We’re still a ways away from the arrival of the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro, but perhaps these renderings can tide you over.
The batch of digital imaginings comes via Chazcron of the Camaro6 forums, a message board dedicated to Chevy’s iconic pony car.
We reported in October that the sports car would feature evolutionary, not revolutionary styling, and embrace the modern-yet-retro aesthetic philosophy that also underpins the Ford Mustang.
If you sat through Transformers: Age of Extinction recently (we’re sorry), then you may have noticed the modified ‘Bumblebee’ variant that featured a revamped headlight assembly and new lower grill. Chazcron’s version is somewhere between that car and current model, with larger air intakes and vertical LEDs accenting the front, while curvier taillights are highlighted out back.
The styling changes probably won’t be drastic for 2016, but the muscle car will ride on the lighter, nimbler Alpha framework that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
The 323-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 will carry over from the current Camaro, but the Alpha platform will accommodate a new 2.0-liter turbo, also pulled from the CTS. It makes a solid 272 hp and 292 pound-feet of torque in the sporty Caddy, but is overshadowed by the 310 hp and 320 lb-ft you get from the new Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost.
There are also rumblings that the SS model’s V8, a 426-hp LS3, could be replaced by some derivative of the 450-hp LT1 small block from the Corvette Stingray. The handling focused Z/28 and supercharged ZL1 will likely retain their powertrains.
Will the changes be enough to compete with the Dodge Hellcat twins and the stampede of new Mustangs? Only time will tell.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro will begin production next year.
(Renderings via Camaro6)