2016 Chevy Camaro SS Will Get Magnetic Ride Control & More
Chevrolet’s slow tease of the 2016 Camaro has been nearly agonizing, with just little tid-bits of information coming from The General. Well Chevy’s latest release confirms the sixth-generation car will get Magnetic Ride Control, a new Drive Mode Selector, and a dual-mode exhaust system attached to its 6.2-liter LT1 V-8.
As for the Magnetic Ride Control, the Camaro’s lead development engineer, Aaron Link, says, “We wanted to build on the flexibility of the current Camaro ZL1, which is great for grand touring, commuting, the drag strip and track days.” Link continues, saying the Camaro will be even more adaptable, coming with up to eight adjustable vehicle attributes to suit the driver’s changing preferences.
The new Drive Mode Selector will feature settings tailored to different weather and street environments. They include Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track. These settings will change throttle progression, steering, stability control, and the Magnetic Ride Control’s settings – tailoring each to best suit the current driving conditions.
Adding icing to the SS’ high-performance cake is the addition of Chevy’s dual-mode exhaust system. Chevy currently uses the system on the Corvette C7 and the Camaro ZL1 – and with good results. Both high-strung V-8s are quiet under modest throttle input and thundering under heavy acceleration. However, Chevy is taking the exhaust a step further, offering two driver-selectable modes. Now drivers can choose between “stealth” and “track” presets, customizing their exhaust regardless of throttle position.
Chevy will finally unveil the 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16 in Detroit. Be sure to check out TopSpeed for all the info as Chevy releases it.
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Why it matters
These additions are huge – not only for the SS, but for any Camaro slotted above the SS in the coming future. The SS’ Corvette-derived 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, along with the sixth-generation’s Alpha platform’s 200-pound diet, should make the standard V-8 car a hot performer. It might not beat the current ZL1, but it should certainly outrun and out-handle the current, fifth-gen SS.
With the bar now raised, it will be interesting to see what Chevy has up its sleeve for the next ZL1 or even the next Z/28. With the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R on the horizon, the competition is getting stiff and Chevy needs to ante up.
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