On Tuesday, we presented readers the idea of a 2.0-liter turbo-four hybrid engine or 2.7-liter turbo-four engine for a theoretical seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Today, let’s talk V8 engines.
All of this stems from a recent survey Chevrolet forwarded to Camaro owners asking for input on future powertrains for the sports car. In the survey, Chevy presented two V8 options: a 6.2-liter V8 engine making 455 horsepower (the same as the current 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine) or a 6.2-liter V8 with a hybrid system that adds 90 hp for a total of 545 hp.
The standard V8 would theoretically do 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and return 20 mpg combined, while the V8 hybrid would shave 0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time, but return substantially greater fuel economy at 24 mpg combined. Here’s the kicker, the regular V8 would cost $4,000 over whatever the baseline price is; the V8 hybrid would cost $8,000 more.
In our poll yesterday, we leaned towards GM foregoing a four-cylinder hybrid for the Chevy Camaro for one reason: price. The sixth-generation Camaro has already proved a tough sell, and ultimately, Camaro buyers seek V8 power. In this scenario, a V8 hybrid doesn’t seem like a bad option.
Not only is it pushing power well past the 500-hp mark, but the car may be able to better absorb the price over an entry-level four-cylinder hybrid system. We did notice one intriguing scenario from a commenter yesterday: perhaps GM does away with the V6-powered Camaro and introduced the 2.7-liter L3B turbo-four as the base engine, replaces the V6 with a 2.0-liter hybrid-turbo engine and then offers V8 power at the top.
This is all speculation currently, but clearly, GM and Chevrolet have hybrid power in mind for the Camaro’s future. Without further ado, vote below.