On Detroit's Belle Isle Park this afternoon, Chevy finally pulled the wraps off its next-generation Camaro — a hotly anticipated upgrade that GM has been teasing bit by bit over the past several weeks. It'll go head-to-head against the recently revamped Ford Mustang when it hits dealers in the coming months.
In general, Chevy has hewn closely to the look and feel of the outgoing model, and that's not necessarily a bad thing: the musclebound lines of the car have aged well over the past several years.
There will be six — yes, six — engine-transmission combinations offered, ranging from a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 all the way down to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four, with either a manual or automatic. An equally big story might be the new interior — unlike the exterior, the cockpit looks all-new, featuring something Chevy is calling "Interior Spectrum Lighting" that shines a light pipe in any of 24 selectable colors across the dashboard. (It looks awesome.) There's even a "show mode" that will randomly cycle through all the colors, just for effect.
There's a reason that GM took to Belle Isle for this particular unveiling: besides the fact that GM headquarters can be seen a mile away on the Detroit skyline, Belle Isle is hosting a Grand Prix in two weeks' time where IndyCar drivers will negotiate the twists and turns of the island's road course. This weekend, Chevy is using that same course to demonstrate the new Camaro's chops on the track. (Stay tuned for those impressions in the coming days.)
Correction: The Camaro has six powertrain combinations available, not six engines.