If you are thinking about purchasing a 2016 Chevy Camaro, you better prepare yourself to choose how you want it to look, and the accessories you’ll choose. It can be a time-consuming process and used to make a trip to the dealer a day-long event. All that is about to change, though, as Chevy has come up with an online visualizer that enables you to customize your new ride and see exactly what it will look like before you even head to the dealer.

The 2016 Camaro will include a lot of standard equipment that was optional in previous years. The new SS model is so loaded with standard features that you’ll only have five extra features to choose from. Personalization is where Chevy’s new visualizer shines. You’ll be able to pick through different body graphics, various styles of front grilles, various front and rear fascias and several different interior trim kits, among other things. You’ll be able to personalize the Camaro enough that you’ll have a hard time finding another just like it.

Pricing for the Camaro isn’t that bad either. The 1LT trim level starts out at $26,695, and the 1SS trim level starts out at $37,295. We aren’t sure what the 2LT and 2SS trim will start out at, but I’m guessing around $31,000 and $43,000, respectively. That $26,000 gets you a turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower in either of the LT trim levels, but a 3.6-liter V-6 with 335 horsepower is available as an option. Go with either SS trim level, though, and you’ll get the all-new 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8 with 455 horsepower. Read on see what I think about all this.

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Why it matters

I’m an engine guy, so I’m always interested in looking under the hood of new models. I can’t say that is the case when it comes to the base-model 2016 Camaro or 2016 Ford Mustang. Granted both four-banger models still pull 0-60 times of less than six seconds, and get around 30 mpg on the highway, but it just isn’t the same. If the SS trims are out of your price range, I suggest you at least go for that V-6 in the LT2 trim. I’d rather have that than a four-banger whistler.

To better explain myself, it’s not that I don’t understand why manufacturers are choosing to go with smaller, turbocharged engines.They can produce similar power with lower emission levels, and they fit in around the world. In my opinion, though, a turbocharged four-cylinder is fine for a car like the 2016 Chevy Cruze, but I still think a muscle car is supposed to have exactly that — muscle.

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Press Release

DETROIT – As production of the lighter, more powerful, more advanced 2016 Camaro grows near, Chevrolet revealed more details to help customers tailor their Gen Six exactly how they want it, including pricing information and an online visualizer.

The 2016 Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement, starting at a suggested retail price of $26,695 for the Camaro 1LT, while the most powerful Camaro SS ever starts at $37,295 for the 1SS.

The new accessories visualizer allows customers to view many personalization features on the 2016 Camaro, including interior and exterior colors, wheels, stripes, and accessory options.

“The all-new 2016 Camaro builds on what made the Camaro the segment leader for five years,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “It will reset the bar in the segment with even greater levels of performance, new technologies not found on any other car in the segment, and more choices that enable customers to take personalization farther than ever before.”

The 2016 Camaro is offered in coupe and convertible body styles, and a simplified model lineup with just two models (LT and SS) and four trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS).

“The 1LT trim level has long been one of the most popular for Camaro,” said Christensen. “We expect it will be even more popular as the 2016 Camaro 1LT is priced less than the 2015 model and offers significantly more standard features and technologies.”

New standard features that were either unavailable or optional on the 2015 model include:

Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay capability
OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot
Driver Mode Selector with Snow/Ice, Tour and Sport modes on all models and Track mode on SS
Remote vehicle starter system (with an automatic transmission)
Driver information center with color display
Keyless access with push-button start
Rear vision camera
Automatic climate control
Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
LED daytime running lamps
Capless fuel filler
Variable-ratio electric power steering
8-way power driver, 6-way power passenger seats
Electronic park brake
Driver and front passenger knee air bags
Additionally, the popular RS package returns for LT models. It features 20-inch aluminum wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with LED signature lamps, LED taillamps, RS-specific grille inserts and a rear spoiler.

The Camaro 1SS builds on the equipment included on the 1LT with the RS package, adding unique front and rear fascias, specific grilles, a vented hood, and specific rear spoiler. Additional performance features included on the 1SS include:

Cooling systems for the differential, transmission and engine oil
Brembo brakes with four-piston front and rear calipers
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires.
Active Rev Matching (manual transmission models only)
Limited slip differential (manual transmission models only)
Configurable Driver Information Center
Uplevel 2SS models include leather heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, interior spectrum lighting, heated steering wheel, head-up display, Bose premium audio, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert – included on the 2LT with the Convenience and Lighting Package – and more.

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“For the fifth-gen Camaro, nearly two-thirds of Camaro SS buyers selected the 2SS trim,” said Christensen. “For those buyers, the 2016 Camaro 2SS comes with practically every available option. The only additional features available are Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a power sunroof, in-dash navigation, dual-mode exhaust system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.”

Visualizer details
The new Camaro Visualizer is the online portal enabling users to browse view how many of the options and accessories will look when installed on a 2016 Camaro. It includes 10 exterior colors, five interior colors and dozens of accessories ranging from wheels, ground effects, stripe packages and interior accents.

“There’s practically no such thing as a factory-stock Camaro and Chevrolet understands how important customization is to owners,” said Christensen. “The wide range of personalization options offers customers unprecedented choices for tailoring their Camaro.”

Accessory highlights include:

Three aluminum wheel designs, in multiple finishes
Grille kits with six body-color inserts for LT and SS models; inserts are also available in chrome-appearance or primed versions for custom painting
A blade-style rear spoiler and a ground effects kit, each offered in 10 colors
Four exterior graphics packages, offered in multiple colors, including a body-side “spear” design; rally stripe design; front-fender “hash mark” design; and a racing stripe design
Interior trim kits, offered in multiple colors, including knee pads and door accent trim
Based on the 2016 Camaro model and trim selected, customers can also select alternate-finish versions of existing features such as smoked taillamp lenses and blacked-out or LED-illuminated Chevrolet bowtie emblems.

“The range of features, colors and other options ensures that customers will be able to build a Camaro quite unlike any other,” said Christensen. “Better still, these accessories can be installed at the dealership during the purchase process, allowing customers to hit the street in a customized Camaro the moment they take delivery.”

Chevrolet’s Camaro accessories are designed and tested to the same standards as regular-production components, offering peace of mind and uncompromising quality. Chevrolet Accessories are warranted and backed by Chevrolet, something no aftermarket company can offer.

About the 2016 Camaro
The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture that weight more than 200 pounds less than the Gen Five Camaro depending on the model and its broad powertrain range.

A new, double-pivot MacPherson strut front suspension complements the lighter architecture and provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system.

The all-new interior integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster with an eight-inch-diagonal display and the available, customizable interior spectrum lighting feature that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console.

LT models feature an all-new 2.0L Turbo engine rated at 275 hp (205 kW), enabling 0-60 performance of less than six seconds and more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated). An all-new, more-powerful 3.6L V-6 is available in the 2016 Camaro LT. Rated at an SAE-certified 335 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), it offers highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment.

The 2016 Camaro SS features an all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8, SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm), making it the most powerful Camaro SS in history. And with improved handling and performance, it delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package. Available Magnetic Ride Control active suspension enables even higher levels of capability, control and refinement.

The 2016 Camaro is produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. Coupe models with V-6 and V-8 engines will arrive at dealers by the end of 2015, while convertible models and 2.0L Turbo models will arrive in the first quarter of 2016.

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