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Structure of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is 28 Percent Stiffer

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Structure of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is 28 Percent Stiffer

It won't be much longer until the Chevrolet Camaro Spied for the First Time" target="_blank">sixth-generation Camaro debuts, but until then, Chevrolet has hinted the model will offer a much improved driving experience. Through computer-aided engineering, Chevrolet says it was able to build a Camaro that is 28 percent stiffer than the current model.

Jim Karlavage, program engineering manager for the Camaro, said that computers helped Chevrolet add torsional strength without adding unnecessary mass to the new model. With the Camaro's more rigid body structure, engineers were able to adjust steering and suspension systems precisely without having to take into account chassis flex. The size and mass of wheels, tires, and brakes could also be properly scaled. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight,” Karlavage said in a release. “The result is a more nimble driving experience that rewards the driver with satisfying feelings of responsiveness and control.” Chevrolet says its engineering team spent 9 million hours perfecting the drive experience of the new model.

Of course, much of the stiffening could be attributed to the next-gen Camaro moving from the old Zeta platform to the newer Alpha architecture, which also underpins the Cadillac ATS. Now that a brand-new Ford Mustang and 707-hp Dodge Challenger have hit the streets, Chevrolet has its work cut out for it. We already know the 2016 Camaro SS will feature a Chevrolet Camaro Receives LT1 Power" target="_blank">6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine under the hood, which should increase power significantly from the outgoing SS model's 426 ponies. A turbocharged I-4, likely borrowed from the ATS, is also expected to appear in the base model. Chevrolet previously said the Camaro will feature 70 percent all-new components in addition to riding on a completely different platform.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will make its official public debut on May 16 at Detroit's Belle Island Park.

Source: General Motors

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