2016 Camaro SS Gets Magnetic Suspension, Dual Mode Exhaust, Drive Modes
Over the past few weeks, General Motors has rolled out a collection of images teasing the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. We have seen the chassis, the exhaust manifold, the dash undercarriage, some suspension components, the Brembo brakes, a set of wheels and – as of this morning – the exhaust tips and a new shot of the LT1 V8 that will power the 6th gen Camaro SS. We have obviously seen the LT1 V8 before, but this is our best look at the Camaro’s LT1. Also, the great looking exhaust tips above aren’t earth-shattering, but it adds another piece to the exterior design puzzle.
While teaser pictures are always nice, the arrival of these newest shots of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro come with some important information that overshadows the simple pictures. Today’s release confirmed that the 2016 Camaro SS will have the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, dual mode exhaust and a drive mode selector that should make the new muscle car better in every possible condition.
Magnetic Ride Control
The most exciting piece of news this morning is that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS will come with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension system. This high tech, adjustable suspension setup has previously only been available in the Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette lineup, but in an effort to make the 6th gen Camaro the best handling of all time – the race-ready suspension system will come to the new Camaro SS. This system allows the driver to pick between Tour, Sport and Track, with the stiffness of the dampers changing with each setting for a better shift between comfort and performance.
Dual Mode Exhaust
Next up, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will feature a dual mode exhaust system that will use electronically controlled valves to bypass the mufflers under hard acceleration. The advantage of this type of exhaust system is that under gentle driving, the Camaro SS is likely fairly quiet. I’m sure that it has some grumble, but it won’t wake up the neighbors when you are easing out of your driveway in the morning. However, when you put the hammer down, the bypass valves open and the LT1 V8 will roar with as much ferocity as any high performance car on the road today.
Drive Mode Selector
Finally, the last bit of big information in today’s announcement on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the arrival of the new Drive Mode Selector. This system will be featured on both V6 and V8 models, although the Camaro SS models get an extra setting. All new Camaros will have the option of Snow/Ice, Tour and Sport while the Camaro SS also gets the Track mode. These modes apply different calibrations for things like throttle response, steering feel, stability control, shift points in automatic transmission models and more. GM hasn’t specified what the “more” entails, but I would guess that it has some impact on the Magnetic Ride Control system and the dual mode exhaust system.
The next batch of teasers are scheduled to arrive on April 30th so in 10 days, we can expect more information on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro as we eagerly await the global debut of the 6th gen muscle car on May 16th.
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