It’s not uncommon to see pre-production prototypes testing alongside different models. BMW’s F10-generation M5 has been spotted alongside 2016 Cadillac CTS-V prototypes and General Motors even acquired its own M4 for benchmarking its upcoming 2016 ATS-V against.
It makes sense to see those cars testing alongside one another, as they are models which will eventually compete against one another in the marketplace. We’re having trouble thinking of a reason why Chevrolet might be testing third-generation Camaros alongside its new Alpha-based sixth-gen model, though.
The photos first surfaced on Autoblog and show a very clean third-generation Camaro testing alongside some heavily camouflaged sixth-generation models. The sixth-gen Camaros appear to be V6 models, as they are sporting only dual-exit tailpipes, not the quad tailpipe set up seen on the V8 Camaro at the Nurburgring. The photographer also said the third-gen Camaro was emitting a V6-sounding engine note, leading us to believe it’s a powertrain development mule of some sort.
If the 80s car is a development mule, our only question is why? Chevrolet did away with much of the Camaro’s camouflage for its Nurburgring testing laps, so clearly they aren’t too worried about letting their design leak a little early.
Check out the photos here and let us know what you think the third-gen test models are hiding in the comments below.