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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Photos Reveal Lighter, Smaller Design

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Photos Reveal Lighter, Smaller Design

By Jeff Youngs, May 16, 2015

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted at an event held in Detroit for loyal owners and members of the media. When the new Camaro goes on sale in the fall of 2015, it will be available in LT and SS trim levels and offered with a choice between 4-cylinder, V-6, or V-8 engines. In the photo gallery that follows, we highlight some notable features of the new 2016 Camaro.

Dimensionally smaller and at least 200 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model, the 2016 Chevy Camaro features familiar styling cues and modern underlying design. Improved aerodynamics offer a number of benefits, including improved fuel economy and greater downforce at speed.

One of Chevrolet's goals with the new Camaro was to improve the quality of the interior materials and the layout of the controls. A flat-bottom steering wheel is new, along with a "shifter focused" center console design.

The new Camaro is available with five different interior color and trim combinations. Optional Interior Spectrum Lighting provides 24 different LED lighting effects that illuminate the dashboard, door panels, and center console.

The 2016 Camaro SS is equipped with standard HID headlights, LED running lights, and LED taillights. These lighting upgrades are offered for the Camaro LT as a part of that model's optional RS package (shown here), which also upgrades the car to larger 20-in. wheels. The Camaro SS gets a unique 20-in. wheel design, as well as summer performance tires.

Three different engines are available for the 2016 Camaro. The Camaro LT has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and can be optioned with a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The SS has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine dubbed "LT1," a modified version of the same motor found in the Corvette Stingray.

The standard, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine generates 275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevrolet says that most or all of the engine's torque is available from 2,100 rpm to 4,500 rpm, and that the Camaro LT accelerates to 60 mph in "well under" 6 seconds while returning more than 30 mpg on the highway.

A new 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional for the 2016 Camaro LT, making 335 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine features direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology. The AFM system shuts off two of the engine's cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to better conserve fuel.

Thanks to its direct-injection, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the new 2016 Camaro SS makes 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is only the third small-block V-8 in Camaro history to carry the "LT1" designation.

A dual-mode exhaust system is optional for both versions of the new Camaro. Drivers can use the Driver Mode Select technology to set the exhaust note to Stealth, Tour, Sport, or Track levels of volume.

A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for the 2016 Camaro, and when installed in the SS it includes Active Rev Match technology. An 8-speed automatic transmission is optional for the new Camaro, featuring paddle shifters for manual control of gear changes.

Thanks to significant structural, steering, suspension, and braking improvements, the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS can get around a track faster than the previous SS 1LE model, according to Chevrolet.

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