With just days to go until the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is unveiled in full, General Motors has revealed more photos and details about its new pony car.
According to the company, the new Camaro has been subjected to 350 hours in wind tunnels. Its design and engineering teams reportedly wanted to fine tune the car’s air flow to reduce aerodynamic lift, improve engine cooling and eliminate unwanted drag.
GM cites the case of the car’s new grille, which was originally meant to be installed at a 20-degree angle. After testing at one degree increments, the development team concluded that by shifting its installation angle to 13 degrees, the car could keep the original grille design while greatly improving air flow into the engine bay.
To reduce lift, by around 30 per cent, the new Camaro also features spats ahead of the front wheels and a body pan that stretches from the grille to the centre of the vehicle.
The current-generation Camaro is based on the Holden-developed Zeta platform that also underpins the Commodore and Caprice. The new Camaro, though, will use GM’s Alpha architecture that’s currently found underneath the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
Under the bonnet, the Camaro will feature the usual array of V6 and V8 petrol engines. The sixth-gen Camaro will also sport a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in order to compete with the 2.3-litre Ford Mustang, as well as bring down its average fuel consumption figures.
The next-generation Camaro will be unveiled during an all-day event in Detroit on May 17, Australian time.
As CarAdvice learnt earlier this year, Holden will continue its heritage of rear-wheel drive V8 models after it closes its Australian factories in late 2017. It’s expected that the new Holden V8 car will be a two-door and will be based extensively on the Chevrolet Camaro that’s just about to debut.