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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/22/2015 Karla Sanchez
2016 Chevrolet Camaro© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

If the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro could talk, it would say, “Look at me now.” That’s because the sixth-gen model has been extensively remodeled from the bottom up with new engines, an upgraded interior, and an entirely new look that comes by way of a tremendous weight loss. Melting away all those extra pounds reveals a more taut and sexy muscle car, which we take a closer look at in the "before and after" pictures below.

By shedding those extra pounds, the new Camaro’s attractive face really stands out. Before it was redesigned, the Camaro’s front fascia seemed to get lost among the extra bulk, but now we can finally see the newly designed front grille that’s slimmer and more curved than before. The circular headlights are now gone, replaced by new headlights that give the Camaro a more refined look. The lower front fascia also lends a completely different appearance as it spans much wider on the lower front bumper. Available foglights are now LED strips instead of the conventional round ones on the outgoing Camaro. Even though the Camaro lost about 200 pounds, it keeps all its muscle, including its broad shoulders. Since it now sits lower and wider, the new Camaro appears ready to pounce.

The Camaro’s overall length shrank from 190.6 inches to 188.3, and its wheelbase was shortened from 112.3 inches to 110.7 inches. These differences really become apparent from the side, where we can see that its rear end is perkier than before with an upward curve. The character line that accentuates the Camaro’s hips remains, making the Camaro look just as muscular.

Just like the front grille, the lower bumper at the rear also features a slight U-curve right above the license plate housing. The integrated spoiler is raised on the new Camaro, while newly designed taillights complete the look.

It’s an entirely new scene inside the cabin, where the Camaro gets sportier touches like circular HVAC vents and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The touchscreen display is also new, with fewer buttons and knobs than the previous version, which featured two massive knobs. Overall, the Camaro’s interior appears more futuristic and upscale than the previous muscle car.

What do you think about the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro? Do you think that it lost some of its muscle car appeal with the weight loss? Or do you think it serves as the perfect answer to the Ford Mustang? Let us know in the comments below.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Last week’s edition of Refreshing or Revolting focused on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which most readers found to be more visually appealing than the last PHEV.

“It looks pretty good. Definitely nicer than the last Volt,” said JoeyMangano.

Jove was on the same team, saying “I really like it, especially the interior. Thank goodness they got rid of all those capacitive buttons.”

However, there were still some who weren’t convinced with the new styling, like Rotoautomobile, who summed up the car’s appearance in just three words: “Quite ugly actually.”


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