Lutz: GM considering turbo four-cylinder Camaro

With CAFE standards and rising fuel prices, a Camaro powered by the GM’s 2.0liter turbocharged DI four-cylinder may become a reality according to a fellow by the name of Bob Lutz. That four cylinder kicks out 260-hp and 260lb-ft of torque.

Other motors include the CTS’s 3.6liter DI V6 that produces 304-hp. No further information was given other than that the Camaro will feature ‘both V6s and V8s’, but we think it’s safe to assume that the Camaro Z28 will feature a 6.2liter LS3 with at least the same 402-hp as the G8 GXP and as much as 436-hp as featured in the Corvette with dual-mode exhaust.

Above that, maybe a Camaro SS with a 550-hp supercharged 6.2liter LSA as resides under the hood of the CTS-V. It may feature a few less horsepower to minimize the volume of tears shed by CTS-V drivers.

However, don’t expect a bargain-basement $20,000 Mustang V6 competitor though. The higher cost of producing the Camaro in Canada [thanks declining US dollar!] likely makes it unprofitable. As such, GM will be marketing the Camaro as a premium alternative to the Mustang and will be equipping it as such. Lutz points out that sophisticated independent rear suspension and nicer interior are indicators of the Camaro’s premium breeding versus the Mustang.

Fine by us. We tend to lose count of the number of cylinders when horsepower numbers get us dizzy, anyway.

 

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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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