When GM unveiled the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro in May, it revealed that the muscle car in its sixth generation is lighter by more than 200 lbs (90.71 kg). The weight loss figures for the respective models weren’t released then.
Now, in an interview with Autoblog, Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer at GM, revealed that the sixth-gen Camaro V6 is almost 300 lbs (136 kg) lighter than the fifth-gen. The weight reduction is “just under 300 [lbs] he said”. The significant weight reduction is the fruit of the new Alpha platform that forms its basis.
The fifth generation 2015 Camaro V6 is sold in four trims: 1LS, 2LS, 1LT and 2LT. The 2LS trim weighs the least of the four – 3,702 lbs (1,679 kg) and a 300 lbs (136 kg) weight reduction means that the curb weight is a little more than 3,402 lbs (1,543 kg).
Models with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be mainly targeted at first time buyers. Mr. Oppenheiser said, “We think there’s a distinct four-cylinder customer. I think a segment of this four-cylinder buyer will be the kids that saw Bumblebee from day one and have grown up with four-cylinder cars like the Cruze and even HHRs and Cobalts. I’ve read blogs where younger folks won’t buy a Camaro because it doesn’t have a 2.0-liter turbo or a turbocharged four-cylinder.”
Here’s a quick recap of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s engine and transmission specifications:-
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Engines:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 hp and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of torque
- 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine with 335 hp and 284 lb.-ft. (385 Nm) of torque
- 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with 455 hp and 455 lb.-ft. (617 Nm) of torque
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Transmissions:
For the 2.0-liter turbo and 3.6-liter naturally aspirated engines – 6-speed manual and Hydra-Matic 8L90-based 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
For the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine – 6-speed manual transmission featuring new Active Rev Match technology and Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro goes on sale by the end of this year, while the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible goes in sale early 2016. Both coupe and convertible will be built at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan.
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