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Get Ready For A 2016 Chevrolet Camaro That Went To Fat Kid Camp

It's called going on a serious diet.

With the official reveal just around the corner, Chevrolet is offering a bit of more news about its all-new sixth generation Camaro. We already know that it’ll ride on GM’s RWD Alpha platform, which also underpins the Cadillac ATS. And, as expected, overall weight will be down. How much exactly? According to Chevy, the 2016 Camaro will weigh more than 200 pounds less than its immediate predecessor. This new Alpha architecture is one of the most mass-efficient platforms ever from GM.

But the weight loss also comes from other areas. For example, the beam that supports the instrument panel is now made of aluminum (saving 9.7 pounds) instead of steel. The front and rear suspension assemblies are also now aluminum, with links on some models made of rigid composite material even lighter than aluminum. "We kept the cornering confidence and control that makes the Gen 5 Camaro 1LE so fun to drive, and added a greater sense of agility," stated Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser. "The new Camaro brakes harder, flicks into corners more quickly, and drives out of the corner faster." We’ll find out if that’s true and much more on May 16. Stay tuned.

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