Chevrolet has released more information on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro today, continuing with their plan to slowly share information on the sixth-gen pony car before its scheduled debut on May 16 at Belle Isle Park.
It’s common knowledge that the Zeta-based fifth-generation Camaro was a little weighty, tipping the scales at 3,750 lbs in its lightest configuration. As a result, the Camaro team focused heavily on reducing the mass of the sixth-generation model, shaving more than 200 lbs over the outgoing car.
Chevrolet says the Camaro’s new Alpha architecture is responsible for the majority of the weight savings, however several small changes were also made to help reduce overall mass even further. The cross beam that supports the instrument panel is now made of aluminum, saving 9.7 pounds alone. Additionally, the front and rear suspension assemblies are made of aluminum and on some models will be made from “a rigid composite material that’s even lighter than aluminum,” GM says.
“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,” explained chief Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser. “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.”
These improvements will come in addition to others such as the availability of General Motors’ new direct-injection 6.2-liter LT1 V8, which debuted in the C7 Corvette Stingray, and a new and improved exterior and interior.