The sixth generation of Chevy's classic performance coupe has shifted to what General Motors calls its "Alpha" platform, the structural foundation of the Cadillac ATS and CTS. All three models are now produced at the automaker's Lansing Grand River assembly plant. For the first time, the Camaro and Mustang are assembled in Michigan.
There will be three engines available: a 3.6-liter, 335-horsepower V6 built in Romulus. The 2.0-liter, 275-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, assembled at GM's Tonawanda, N.Y., plant, and a 6.2-liter, 455 horsepower V8, produced in St. Catharines, Ontario. Each engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
As GM is doing with every new model, there is more aluminum, especially in the chassis and suspension, and broader use of lighter-weight high-strength steel. On average, the new Camaro weighs 200 pounds less than the 2015 model, but that can be even more depending on the powertrain, says Aaron Link, lead development engineer who has been working on this car for the last three years.