As part of the brief for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Ca­maro, the team be­hind the ve­hi­cle was chal­lenged to im­prove upon the cur­rent model’s han­dling, ac­cel­er­a­tion, and fuel econ­omy. The best way to ap­proach all three was, un­sur­pris­ingly, to re­duce weight. With fas­tid­i­ous re­search for ar­eas where weight could be saved — for ex­am­ple, the sup­port beam for the in­stru­ment panel is now con­structed of alu­minium, sav­ing 9.7lb (4.4kg) — more than 200lb (90.7kg) has been dropped in com­par­i­son with the last-gen­er­a­tion model. The front and rear sus­pen­sion as­sem­blies are also con­structed from alu­minium, weigh­ing in at 21 per cent less than the cur­rent model’s steel­in­ten­sive con­struc­tion. Al Op­pen­heiser, Ca­maro chief en­gi­neer, says, “The new Ca­maro brakes harder, flicks into cor­ners more quickly, and drives out of the cor­ner faster. We ex­pect it will set the bench­mark in the seg­ment, and give many sports cars a chal­lenge.” On top of this, more than 70 per cent of the new Ca­maro is said to be unique. The 6.2-litre LT1 V8 will be in­cluded in its range of avail­able pow­er­plants, with a va­ri­ety of Ca­maro-spe­cific mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing new Tri-Y–style tubu­lar head­ers. It sure sounds like a de­cent ad­di­tion to the cur­rent Amer­i­can pony car mar­ket. Chevrolet is sched­uled to un­veil the new Ca­maro on May 16, at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.

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