Chevrolet is planning on debuting small parts of the 2016 Camaro each week until the entire car breaks cover at Belle Isle Park on May 16. This week, they’ve concentrated on the sixth-generation pony car’s Smalll Block V8, Alpha architecture and special ‘tri-Y’ exhaust manifolds.
The 2016 Camaro will share an Alpha architecture with the Cadillac CTS and ATS, which was designed to compete with premium brands like BMW and Audi. This will give the Camaro “exceptional driving dynamics and refinement, as well as a balance of mass and stiffness necessary for a world-class performance car,” Chevrolet says
“Alpha provided a strong foundation, but more than 70 percent of the components are unique to the Gen 6 Camaro, including exterior and interior dimensions, an all-new interior, front and rear suspension, and powertrain components,” said General Motors product chief Mark Reuss. “The minute you see – and hear – the Gen 6, you know it’s a Camaro, from the stance to the driving experience to the sound of the Small Block V8.”
The front structure of the chassis is exclusive to the Camaro program and is longer than the one used in the CTS or ATS, in order “to create the dash-to-axle ratio necessary for car’s iconic profile, and widened to provide the desired track width,” Chevy says. The 6.2-liter LT1 V8 was also confirmed for arrival in the Camaro and has been changed to fit the model’s packaging with tubular “tri-Y”-style exhaust manifolds, among other changes.
Chevrolet kept it short and sweet this week, but perhaps we’ll get more details on the Camaro’s powertrain or interior next week. Stay tuned to GM Authority as Chevy parces out info on the 2016 Camaro one brief announcement at a time.