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New Chevy Camaro – still strapping amidst growing up


Sticking to the general trend and keeping both environmentalists and customers happy, can be a tricky business for carmakers. But will the new Camaro have enough menacing character to retain that muscle its predecessors are known for?

THERE are many things that attribute to a peaceful night’s sleep for a petrolhead. In short - it can actually be described as a continental bouquet of cars. These dreams usually stretch from Japan with its Nissan GT-R, to Italy, with the Ferrari 488, then a trip to Germany in the Audi R8.

There is however a country that builds dream machines that has generations of devoted followers. At a young age most petrolheads aspire to own one of these Detroit-built machines.

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of these machines – as American as a cowboy and similarly admired for its no-nonsense appeal, the sixth generation Camaro is something of a different animal. By the looks of it, the Camaro 6 is civilised and according to General Motors, “refined.”

On the outside the American muscle was designed to look even more athletic than the previous generation with a more “sculpted” compact body design. Undergoing 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, the new power on the block is more aerodynamically well-suited than the previous generation. Both the LT and SS derivatives will benefit from this, as the former has reduced drag while the latter will have better downforce.

On the performance side of the coin, the new Chevy is going with the trend of, small-is-now-big, with the introduction of an entry-level two-litre turbocharged engine, producing 205kW of Detroit grunt.

The biggest engine to join the Camaro ranks is the 6.2-litre V8 engine, producing a thunderous 339kW, which will form part of the most powerful SS model to rumble off the production floor.

According to Camaro chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, feedback from current Camaro owners set the new project on course.

“We have had the opportunity to meet thousands of Gen 5 Camaro owners who provided direct feedback on what they loved about their car and what they wanted for the next-gen Camaro,” said Oppenheiser.

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