Hype: The TL3 Racing Simulator Is The Closest Thing To Having A Track Day Inside Your House (Video)

Posted on 07.08.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Racing games have gotten more and more realistic over time.  Games like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport and Project CARS have all aimed to get as close as possible to bringing a real driving and racing experience home.  However, as realistic as these games are they can only go so far into replicating the true experience.  It doesn’t matter how awesome Forza Motorsport looks, if you’re playing it sitting on your couch holding a controller it just isn’t going to measure up as well to the real thing.

There are other ways to further enhance the experience such as using a racing wheel peripheral rather can a controller.  One could also make use of a rig such as the type sold by our friends at Playseat Racing.  A wheel and a proper seat rig can really take the experience that extra step to really make players feel like they are racing.  Although, if you have the desire (and the money) you can take it even further than that.

That is where the TL3 Racing Simulator Pod comes in.  As the name suggests, the TL3 is a full-sized simulator made specifically to re-create the racing experience as realistically as possible.  The TL3 pod features a 200 degree wrap around 6 million pixel seamless screen so that users can look full left or full right and be completely surrounded by the virtual cockpit and racing environment.  The seat in the TL3 can be adjusted to different positions depending on the type of racing involved (more upright for rally and GT racing and more of a horizontal position for open wheel racing) and moves on 3 axis’s hence the “3” in the TL3’s name.

It comes with a powerful PC to run its racing simulator as smoothly as possible and also comes with a high end racing wheel peripheral with realistic pedals to make the experience that much better.  The makers of the TL3 really wanted to make sure they were as accurate as possible.  In fact they even worked with an F1 team to develop the TL3 and many customers of the TL3 are professional drivers who wish to hone their skills at home.

So, how much does a set up like this go for?  The TL3 retails for about 34,995 British Pounds which is about $54,000 in the good ol’ USA.  The TL3 is definitely not cheap.  There are stripped down versions that can be had for less money though.  There is a TL2 (seat moves on two axis’s) and the 200 series which has a more stripped down exterior.  Both of the aforementioned units can be had for less money.  Although, if I could afford it I’d definitely go for the flagship TL3.

How about you?  Would you fork over $54k for the TL3?  Do you think its worth it or a complete waste of cash?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  If you want to see how the TL3 works check out the official video below.

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Hype Video: New F1 2015 Trailer Lists New Game Modes And Shows Off Beautiful Capabilities Of New Game Engine

Posted on 07.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it.  We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it.  Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it.  But, that seems unlikely at this point.  Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster.  They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well.  Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!

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Hype Video: Watch A Rotary-Swapped Mazda MX-5 In The Midst Of Track Battle

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity.  Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine?  Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes?  Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine?  While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions.  Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?

Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself.  That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5.  Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine.  For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine.  Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results.  In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle.  The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste.  While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased.  In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!

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E3 2015: Fanatec Club Sport Steering Wheel GT For Xbox One Hands On (Video)

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you are into racing games, and I mean like really into them, then you likely know the name Fanatec.  If you know the name Fanatec then you know what they do; which is make high quality racing wheel peripherals for PC and consoles.  If you know all that then you also know that Fanatec wheels aren’t cheap!  Because of their, well let’s just say “premium” pricing, buying a Fanatec wheel can be considered more of an investment than anything else.

Having said that one could imagine how bummed out Fanatec owners were two years ago when they realized their Fanatec wheels would not work on Xbox One.  Fast forward to E3 2015 and a few things have changed.  Fanatec worked closely with Microsoft and worked out a solution.  It is a pricy solution but a solution nonetheless.  The Fanatec Club Sport V2 wheel base is the flag ship product from the brand and is meant for the most serious of sim racers on console or PC.  It has the best of the best components inside it and features a design that allows for using various wheel rims via a quick-release hub.

Fanatec has created a special Xbox One compatible hub that attaches to the Club Sport V2 wheel base!  Yay!  This is great news for those who already own the $600 Club Sport V2 base and $299 Club Sport pedals.  Xbox One compatibility is merely an extra $399 away which the purchase of a Club Sport GT steering wheel which comes with the special Xbox One hub.  However, those who don’t already own the wheel base are looking at a roughly $1,300 total price tag.  Just for reference that is more than three times the price of a current gaming console or about equal the price of a nicely equipped gaming PC.

$1,300 bucks is a lot money.  Is it worth it?  Well that all just depends on how much one cares about sim racing and quality of sim racing products.  I had a chance to use the new Xbox One GT steering wheel at E3 and did a quick video on my thoughts on the brief user experience I had with Fanatec’s latest.  Check it out below.  If you want to drop the cash for this set up just visit Fanatec.com to order the Club Sport V2 wheel base and Pedals.  However, the Xbox One wheel/hub will not be available until August 31st, 2015 so you’ll have to wait on that part.  While a two month wait sucks, that is still plenty of time before Forza Motorsport 6’s release date (September 15th, 2015).

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E3 2015: We Play Codemasters F1 2015! We Suck At It But It Was Still Pretty Sweet!

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I got to play plenty of racing games at E3 this year but the game I was really looking forward to getting my hands on was the new F1 game from Codemasters.  F1 2015 is the first Codemasters F1 game on the new crop of gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One).  Not to say that the previous F1 games haven’t been awesome but I always knew that if they had a more powerful console at their disposal the team could really create something cool.  So, how is it looking so far?  Check out my gameplay impression as well as a quick interview with Mr. Lee Mather who is the Principal Game designer for F1 2015.  You can also click the thumbnails for HD screen shots!

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Hype Interview: We Get To Talk To Henry Freakin’ Ford III About The New Ford GT!

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Relatively speaking, I haven’t been an automotive journalist for that long.  Despite that fact I have had a chance to do some amazing things and meet some incredible people.  Although I couldn’t say that I sat down with a direct descendant of a actual automotive legend, until now!  During the Forza Motorsport 6 preview event the team at Turn 10 not only wanted to celebrate the debut of the game but also highlight their partnership with Ford as the new Ford GT will be the official Forza 6 cover car.

I was told before the event that a “representative from Ford” would be on hand to answer any questions about the partnership or the Ford GT (which was also there).  What I wasn’t told is that the Ford rep they were speaking off was actually Henry Ford III.  Yes that Henry Ford!  Crazy right?!  After I let the automotive history nerd in me settle down I actually got to sit down with Henry and have a quick discussion about the Ford GT.  He takes on questions such as how the Forza team partnership with the Ford GT began, where they see the Ford GT fitting in the market, and a few other questions about engineering and design choices.  Check it out below!

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Hype Event: WekFest “LA” Came Correct! Full Gallery With Over 200 Pics Inside

Posted on 06.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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As per usual in southern California, the weather over the weekend was pretty nice.  In fact it was perfect car show weather which is why we were so glad that WekFest “LA” just happened to be going on in our backyard during the weekend as well.  Once again in the shadow of the Queen Mary at the Long Beach Harbor hundreds of top notch builds slowly rolled in to fill the Queen Mary Events Park for the annual WekFest event.

This is one of the must-attend events of the year if you are a part of the so cal car scene as some of the best builds only come out for this event or debut re-freshes and major changes.  The car count seemed a little bit lower than last year but don’t quote me on that.  Either way despite the actual number of cars the quality was definitely way up.  What really surprised me was the amount of Hondas on display.  There are always at least a few top shelf Honda’s at WekFest but this year the Honda servings were particularly generous.  While the number of Hondas this year seemed to go up there seemed to be a decline in the amount of “VIP style” cars in attendance.  Not sure if that means there is a change in the trend or if maybe it was just a coincidence.  Either way they were missed as we love those builds just as much as anything else.

All in all though the event was great.  It also attracted a very big crowd.  It didn’t take long for the “official” parking lot to reach capacity, forcing many attendees to park in downtown Long Beach and take a tram back to the show!  Ironic isn’t it?  If nothing else that is a message to all who will attend next year to show up early and guarantee yourself a parking spot.

Anyhow enough words!  To see the full gallery in all its glory then simply scroll below.  FYI it is a facebook-based gallery so you’ll need to be logged into your account to view it but soon we will provide links to a Google gallery as well.

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Video Game Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order DLC Now Available For Everyone

Posted on 05.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza Horizon 2 is one of the best racing games available right now.  Seriously, check out my review if you want to know why I love it so much.  Although despite its high praises from many, some people didn’t purchase the game right away and arrived a bit late to the Horizon party.  A consequence of getting the game late is missing out on some of the goodies that were available at launch.  However one of those goodies has been made available for all.  Microsoft has just released the car pack that was previously exclusive to those who pre-ordered Horizon 2 making it available to everyone right now!

The Pre-Order car pack includes the following:

-2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera
-2013 BMW M6 Coupe
-2008 Ferrari California
-2013 Audi RS 4 Avant

If you like the looks of the line up then you can pick up all these tasty rides for just four bucks on the Xbox Live marketplace

[Source: ForzaMotorsport.net]

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Hype Event: Scion Invites Industry Influencers And Media For A Casual Intro To The New Scion iM & iA

Posted on 05.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Usually, when a OEM introduces a new car to their line up the occasional is marked with pomp and circumstance in the form of a big event at some even bigger auto show with lights and cameras.  Scion tends to do things differently.  To celebrate their upcoming new models the iM and the iA Scion invited a group of industry influencers, car crews, and media out to the Toyota mothership campus for a private but casual car show.  Knowing that many influencers enjoy various types of cars Scion even encouraged owners of classic cars, low riders, and exotic cars to come out.  How cool is that?  Even cooler was the line up of food trucks serving up some pretty delicious fare.

A few aftermarket staple companies were on hand as well like GReddy and TEIN.  Formula Drift drivers Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck made an appearance and most importantly attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with the new Scion iA and iM.  I was lucky enough to get invited to the event thanks our friends at MotorMavens so of course I brought my trusty camera and whipped up a nice gallery for you!  Check it out below but make sure you are logged into your Facebook account to view it!

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Hype: The Gen Six Camaro Officially Makes Its Debut. Its Light, Powerful, And Has A New Engine Option (Video)

Posted on 05.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Chevrolet has teased the Gen Six Camaro for months but over the weekend at an enthusiast event in Detroit the new muscle car was finally revealed to the world.  In its sixth generation the new Camaro looks to become even more of a dual strip and course threat than the previous car.  It is clear that Chevrolet clearly wants the Camaro to be known as more than just a straight line brute and it is showing a lot more in this new model.

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The gen six rests on a new platform which is lighter and more rigid than that of the gen 5 Camaro.  Overall the Gen 6 Camaro loses 200lbs over its predecessor which will not only aid in handling but also improve acceleration.  Weight savings was mostly achieved by using aluminum in as many places as possible with the rest of the savings coming from small changes here and there throughout the car.

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Its exterior is similar to the gen 5 Camaro but much more aggressive and well, angry.  With its narrower headlights, more pronounced hood arch, and angular slightly frowning air dam, the new Camaro stares at you as if you insulted its mother.  It wants to fight you after school near the flag pole.  Despite technically being a slightly smaller, and much lighter car, the Gen Six just looks more muscular and capable than the last model.  Personally, I really like it.  Throughout all its generations the Camaro was always a car that looked like it meant business and its good to see that tradition continuing.

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Speaking of business, lets get to the part most of us really care about: the poweerrrrrrrr.  The 2016 Gen Six Camaro will offer three engines in six possible combinations.  For the first time ever the Camaro can be had with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, continuing the trend started by Ford when they dropped an Ecoboost 4-banger in the new Mustang.  The Camaro’s 2.0 liter engine makes 275HP and 295lbs-ft of torque.  Some purists may be upset with the fact that a Camaro can be had with a 4 cylinder but the traditional engines also remain.  A 3.6 liter V6, and 6.2 liter V8 can be had as well.  These engines are no slouches either making 335HP and 455HP respectively.  Both the V6 and V8 engines feature direct injection and the V6 also has a model-first cylinder deactivation feature for those who want the power of a V6 but want fuel economy closer to that of the four cylinder.

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The V8 will come in the range topping Camaro SS along with a Magnetic Ride Control active suspension system.  Combined, GM promises that the new SS will tick off faster lap times than the Gen 5’s 1LE track-focused package.

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As you can imagine, the interior is all new too featuring a host of new tech and goodies.  However my personal favorite addition is the ambient color-changing LED lighting with “Car Show Mode”, in which the LED lights cycles though all the colors while the car is parked ala Fast & Furious style.  Can’t wait to start seeing animated gifs of that!

If you want to know the rest of many details about the new Gen Six Camaro I welcome you to check out the press release below as well as the video of the official debut.  The only details left out of the release and the video are the new Camaro’s price and release date.  Although with the Gen Six Camaro being a 2016 model I would venture to guess it will be released sometime this year.  Perhaps summer?

What do you think of the new Camaro?  Love it?  Hate it?  What about the fact that it can be had with a four cylinder?  Is that just GM keeping up with the times or do you think its sacrilege?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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2016 Camaro Establishes New Performance Benchmark

Five-year segment leader is lighter, more powerful, with more advanced technology

DETROIT – The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro revealed today offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.

The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range. Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo, an all-new 3.6L V-6 and the LT1 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm) – for the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tuned in the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing efficiency.

A driver-focused interior integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster and a customizable ambient lighting feature.

“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”

Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new Gen Six: the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge.

To make it not only the best Camaro ever, but one of the best performance cars available, Chevrolet focused on three pillars of development:

Performance

  • Vehicle mass has been reduced by 200 pounds or more, depending on the model, creating a more nimble, responsive driving experience
  • Most efficient Camaro ever, with a new 2.0L turbo SAE-certified at 275 hp (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) – and delivers more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated), and 0-60 mph acceleration well under 6 seconds
  • Efficient performance in a new 3.6L V-6 featuring direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and – for the first time – Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), offering an SAE-certified 335 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), for the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment
  • The most powerful Camaro SS ever, with a new 6.2L LT1 direct-injected Small Block V-8 rated at 455 hp (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm)
  • Magnetic Ride Control active suspension available on Camaro SS for the first time
  • With improved handling and performance, the Camaro SS delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package.

Technology

  • All-new Drive Mode Selector, which tailors up to eight vehicle attributes for four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings
  • Segment-exclusive, Interior Spectrum Lighting that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console
  • High-definition, configurable color displays – including available dual, 8-inch-diagonal screens.

Design

  • More athletic-looking, sculptured exterior that complements the tighter, leaner architecture – and offers all-new, modern lighting signatures, including light-emitting diode (LED) technology
  • Greater emphasis on customer personalization with wider range of choices, including 10 exterior colors, five interior color combinations, lighting options and a full complement of dealer-available accessories available at launch – including wheels, stripe packages and additional accessories
  • Aerodynamically optimized design that is the result of 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, reducing drag on LT models and improving downforce on SS
  • All-new, interior with shifter-focused center console, intuitive controls, flat-bottom steering wheel, and higher quality materials throughout
  • Unique control rings around the air vents used for temperature and fan speed adjustments, eliminating the need for conventional buttons

“We have had the incredible opportunity to meet literally thousands of Gen 5 Camaro owners who provided direct feedback on what they loved about their car and what they wanted for the next-gen Camaro,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “As a result, the 2016 Camaro builds on what made the current Camaro such a success with more power, more agile handling and more technology.

“We expect it will set the new benchmark in the segment – and give a new generation of enthusiasts a reason to fall in love with Camaro.”

The Gen Six Camaro goes on sale later this year, offered in LT and SS models.

Lightweight architecture and chassis systems
Approximately 70 percent of the architectural components are unique to Camaro. Through extensive computer-aided engineering, structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

In their quest to make the 2016 Camaro as lean as possible, engineers and designers evaluated every aspect of its architecture – already the most mass-efficient ever created by GM – and supporting elements, saving grams here and pounds there that contributes to the car’s lower curb weight. As a result, the total curb weight for Camaro has been reduced by more than 200 pounds (90 kg).

Significant weight savings came from using an aluminum instrument panel frame instead of steel, which saved 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg). The use of lightweight components, including aluminum front suspension links and steel rear suspension links with lightening holes, in the new five-link rear suspension system contributed to a 26-pound (12 kg) reduction in the overall suspension weight. With the lighter, stiffer architecture and more powerful engines, the Gen Six Camaro SS delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package.

“The driving experience is significantly different,” said Aaron Link, lead development engineer. “Immediately, you will notice how much lighter and more nimble the Camaro feels. That feeling increases when you drive the Camaro harder – it brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, and accelerates faster than ever.”

The Camaro features a new, multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension with Camaro-specific geometry. The double-pivot design provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system. At the rear, a new five-link independent suspension yields outstanding wheel control and reduces “squat” during acceleration.

In addition, the Magnetic Ride Control is available on the Camaro SS for the first time. Previously limited to the Camaro ZL1, the active suspension reads road and driving conditions 1,000 times per second, and automatically adjusts the damper settings to optimize ride comfort and control.

All Camaro models offer Brembo brakes – they’re standard on SS – optimized for the car’s mass and performance capability. On Camaro LT, the available brakes include 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors with four-piston calipers and 12.4-inch (315 mm) rear rotors with single-piston sliding calipers. Camaro SS employs 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors with four-piston fixed calipers.

Goodyear tires are used on all models: The LT features standard 18-inch wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Sport all-season tires and available 20-inch wheels matched with Eagle F1 Asymmetric all-season run-flat tires. Camaro SS features standard 20-inch aluminum wheels with Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires.

More powerful and efficient
The new Camaro will be offered with six different powertrain combinations, each designed to deliver improved performance and efficiency.

The Camaro LT’s standard engine is a new 2.0L Turbo, rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm). For power on demand, it offers a wide torque band with 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,100 rpm to 3,000 rpm, and maximum torque from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. The 2.0L turbo will deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds and offer more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated), making it the most fuel-efficient Camaro ever.

An all-new 3.6L V-6 is available in the Camaro LT, producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), for the highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment. The engine incorporates a trio of technologies for uncompromised efficiency and performance, including direct injection, variable valve timing and, for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications to enhance efficiency.

The 2.0L turbo and 3.6L V-6 engines are offered with a six-speed manual transmission or the all-new Hydra-Matic 8L45 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s based on the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed, but scaled for the performance envelope of the smaller engines and offering an estimated 5-percent efficiency improvement over a comparable six-speed automatic.

Camaro SS is powered by the 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine introduced on the Corvette Stingray. About 20 percent of the components are specific for the Camaro’s architecture, including new, tubular “tri-Y”-type exhaust manifolds. It also offers advanced technologies such as variable valve timing, direct injection and Active Fuel Management (on automatic-equipped models) to help balance efficiency and performance. Output is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm), making it the most-powerful Camaro SS ever.

The LT1 engine is available with a standard six-speed manual transmission – with new Active Rev Match technology that “blips” the throttle for perfectly timed downshifts – or the Hydra-Matic 8L90 paddle-shift eight-speed automatic.

Each engine has been carefully tuned for a distinctive performance sound. All 2.0L turbo models feature active noise cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted cabin noise. Models equipped with the available Bose audio system also feature engine sound enhancement, which amplifies the native sounds of the 2.0L turbo engine – and can be disabled based on the driver’s preference.

Both the 3.6L V-6 and 6.2L V-8 feature mechanical sound enhancers – resonators that direct induction noise from the engine bay into the cabin. Both engines are available with a dual-mode exhaust, which features electronically controlled valves that bypass the mufflers under acceleration, delivering improved performance and greater sound levels. With the dual-mode exhaust, drivers can personalize the exhaust sound, from a “stealth” mode to the most aggressive “track” mode.

Compact, athletic design
The exterior of the Camaro is more sculpted and more muscular effect that makes the new car look significantly lower and wider than before, even though it is within two inches of the exterior dimensions of the current Camaro:

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Length (in /mm): 188.3/ 4784 190.6 / 4841
Width (in / mm): 74.7 / 1897 75.5 / 1917
Height (in / mm): 53.1 / 1348 54.2 / 1376
Wheelbase (in / mm): 110.7/ 2811 112.3 / 2852
Front track (in/mm): 63 / 1601 (SS) 63.6 / 1616 (SS)
Rear track (in/mm): 62.9 / 1598 (SS) 63.9 / 1622 (SS)

 

“From every angle, you’ll never mistake this for anything but a Camaro,” said Tom Peters, design director. “We’ve taken that iconic design and amplified its proportions to reflect a more dynamic driving experience – like the T-shirt on a muscular physique.”

The front of the Camaro is defined by a cross-car grille/headlamp aperture, a signature cue that dates to the first generation. The new, expressive execution gives the Camaro a stronger, more determined face. It also displays a new, nearly fastback profile that flows into the pronounced haunches of the rear fenders, enhancing the wider, more aggressive stance.

A more expressive take on the taillamps blends the horizontal aesthetic of the first generation with a dual-element theme and aggressive tapers for a contemporary appearance. Additionally, SS models have a unique rear spoiler.

Standard lighting includes halogen projector beam headlamps and taillamps. RS and SS models add high-intensity discharge, or HID, projector-beam headlamps and LED “signature lighting” daytime running lights – including a sweeping LED lightpipe integrated in the headlamp and an LED light pipe integrated into the front fascia. RS and SS models also feature LED lighting for the rear taillamps, including auxiliary LED light guides that mirror the shape of the front signature lighting.

In many cases, the exterior design not only communicates the performance capabilities of the new Camaro, but contributes to them. For example, the teams spent more than 350 hours testing the Camaro in the wind tunnel, meticulously tailoring the exterior to improve cooling and reduce aerodynamic lift and drag.

Aerodynamic details include a subtle “air curtain” on the front fascia, which guides air around the wheels rather than into the wheelhouses, reducing drag. Also, the Camaro SS has a unique front fascia with integrated brake cooling ducts and a unique hood with functional air vents, which improve engine cooling and reduce front lift.

All models share a more pronounced, sculpted roof panel that improves the structural rigidity of the roof for greater refinement. The roof is assembled using laser brazing, eliminating the need for “ditch channel” seams and cover trim, giving the car a sleeker appearance while saving half a kilogram compared to traditional spot welding.

There’s also a new interpretation of the Camaro’s iconic red, white and blue “banner” insignia, displayed on the front fenders.

Driver-focused interior and technologies 
Like the exterior, the interior is completely new yet instantly recognizable. The instrument panel, for example, is a departure from the previous model, but retains the Camaro’s familiar dual-binnacle-style instrument cluster hood.

“Given the level of technology and performance, the interior had to be modern and driver focused.” said Ryan Vaughan, interior design manager. “But although the interior is an all new design, it is still instinctively recognizable as a Camaro.”

The instrument cluster features analog instruments to provide the driver with essential performance information, as well as an available eight-inch-diagonal high-definition center screen that can be configured to provide additional information including navigation, performance, and infotainment features.

Another eight-inch screen, integrated in the center of the instrument panel, serves as the interface for the enhanced, next-generation MyLink system.

The new center console and center stack are designed with high performance driving in mind. For example, the heating and cooling controls are integrated into rings surrounding the air ducts. Eliminating the associated buttons makes the cabin feel more spacious, and makes adjusting the temperature easy while keeping your eyes on the road.

An electronic parking brake replaces the previous mechanical parking brake handle. This enabled the cup holders to be repositioned for improved range of motion when shifting in manual-transmission models.

An available, segment-first LED ambient lighting system, integrated in the dash, door panels and center console, offers 24 different colors, as well as fade and transition effects that spread across the interior. There’s even a theatrical “car show” mode that cycles randomly through the entire color spectrum when the Camaro is parked.

The ambient lighting is one of eight attributes the driver can adjust using the Camaro’s new Driver Mode Selector– accessed via a switch on the center console. The system enables the driver to tailor the look, sound and feel of 2016 Camaro to their preferences and driving conditions:

DRIVER MODE SELECTOR SETTINGS
Snow/Ice Tour Sport Track
(SS only)
Electronic throttle progression SNOW/ICE NORMAL NORMAL TRACK
Automatic trans.
shift map
NORMAL NORMAL SPORT TRACK
Automatic trans. Performance Algorithm Shift N/A N/A AVAIL. AVAIL.
Engine sound management
(if equipped with dual-mode exhaust)
STEALTH TOUR SPORT TRACK
Electric power steering calibration TOUR TOUR SPORT TRACK
StabiliTrak – Competitive Driving and Launch Control N/A N/A AVAIL. AVAIL.
Magnetic Ride Control
calibration (if equipped)
TOUR TOUR SPORT TRACK
Ambient lighting
(if equipped)
ICE BLUE BLUE RED ORANGE

 

Manufacturing
The 2016 Camaro will be produced at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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