The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has been unveiled at an enthusiast’s event in Detroit after a succession of teasers and leaks.
Buyers of the sixth-gen Camaro can choose between three different engines at launch: an in-line four-cylinder, a V6 and a V8.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 205kW of power and 400Nm of torque is billed by the company as the most efficient Camaro ever. The four-cylinder motor has an estimated fuel economy rating of 7.8L/100km and is said to be capable of a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of under six seconds.
Next up in the cylinder count is a 3.6-litre V6. Equipped with direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation, the V6 motor generates a maximum of 250kW of power and 385Nm of torque.
At the top of the pile, for now, is the Camaro SS, which will come equipped with a 6.2-litre LT1 V8. This engine is shared in large part with the Corvette Stingray, and has been tuned in the Camaro to deliver 339kW of power and 617Nm of torque. Cylinder deactivation on the V8 is only present on models equipped with an automatic transmission.
The Camaro SS will be offered with magnetic ride control for the first time. In current-generation Camaro, magnetic ride control is only available in the high performance ZL1 model.
All engine options are equipped with a six-speed manual as standard, with down-shift rev-matching fitted to the V8’s gearbox. There are two different eight-speed automatic transmissions (8L90 in the V8 and the 8L45 for the others) offered as an option in all variants.
In the four-cylinder Camaro, engine sound can be amplified via the optional Bose sound system. V6 and V8 models come fitted with mechanical sound resonators that direct engine noise into the cabin, as well as a dual-mode exhaust that can be set to bypass the mufflers to deliver more noise and improved performance.
Depending on the model, wheel size ranges between 18 and 20 inches. The SS, in the USA at least, will be come fitted with run-flat tyres as standard.
Thanks to a lighter body and weight saving measures elsewhere, such as an aluminium instrument panel and front suspension, the new Camaro is claimed to be around 90 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model.
The new Camaro measures 4784mm long, 1897mm wide, 1348mm tall and sits on a 2811mm wheelbase. Compared to the fifth-gen car, the sixth-gen Camaro is 57mm shorter overall, 20mm narrower, has a roofline that’s 28mm closer to the ground and rides on a wheelbase that’s 41mm shorter.
Available tech features include LED tail-lights and daytime driving lights, a MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and an 8-inch instrument panel display, an electronic parking brake, drive mode selector, and interior LED ambient lighting that can be switched between 24 available colours.
The new Camaro goes on sale later this year across the USA.
Stefan Jacoby, General Motors’ executive vice president of international operations, told Car Advice earlier this year that a V8 Holden car will be launched so that the brand has an eight-cylinder model available after local production ceases in late 2017. This V8 model is expected to be based on the new Camaro.