For fans of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro who plopped down substantial down payments on the sixth-generation muscle car months ago, the long awaited delivery day has finally arrived. For one particularly lucky buyer in Kansas, GM brought out the big guns to help deliver the first retail sale of the new Camaro by way of of NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
While GM began shipping the first batch of 2016 Camaros last week, Patrick was on hand to personally hand over the keys to Wichita, Kansas, resident Alican “Turk” Boyacioglu. He has the honor of taking delivery of the first 2016 Camaro sold at retail, which GM hopes will reignite flagging sales in the face of the well-recieved 2015 Ford Mustang. While the 2016 Camaro looks similar to the 2015 model it replaces, beneath the surface is a virtually endless list of mechanical and tech changes designed to make the new Camaro better in every way. In fact, it is a an entirely new car from the ground up.
GM has seen fit to improve the mid-range V6, as well as begin offering a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder in its muscle car for the first time. It’s a reflection of the changing marketplace, where big V8s are no longer the only way to make big power. Of course the 455 horsepower LT1 engine is still the only way to go if you’re planning on making as much power as possible, but for those who want a more understated, agile driving experience, the 2.0 liter turbo is a viable option as well. And it won’t take long for the automotive aftermarket to respond with plenty of methods of further boosting the output of the entire range of Camaro engines.
For Boyacioglu, the Danica Patrick delivery was a complete surprise, as he merely thought he was attending a Camaro promotional event, rather than meeting the NASCAR star. Naturally, he was picking up a red Camaro SS model, and you can tell from his grin that he was genuinely surprised. Definitely a more memorable car buying experience than most.