2016 Chevrolet Camaro Officially Unveiled, Now With 455HP V8, 2.0L Turbo

The wraps are finally off of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the sixth time it’s done battle with crosstown rival pony car, the Ford Mustang.

We saw the new car Friday morning on CNBC and got a good idea what the 2016 Camaro’s performance stats would be like. But this is the full rollout of its looks, equipment and performance promises.

It’s very clear GM wants to solidify the Camaro’s performance credentials with this iteration. The last Camaro was built on a stubby version of the Zeta platform, developed by Holden and meant to underpin full-size sedans like the Commodore, Pontiac G8 and the Chevy SS. The 2016 Camaro is derived from the Alpha rear-drive platform that debuted with the Cadillac ATS, something that’s been compared favorably to a BMW 3-series in the handling department ever since launch.

The stated goal for this Camaro was to trim it down, and not just in the 200 pounds it apparently lost in the platform change. It looks thinner and more sporting, less like a two-door sedan and more of a genuine performance coupe. It’s 2.3 inches shorter than the old model, about an inch lower and narrower, too.

Some might be disappointed it isn’t enough of a departure from the looks popularized in the 2007 Transformers film, which sounds like a dated reference now. But the Camaro faithful probably won’t mind, and in these photos, it looks much more svelte than before. RS and SS models get xenon lights and LED “signature strips” in front, while the base models make do with halogens.

Change is the story under the hood, however. A 2.0-liter turbo four from the ATS and CTS is the base engine now, producing 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. GM says it’s capable of 30 MPG on the highway, but with a 0-60 time of less than 6 seconds. It’s substantially less powerful than the 2.3-liter turbo four Mustang Ecoboost, but that engine isn’t the Ford’s base powertrain. 

Camaro buyers who want more than a four, no matter how torquey, will be offered an upgrade to a new 3.6-liter V6 with 330 horsepower, up slightly over the outgoing 3.6 base engine. It’s a new design that will also be available in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan.

But traditional muscle car fans will look to the 2016 Camaro SS and its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 out of the Corvette. Here it makes a stout 455 horsepower with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic – as the other two engines will be. The Camaro SS gets modern tricks to go with its old-fashioned brawn, too, in the form of magnetic ride control and Brembo brakes (optional on other models). Selectable driving modes will make their way onto the Camaro line for the first time. And the company says the SS will be capable of better lap times than the old 1LE could manage. The SS manual also gets a new rev-match system to make those downshifts smoother.

While it’s still awash in retro touches, the interior is meant to be far more up-to-date and technically advanced, according to the Camaro’s designers. A new configurable 8-inch dash display can be added in addition the one sitting in the center stack for the infotainment system. Heating controls have been simplified and classed-up a bit here. There’s also an electronic parking brake, which will undoubtedly upset purists, but now apparently makes it so you won’t knock anything out of the cupholder when shifting.

Also new is something called Interior Spectrum Lighting, which sounds a bit like a disco club. It allows for, “24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console,” according to the release. So the Camaro hasn’t lost its way inside, either.

Chevy noted in its release the first Camaro was shown on September 12, 1966, launched as a direct assault on the success Ford had with the Mustang. The rivalry lasted a few oil crises and 35 years until GM pulled the Camaro after its fourth generation in 2002. But since its initial discontinuation, rumors persisted about a new GM pony car and were made real in May 2009, when the fifth-generation went into production.

About that Mustang rivalry? The Camaro has outsold its Ford counterpart every year since 2010. It’s been a big win for Chevy, and it looks like they plan to keep it out front.

Expect the 2016 Camaro in showrooms this fall. 

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  • TheBelltower

    I am shocked at how much I like this. She’s a pretty thing.

    • dinn

      Difficult to not agree. I think new Camaro is even nicer than new Mustang.

      • Six_Tymes

        I agree. looking forward to seeing an SS soon.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks sleeker than the current one. If anything, though, visibility might be worse.

    • Oh, it comes with a backup camera now. There’s the concession to rear visibility.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Yeah, but the front and side visibility don’t look encouraging.

    • Chatman

      Set your side mirrors properly, you’ll be just fine. It amazing how few people know how…

      • Six Thousand Times

        Not driven a recent Camaro? Even forward visibility is an issue…

  • emjayay

    I continue to be baffled by car designers obsession with smaller and smaller windows. The old Camaro, unlike the original for example, was a WWII pillbox from the inside. The new one is maybe worse, a dark cave with horizontal slits to look out of and doors up to your chin. Apparently giant wheels and teeny windows translates into hot stuff for the boy racer crowd.

    • emjayay

      Opposite car.

    • DoNotLookDown

      Seriously. My first car was a 1990 Ford Probe (http://goo.gl/turxph). I truly miss the visibility of that car. Blind-spot-checking was a breeze. Good luck checking your blind spot in this new Camaro!


    oooh my, that’s horrible, piece of sheet

    • donald seymour

      I don’t agree with your comment; however I find it funny, so I up-voted it.

  • Bananarama

    Exterior gets a B- for me. Way too evolutionary. The Mustang just has more sex appeal going for it and this looks stuck in the boxy retro age. They sharpened it up here and there, but also fussed with the front too much and the back not enough (soooo bland).

    The interior however gets an A+ imo. Much more progressive than the Mustang’s and very well appointed it seems. I’m betting it’s still quite tank-like to sit inside it though…

    • theqza

      Yup. Agree except exterior is more like a C for me. Mix the inside of this with the outside of a mustang itd be perfect

  • It looks like Kia’s vision of Camaro.
    (No offense to Kia.)

    I hope – for Camaro’s sake – that people will recognize that what is under the skin is important… I mean, base engine to get 0-60 in under 6 seconds, gotta respect that.

    • mb4design

      I was thinking Toyota w/ those lame, fake brake duct wind catchers like a Yaris. (and a lot of other bad detailing trends by the last design school grads) At least the interior is moving up to early 90’s standards. Overall design: meh. 2 liter engine making that much power is the real story. What might it do in a lighter box?

  • Nordschleife

    Kudos Chevy. I am impressed.

  • MG


    • CarCzarDesigner

      LOL. The styling of this is getting long in the tooth and its becoming obnoxious.

  • AstonMartin

    Love it. Great job Chevy/GM team.

  • funfun

    Love it! Especially in blue….it will be an interesting fight between Camaro and Mustang

  • Six_Tymes

    Awesome, they got it perfect this time.

  • FromTheBackSeat


    Sorry. But honestly, the creep of these dumb parking buttons in place of a proper handbrake I could begrudgingly accept in sedans and the like, but this car, this is supposed to be a pony car. Sporty, fun, something that you do burn-outs in, be somewhat obnoxious in and do hand-brake turns in. That is the point of this car, to be balls-out fun.

    As well, the overall design of the car is shockingly poor. Yes there are little easter-egg cues here and there, tail-lights mimicking the Corvette’s, but the overall car just looks like a scribble – there isn’t any real cohesion, just creases here and there and wherever. The hood-vents are bizzarly shaped (following strange creases that get narrower closer to the windshield), the overly massive air intake on the front squishes the upper half of the car so it looks like someone squished it even more than before, and the interior is just a big ball of mess, looking like someone mashed an FRS and TT dash together in a very bad way, and the instrument cowell is massive above the rest of the dash, with two massive humps above the tach and speedo but don’t actually relate to the dials themselves in any way, so the mounds just loom above the cluster. And instead of integrating the nav screen into the dash in a clean manner, the designer opted to follow the crowd with making the housing look like it was tacked onto the face of the dashboard! And it all looks like it is made of cheap hard plastic! Even the fancy new HVAC adjustments as part of the vent housings ends up being dumb mostly because it isn’t remotely obvious that that is what they do, but they are tucked so low on the console that the only thing they will end up heating or cooling is the shift lever!

    Even the new, bespoke steering wheel, seems as though it is something that should belong in a Cruze or Sonic, with it’s massive center hub and left and right mounting arms to the rim. The only thing that suggests sportiness in it’s design is the enlarged grips at 10 and 2 and the flat bottom. The steering wheel in my 2006 Mazda is sportier than this. Even the starter button looks boring and plain.

    The people who worked on this should be ashamed. This is the 2012 Malibu of Camaros.

    • Strat

      I’m just wondering how many places you’re going to post this B.S.? Nobody cares that you think you are James Bond because you do hand-brake turns and you couldn’t design a cardboard box if I spotted you 5 sides.

  • Craig

    From the interior photos – it looks like it’s going to be as claustrophobic as ever.

  • BlackPegasus

    I’m slightly confused by what Chevy is trying to convey with the latest tail light design. First, the Corvette C7 gets tail lights similar to the Camaro and all hell breaks out among Corvette purists, then Chevy rush to redesign the Camaro’s rear lights through a mid cycle refresh to make it look less like the Corvette. NOW, we are back to square one with tail lights that look like they were lifted from the C7. 😾

  • Blarg

    I rather like the “new” exterior design, but I still do have an issue with it. Though my gripe isn’t quite the same as everybody else, I’m a bit more annoyed that when Chevy refreshed the design of the 5th gen they did so in a way that made it too similar to what I’m sure they had a general idea if not finalized design of what the new one was going to look like. When you look comparatively at the ’10-’13 Camaros it is quite a larger albeit still evolutionary step in design. And to note i’m really loving the new interior, finally looks habitable. I can imagine that visibility will still not be great but you don’t buy these type of cars for such things, honestly the current Stang is only slightly better in that department. As long as one can see out of the sides for the most part, have rearview mirrors and a rear camera there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. For those overly concerned I’m sure Chevy will offer blind spot monitoring.

  • Fergus

    Chevy is now acting so weird. I dont like how it has very small differences from the last generation on looks.Interior is like a puzzle out of all cars out there. Steering wheel is the copy of Fisker’s and dash is so Mercedes—-Ewwwwww

  • BlackPegasus

    It appears the RS will have the vertical LED fog lights and the SS gets the horizontal. I much prefer the front fascia of the RS. It looks cleaner and modern. The SS with those horizontal LEDs looks slightly dated.

  • Stephen Baxter

    My feelings are all over the place with this thing. From one pic to the next i went from not caring too much, to thinking “oh thats alright”,to really not liking it, and back to “ahhhh i guess it looks alright.”
    The first pic of it in blue really made me cringe a little(not hyperbole)my mind went right back to the line in the article ” It looks thinner and more sporting, less like a two-door sedan and more of a genuine performance coupe. I think the 1st pic in blue strongly shows this effort, but also made me think korean car( not meant as a dis, go hyundai) like a big genesis coupe. But as i didn’t too much care about this car yesterday, i have to say I am now curious to see one in person. Even if i don’t like it, good on Chevy all the same, they are making better stuff all the time now-a-days. Even the dreadfully somber CT6 😉

  • Andrewthecarguy

    So much Mustang in this design.

  • SgtBeavis

    I’m a Mustang guy, but I cannot deny that, that is a DAMN good looking car.

  • Brucie Bruce

    Sweet !!! Now I have to consider this one. And I can hardly wait to see the Z28 looks and performance improvements. THis is on my list now !!!

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    This looks great! I hope it comes to Australia!!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Its front end – especially that sexy hood, holy cow! – looks better then the Mustang, and perhaps better then every competitor in this segment segment too. I’m not fully sold on the rear end though, or that scion-inspired c-pillar.

    But the overall package is undeniable. The sexy front end and the interior… I think that’s enough of a reason to pick this over the Mustang. It certainly looks more sophisticated. The Mustang could also benefit from the smaller overall footprint that the new Camaro now enjoys. Great car!

  • Fabián Montiel

    I think it looks fine, but it didn’t change a lot from the previous generation

  • Yourmanistaken

    The Front end reminds me of Impala to me.

  • theqza

    I like the interior 100% but the outside is a no go for me

  • Kilely

    Super awesome!!!!

  • john1168

    VERY cool! I do think the exterior of the Mustang looks better BUT the exterior of this Camaro looks great! LOVE the new interior. Can’t wait to see how it performs.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Oh Jesus. New Mustang? What new Mustang? All I see is this!

  • Six_Tymes

    this will make one super sexy convertible

  • WTF

    Challenger is still the best looking muscle car ….

  • pcurve

    wonder if manual tranny owners will miss the pull handbrake

  • Vassilis

    Pretty nice. An evolution. The 2.0 litre should be interesting for Europe if it ends up coming. Not sure about the interior though.

  • wonder when they re coming with a hellcat fighter.


    The mustang is better looking but the camaro has better looking interior, gauges and a better engine.

  • From the D

    Nice job! I mean really, really nice job!

  • Axiom Ethos

    It seems more watered down. The snout isn’t very angular (except the vertical lines on the sides, which I don’t care for), the rear lights don’t have the characteristic lines that make it stand out as much. I don’t like the mesh pattern in the front grill either. It has areas that seem improved but overall I’m not feeling like it excites me. She seems soft.

  • Kash

    For all the people complaining about blind spots and poor visibility i have 3 things for you:
    1. a backup camera is standard on all Gen 6 Camaro models.
    2. you can buy extra little fish eye mirrors you stick to the already existing mirrors (i had them on a couple bigger SUV’s and my dad had them on his C6 vette) and they work wonders. you can even adjust them slightly.
    3. if that isn’t good enough, get the convertible and leave the top down. and if that isn’t enough visibility, well, you’re probably too blind to be allowed to drive.

    This isn’t a 911 Targa, this isn’t a bubble car, this is a muscle car. This isn’t made by Volvo either. It’s meant to be sleek and sporty. and if it just so happens that you don’t like the lack of visibility no one is making you drive it. Go buy a mustang or a challenger, or buy something with more than 2 doors. But if you’re only complaint is “i can’t see that well because i don’t know how to adjust my mirrors properly” you need to revaluate your choice of body style.
    /rant over

  • Speed1

    So as usual Camaro copied everything from the 2015 Mustang. Camaro is always trying to keep up with the Mustang.. LOL..

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