2016 Chevrolet Camaro Drops More than 200 Pounds
The Camaro goes on an aluminum diet.
When the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuts on May 16 in Detroit, it will be more than 200 pounds lighter than the car it replaces. Chevrolet announced today that the new Camaro will make greater use of aluminum to help pare back the pounds.
For instance, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro uses aluminum for its instrument panel support beam (above), saving 9.7 pounds over the steel beam in the old Camaro. Using aluminum for the front and rear suspension assemblies (below) has also cut the suspension's weight by 21 percent.
Compared to the mass of today's models, a 200-pound weight loss could mean V-6 versions of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe could tip the scales at just 3502-3538 pounds, while SS V-8 models could weigh roughly 3708-3746 pounds. General Motors also said recently that using aluminum helped saved 198 pounds off the curb weight of its upcoming Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan.
As a result of the diet, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser claims the new car will perform like the track-ready SS 1LE version of today's car.
"We kept the cornering confidence and control that make the Gen 5 Camaro 1LE so fun to drive, and added a greater sense of agility," he said in a statement. "The new Camaro brakes harder, flicks into corners more quickly, and drives out of the corner faster. We expect it will set the benchmark in the segment and give many sports cars a challenge."
With less mass to haul, the LT1 V-8 engine in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro should provide even better acceleration. The engine (above) is related to the one in the Chevrolet Corvette and displaces 6.2 liters; it should provide somewhere around 430-450 hp for SS versions of the new Camaro. The sixth-gen Camaro is also expected to offer a 3.6-liter V-6 and a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
Check back regularly for more details as we approach the public introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro on May 16.