2016 Chevrolet Camaro Gets Angular Look, Aerodynamic Improvements | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Gets Angular Look, Aerodynamic Improvements


DETROIT — The latest teaser photo of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro reveals a new angular look for the coupe that targets the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.

General Motors also said the 2016 Camaro logged 350 hours of wind-tunnel testing aimed at improving the car's aerodynamics.

"Drivers of the Camaro SS will experience a marked improvement in reduced aerodynamic lift," the automaker said in a statement on Monday.

The Camaro will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships in late fall, following a debut on May 16 during a public event at Detroit's Belle Isle Park. Pricing has not been announced.

The Camaro aerodynamics team aimed at improved performance, stability, cooling and lower wind noise, without sacrificing fuel economy.

"To balance these different aerodynamic targets, we tested literally hundreds of changes on the new Camaro, millimeters at a time," said Kirk Bennion, Camaro exterior design manager, in a statement.

The initial design called for the lower grille bars to be set at a 20-degree angle to the horizon. But after testing, the team improved engine-cooling airflow by 1 percent by shifting the angle to 13 degrees, a change that achieved the airflow target while maintaining the original grille design.

Instead of a traditional airdam to cut aerodynamic lift, the team developed a flush belly pan that stretches from the front grille to the center of the vehicle.

"Paired with small 'spats' forward of the front tires, the smooth underbody helps reduce total lift by 30 percent, while also reducing aerodynamic drag," GM said.

Car shoppers can begin to put together their 2016 Camaro later this summer with the help of an online Camaro "visualizer" that precedes the vehicle configurator.

In addition, the Camaro will embark on a major road trip following its May 16 debut that will take it to a variety of venues, including the Indianapolis 500 and Camaro enthusiast events.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers get the best look yet at the 2016 Camaro as the countdown clock begins for the car's unveiling later this week.

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