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The new Camaro----why so heavy? Your thoughts?

The new maro, v-8 version anyways, tips the scales at well over 4000lbs. i think this is a little heavy for a 4 seater(2 seater really) sport coupe that is not that big. Why?

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It has a lot of parts that are heavy?

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Not that big? Have you seen it parked next to a 1st gen Camaro or even a 2005 Mustang, it is a tank.
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It's built on the Zeta Platform and is a super tall modern car with a ridiculously high belt line. Factor in the IRS, air bags, massive amounts of electronics and it starts to add up. It was destined to be a big fat piggy.
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Well, it also seems all cars are getting heavier; Even the new Cruise, which is basically a cavalier/cobalt successor weighs about 3000. i don't think airbags weigh that much?
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Blame the Feds

More govt regulations, NVH goals, crash tests, but fuel economy stds should be making them lighter. Can we blame the head of Government Motors, OBOMA FOR THIS
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A light chassis like a Honda accord is over 3600lbs. 4000 for a new camaro seems reasonable.
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A light chassis like a Honda accord is over 3600lbs. 4000 for a new camaro seems reasonable.
True. With the safety standards today, the extra bracing in doors and quarters, that's not a bad weight. My 57 Chevy 2 dr. sedan weighed in at 3200 lbs, stock.
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A camaro should never weigh more than a 55. Something is wrong with society.
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Well, it also seems all cars are getting heavier; Even the new Cruise, which is basically a cavalier/cobalt successor weighs about 3000. i don't think airbags weigh that much?
3000 Pounds! Thats as much as my Chevy S-10! Actually my S-10 may be lighter!
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3000 Pounds! Thats as much as my Chevy S-10! Actually my S-10 may be lighter!
Yes, that's right. Cars are getting heavier. Yet the mpg is going up. Imagine if cars still weighed the same as say 1982---then what would mpg be?
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Something is wrong with society.
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Air bags are not exactly a light item and then you have to build the vehicle to accept them. Just the steering wheel alone is heavier than the one in my 66 Belvedere. A passenger side AB from a 2003 Dakota is probably 15 lbs and the dash with the added bracing for it adds up. Add in the crash sensors and the wiring for it all and it starts to make some significant weight. Cars started getting piggy with safety items around 1970. I was amazed when I pulled a door from a 70 Challenger with it's side impact brace in it....wasn't ready for the weight of it when I took out the last hinge bolt and I dropped the dang thing! My 71 340 Cuda with AC, PS, PB and not much else was 3560!
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Just imagine the wiring harnesses alone...

My 66 bonneville complete wiring harness (from tip to toe) fits in a shoebox and probably doesn't weigh more than 5 lbs. Try that with the wiring out of a new Camaro.
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