2016 Chevrolet Camaro Weight Estimate - Less Than 3,502 Lbs (1,588 Kg) for the V6 Coupe

The teasing continues and GM was kind enough to offer an extremely neat detail about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro - “the [engineering] team pared more than 200 pounds off the Camaro compared with the fifth-generation model.” Are you excited or what?
2016 Chevrolet Camaro aluminum instrument panel support beam 3 photos
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro aluminum instrument panel support beam2016 Chevrolet Camaro aluminum suspension assemblies
What you can admire in the photo gallery below are two pics. The first one depicts the aluminum beam that supports the instrument panel. Chevy tells that this part alone is 9.7 pounds (4.4 kilos) lighter than the steel beam of the 2015 model year. As for the second pic, care to guess what are those two objects?

To whom replied suspension assemblies, you are spot on! According to the golden bowtie carmaker, aluminum was employed for all four corners of the vehicle, but the “links on some models [are] made of rigid composite material that’s even lighter than aluminum.” Compared to the fifth-gen Camaro, we are promised that the total weight of the 2016 model year’s suspension system has been reduced by 21 percent.

A lot rides on the shoulders of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, but chief engineer Al Oppenheiser expects that the new kid on the block “will set the benchmark in the segment and give many sports cars a challenge.” Regarding the Cadillac ATS-derived GM Alpha platform, the Detroit giant promises “more than 200 pounds off” the outgoing model, translating to 90.7 kilograms.

Let’s make some simple calculations. If the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 2LS Coupe (3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission) tips the scales at 3,702 lbs (1,679.2 kg), imagine how much the V6-powered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will weigh. Just subtract “at least” 200 lbs (90.7 kg) from 3,702 lbs (1,679.2 kg) to get 3,502 pounds (1,588 kilograms) for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6.

Imagine that “at least” joined by the 2.0-liter turbo four-banger and you’re looking at an even lighter Camaro than our estimate for the V6 model. Put side by side with the 3,834 lbs (1,739 kilograms) 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT and the 3,524 lbs (1,598 kg) 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost automatic, you’re looking at the lightest pony in the segment. By how much? By at least 22 pounds (10 kilos).
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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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