There’s no denying that cars are getting heavier and heavier. Most of this extra weight comes from increased safety standards and technological advances. But some companies are setting out to make their sportscars lighter. Case in point: GM product boss Mark Russ says the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro will be lighter than the one it’s replacing.
The next generation Camaro is set to ride on GM’s Alpha platform, the same one that underpins the Cadillac ATS. That platform weighs in at 3,400 pounds, while the current generation Z/28 being extensively lightened for track duty, still weighs in at 3,800 pounds. That’s a 400 pound increase from the larger four-door.
Speaking with MotorTrend, Reuss stated that, “Every car and truck we’re putting out here, I think, is an example of how good our engineers really are…The next-gen Camaro…is not going to be heavier.There is some physics here. Look at what some of the competition did on their next-gen — it’s heavier; it doesn’t quite perform as well as the last one. I can tell you that.”