DETROIT -- Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy.
Chevy introduced the car Saturday at a trackside event that drew more than 1,000 Camaro fans here on Belle Isle Park. The Camaro goes on sale in the fourth quarter, in LT and SS trim levels.
The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today’s version. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which General Motors vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling.
A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo will serve as the base engine. Chevy also will offer a new 3.6-liter V-6 and a 6.2-liter V-8 that kicks out 455 hp and 455 pounds-feet of torque.
“For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance,” GM product chief Mark Reuss said in a statement. “For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas.”