Even though the Chevrolet Camaro is doing well in the sales war against the Ford Mustang, the Blue Oval’s pony car is smacking around that of the Bowtie’s in terms of fuel economy, as the current Mustang can dish out 31 miles-per-gallon to the Camaro’s best effort of 28 miles-per-gallon. Even though many would argue that fuel economy is a secondary influence when coming to a purchasing decision between the two affordable sports cars, it’s a factor nonetheless. Therefore, Chevrolet looks to narrow the gap between the Camaro’s fuel economy rating to that of the Mustang by launching the Camaro 2LS this spring — a package that touts a respectable 30 MPG on the highway.
Though the rumor regarding the 2LS first broke a couple days ago, there was little evidence to go with the story other than fueleconomy.gov rating the Camaro at 30 MPG on the highway — seemingly out of nowhere. With our eyebrows raised, we delved into the ranks of our well-placed sources and managed to get ahold of a document describing everything about the Camaro 2LS and its 30 MPG rating. Items to notice include the transmission offering listed only as an automatic, cloth-only seats, and the 312 horsepower 3.6-liter LLT V6 engine — which remains intact.
SORP (production) is listed to commence next month, and we will begin seeing them in dealerships in Spring 2011 (we’re predicting April). Though the gear ratios are undisclosed, we are willing to wager those of the 2LS are slightly taller than those found in the rest of the lineup, providing more stride for the car and its ability to reach the 30 MPG mark. Have a look at the PDF for yourself by clicking on the link below (Adobe Reader or equivalent required).