2016 Chevrolet Camaro Spied Roaming in the United States

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This is one of those rare occasions when spy photographers snap something that doesn't happen very often. Putting aside the fact that the sixth-gen Chevy Camaro is a highly anticipated pony, our carparazzi spotted four examples of the breed testing on Michigan public roads near a GM facility.
Underneath that heavy black cladding and swirly white camouflage on the A pillars and roof, the prototypes are unmistakably coupe variants of the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The quad exhaust pipe design is a tell-tale sign that these bad boys are not base V6 test mules, but are propelled by V8s.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine, as well as the entry-level V6 motor are likely to be carried over by the new model, but voices in the industry hint that the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2015 Cadillac ATS will also be added to the engine lineup. In the Caddy, this motor boasts with 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm), which is nowhere near the 310 horses and 320 lb-ft (433 Nm) developed by the 2.3-liter 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

In terms of chassis and suspension technology, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro uses a reworked version of the Alpha platform, which made its debut on the 2013 model year Cadillac ATS. Under the leadership of Dave Leone, General Motors engineers created the Alpha platform, a light and compact design capable of handling both rear and all-wheel drive configurations and having a near 50/50 weight distribution. So we expect great handling from the future pony car wearing the golden bowtie. Aesthetically, the prototypes spotted sport a design that boasts with a long bonnet and a very low roof line.

Another aggressive stylistic element that'll work wonders on the overall design of the new Camaro is represented by the flat and long side windows. From the looks of it, the prototypes seem to be a little bigger in size than the outgoing Camaro, while a recent report stated that the wheelbase will be 2.3 inches longer that that of the fifth-gen model. Not much else is known about the 2016 Chevy Camaro at the moment, but we're pretty sure production will start at the Lansing Grand River plant late in 2015.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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