2023 Chevy Camaro To Get Corvette's LT2 V8

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More power and more revs.

The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro will get the LT2 V8 found in the current Corvette Stingray.

That's the latest rumor doing the rounds, suggesting thhat the newer LT2 engine will be used in all models still using the LT1 engine, which happens to be the Camaro LT1 and SS models. As a reminder, the LT1 6.2-liter V8 produces 455 hp and 455 lb-ft. The newer LT2 6.2-liter makes 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Those gains are hardly massive, but the engine should feel significantly different.

The LT1 provides maximum power at 6,000 rpm, and maximum torque arrives at 4,400 rpm. The LT2 delivers its power at 6,450 rpm, while the torque comes at 5,150 rpm. In other words, you get to rev it out a bit more, which is always pleasing in a naturally aspirated car. It's 90% of why the new Z06 is such a fine thing to drive.

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While just a rumor for now, there are valid reasons why it might happen. The LT2 engine has a lower emissions rating than the LT1, and it will come down even more thanks to recent adjustments to the LT2's active fuel management system.

The Camaro will likely be axed in 2024, and upping the horsepower and fun levels of the more affordable models would be a proper way to pay tribute to an icon before electricity takes over.

The argument against is, unfortunately, more convincing. It will cost GM a lot of money to certify the new emissions rating, not to mention the cost of reengineering and testing required to make the eight-speed dual-clutch Tremec transmission fit. Considering the Camaro is on its last legs, it simply doesn't make financial sense.

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General Motors is essentially putting all its money and resources into developing new products. To put it simply, the Camaro likely won't get a proper sendoff because GM is working away on a new Camaro EV.

As final proof, look at the C8 Corvette's success. Chevrolet is struggling to keep up with demand in the USA, and the first right-hand-drive models recently started arriving in the UK. GM doesn't have LT2 engines to spare, and it makes sense to allocate every unit to the car currently selling up a storm.

You can make your own special edition model, however. Chevrolet recently introduced a new 1,004 hp crate engine.

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