2016 Camaro to Be Stronger Despite Weight Reduction

April 9th, 2015 by

The 2016 Chevy Camaro is expected to be one of the most popular vehicles in the automaker’s lineup.

When the Gen 6 Camaro finally makes its way to the public, there are sure to be quite a few questions. After all, consumers want to know what this vehicle will offer in comparison to its predecessor.

Above all else, Chevy is playing up the fact that the 2016 Camaro is all new. In other words, this vehicle is nothing like the 2015 you see at Albany Chevy dealers, as it only shares two parts. Yes, you read that right: two parts.

As if that is not enough, Chevy has made it clear that the new Camaro will be a minimum of 200 pounds lighter than the Gen 5. Despite the fact that it has shed a few pounds, the automaker has made it clear that there will be an improvement in structural rigidity.

According to early indications, the unibody is 28 percent stiffer than the 2015 Camaro. This made it possible to include lighter suspension parts, while also better calibrating the suspension and steering.

Chevy program engineering manager Jim Karlavage added the following:

“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight. The result is a more nimble driving experience.”

The Platform

The current generation Camaro was built on GM’s Zeta platform. This time around, however, the Camaro will be built on the Alpha platform, which is already well known for its use in the Cadillac ATS coupe and sedan.

If Chevy is successful in shedding approximately 200 pounds off the weight of the current generation Camaro, it will end up being lighter than the Ford Mustang. That will be an accomplishment for Chevy, as it will give the sports car a leg up both in terms of horsepower and torque, as well as power-to-weight.

It won’t be long before there is more information available on the 2016 Chevy Camaro, with the company expecting to unveil the model at Belle Isle Park in Detroit on May 16.

The Camaro is once again alive and kicking. If you enjoy everything that the 2015 model has to offer, wait until you see what Chevy has come up with for 2016.