2016 Chevrolet Camaro Isn’t Going to Be Heavier, Says GM President Mark Reuss

Reinventing an iconic nameplate time and time again is no easy deal for automakers. With the 2015 Ford Mustang, the Blue Oval went all out with the exterior styling, tech, independent rear suspension and the mighty 2016 Shelby GT350.
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But as cars get more intricate and tech-savvy, it’s a difficult thing to keep the added weight low. Carbon fiber or aluminum construction doesn’t make for a viable solution due to higher costs. This is why the 2015 Ford Mustang got fatter than the 2014 model.

Compared to the 2014 Ford Mustang GT manual, the 2015 model year is 87 pounds (39 kilograms) heavier. As for the basic V6 engine with the stick shift, the increase sits at 30 pounds (13 kilograms).

These weight differences aren’t too significant, but every pound counts

What about the 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Well, the updated Dodge Challenger is out from the get-go because it’s the heaviest of the trio. As for the sixth generation Camaro, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding this subject.

Our carparazzi caught it on film numerous times, in coupe and soft-top convertible guise. Furthermore, we know it will ride on the GM Alpha platform, add a four-pot turbo to rival the Mustang’s EcoBoost and boast with Transformers 4 Bumblebee-inspired styling.

The weight of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro eluded us until now, but we got some great news for you. General Motors president Mark Reuss said that the sixth-gen will not be heavier than the 2015 Camaro.

“The next-gen Camaro I can tell you after driving it extensively and then taking it onto the autobahn and Nurburgring in Germany a week before last -- that car out of the gate, the SS version, with a great powertrain -- which you can imagine what that might be -- off a very mature and exclusive architecture, is not going to be heavier. There is some physics here.” Mark Reuss told Motortrend.

Let's wait and see if engineers manage to keep the 2016 Camaro 1SS below 3,900 lbs (1,769 kg)...
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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