What is it?
The all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which makes a shift from the aging Holden-sourced Zeta platform to the Alpha structure that underpins Cadillac’s ATS and CTS saloons. The result is that this sixth-generation Camaro is not only markedly more modern but also smaller and lighter.
On the outside its proportions are unmistakably Camaro, but the design of Chevy’s pony car is more modern than retro, marking a stylistic departure that no longer pulls design cues directly from the model's history. It’s more of an evolution of the fifth-generation car than it is influenced by anything from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The switch to the newer Alpha platform, allied to a weight-conscious engineering programme, results in a coupé that is at least 90kg lighter than before, depending on the configuration. Most of the mass was taken from the body structure itself – about 60kg – while extensive use of aluminum suspension components assisted in the overall weight loss.
With subtly smaller dimensions - it's just 21mm narrower and 67mm shorter - the Camaro still has the same imposing visual presence as before. In addition, according to GM product boss Mark Reuss, the new Camaro has 28% greater structural rigidity, which will make a better foundation for the anticipated performance variants.