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.