DETROIT -- In an unusual move, Chevrolet on Sunday allowed auto writers to test drive one pre-production version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro before the final calibrations are made.
With the revamped 2015 Ford Mustang handily outselling the outgoing 2015 Camaro, Chevrolet is trying to build buzz around the new car, which, like the Mustang, will be offered with a choice of four-, six- and eight-cylinder powerplants.
Chevrolet arranged for media to test drive V-6 models of the 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 coupe around the same race track that will be used for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race later this month.
Chevrolet says the new car is about 200 pounds lighter than the 2015 Camaro, thanks to the use of lightweight materials, such as aluminum components in the car’s independent suspension.
“You’ll notice the mass reduction in the first 10 feet,” Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president of global product development, told reporters before they drove the new car.