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The Lighter, Faster, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

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cq5dam.web.1280.1280Would it surprise you to learn that the lowest powered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be more powerful than the high-powered Z28 versions of the 1993 to 1995 model years. If you have ever driven one of those 5.7-liter V8 powered Z28s, then you know that they were plenty fast but the 2016 Camaro with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine matches their output of 275-horsepower.

That is pretty impressive and it also hints at the potential for performance that Chevrolet is offering driving enthusiasts in the newest Camaro, going on sale this fall.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (3)The new Camaro will not only offer-up more power, it’ll also be lighter than its predecessor. The Camaro developmental team spent over 9-million computational hours scouring blue prints and plans to engineer a car that is 368-pounds lighter than the 2015 model. The modular architectural strategy has led to a chassis that is not only lighter. It’s also more rigid. Each trim level also features its own level of weight reduction technology in order to improve the power-to-weight ratio and yield a more enjoyable driving experience. “Every Camaro model offers exceptional chassis strength and rigidity, but the modular design made the architecture more adaptable and mass-efficient, because we didn’t have to compensate for the unique demands of, say, the SS convertible when building a 2.0L Turbo coupe,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “The result was an elegant engineering solution: 12 chassis components that could be combined to meet the structural requirements of each specific model, without adding unnecessary mass to other models.” For instance, the 2016 Camaro with the 1SS package is 223-pounds lighter than the comparable 2015 model and it also has 29 additional horsepower. That is a power-to-weight ratio improvement of 14-percent.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (2)Chevrolet is once again offering the Camaro SS as the perfect combination of driving comfort and race-ready performance. It is outfitted with a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine. It is advertised as the fastest Camaro SS ever produced. This bodacious coupe is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in only 4-seconds flat and can turn the 1/4-mile in just 12.3-seconds (with the all-new eight-speed paddle shifted automatic transmission). The lower level Camaro trim levels will also push the limits of performance and speed. The four-cylinder equipped version can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4-seconds and clear the 1,320-ft. mark in 14-seconds. The base level 3.6-liter V6 equipped car has 335-horsepower and rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1-seconds with a 1/4-mile time of 13.5-seconds. “The performance of the Camaro 2.0L Turbo will challenge many of the iconic muscle cars from the 1960s, while the Camaro SS’s performance – including 0.97 g cornering – makes it one of the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market,” said Opppenheiser. “The performance numbers only tell half of the story, because the lighter curb weight also makes the new Camaro feel more responsive and agile behind the wheel. It brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, accelerates faster and is more fun to drive than ever.”

I can’t wait to see the 2016 Camaro Z28 specs.

The 2016 Camaro goes on sale this fall, with a suggested retail price of $26,695 for the Camaro 1LT and $37,295 for the 1SS.

Photos courtesy of Chevrolet.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.