More 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Tech Secrets Revealed

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The all-new sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is set to be revealed May 16 at a special public event hosted at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, and in the lead up Chevy has been dropping small morsels of information on the car. Previously, we learned that the new Camaro will be 28 percent stiffer than the current model, 200 pounds lighter, and—in SS trim—feature General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] 6.2-liter LT1 V-8.

Now, Chevy has confirmed some of the tech features appearing on the new Camaro aimed at enhancing the car’s performance at the track while also making it docile around town. One feature is the Drive Mode Selector, which like the LT1 engine is borrowed from the Corvette. This modifies settings for throttle response, steering, stability control and much more, and will be an across-the-board feature on the new-generation muscle car. Owners will be able to switch through Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and—on SS models—Track settings.

Another feature is a dual-mode exhaust system. New electronically controlled valves can bypass the mufflers under spirited acceleration, delivering improved performance and greater sound levels. And when you want to creep out of your garage in the early hours, the system keeps things as hushed as possible so you don’t get complaints from the neighbors.

Finally, Chevy has confirmed that SS buyers for the first time will be able to opt for magnetic ride control, previously available exclusively on high-end models like the ZL1.  The active damping system offers three preset programs that adjust the ride and handling balance. From there, it reads road and driver inputs at 1,000 times per second, automatically adjusting damper stiffness as required.

“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,” Camaro lead development engineer Aaron Link said in a statement. “The new Camaro will be even more adaptable, with up to eight vehicle attributes adjusted to fit a driver’s preference.”

Sales of the new Camaro are expected to commence this fall, making the car a 2016 model. For more details, including spy shots and video of prototypes, head to our previous post.

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