Most seem to like the evolutionary looks employed by Chevrolet’s performance styling department, lead by Tom Peters, while a minority of others can’t seem to get past its similarities to the current vehicle.
While we’re sure much of the initial discontent will eventually fade into the background (remember initial reaction to the current Camaro and Stingray?), it would be interesting to know why Chevrolet’s designers chose to style the Camaro the way they did. Step forward, Tom Peters (who was also responsible for overseeing the designs of the C6 and C7 Corvettes and fifth-generation Camaro).
Peters recently sat down with Hot Rod Magazine to provide a complete overview of the various styling elements found on Camaro six. We’ve summed up many of his main points below but it’s definitely worth hitting up HRM’s full article if you want to get the full scoop. But here we’ve provided some cliff notes.
– Narrower with smaller, more squished projector beam headlights, Peters and his team opted for a front end that’s less “mad attitude” and more “in-the-hunt”– aggressive, but not wildly so.
– The team did hundreds of sketches for the front end and decided to stick with the narrow, wide front grill to emphasize the width of the car. The vents in the hood also help reduce pressure for better lift and heat soak.
– Like the current C7 Corvette, the front end and hood is a lot more sculpted than the previous generation. Just look at all the lines, creases and design elements in the hood.
– Some owners complained the windows on the fifth gen vehicle were too small, but the team decided, “it won’t be a Camaro” with a large greenhouse. However, new rear view cameras, “better mirror technology” as well as side view and interior sensors are sure to help those wishing for more glass.
– Bulging rear quarter panels look both modern and classic while adding a look of power and strength.
– Chevrolet could have easily ditched the Mohawk (the indent in the top), but Camaro owners really like the look so the team decided to make it both longer and deeper.
– Unlike the fifth gen Camaro (and other old Camaros like the ’69), Camaro six doesn’t have side gills. Though Ed Welburn wanted them, the team eventually decided it had already been done and conceded they don’t look very sophisticated anyway.
– The gen six employs a smaller rear overhang, one that features a lot more sculpted lines and creases– just like the front.
– The rear quarter panel features a crisper, more defined crease around the window– you’d be right in thinking it looks a bit Stingray-esque.
– The team decided not to split the rear lights, instead opting for a more horizontal, more “jewel-like” single-fixture approach.