Creating the Camaro, Gen Six

Whether it is reduced gasoline prices, an overall improvement in the economy or just because they are what they are, cars like the Mustang, the Charger and the Camaro are doing exceedingly well and the segment is arguably more competitive than ever.

Whether it is reduced gasoline prices, an overall improvement in the economy or just because they are what they are, cars like the Mustang, the Charger and the Camaro are doing exceedingly well and the segment is arguably more competitive than ever.

So when Al Oppenheiser and his team set out to create the sixth generation Camaro, they had an opportunity and a challenge facing them.

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And Oppenheiser, the chief engineer for the sixth generation, went to work on creating a car that is truly a Camaro, but which is a contemporary vehicle.

This car is truly a new car to the extent that there are two carryover parts: the bowtie emblem on the back and, if someone opts for the most powerful Camaro SS ever—a car equipped with a 6.2-liter LT1 direct-injected V8 that’s rated at 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque—then the SS badge is a carryover, too.

One of the big changes was a weight reduction program for the car—curb weight is down as much as 200 lb. compared with previous versions—while not sacrificing anything in the way of performance, but actually improving it: the structural rigidity, Oppenheiser points out, is increased by 28%.

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Oppenheiser talks to freelance automotive journalists Jim McCraw and Chris Paukert and me on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” about how the 2016 Camaro was developed.

In addition to which, John McElroy joins the journos to talk about subjects ranging from the success Costco has in connecting car buyers with cars, the BMW 7 Series, and much more.

And you can see it all here.