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Old 03-30-2015, 07:05 AM   #1
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Exclamation OFFICIAL: 2016 Camaro weight at least 200 pounds lighter (March 30 update)

http://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/...30-camaro.html

2016 Camaro Does More with Less
New model is at least 200 pounds lighter than current car

2015-03-30

DETROIT – For the all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the team was challenged to improve the handling, acceleration and fuel economy of the award-winning current model.

To meet all three objectives, the team focused on a singular mission: reduce mass. By obsessively searching for opportunities to save ounces, the team pared more than 200 pounds off the Camaro compared with the fifth-generation model.

As a result, the Camaro does more with less, according to Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer:

“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. “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.”

A new architecture, one of the most mass-efficient ever from General Motors, is responsible for much of the weight savings.

Additionally, dozens of small changes cumulatively contributed to shedding pounds. For example, the beam that supports the instrument panel is now made of aluminum, saving 9.7 pounds (4.4 kg) over the steel beam on the current generation Camaro.

In addition, the front and rear suspension assemblies are now aluminum, and links on some models feature an intricate, structurally optimized design made with a rigid composite material that’s even lighter than aluminum. As a result, the total weight for the suspension is 21 percent lighter compared to current steel-intensive assemblies.

Chevrolet will introduce the all-new 2016 Camaro on Saturday, May 16, during a special public event at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.



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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro features an aluminum beam to support the instrument panel, which is 9.7 lbs. (4.4 kg) lighter than the previous steel beam. Changes like this help reduce total curb weight for the new Camaro by more than 200 pounds.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro features aluminum front and rear suspension assemblies, with links on some models made of rigid composite material that’s even lighter than aluminum. As a result, the total weight for the suspension has been reduced 21 percent, compared to the previous, steel-intensive assemblies.

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Old 03-30-2015, 07:19 AM   #2
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That would put a 1LE at 3660 pounds! Awesome news.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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So only certain models get the composite speed holes...
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:37 AM   #4
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That's outstanding news. Good job GM. I wonder if they'll take it further for the hi-po models.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:01 AM   #5
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That would put a 1LE at 3660 pounds! Awesome news.
I'll have to check the door sticker again but I tbink the 2015 1LE has a curb weight of over 3900 lbs.

I hope this means the curb weight will be 200 lbs less and not like the Mustang where the chassis was lighter but the finished car ended up heavier.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #6
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I'll have to check the door sticker again but I tbink the 2015 1LE has a curb weight of over 3900 lbs.

I hope this means the curb weight will be 200 lbs less and not like the Mustang where the chassis was lighter but the finished car ended up heavier.
Yeah, that's the first thing I thought about when I saw that. I'm hoping for the SS to come in at or below 3700lbs. That might just happen.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:23 AM   #7
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Woot!
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:27 AM   #8
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Another link, just different text.
http://blog.caranddriver.com/less-pa...r-2016-camaro/
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:32 AM   #9
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I don't like the way this is worded:

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As a result, the Camaro does more with less, according to Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer
Makes it seem like it will be inferior to the 5th gen in other aspects, but the weight will help keep it better. If you know what I mean.
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I don't like the way this is worded:



Makes it seem like it will be inferior to the 5th gen in other aspects, but the weight will help keep it better. If you know what I mean.
I take it as less brakes, less tires, less wheels.. Sounds good to me.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:39 AM   #11
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I don't like the way this is worded:



Makes it seem like it will be inferior to the 5th gen in other aspects, but the weight will help keep it better. If you know what I mean.
I read it as more performance, less weight, but that's just me i guess.
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I don't like the way this is worded:



Makes it seem like it will be inferior to the 5th gen in other aspects, but the weight will help keep it better. If you know what I mean.
More with less...read that as in outperforms the Gen 5 and at the same time as less mass in turn producing a better car. Add lightness.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:41 AM   #13
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I don't like the way this is worded:



Makes it seem like it will be inferior to the 5th gen in other aspects, but the weight will help keep it better. If you know what I mean.
I took it as less weight, i don't see them making other aspects inferior, i took it as, we're using different materials and engineered things a bit differently so that it would weigh less but outperform the previous incarnation.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:44 AM   #14
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Awesome, but I agree with others and hope this doesn't turn out to be a let down when they made the statement that the Mustang would weigh less.
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