A NEW ERA IN PERFORMANCE: 2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO
Having launched the all-new, sixth-generation Camaro for the 2016 model year, Chevrolet is giving its muscle car three kinds of updates for the 2017 model year:
- Changes and updates for the LT V6 and SS V8 models
- Introduction of high-performance 2017 Camaro ZL1
- Introduction of 2017 Camaro 1LE handling package for Camaro LT V6 and SS V8 models
Changes & Updates
Changes and updates to the 2017 Camaro include:
- New 50th Anniversary Edition model
- New FIFTY badge on the bottom of the steering wheel for all models
- Teen Driver mode features is added to the MyLink Infotainment system
What's more, the 2017 Camaro also sees the introduction of the 1LE track handling package as well as the high-performance Camaro ZL1 model.
The 2017 Camaro will continue with the same design that debuted on the sixth-generation Camaro for the 2016 model year.
The exterior of the sixth-generation Camaro is more sculpted, more muscular, and slightly more compact than that of its predecessor. The new car has a significantly lower and wider appearance than before, even though it is within two inches of the exterior dimensions of the current Camaro.
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, 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. SS models have a unique rear spoiler.
Standard lighting includes halogen projector beam headlamps and taillamps. RS and SS models add high-intensity discharge (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.
All models share a more pronounced, sculpted roof panel that improves the structural rigidity of the roof for greater refinement. The roof 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.
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 for better handling and enhanced efficiency.
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.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro will continue being available as a two-door hard-top coupe or two-door soft-top convertible.
The sixth-generation Camaro features an all-new interior that is driver-focused and technology-rich.
The team responsible for the vehicle's cabin had a peculiar challenge: to create an interior that was completely new yet instantly recognizable. Take, for instance, the instrument panel. Its design is a departure from the fifth-generation model, but retains the Camaro's familiar dual-binnacle-style instrument cluster hood.
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 allowing drivers to keep your eyes on the road.
An electronic parking brake replaces the previous mechanical parking brake handle, enabling 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, which is accessed via a switch on the center console. The system enables the driver to tailor the look, sound and feel of 2017 Camaro to their preferences and driving conditions.
The 2017 Camaro continues to use a variant of GM's new rear-wheel-drive vehicle architecture known as Alpha introduced by the sixth-generation, 2016 Camaro. Also used on the first-generation Cadillac ATS and third-generation Cadillac CTS, the lightweight and capable Alpha platform enables the sixth-generation Camaro to shed 200 pounds (90 kg) or more in weight - depending on model and trim level - while remaining extremely capable and fun to drive.
Approximately 70 percent of the architecture's 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 sixth-gen Camaro as lean as possible, engineers and designers evaluated every aspect of its architecture and supporting elements. At the time of its release, Alpha is the most mass-efficient architecture ever created by GM, and engineers were able to save grams and pounds across the board, thereby delivering a lower curb weight and a significantly-improved driving experience.
The 2017 Camaro offers the following engines:
- Base: turbo-charged 2.0-liter I4 LTG
- Optional: all-new naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 LGX
- Camaro SS engine: naturally-aspirated 65.3-liter V8 LT1 Small Block (LS3 successor), resulting in the most powerful Camaro SS ever
- Camaro ZL1: supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LT4
All four engines feature direct injection and Variable Valve Timing, among other fuel-saving features such as Cylinder Deactivation/Active Fuel Management (AFM) on the 3.6L V6 LGX and 6.2L V8 LT1.
The 2017 Camaro will continue being available with a choice of six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic (LT and SS) and ten-speed automatic (ZL1).
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 V6 and 6.2L V8 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.
All sixth-generation Camaros, including the 2017 Camaro, ride on GM's-new Alpha platform.
The 2017 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 system 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.
Standard on the Camaro SS, all 2017 Camaro models offer Brembo brakes that are 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 the LT, SS and ZL1 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
- The 2017 Camaro ZL1 uses specially-engineered Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires
The 2017 Camaro is roughly 200 pounds (90 kg) lighter (depending on model) than the last-generation Camaro, creating a more nimble and responsive driving experience.
Significant weight savings came from using an aluminum instrument panel frame instead of steel, which saved 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg).
In addition, 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.
The lighter and stiffer sixth-generation Camaro is faster on the track than the outgoing fifth-generation model.