Chevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)

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Chevrolet Camaro (sixth generation)
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Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Also called HSV Camaro (Australia)
Production 2015–present
Model years 2016–present
Assembly Lansing, Michigan, United States[1]
Body and chassis
Class Pony car
Muscle car
Body style
Layout FR layout
Platform GM Alpha platform
Related Buick Avista
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 110.7 in (2,810 mm)
Length 188.3 in (4,780 mm)
Width 74.7 in (1,900 mm)
Height 53.1 in (1,350 mm)
Curb weight 3,339 lb (1,515 kg) 2.0 I4
3,435 lb (1,558 kg) 3.6 V6
3,685 lb (1,671 kg) 6.2 V8[6] 3,760 lb (1,710 kg) 6.2 V8 8-speed[7]
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Camaro (fifth generation)

The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro, produced by Chevrolet, was first revealed to the public on May 16, 2015. Sales started in 2015 for the 2016 model year. The sixth generation Camaro now utilizes the GM Alpha platform shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS[8] 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.[2]

The sixth generation Camaro sees production return to the United States, the Fourth and Fifth Generation Camaro having been assembled in Canada.[9][1]

Like its predecessor, the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro is available in coupe 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.

The sixth-generation Camaro appears in the film Transformers: Age of Extinction as the second alternate mode for Bumblebee, and the paint job resembles that of the revealed convertible edition of the vehicle. an second modified version of the vehicle appears in the film's sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight

Trim levels[edit]

Trim levels introduced at launch include 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. Standard equipment on all trims includes automatic air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering-wheel, satellite radio, parking assist and seven airbags.

In October, 2016, Chevrolet announced that there would be a 2017 base 1LS trim level of the Camaro that would be introduced by the end of November, 2016. Trim level content for the 1LS will be identical to that of the current base 1LT trim, with the exception that the 2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine and 6-speed manual transmission would be the only available powertrain options for the 1LS trim, and it would be available exclusively as a coupe. Moreover, the 1LT trim now receives the 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles as standard equipment for 2017. Pricing for the 1LS trim will start at around $26,000. This follows the announcement that Chevrolet would be lowering prices throughout the 2017 Camaro lineup. [10]

For the 2017 Model Year the 1LE Performance Packages return, tailored for V6 and V8 six-speed manual coupe models respectively. Both 1LE packages share a satin black hood wrap, front splitter, and 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 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 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 color heads-up display.[11]

For 2018, the high-performance ZL1 model will now be available with the 1LE Performance Package. The package includes features such as a Satin Black hood wrap decal, as well as nineteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 Performance tires that are rated for summer use only.

Special Editions[edit]

The first special-edition sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro model became available in 2017. Available on 2LT and 2SS models in both Coupe and Convertible forms, the 50th Anniversary Special Edition includes Nightfall Gray Metallic exterior paint, unique twenty-inch (20") 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 receive the same 'FIFTY' badge on the bottom of the three-spoke steering wheel to commemorate the Camaro's 50th Anniversary. [12]

At the 2017 SEMA Show in October 2017, Chevrolet announced the 2018 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 die cast Chevrolet Camaro models, with inspiration coming from an actual Hot Wheels toy car. Available on 2LT and 2SS models in both Coupe and Convertible forms, the Hot Wheels Special Edition includes unique Crush Orange exterior paint, twenty-inch (20") 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. [13]

Finally, for 2018, Chevrolet introduces 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 twenty-inch (20") 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 Clear Coat, Silver Ice Metallic, and Black Clear Coat. [14]

ZL1[edit]

A ZL1 version with a supercharged 6.2 L V8 is available for the 2017 model year. It will feature a lower grill 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 new 10-speed automatic.[3] The 10-speed 10L90 transmission was developed together with Ford. GM 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 Camaro Z28), a new front splitter, dive planes and rear wing, a 60 pound weight reduction and wide "Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar" tires.[15]

Also 1LS now comes in convertible form in addition to coupe.

Engines and transmissions[edit]

The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro is initially available with three engines driving the rear wheels:

  • The 2.0 L LTG Ecotec turbocharged Inline-4 produces 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS) @ 5,600 rpm and 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) of torque @ 3,000 rpm and is the first 4-cylinder in a Camaro since the 3rd generation. It is available on 1LS, 1LT and 2LT trims.
  • The 3.6 L LGX V6 generates 335 bhp (250 kW; 340 PS) @ 6,800 rpm and 284 lb⋅ft (385 N⋅m) of torque @ 5,300 rpm. It is 12 bhp (8.9 kW; 12 PS) greater than the previous generation's V6 and 35 bhp (26 kW; 35 PS) more than the sixth generation Mustang's V6.
  • The 6.2 L LT1 V8 is shared with the Chevrolet Corvette and produces 455 bhp (339 kW; 461 PS)[16] @ 6,000 rpm and 455 lb⋅ft (617 N⋅m) of torque @ 4,400 rpm, 29 bhp (22 kW; 29 PS) greater than the previous model standard V8 on 1SS and 2SS models.
  • The 6.2 L LT4 V8 will be featured on the ZL1 models. Output is 650 bhp (485 kW; 659 PS) @ 6400 rpm and 650 lb⋅ft (881 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm of torque. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, covering the 1/4 mile in 11.0 seconds @ 130 mph. The ZL1's official top speed is 198 mph (319 km/h).[17]

All engines are available with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions, except for the ZL1 models which use a 10-speed automatic in addition to a standard 6-speed manual.

HSV Camaro (Australia)[edit]

General Motors Holden's performance division, Holden Special Vehicles, will import and convert the Camaro to right-hand-drive and Australian Design Rules, starting in second half of 2018.[18] Unlike Holden's previous US import (based on Chevrolet Suburban) in the late 1990s, HSV will keep the Chevrolet badge on the converted Camaro.

The HSV Camaro is based on the pre-facelifted Camaro MY18 2SS specifications (for European market) and with 8-speed automatic gearbox. HSV is planning a thousand units per year for three years until the seventh generation is introduced in 2020.[19][20] Eventually, HSV will add the manual gearbox and ZL1 specifications to Camaro model range for Australian and New Zealand markets.[21] The official price has not been announced yet.

2019 restyling[edit]

For 2019, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro received a controversial mid-cycle restyling, along with the rest of the Chevrolet car lineup (Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Malibu). Changes for the 2019 Camaro include new third-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment systems, revised exterior and interior styling, new alloy wheel designs, the addition of the 1LE Performance Package for the base 2.0L Inline Four-Cylinder equipped LT models (the 1LE Performance Package was previously only offered on V6-equipped LT and V8-equipped SS and ZL-1 models), the addition of two new exterior color options (Riverside Blue Metallic and Satin Steel Gray Metallic), and a new performance hood for SS models. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will go on sale in the fall of 2018. [22]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Motor Trend Magazine 2016 Car of the Year[23]
  • Car and Driver 2016 and 2017 10Best Cars[24][25]

References[edit]

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