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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototypes Spotted Near Tail of the Dragon

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/22/2015 Jason Udy

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototypes Spotted Near Tail of the Dragon
While it’s not uncommon to see GM prototypes running around Michigan or near the Nürburgring, a quartet of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro prototypes have been spotted in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The images were sent to Hot Rod by area resident and enthusiast Bill Howell. You can see them over at Hot Rod's website.

From the images, we can see what appears to be two 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe prototypes covered in tight-fitting black and white camouflage and two convertible prototypes with loose-fitting black camo. Additionally, there is a silver 2015 Ford Mustang coupe parked next to one of the Camaro prototypes and possibly a black Mustang convertible next to it. The silver Mustang coupe doesn’t have “5.0” fender badges. Howell didn’t mention whether the 2015 Ford Mustang was part of the Camaro entourage.

Related link: Research the current Chevrolet Camaro

“I instantly knew these were new Camaros,” Howell told Hot Rod. “Nothing like this ever happens in Pigeon Forge, so I had to grab a few shots. The guy in charge asked that I not take photos of the interior and that it would be all right to shoot all the exterior photos I wanted.”

The small town of Pigeon Forge is located in the Smoky Mountains near the famous Tail of the Dragon, known for its 318 curves in just 11 miles of road. An ideal place to test handling of a new sporty two-door.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype
In response to Howell’s inquiry whether they were going to drive the Tail of the Dragon, the man in charge simply said, “We are here just testing.”

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro moves to GM’s Alpha platform that also underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS. Some rumors suggest the next Camaro will be available with the Cadillac ATS’ 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 to rival the 2015 Ford Mustang’s available 2.3-liter EcoBoost. While the EcoBoost engine in the Mustang is the intermediate engine, some suggest the 2.0-liter turbo will be the Camaro’s base engine, while a version of the automaker's 3.6-liter V-6 will be the midrange engine.

If the 2015 Mustang spotted in the pictures is indeed part of the test group, the lack of “5.0” badge could suggest some of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro prototypes are not powered by the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, which the automaker just confirmed will power the upcoming SS model. Chevrolet also revealed the next-generation Camaro’s new badge.

Check out these images of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro prototypes for the best look yet at its front and rear end, and stay tuned for the car's official debut on May 16.

Pictured are past spy shots of the 2016 Chevy Camaro. For the new photos, click over to Hot Rod.

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