Camaro Sheds 200 Pounds for 2016
This aluminum beam that supports the instrument panel replaces a steel part on the 2016 Camaro. Photo courtesy of GM.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will enter the fray 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model as the sports car enters its sixth generation.
General Motors achieved the weight reduction by moving the Camaro to a new architecture that resulted in dozens of small changes that added up, according to GM.
For example, the beam that supports the instrument panel is now made of aluminum, saving 9.7 pounds 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 a 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 steel-intensive assemblies.
Chevrolet will introduce the 2016 Camaro on May 16.