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BMW Concept Pays Homage to the 3.0 CSL

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BMW has a proud history of launching design studies at the famous Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. Over the past few years, BMW has worked with traditional coachbuilders; this time around, the project was conceived and executed in-house. That’s entirely appropriate, as the design team under Adrian van Hooydonk and Karim Habib set out to recreate one of the brand’s icons: the 3.0 CSL, the famous “Batmobile,” based on the E9 3.0 CS/CSi and an incredibly successful racer well beyond its production run.

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Painted in a traditional CSL color, with classic proportions, aggressive lighting elements, and liberal use of carbon fiber, it captures the spirit of the 3.0 CSL in a most convincing manner. The concept is not a technology showcase, but BMW’s exterior chief designer Karim Habib envisions a powerful engine with an appropriate sound. “The car is about street racing,” he says.

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BMW Concept Pays Homage to the 3.0 CSL

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Informed by the 3.0 CSL and unhampered by any packaging and regulatory constraints, this is a car with little chance to see production. It is a one-off, BMW insists. Although it doesn’t hint at an upcoming model, we’d be happy to see many of its styling elements on future BMWs.

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And perhaps this concept is the much-needed reminder that BMW can still do more than downsized, hybridized, and front-wheel-drive vehicles. Well played, BMW. You won us over again.

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BMW Concept Pays Homage to the 3.0 CSL

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The fourth generation Corvette (C4) marked its eleventh anniversary in 1995 and the General Motors design team made the C4 more refined

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25-Cars-Worth-Waiting-For-2016-2019-placement

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Each forthcoming car, truck, and SUV is an as-yet-unrealized promise, but none emerges wholly from the ether. Clean sheets of paper are found at Staples not car companies, whose planners juggle plants, partnerships, powertrains, and platforms to feed global sales channels. This guarantees a high likelihood of product success, but often also a bland if competent uniformity. So, when something reaches off the page and slaps you in the face, when a just-launched online configurator has you rushing to check your bank balance—that’s amazing. We are celebrating that here. READ MORE ››

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro

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Ever wonder just how dimensionally similar—or different—today’s rides are compared to those of the past? It’s always on our minds, as it seems like every new-car reveal is accompanied by detailed lists of where inches or pounds were added relative to the previous iteration. Few modern cars manage to shrug off this generation-over-generation inflation; the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes to mind, being dimensionally smaller than before. The current-generation Nissan Z also shrank when its name changed from 350Z to 370Z. Chevrolet has heard the siren call, too, and it bucked industry trend and cut down the sixth-generation Camaro‘s footprint. That got us thinking: What about the Camaro’s dimensional changes throughout every generation? So we broke out the rulers.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS side view

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Sixth Generation: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro (2016–)

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The 2016 Camaro, having moved onto General Motors’ excellent rear-drive Alpha platform, has shrunk ever so slightly. Compared to the fifth-generation model, Chevy sliced 2.1 inches out of the overall length, 1.6 inches from the wheelbase, 1.1 inches of height, and 0.8 inch of width. Small changes, to be sure, but standing next to the Camaro in person, the car feels far more compact and wieldy than the bulky fifth-gen model. Chevrolet claims to have cut more than 200 pounds of weight, opening up room for a turbocharged four-cylinder engine at the bottom of the range; a V-6 and a V-8 are again available. Read all about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro >>

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS front view

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS side view

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Fifth Generation: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro (2010–2015)

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When the Camaro nameplate was resurrected for 2010 after nearly a decade-long absence, the muscle car sat on an all-new rear-drive platform. Dubbed Zeta, it was shared with large vehicles like the Pontiac G8, which lives on today as the Chevrolet SS and the even larger, police-only Caprice sedan. Little more than a cut-down full-size sedan, the Camaro was big—but it was also refined, with the breed’s first independent rear suspension. Dimensionally, the Camaro’s wheelbase had swelled a full 11.2 inches over that of the fourth-generation Camaro; overall length was down 2.8 inches, but every other metric was larger. At first, buyers could pick between a naturally aspirated V-6 or a 6.2-liter V-8, but later Chevrolet added a supercharged V-8 for the ZL1 model, as well as a 7.0-liter V-8 plucked from the Corvette Z06 for the track-ready Z/28. Read our original 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS review >>

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS front view

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1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 side view

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Fourth Generation: 1993 Chevrolet Camaro (1993–2001)

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The last Camaro to ride on GM’s aging F-body platform, the fourth-generation model boasted sleek, swoopy styling, a powerful V-8, and a six-speed manual transmission. It also featured colossal front and rear overhangs that look almost silly today. The wheelbase was just 0.1 inch longer than the third-generation Camaro’s, but overall length was up 5.3 inches, width was up 2 inches, and the car stood 1.5 inches taller. Midway through the fourth-gen’s life cycle, Chevrolet fitted single sealed-beam headlights and enlarged the grille; a 305-hp Z28 SS model joined the lineup in 1996, too. Read our original 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 review >>

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1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front view

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1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 side view

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Third Generation: 1982 Chevrolet Camaro (1982–1992)

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Now, what were we saying about the rare instances in which a car gets smaller year-over-year? The 1982 Camaro was one such car, a negligible 0.2 inches shorter overall than the third-generation model. It was also 2.3 inches narrower, o.3 inch lower, and its wheelbase was a significant seven inches stubbier. Engine choices were quite bleak at the car’s launch, with a 90-hp 2.5-liter “Iron Duke” four-cylinder holding down base-engine duty, while a 112-hp, 2.8-liter V-6 was optional, as was a 5.0-liter V-8 with only 145 ponies. A more powerful, 165-hp “Crossfire” engine was offered, but it could only be paired with a three-speed automatic. Oh, and in case it wasn’t clear from the Camaro’s large glass backlight, it was a hatchback. Read our original 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 review >>

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1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front view

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1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 side view

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Second Generation: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro (1970–1981)

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Following a brief, three-year production run, the original Camaro was replaced for 1970 with a car that, well, looked oh-so-’70s. That said, the Camaro was quite attractive, with a long, flowing look to it and a minimum of garishness (although that would change later in the car’s life). The wheelbase shrank by 0.1 inch, but overall length was up a substantial 3.4 inches and the car’s girth grew by 1.9 inches. A 1.9-inch-shorter roof completed the longer-lower-wider transformation. Chevrolet carried over the Z/28 model, but swapped its engine for a 5.7-liter LT-1 small-block V-8 good for 360 horsepower (gross rating; by 1971, new SAE standards dropped that figure to 330 ponies). Read our original 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 review >>

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1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front view

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS side view

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First Generation: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro (1967–1969)

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Ah, the first, the original. In its initial iteration, the Camaro was more or less an upright, two-door sedan that could be equipped with spicy engines. This is no accident, as the Mustang first appeared as a “notchback” coupe, and later fastback models didn’t sell in the notchback’s volumes. What sticks out today is how fairly compact the substantial-looking first-generation Camaro really was; the compact Mercedes-Benz CLA250 barely fits within the coupe’s footprint. Critically, however, the new 2016 Camaro isn’t that much larger than the original, measuring just 3.7 inches longer, 2.2 inches wider, and 2.1 inches taller. So how about that? Maybe with the next redesign, Chevrolet can continue reversing the industry’s trend toward larger and larger vehicles and build a Camaro that’s actually smaller than the first one. Read our original 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 review >> 

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS front view

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