The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will make its grand debut this Saturday at a now-closed event on Detroit’s Belle Isle, but with just five days left before the big day – General Motors rolled out the final two teaser images on the Camaro Six mini site. In total, GM has offered up a dozen teaser images over the past few months, showing off bits of the 6th gen Camaro including the chassis, the exhaust manifold, the dash undercarriage, the suspension, the brakes, the wheels, the exhaust tips, the engine, the rear spoiler and the hood. Today, GM gives us our best look at the exterior with a shot of the center section of the new grille and a side profile that allows the best look at the slippery new form of the 2016 Camaro.
Today’s statement accompanying the latest teaser images of the 2016 Camaro focuses on aerodynamics, pointing out the fact that over 350 of hours were spent in the wind tunnel as the team fine-tuned the exterior design of the 6th gen GM muscle car.
“The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy. To balance these different aerodynamic targets, we tested literally hundreds of changes on the new Camaro, millimeters at a time.”
The New Grille
First up, we have a teaser of the nose of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. Compared to the current 2015 Camaro, this 6th gen has a slimmer upper grille opening and what looks to be a much larger lower grille opening. The areas around the grille appear to be more sharply sculpted than the current Camaro, including a sharp center point running vertically through the middle of the Chevy bowtie badge. We can also see that the 2016 Camaro has a new grille filler design that looks more aggressive than the outgoing models while also offering better air flow.
The Side Profile
We had expect since long before the first teaser of the 2016 Camaro was introduced that the 6th gen design would be more evolutionary than revolutionary – meaning that it would have a design that wasn’t a huge departure from the current models. Based on that, it isn’t surprising that the shadowy side profile at the top of this article is clearly a Camaro and really, it might be hard to pick out differences from the current models.
Fortunately, I put together the over-under image below showing the 2015 Camaro in red paired closely with the 6th gen Camaro teaser image. From this comparison image (below), you can see that the new roofline at the windshield is a little lower and the transition from the roof to the rear glass is smoother. Also, the flat transition area from the rear glass to the rear deck lid is almost completely gone, giving the 6th gen more of a fastback design. Overall, the greenhouse portion of the 2016 Camaro silhouette looks to be more curved than the current models, showing an obvious push for improved aero properties in the next gen Camaro.