when we thought that the horsepower battle between Ford
Mustang and Chevrolet
reached its zenith with the 662-horsepower Shelby GT500, it
appears that Chevrolet won't
go down without a fight. Based on an official-looking Vehicle
Identification Number decoder (click the above image to enlarge) thatCamaro5 managed
to get its hands on, the 2014 Camaro might be getting ready to receive a
few tweaks under the hood.
The biggest news is that an LS7 V8
engine looks to be joining the Camaro family for the 2014 model year.
The 7.0-liter LS7 is currently used in the Corvette Z06 with
a power rating of 505 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, which is much
less power than the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 used in the Camaro
out 580 hp and 55
2014 Chevrolet Camaro to be available with LS7 V8?
6 lb.-ft. Interestingly, though, there are no new trim level listed on
the detailed sheet, suggesting this engine could be destined to find its
way into one of the Camaro's existing model, though a few months ago, it
was reported that GM filed trademark papers for the Z/28 moniker,
a storied designation in Camaro history.
On the opposite end of the performance spectrum, the decoder also
appears to indicate that the Camaro's base 3.6-liter V6 will become E85 capable.
We'll wait until we hear official word from General
either regard to get too excited, but both are promising leads for
Camaro fans. Combined with this week's news that next-generation Camaro production
will be shifting from
Oshawa, Ontario to Lansing, MI, this has been a surprising eventful week
for Chevy's ponycar.
After the Camaro
this spring, the 550-hp (estimated) ZL1 Camaro launches with the CTS-V’s
supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. Sometime after 2015, the Camaro is likely to
migrate from Zeta to the lighter Alpha rear-drive architecture. The new
edition may get a turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 2.8-
to 3.0-liter V-6, and (don’t fret, Camaro fans) a small-block V-8 option.