2016 Chevrolet Camaro: Smaller and Lighter? Look Out, Next-Gen Mustang
What It Is: The classic all-American four-seat performance coupe. A convertible is also a certainty. The sixth-generation model will draw inspiration from the Euro-styled second-gen Camaro RS (1970 1981).
Why It Matters: Today’s model has thrived as a roomier, more affordable alternative to the Corvette, and as a source of pride to the haters of Ford, Dodge, and imported rear-drive coupes.
Platform: The Camaro moves to GM’s Alpha component set (Cadillac ATS and other future GM models) to save significant weight and cost.
Powertrain: Expect eight-, six-, and four-cylinder offerings, the last to fulfill rising mpg obligations while fighting a growing list of four-cylinder-equipped foes, including the SRT Barracuda, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Ford Mustang, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
Competition: See above.
What Might Go Wrong: GM designers could misinterpret Camaro’s thin sales lead over Mustang and neglect critically needed interior upgrades.
Estimated Arrival and Price: Late 2015 as a 2016 model, with a base price in the mid-$20,000 range.