current generation’s sheetmetal has made things puzzling for designers.
“Do you make it look like a second-gen? Or do you make it look like the first gen?” Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser pondered aloud to Automotive News. It will be a huge challenge to top the styling of the fifth-gen. But your input in the comments below can help shape the future of the next generation Camaro’s shape.
With the information we have at hand, we know that the sixth-generation Camaro will indeed be smaller and much lighter than today’s big-bodied boulevard beast by utilizing the all-new Alpha platform and all that implies. Yes, this is the very same platform that GM plans on using for several Cadillac models, including the ATS and new CTS. The result of which will put the Camaro closer to the size of the original model, while making it more proportionate to its competitors such as the Ford Mustang, Nissan 370Z, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe. What’s more, forced induction is a huge possibility here, as we could very well see turbocharged four cylinder (gasp!) and six cylinder engines, though we don’t believe the Camaro team is going to forsake the V8 advocates, either.