The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is the talk of the town. After months of teasing the car’s components nearly one at a time, the 2016 version was finally unveiled at a special event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park last week.
The official reveal, which coincided with the pony cars’ 50th birthday, showcased the lighter, stiffer itinerant’s new 3.6-liter V6 engine. The powerplant produces 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque, a decent improvement over the last gen’s 323 hp and 278 lb-ft.
A 6.2-liter LT1 V8 with 455 hp and matching torque is planned for SS models, but the inevitable Z/28 is still under wraps. The car will undoubtedly be meaner, more powerful, and more aggressive than its comparatively civil counterparts, and Hungarian artist X-Tomi Design has given us an idea of what the sixth-gen Z/28 could look like.
The speculative rendering is dressed in Ninja Turtles-esque acid green paint, and features slick black wheels, horizontal grill slats, new chin spoilers and side skirts, and of course, new badging. The sketch appears to be based on the V6 version though, as the hood is un-vented and the LED running lights are vertical instead of horizontal. But hey, we’re not here to nitpick; it looks pretty cool.
Along with the aforementioned 3.6-liter V6 and 6.2-liter V8, the Camaro will offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 hp and 295 lb-ft when it launches in 2015’s fourth quarter. The car will boast almost all new parts, around 200 fewer pounds, a drive mode selector, electric exhaust valves, and active damping as well.
As for the Z/28? The previous version enlisted a 505-hp LS7 V8 for tire-scorching duty, the same block from the C6 Corvette Z06. With the new Shelby GT350 Mustang churning out approximately 520 naturally aspirated ponies, we expect the new ‘Maro to be even better.
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