2016 Chevrolet Camaro Cuts Weight for Better Handling, Acceleration | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Cuts Weight for Better Handling, Acceleration

DETROIT — The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro coupe is at least 200 pounds lighter than the current car, signaling improved handling, acceleration and fuel economy, GM said on Monday.

GM attributed the weight loss to "a new architecture," along with aluminum parts, including the beam that supports the instrument panel.

The 2016 Camaro shares the GM Alpha platform with the 2015 Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS.

Technical specifications, including curb weight, were not released on the 2016 Camaro. The 2015 Camaro ranges in curb weight from 3,719 pounds for the base LS coupe to 4,209 pounds for the top-of-the-line SS convertible.

The EPA says the 2015 Camaro with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission returns 17 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway. The 2015 Camaro with the 6.2-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 15 mpg in city driving and 18 mpg on the highway.

"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," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, 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."

Key Camaro rivals include the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z.
Pricing and specific launch timing have not been announced on the 2016 Camaro. It is expected to arrive at Chevrolet dealerships in the fall.

The Camaro will be unveiled during a public event on May 16 at Detroit's Belle Isle Park.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers get a better idea about the improvements to the 2016 Camaro, as GM addresses some concerns, including fuel economy.

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