Next Chevrolet Camaro Loses 200 Lbs In Time For Summer

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
next chevrolet camaro loses 200 lbs in time for summer

The next Chevrolet Camaro is set to lose 200 lbs thanks to a variety of light weighting techniques.

While a Chevrolet press release provided a number of granular details (ooh, a new dashboard support beam saves 9 lbs!!), the real savings likely come from a move to the newer, smaller and lighter Alpha platform shared with the Cadillac ATS, rather than the Zeta platform meant for full-sized Holdens.

Based on current curb weights, the newest, lightest Camaro probably checks in at around 3,500 lbs. We’ll know the full story on may 16th when the new Camaro makes its debut.

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Mar 30, 2015

    Losing weight in a car is pretty much a win across the board. As pointed out above, where that weight is as important as how much. The amount of unsprung weight of these stupidly large rims is one area that greatly impacts the quality of the ride and handling. Less weight saves gas, improves handling, and makes a car feel much more sporting. You can mitigate the effects of weight (see the explosion of weight in the BMW M cars - heck the M should stand for MASS) but that mitigation can only go so far. And all of those tricks can also be applied to the lighter car as well. So, whatever may be driving the diet, I'm all in favor of seeing cars lose 20% of the bloat they have gained over the years. If that means a bit smaller, that's ok. Good design can trim size and weight without impacting the interior dimensions. Bad design get you a new Taurus interior.

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    • Energetik9 Energetik9 on Mar 31, 2015

      @wmba 1995 M3 weight 3180 lbs 2001 M3 weight 3580 lbs 2008 M3 weight 3650 lbs 2013 M3 weight 3613 lbs 2015 M3 weight 3540 lbs "I see no “explosion” in weight, except from the 1995 to 2001." I don't see the weight gain either. I added the 2015 numbers. golden2husky: "see the explosion of weight in the BMW M cars " Not sure where you're seeing this. If you consider the huge increases in performance levels, added safety, and overall weight loss, I think BMW has done better than most.

  • Deanst Deanst on Mar 30, 2015

    When I see that a cruze weighs 500 ponds more than a civic, I assume it's a combination of bad engineering and cheap, heavy materials. Either way, I'm much more unlikely to view the cruze favorably.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 31, 2015

      @NoGoYo You'd be surprised how lively a 100hp engine can feel in a 2800# car--with the right gearing.

  • Zackman Zackman on Mar 31, 2015

    Still can't see out of it. No deal.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Mar 31, 2015

    It's Only losing 200 pounds?? I was led to believe we'd see a significant weight savings. That means nothing. Don't the V-8 versions of these weigh around 4,000 pounds? Still about 500 pounds to go IMHO.

    • TMA1 TMA1 on Mar 31, 2015

      I believe the ZL1 is the heaviest Camaro. 4118 lbs. That's 6.4L Challenger territory.