Last year, chief Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser said Chevrolet is “not following Ford” in offering a turbocharged four-cylinder engine option in the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro. We’re inclined to believe Oppenheiser, but we still had our doubts. It turns out we were right in our skepticism if a new report from Autocar is to be believed.
The reason we doubted the Camaro would be offered solely with V6 and V8 engine options is that it would give Ford a clear competitive advantage. If you wanted a smaller, more efficient turbo engine in your rear-wheel drive pony car, you would have to pick the Mustang, and we know Chevy doesn’t want that happening.
Autocar does not name sources or say where they learned the information, but according to them, the sixth-gen Camaro will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are awfully close to the 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft put out by the LTG turbo four in the ATS.
If the rumors are correct, the four-cylinder in the Camaro will be slightly less powerful than the 300 horsepower and 305 lb-ft the 2015 Mustang’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder will reportedly produce. However the Camaro’s low weight, which will be achieved in part by pinning it on the lighter Alpha platform, should help it remain competitive with the four-cylinder Mustang in terms of performance.
In addition to the turbocharged four-cylinder, Autocar also said a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder option may be on deck as well. So far the 420 horsepower, 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged LF3 V6 has remained exclusively a Cadillac powerplant, but it seems plausible the engine will be offered as a more efficient performance alternative to the V8 ‘SS’ variant of the car.