Chevrolet finally admitted what all of us gearheads already knew, that the 2016 Camaro will be available with a version of the 460hp, direct-injected LT1 V8 that debuted in the C7 Corvette Stingray. When HOT ROD spoke with Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser just a few weeks ago, that was not information that he was willing to divulge, but now there’s a few more details about the upcoming 6th-generation ponycar, including just how much of the 5th-generation carries over to the 2016 model: two part numbers, the bowtie emblem on the tail panel and the SS badge.
We also knew that the 6th-gen Camaro would be riding on GM’s Alpha platform, which is currently used in the Cadillac ATS and CTS, although with the Camaro, 70 percent of the components are new, “including exterior and interior dimensions”. Some auto pundits were sure the Camaro would share a wheelbase with an existing Alpha platform car, but that might not be the case, as the front structure was lengthened and widened for the right proportions. Also interesting is that 20 percent of the LT1 “has been tailored to fit the Camaro’s packaging”. As an example, Chevrolet shared a photo of the driver side tri-Y exhaust manifold. It looks a lot like the tri-Y manifolds found on the 5th-gen Camaro Z/28, and not at all like the cast 4-into-1 manifold on the Stingray. Chevrolet has often rated the Camaro at a lower output than the Corvette even when equipped with identical engines, as they did with the LS1. These manifolds certainly look like they’re capable of supporting every bit of the current LT1’s output of 460hp, and Chevrolet SAE certifies every one of their engines. So what do you think, will the 2016 Camaro SS LT1 carry the full 460hp as the Stingray, a bit less, or did Al and his team unlock even more power?