Chevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)
|Chevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)|
Chevrolet Camaro SS
|Manufacturer||Chevrolet (General Motors)|
|Also called||HSV Camaro (Australia)|
|Assembly||Lansing, Michigan, United States (Lansing Grand River Assembly)|
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Wheelbase||110.7 in (2,810 mm)|
|Length||188.3 in (4,780 mm)|
188.4 in (4,790 mm) (China)
|Width||74.7 in (1,900 mm)|
|Height||53.1 in (1,350 mm)|
53.4 in (1,360 mm) (China)
|Predecessor||Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation)|
The sixth generation of the Camaro, produced by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet, was first introduced to the public on May 16, 2015. Sales started in 2015 for the 2016 model year. The Camaro now utilizes the GM Alpha platform shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS and features MacPherson struts in front, rather than the former Multi-link setup. General Motors claims that 70 percent of architectural components in the new Camaro are unique to the car.
Like its predecessor, the sixth generation of the Camaro is available in coupé and convertible bodystyles. Compared to the previous generation, it is 2.3 in (58 mm) shorter, 0.8 in (20 mm) less wide and 1.1 in (28 mm) shorter in height. With similar equipment and engine, it is also more than 200 lb (91 kg) lighter.
Trim levels and special editions
Trim levels introduced at launch were LT (1LT, 2LT) and SS (1SS, 2SS). Standard equipment on all trims includes automatic air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, parking assist and seven airbags.
Chevrolet added a base LS (1LS) trim level for the 2017 Camaro. Trim level content for the LS is identical to that of the base 1LT trim, with the exception that the 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4 engine and 6-speed manual transmission would be the only available powertrain options for the LS trim. The LS trim was initially introduced in coupé form, followed later by an LS convertible. The 1LT trim received the 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles as standard equipment for 2017.
For China the car was introduced on August 31, 2016 and is sold under the RS trim with the 2 litre turbocharged LTG four cylinder engine and 8 speed automatic gearbox available for 2017 models onwards along with the facelift. Exterior colour choices for Chinese models are known as: Bright Yellow, Titanium Gray, White, Zhan Red, Platinum Silver, Yao Black, Electric Blue, Magic Black, Blush Red and Ice Blue. The Camaro RS is currently priced at 399,900 yuan (56,600 USD).
For the 2017 model year, the 1LE Performance Packages returned, tailored for the V6 and V8 powered six-speed manual equipped coupé models respectively. Both of 1LE packages offered share a satin black hood wrap, front splitter, and a three-piece rear spoiler. The V6 1LE package adds FE3 suspension from the Camaro SS, 20-inch forged wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 245/45R20 front tires and 275/35R20 rear tires, Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers, mechanical limited-slip differential with a 3.27:1 ratio, track-cooling package, suede steering wheel and short-throw shifter, dual mode exhaust, Camaro SS fuel system to accommodate higher-load cornering, and a high flow front grille. The SS 1LE package adds the Magnetic Ride Control FE4 suspension derived from the ZL1, electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 ratio, 20-inch forged wheels with Goodyear Supercar 3 285/30R20 front tires and 305/30R20 rear tires, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with two-piece 14.6-inch rotors, track-cooling package, Recaro front seats with suede and leather upholstery, suede steering wheel and short-throw shifter, dual mode exhaust, and a color heads-up display.
50th Anniversary Special Edition
The first special-edition of the new Camaro became available in 2017. Available on 2LT and 2SS models in both coupé and convertible bodystyles, the 50th Anniversary Special Edition includes Nightfall Gray Metallic exterior paint, unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and wheel center caps, the RS Appearance Package (for LT/2LT models only), an orange 50th Anniversary exterior decal package with hood and rear trunk lid stripes, a "FIFTY" emblem on each front fender, a Nightfall Gray Metallic-painted front splitter, orange-painted front and rear brake calipers (front only for LT/2LT), black leather-and-suede-trimmed seating surfaces with orange color accent stitching (including stitching on the dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel), and special door sill plates. However, all 2017 Chevrolet Camaro models received the same "FIFTY" badge on the bottom of the three-spoke steering wheel to commemorate the Camaro's 50th Anniversary.
Hot Wheels Special Edition
At the 2017 SEMA Show in October 2017, Chevrolet announced the Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Special Edition, designed to commemorate both the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels die-cast toy vehicles, as well as all Hot Wheels diecast Chevrolet Camaro models, with inspiration coming from an actual Hot Wheels toy car. Available on 2LT and 2SS models in both coupé and convertible bodystyles, the Hot Wheels Special Edition includes a unique Crush Orange exterior paint, 20-inch Graphite-finished machined-face aluminum-alloy wheels (with summer-only tires on SS/2SS models), a Satin Graphite exterior decal package with hood and rear trunk lid stripes and silver accents, Satin Graphite exterior accents, a "Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary" front fender emblem, a unique front grille with Galvano chrome inserts, orange-painted front and rear brake calipers (front only for LT/2LT), a black Chevrolet bowtie emblem, a Jet Black leather-trimmed interior with orange color accent stitching (including stitching on the dashboard, door panels, and suede-wrapped steering wheel), illuminated front door sill plates with the 'Hot Wheels' insignia, premium carpeted floor mats with orange-colored stitching and "Ghost Stripes", and orange knee bolsters and seat belts.
For the 2018 model year, Chevrolet introduced the Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition which joins the lineup of Chevrolet Redline Edition models already on sale at dealerships nationwide. The Redline Edition package included 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels with red accent stripes (including summer-only tires), black-painted side mirrors, a black lower front grille insert with red accent stripes, black bowtie emblems, Gloss Black front fender accent hash marks with red accents, a blackout rear tail lamp panel, darkened tail lamps, premium carpeted floor mats with red accents, and Gloss Black "Camaro" emblems on each front fender with red outlining. Color choices for the Redline Edition are Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, and Black.
The ZL1 model, which is a high performance variant of the Camaro SS was introduced in 2017. It features a lower grille opening for improved cooling, a new front splitter and a carbon hood insert which removes hot air from the engine compartment. It also features wider front fenders to accommodate wider tires for improved handling, unique rockers and Magnetic Ride suspension.
Transmission choices are a rev matching six-speed manual or a newly developed 10-speed automatic. The 10-speed 10L90 transmission was developed in collaboration with Ford. General Motors manufactures its own version in its own factory in Romulus, Michigan. A more track-focused version known as the ZL1 1LE features Multimatic spool-valve shocks (similar to the previous generation of the Camaro Z28), a new front splitter, dive planes and a rear wing, and wide "Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar" tires. Weight was also reduced by 60 lb (27 kg) as compared to a standard ZL1.
Performance figures include a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration time of 3.5 seconds, a 1/4 mile time of 11.4 seconds at 127 mph (204 km/h). The ZL1's official top speed is 198 mph (319 km/h).
Engines and transmissions
The sixth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro is available with three engines choices:
- The 2.0 L LTG Ecotec turbocharged Inline-4 which has a power output of 275 hp (205 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) of torque at 3,000 rpm and is the first 4-cylinder in a Camaro since the 3rd generation model. It is available on 1LS, 1LT and 2LT trims.
- The 3.6 L LGX V6 engine having a power output of 335 hp (250 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 284 lb⋅ft (385 N⋅m) of torque at 5,300 rpm
- The 6.2 L LT1 V8 engine which is shared with the Chevrolet Corvette and has a power output of 455 hp (339 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 455 lb⋅ft (617 N⋅m) of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Engines installed on high performance models include:
- The 6.2 L supercharged LT4 V8 which is shared with the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and has an output is 650 hp (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb⋅ft (881 N⋅m) of torque at 3,600 rpm.
All engines are available with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions, except for the ZL1 models which uses a 10-speed automatic in addition to a standard 6-speed manual.
HSV Camaro (Australia)
General Motors Holden's performance division, Holden Special Vehicles has been engaged in the import and conversion of the Camaro to right-hand-drive and Australian Design Rules, since the second half of 2018. Unlike Holden's previous US import (based on Chevrolet Suburban) in the late 1990s, HSV will keep the Chevrolet badge on the converted Camaro.
HSV imports and converts the European Camaro 2SS and ZL1. HSV has planned a conversion total of a thousand units per year for three years, until the seventh generation of the Camaro is introduced in 2020. The manual gearbox, along with the ZL1 model, were made available in 2019.
In fall 2018 (for the 2019 model year), the sixth-generation of the Camaro received a mid-cycle redesign, along with the majority of the Chevrolet car lineup (including the Spark, Cruze and Malibu). Changes for the 2019 model year include a new third-generation MyLink infotainment system, revised exterior and interior styling, new alloy wheel designs, the addition of the 1LE Performance Package for the base 2.0 L I4 equipped LT models (the 1LE Performance Package was previously only offered on V6-equipped LT and V8-equipped SS and ZL1 models), the addition of two new exterior colors (Riverside Blue Metallic and Satin Steel Gray Metallic), and a new performance hood for SS models. Driver-assistance features were also improved on the 2019 model, including Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro went on sale in the fall of 2018.
Chevrolet also exhibited a 2019 Camaro SS at the 2018 SEMA Show in the new Shock yellow-green exterior color, which became available in early 2019. It also featured a "concept" front end, which unlike the production version of the SS has a body-colored bumper and the Chevy "bow-tie" badge moved to the upper grille.
For the 2020 model year, Chevrolet revised the front-end styling of the Camaro SS, the front bumper is now colored and the Chevy "bow-tie" has been moved to the upper grille. A new entry-level V8 trim called the "Camaro LT1 V8" equipped with a 6.2 L LT1 V8 engine rated at 455 hp (339 kW) was added to the line-up. The V6 model is now equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission as an option and replaces the previous 8-speed transmission. A new exterior color option called the "Rally Green" was added. The 2020 Camaro will go on sale in fall 2019. 
Awards and recognition
The concept car of the sixth generation of the Camaro appears in the film Transformers: Age of Extinction as the second alternate mode for Bumblebee, and the paint job resembles that of the convertible variant of the car. A second modified version of the car appears in the film's sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight previewing the redesign of the car which would be introduced in 2018.
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