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Thursday, 21 May 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro!! Out for Mustang's flesh and blood

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has arrived, and it
looks trim and toned—and thirsty for Ford Mustang
blood.
Yes, we’ve already mentioned that car. There’s
simply no way to avoid the Mustang when you
discuss the Camaro, just as there’s no denying
that the Ford largely overshadowed the Chevy for
five decades. Consider that the first 1967 Camaro
was a two-year-late response to the Blue Oval’s
original pony. Or that, until recently, the Mustang
traditionally outsold the Camaro. Or that the
Camaro nameplate was scuttled from 2003
through 2009, an indignity never suffered by the
Mustang. (To be fair, that the front-drive Probe
was intended to be a Mustang might be the bigger
humiliation.) Or, perhaps worst of all for bow-tie
fans, that the Camaro has usually lost to the
Mustang in our comparison tests.
Caranddriver.com says
But the slate has been wiped clean; the road
course, drag strip, and Woodward Avenue freshly
prepared for battle; and the Camaro reinvigorated
with more muscle and a plethora of new
technologies. This should be good.
Laying the Groundwork
The most potent weapon in the new, sixth-gen
Camaro’s arsenal is its platform. The new car sits
on GM’s Alpha architecture, the foundation on
which the Cadillac ATS and CTS have built their
reputations for kick-ass dynamics. Chevrolet says
that the new car is 28 percent more structurally
rigid than the last one, and that some 70 percent
of its Alpha component set is unique to the 2016
Camaro. (This seems like a good point to drop in
the fact that the only carry-over part numbers are
said to be the bow tie on the decklid and the SS
badge.) The Alpha bones make for a slightly
smaller Camaro in every dimension; the 2016 is
2.3 inches shorter overall, 0.8 inch narrower, and
1.1 inch shorter in height. The wheelbase is down
by 1.6 inches, and the track measurements, front
and rear, are reduced by between 0.4 and 1.1 inch,
depending on trim level.
All the decimal shaving results in a car that,
depending on the trim level, is more than 200
pounds lighter at the curb, according to Chevrolet ;
the body-in-white alone is down by 133 pounds.
Even before we dive into the rest of the chassis
and powertrain details, that’s already promising—
weight is the enemy of performance, after all.
Rendering the cross-dash beam in aluminum
instead of steel saved 9.2 pounds, while 26
pounds were pulled from the suspension by using
aluminum links up front and punching holes into
the steel links fitted out back. Once again, the front
end is suspended via struts while the rear gets a
multilink arrangement; GM’s sublime Magnetic
Ride Control active dampers will be available for
the first time on the Camaro SS.
Every Camaro can be equipped with Brembo
brakes, and the branding is standard—and the
pieces beefier—on the SS. Non-SS models get
12.6-inch rotors squeezed by four-piston calipers
at the front and 12.4-inch discs and single-piston
calipers out back, while the SS upgrades to four-
piston fixed calipers all around and 13.6- and
13.3-inch rotors. Eighteen-inch wheels and
Goodyear Eagle Sport all-seasons are stock on
non-SS models, and they can be upgraded to 20-
inchers with Eagle F1 Asymmetric run-flats. The
SS will roll off the Lansing, Michigan, assembly
line with 20-inch wheels wrapped in Eagle F1
Asymmetric 2 run-flats (you know, for twice the
eagle-ness).
Powertrain: 4-6-8
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro engine lineup is very
similar to the Mustang’s, as it features a
turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally aspirated
V-6 and V-8 options, but the blown four will serve
as the base motor in the Chevy. The two smaller
engines will be available in both LT and 2LT guise
(they’re the only two trims with those engines),
while the eight-cylinder is again SS-exclusive. In
contrast, the V-6 Mustang is the bottom feeder
and available with very little in the way of options.
The four—the first in a Camaro in 30 years—and
the six can be ordered bolted to a Tremec TR3160
six-speed manual transmission or GM’s 8L45
eight-speed automatic. The SS gets the same
transmission types and gear counts, but the
manual is the familiar Tremec TR6060 (now with
active rev-matching) and the automatic is the 8L90
that’s also available in the latest Corvette.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine makes 275
horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, just about
equal with its output in the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
Chevy says it’ll return more than 30 mpg on the
highway and hustle the Camaro to 60 mph in less
than six seconds, although the company doesn’t
specify which transmission achieves those
numbers. For reference, we’ve tested the EcoBoost
Mustang and achieved zero to 60 mph in 5.5
( manual) and 5.2 seconds ( automatic). GM’s 2.0-
liter is too coarse and uneven in its Cadillac
applications, but hopefully the Camaro wizards
have found a way to smooth out the power
delivery. We also wouldn’t mind if they made it rev
a little more freely.

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