FOR ALL-NEW CAMARO
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.