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2023 Chevy Camaro Rumored To Get LT2 V8 From C8 Corvette Stingray

Rumor has it the upcoming 2023 Chevy Camaro may come equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, the same V8 found behind the cabin of the mid-engine C8 Chevy Corvette Stingray.

As the rumor goes, the LT2 would replace the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT1 gasoline engine currently offered on Chevy Camaro SS and LT1 trim levels. Output from the LT1 is rated at 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, whereas the LT2 is rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

To note, the Chevy Camaro is the last vehicle to offer the LT1 engine, with the C7-generation Chevy Corvette Stingray and Grand Sport designated as the penultimate models to offer the engine. The LT1 engine is built at GM’s Tonawanda plant, the same facility that produces the LT2 engine.

For now, the rumor remains just that – a rumor. While there’s some justification for its veracity, there’s also several reasons why it’s likely not true.

Let’s start with why the LT1 could be replaced by the LT2 with the introduction of the 2023 Chevy Camaro. For starters, 2022 Camaro models equipped with the LT1 engine have an emissions rating of LEV160 in California, while 2021 Corvette models with the LT2 have an emissions rating of LEV125, making the LT2 slightly cleaner.

To note, the 2022 Chevy Corvette recently introduced some slight revisions to the LT2 engine with changes to the fuel delivery and active fuel management systems, as well as small changes to the engine calibration. However, the engine has yet to be rated with these new changes.

Another possible justification for use of the LT2 in the 2023 Chevy Camaro includes renewed interest in the nameplate and revived sales, making for a great sendoff for a vehicle set for retirement in the near future.

That said, there are several reasons why this rumor is a bit off-track as well, starting with high fuel economy and emissions certification costs, all of which don’t necessarily make sense for the final model year of a vehicle. What’s more, according to GM Authority sources, General Motors has shifted all development and engineering resources from the Camaro to other projects.

Furthermore, the only transmission currently suited for the LT2 is the eight-speed dual-clutch unit from Tremec currently in use by the C8 Chevy Corvette Stingray. As such, 2023 Chevy Camaro models with the LT2 would require extensive engineering, testing, and validation, which, again, is a hard sell for a model slated for retirement.

Finally, General Motors is running at full chat to build as many C8 Corvette Stingrays as possible, which means it would be an odd choice to allocate LT2 engines towards Camaro production.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any further updates. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Camaro news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (60)

  • Where the heck is this rumor coming from of the camaro going away???? Wouldn’t a smarter move be to discontinue the savanah that is decades old???? Yet the savanah has no production end in sight! As long as there’s a mustang, there will be a camaro. Call me back when the mustang gets canceled.

    • Though it pains me to say it, the Camaro is in fact going away. There will not be a replacement with an ICE engine. The team that did the sixth gen, as good as it is, caused its demise.

      I highly doubt there will be an LT2 in the Camaro. It would cost a lot to get that engine in there... for one model year... on one trim level (SS)... maybe two (LT2 to replace LT1)... doesn't make sense.

      I'll keep my 2019 2SS 1LE until I can't anymore.

    • The Mustang didn’t go away in 2003 -2009 but the Camaro did, history has a way of repeating itself when the wrong calls are made

  • Is there renewed demand for Camaro? My local Chevy dealer hasn't had a Camaro on the lot in 6 months, I wasn't sure they still built them. When Chevy introduced the $299/mo. LT1 lease deal I called the local Chevy dealer about availability and offered to order one. I'm still waiting for a call back. If it ain't a SUV or Truck Chevy dealers don't give a damn about it.

    • wjtinfwb:

      No. The reason there are no Camaros to buy is because production of the Camaro has been shut down for most of this year.

  • An LT2 would be cool yes, but a LT6-powered Z/28 would be awesome and a proper farewell for the ICE Camaro.

    • The only way I would buy a Camaro with an automatic is if GM went totally bonkers and put the new 5.5 Z06 motor in it, then I’d think about it. I’ll take a 6 speed Zl1 1LE with the Blackwing in the meantime.

  • We are at the end for the ICE Camaro.

    The Challenger ice is also coming to an end. I expect the Mustang is also being its ice end.

    Sales for all three are a shadow of what they used to sell.

    Dealers also want what makes money and sells easy. The performance market is. Not what it once was. I used to sell noting but Camaro and Mustang parts and today it is truck and Wrangler. I expect soon Bronco.

    GM needs a Wrangler challenger.

  • I want some cheese with the whine 😋.

    There's nothing indicating the Camaro is gone other than the E/V sedan that most likely replace the SS. Maybe it's a compilation prize for the stillborn Z28.

  • With sales dropping since this gen came out (albeit IMO best engineerd) along with car popularity dwindling down, cancelation of the Z28 in 2019, and most importantly, Al Oppenheiser leaving Camaro and going to GM's electric performance section while nobody is running the Camaro program, this just means... unfortunately, this story is just a pipe dream.
    The writing is on the wall, and what's written is not this "rumor".

  • What GM is allowing to happen to Camaro is a travesty, simple as that. In every aspect, it's arguably the best Camaro ever built. With proper promotion and pricing, it should be far-outselling Mustang and Challenger.

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