2015 Chevrolet Camaro to be lighter, more fuel efficient

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 23.2.2012
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 23.2.2012

Could have smaller displacement engines

Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser has revealed some new details about the next-generation model which is due in 2015.

Speaking with Automotive News, Oppenheiser said there will be a greater emphasis on making the model lighter and more fuel efficient. He declined to go into detail, but commented "displacement, number of cylinders, all of these things you need to think about."

Oppenheiser also mentioned the car could have styling inspired by the first or second generation Camaro, but declined to say which direction the design team is leaning.

Regardless of the final details, the 2015 Camaro is expected to ride on the new Alpha platform which also underpins the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

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RichVaz RichVaz
I never thought I'd see an F-body again HEAVIER than a '74 firebird WITH 5 mph bumpers! & it has no room in the back seat! In a '74 at least u can put 2 people back there. Geez - if they put 5 mph bumpers on a new camaro it wood weigh almost 300 lb more! lol Nothing like the 67-9 camaros - nice 3100 lb curb weight - much less if a 6 cyl with no back seat & fiberglass parts. Why do they keep putting that ugly triangular plastic part at the front part of the door where there should be glass!!?? It's as if they thought of attaching the mirror there, but decided to attach it to the metal door skin itself. & why did they get rid of the hidden wipers? & why does the black plastic look sooooooooo cheap on today's cars, compared to the black plastic on cars from the 70's & earlier?
Mar 31st, 2013 7:38am
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KerryJonKirby KerryJonKirby
I like lighter and better visability but drop the 4 banger crap. A Camaro is a muscle car not a flipping econo car ergo the name muscle car. The fact is looking at the LT1 in the Vette which is well under powered for a Direct Injected V8 that is a lighter more efficient V8. Just that by itself and say 400-500 pound weight loss is at least 3 more MPG and be a true muscle car that is true to the Camaro name. I can live with an improved next gen 3.6 DI with 350hp for base that would get about 31mpg highway good enough. If you want a 4 cylinder then get an econobox. Don't embarrass the muscle car and Camaro name with that weak stuff. On the higher performance camaro you could easily have twin turbo or supercharged with about 650 HP or say even a 6.5 DI with 500HP 396 SS or say a 6.7 DI with 550 HP and cbring back the great 409 from Chevy lore. with DI both would get over 20MPG easy and really be great muscle cars.
Feb 28th, 2013 11:16pm
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eddie eddie
Just arrived home from Maui. Mustang convertibles and Camaro convertibles rentals on every corner. I rented a nice red camaro convertible and it was a lot of fun. For a $30,000 the interior could be improved and most cars also have a nice color LCD command center not some cheap blue green strip of plastic for the radio!
Jul 6th, 2012 6:01am
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AdonisDunn AdonisDunn
My opinion is to take the pontiac g8 design since it looks like a camaro if it kept evolving, design off of it and slap it on the alpha platform with extensive use of aluminum and higher grade plastic to keep the weight and price down and performance up. Maybe a juiced up version of gm 2.4 turbocharged with 300+ hp and a rough and rugged tuned v6 with closer to 400 hp. That sounds like a world competitor to me.
Mar 29th, 2012 5:05pm
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AdonisDunn AdonisDunn
With all the technology the auto world has all the engineers and great designers the new chevy camaro should be nothing but spectacular, I say dont make it retro make it modern and new. Gm needs to stop being followers and become leaders once again
Mar 29th, 2012 4:51pm
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brocky brocky
It BETTER be lighter and more fuel efficient. The current model is a pork. I love the design but the thing weighs as much as a dead whale and is as efficient as male lion chasing after a gazelle.
Mar 20th, 2012 5:11am
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it's beautiful! I like the colour
Mar 19th, 2012 3:37am
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AbrahamMendoza AbrahamMendoza
Chevrolet will be getting a new 5.5 litre V8 with direct injection. I don't know if it'll debut in the Corvette or Camaro, but that 6.1 litre engine is gone.
Mar 18th, 2012 12:32am
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marshall-mills@sbcglobal.net marshall-mills@sbcglobal.net
Funny how people complain about its weight and its horsepower, then when they say they're working to get it lighter, we say "Why? Then it won't be the same as the old one!" I, for one, look forward to a lighter Camaro (but please fix the windows so we can see out of it).
Mar 17th, 2012 3:43pm
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benzboy benzboy
Maybe they could do something about the coffin shaped windows, humungus blindspots, and the effeminate exhaust note as well.
Mar 17th, 2012 11:31am
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Marco Svelte Marco Svelte
The fact that he mentioned the number of cylinders means that either one or both of the engines in the current model will not remain. F*cking CAFE!
Mar 17th, 2012 6:00am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
Besides being potentially 600 pounds lighter, GM might even put in a turbocharged version of the "LAF" 2.4-liter direct-injected Ecotec engine, which could mean 270+ bhp output. That would make the lower end 2015 Camaros probably just as fast as the current Camaros with the direct-injected V-6 engine but with way better fuel economy.
Mar 19th, 2012 5:06am
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