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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Makes Public Debut in Detroit

Sixth-generation Camaro finally shown.

Jake HolmeswriterPatrick M. Hoeyphotographer

Detroit -- With 350 customer cars from the five prior generations and around 1,000 people in attendance, Chevrolet today revealed the all-new 2016 Camaro on Belle Isle in Detroit. It's only the sixth all-new Chevrolet Camaro, and it's the first one built on General Motors' Alpha chassis platform that is shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS.

"This car is far superior to any car in the sports-car segment," General Motors executive vice president of global product development Mark Reuss said at the new car's reveal. "It is designed to deliver higher levels of technology, refinement, and of course, performance."

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, although the mild evolution in styling means the sixth-gen car doesn't appear dramatically different than before. Under the hood, the new Camaro still offers six- and eight-cylinder engines, namely a 335-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and a 455-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 in SS. The V-8's output figure now matches that of the base Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's 6.2-liter engine, but Reuss downplays any concerns that the two cars now overlap in terms of power.

"No, we don't engineer one car thinking about another," he says.

Instead, Reuss emphasizes that reducing weight in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro plays a role in all aspects of its dynamics -- acceleration, braking, and handling.

"I'm the biggest advocate probably in GM of taking mass out of the car," he says. "The 2016 Camaro SS is already turning faster lap times than the fifth-generation's track-focused Camaro 1LE package."

The new Camaro also offers a four-cylinder engine for the first time since 1985, a turbocharged 2.0-liter rated for 275 hp. The new powertrain follows in the footsteps of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which has a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four good for 310 hp.

Chevrolet is extremely optimistic about the new turbocharged Camaro taking on the EcoBoost Mustang. Ahead of the car's reveal, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro development engineer Aaron Link told AUTOMOBILE that he doesn't think adding a four-cylinder engine will ostracize any traditionalist Camaro customers.

"I have no fear of anyone saying it doesn't belong in this car," he said. "The acceleration's pretty awesome. I think it's going to surprise a lot of people."