Sixth-generation Camaro to feature new powertrain range

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to come with a choice of six, all-new engine options, including an efficient 2-liter turbo, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 6.2-liter V8 producing 460ps and 617Nm. 

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro will feature an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range. Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2-liter turbo, an all-new 3.6-liter V6 and the LT1 6.2-liter V8, which produces 460ps and 617Nm of torque – for the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

Vehicle mass has been reduced by 90kg or more, depending on the model, creating a more nimble, responsive driving experience.

The new model is also the most efficient Camaro to date – the new 2-liter turbo engine option produces 279ps and 400Nm – and delivers more than 30 mpg (9.4l/100km) on the highway (GM-estimated), and 0-97km/h acceleration under 6 seconds. For power on demand, the engine offers a wide torque band, with 90% of peak torque available from 2,100-3,000rpm, and maximum torque from 3,000-4,500rpm.

The new 3.6-liter V6 engine features direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and – for the first time – active fuel management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications to enhance efficiency. The engine offers 340ps and 385Nm of torque, for the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment.

The most powerful Camaro SS ever is powered by the new 6.2-liter LT1 direct-injected small block V8 introduced on the Corvette Stingray. About 20% of the engine’s components are specific for the Camaro’s architecture, including new, tubular ‘tri-Y’-type exhaust manifolds. It also offers advanced technologies such as variable valve timing, direct injection and active fuel management (on automatic-equipped models) to help balance efficiency and performance.

Each engine has been carefully tuned for a distinctive performance sound. All 2-liter turbo models feature active noise cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise. Models equipped with the available Bose audio system also feature engine sound enhancement, which amplifies the native sounds of the 2-liter turbo engine – and can be disabled based on the driver’s preference.

Both the 3.6-liter V6 and 6.2-liter V8 feature mechanical sound enhancers – resonators that direct induction noise from the engine bay into the cabin. Both engines are available with a dual-mode exhaust, which features electronically controlled valves that bypass the mufflers under acceleration, delivering improved performance and greater sound levels. With the dual-mode exhaust, drivers can personalize the exhaust sound, from a ‘stealth’ mode to the most aggressive ‘track’ mode.

The 2016 Camaro will be produced at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

May 21, 2015

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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