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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will make its public debut on May 16, but Chevrolet has been slowly leaking information on the much-anticipated sixth-generation Camaro. In case you’ve missed any of it, here’s a rundown of details that have recently been released:

  • Chevrolet made it official last week when it finally admitted the Camaro will be powered by a version of the 460-horse, direct-injected 6.2L LT1 that debuted in the C7 Corvette Stingray. However, 20 percent of  the Camaro LT1 has been specifically tailored to fit the sixth-gen. Camaro’s packaging. That includes a special tri-Y exhaust manifold.
  • More than 70 percent of the Gen 6’s components will be unique to the new Camaro, including interior, front and rear suspension, and powertrain components.
  • The only items that carry over from the popular fifth-generation Camaro are the SS badge and Bowtie emblem on the taillight panel.
  • Camaro-Six-Badge-0Chevrolet will bring back the vintage “three-stripe” Camaro badge from the 1970s—with a modernized spin, of course. It features the same red, white, and blue stripes, but the badge’s shape has been stretched horizontally.
  • The new Camaro is built on the same Alpha platform as the Cadillac CTS and ATS but features a lengthened front structure to give the car its distinctive profile. In addition, the front was also widened to provide more stable cornering and overall handling.

You can read GM’s latest press release on the 2016 Camaro below and watch OnAllCylinders for more details as they become available.

DETROIT – The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be a truly all-new car – from the grille’s bowtie to the rear spoiler.

In fact, only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation model: the bowtie emblem on the taillamp panel and the SS badge.

The Gen 6 Camaro is based on General Motors’ award-winning Alpha architecture. Designed to compete with premium European brands, Alpha offers exceptional driving dynamics and refinement, as well as a balance of mass and stiffness necessary for a world-class performance car.

“Our global engineering team is incredibly passionate about Camaro, and they sweated all the details to make Gen 6 the best Camaro we could possibly put into the hands of our customers,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development.

“Alpha provided a strong foundation, but more than 70 percent of the components are unique to the Gen 6 Camaro, including exterior and interior dimensions, an all-new interior, front and rear suspension, and powertrain components,” he said. “The minute you see – and hear – the Gen 6, you know it’s a Camaro, from the stance to the driving experience to the sound of the small block V8.”

From the strong Alpha foundation, the Camaro team made the most of every component to create a worthy successor for the Gen 5 Camaro, which has been America’s best-selling performance car for five consecutive years.

The front structure, for example, was developed specifically for Camaro. It is lengthened, to create the dash-to-axle ratio necessary for car’s iconic profile, and widened to provide the desired track width for stable, confident cornering. In addition, 20 percent of the 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine has been tailored to fit the Camaro’s packaging, including new, tubular “tri-Y”-style exhaust manifolds.

Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle park.


Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.