While photos of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro have leaked and alleged engine specifications have surfaced (surprise, there’s a four cylinder!), we’re just coming up to the tip of the iceberg when it comes to knowing what the American icon has in store for us. But this post isn’t about the obvious. It’s not going to highlight how we all want to see a sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 or how we think the ZL1 should have the mighty LT4 supercharged V8. Because, duh.
Instead, we’ve brainstormed five points where we think the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro program could build on the already expansive fifth-generation portfolio. In short, we want to see new variants or features that could be absolute killer apps. Here goes…
Return Of The IROC Nameplate
Despite the International Race of Champions folding in 2006, we feel the name still resonates with Camaro enthusiasts. Dating back to the third-generation model, the IROC Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (IROC-Z) featured an upgraded suspension, which in turn came with a lowered ride height and specially valved Delco-Bilstein shocks. The IROC-Z also had larger diameter sway bars, a “wonder bar” steering/frame brace, an optional Tuned Port Injection system taken from the Corvette at the time along with the same make of Goodyear Gatorback tires, and special badging to compliment the unique aluminum 18-inch offset wheels.
In the Camaro family hierarchy, the IROC-Z model slotted just below the Camaro 1LE. We hope there will be enough wiggle room for the sixth-generation Camaro to offer up something similar. Perhaps as a V6 performance package, whereas the 1LE could be reserved for V8-powered SS models, just as it stands today.
As good as GM has gotten at electronic steering calibration, there’s no substitute for the genuine telepathy that hydraulic steering, or even manual steering can provide. There are some drawbacks, such as added weight (with the hydraulic system) and a much harder steering effort at lower speeds (with the manual steering). But as any old-school purist can attest, the return of such a raw and real feeling is largely worth it. Maybe an electric steering system that cuts out at higher speeds could be the answer here. We’re practically salivating at the thought of a combination of the proven Alpha Platform underpinning the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro with a manual rack. We hope the engineers are, too.
A Roller, Sans Engine/Transmission
As seen with the fifth-generation model, Chevrolet Performance offering a rolling chassis Camaro is not impossible. And a sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro roller would not only be an interesting concept, but a unique one. The possibilities could be endless here. Imagine ordering a Camaro roller, and then ordering one of the many, many crate motors and transmissions from the Chevrolet Performance Parts catalog to fill the engine bay. Like… the LSX454R, for example.
GT3 Race Car
You could argue that between factory-backed Cadillac Racing and Corvette Racing teams, there’s little room for something like a Camaro GT3 race car. But that hasn’t stopped something the Camaro Z/28.R from happening. We hope to see more emphasis on the Chevrolet Camaro’s racing endeavors this go-round. Perhaps a company like Callaway, which builds GT3 C7 Corvettes for privateer teams, could assist.
Johnny Law is with no shortage of toys these days. So, would a Chevrolet Camaro police interceptor really be necessary? Well, yes. Mostly because we would like a decommissioned one in the driveway.