When Chevrolet decided to revamp the Camaro for 2016, it was an interesting notion. After all, Chevy could have stayed pat and just kept enjoying the success of the fifth-gen model. Wanting more from their premium sports car, GM shot for the stars and didn’t settle for a simple refresh of the beloved brand. Instead they wisely chose to completely re-engineer the Camaro to raise its performance and technology to a level unseen in the pony car segment.
This indeed is the best Camaro ever, and with its introduction, it has garnered plenty of praise. GM deserves a lot of credit for transforming what was a good car into a world-class sports coupe. As such, it was recognized as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2016.
There’s no denying the all-new Camaro’s sexy styling, which shows off its trim, athletic shape. The 2016 Camaro has dropped some fat around its beltline, shedding almost 400 lbs from the outgoing model. The Camaro is lighter and more agile than before, yet it’s also more aerodynamic.
On display at the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show was an SS coupe sprayed in Nightfall Gray Metallic. The Adrenaline Red interior accent trim package made for a striking combination. Sitting in the Camaro cockpit is a snug fit, though the all-new interior is world’s better than the 2015 model, with plusher materials. The retro-cool console gauges from the fifth-gen have been relocated back in front of the driver, in the instrument cluster, where they belong. There’s even an interior spectrum lighting option that can be customized up to 24 different colors. The more pronounced fastback limits outward visibility, especially to the rear, and it certainly is a pest for taller drivers such as this author.
Under hood was the 6.2 liter V8 backed by a 6-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. Optional 20” low gloss black 5-spoke wheels ($200) and Magnetic Ride Control ($1,695) kicked the window sticker price of this 2SS coupe to $45,330.
The second display Camaro was painted in Hyper Blue Metallic and optioned with the RS Appearance Package. The RS includes 20” wheels, a decklid spoiler, HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, LED taillamps, and chrome accent grille inserts. The car was not made available to the public, with no information posted, including the engine under hood. This Camaro could have been fitted with either the 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder (275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque) or the 3.6 liter V6 with 335 horsepower and the 284 lb.-ft of torque.
For more information on the 2016 Camaro, visit the official website.
For more information on the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show, click here.