2016 Chevrolet Camaro is Lighter and Stronger Than Gen 5

Apr 10, 2015 05:05 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

If you were hoping the latest 2016 Chevrolet Camaro would be lighter and stronger than its predecessor you're in luck.

General Motors has announced that the Generation 6 Camaro is 28 percent "stiffer" than the current car thanks to a more rigid body structure.

"The modeling abilities of computer-aided engineering are advancing at incredible rates," said Jim Karlavage, Camaro program engineering manager, in a statement. "Today, we can accurately model opportunities to add torsional strength without adding unnecessary mass. The result is a lighter, stiffer structure that benefits every aspect of the driving experience."

Engineers worked at least 9 million hours to update the driving experience of the popular Camaro before the first prototype was tested.

So what does a lighter structure mean for potential owners? It allows the size and mass of elements like tires, brakes and wheels "to be scaled accordingly," GM said.

"The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight," said Karlavage. "The result is a more nimble driving experience that rewards the driver with satisfying feelings of responsiveness and control."

We reported earlier this month that the Gen 6 Camaro was designed based on the award-winning Alpha architecture and how designers were able to update the handling, fuel economy and acceleration.

Pricing and specifications have not been announced yet. The new Camaro should reach dealerships sometime this fall.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro will be officially unveiled on May 16 during a public event at Detroit's Belle Isle park, home to the Chevrolet Detroit Bell Isle Grand Prix. 

The event is free to the public, but space will be limited and registration is required, according the Camaro Six premiere website.

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