When it comes to the Chevrolet Camaro, one of the biggest factors people love to speculate about is its future horsepower. Thankfully, we can now paint a much clearer picture than we ever could before on what’s in store for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.
First, let’s take a refresher course in everything else we know to be in store for the 2012 Camaro. For instance, we know that it will still ride on the Zeta platform, but it will receive an much-needed interior upgrade and the SS variant is destined to get a power boost. Okay, the crash course is now over. Let’s talk about the latest and greatest — the current LLT 3.6L V6 engine seen in the Camaro LS and LT models will be replaced with an upgraded 3.6L V6 engine, dubbed the “LFX”. The full description of the engine reads “LFX 3.6L SIDI, DOHC, VVT, E85 MAX, Alum GM”.
This means that the engine will feature spark-ignition-direct-injection (SIDI), dual overhead cams (DOHC), variable valve timing (VVT), is E85 capable and will be composed of aluminum. It is also likely that the engine will feature some innovations seen in the 3.0L LF1 V6 such as a composite intake manifold, integrated exhaust manifolds and optimized NVH/airflow treatments. Now for the kicker: estimates have placed the output somewhere in the ballpark of 320 to 330 horsepower. Get ready to burn some Mustangs.
Could this engine also replace the nixed 2.8L turbocharged V6 for the Cadillac SRX? We don’t see why not.