The Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most beloved muscle cars in America, and despite a recent recall due to axle shafts possibly missing a retaining ring, and Chevrolet halting production at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan due to a shortage of semiconductor chips, this high-performance sports car continues to sell well. In an effort to stay relevant in a world that is moving towards hybrid and electric cars at a rapid pace, Chevrolet has now made a stunning announcement: as of 2022, some Camaro cars will be powered by high-performance turbocharged three-cylinder engines. Yes, that's correct. Only three cylinders.
This news will come as quite a shock for Chevy fans, but makes sense when you look at current performance offerings from brands such as Ford and Toyota. The current Ford Fiesta ST sold in Europe is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and produces nearly 200 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota GR Yaris is even more impressive with a power output of 257 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine. The current entry-level Camaro is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet engineers believe that those power figures can be reached, and even improved upon by its new three-cylinder motor.
"We have been considering going to three-cylinders for a while now," said Ted Kowalczyk, head of small capacity motors at Chevrolet. "The way the automotive industry is going, downsizing our engines, and focusing on efficiency is becoming a priority. We do believe that the new three-cylinder engines will be able to deliver the performance our customers have become accustomed to." According to sources, the new three-cylinder engine will produce over 300 hp reliably. Chevrolet has not mentioned the future of the V8 in the Camaro line, but rumors of a five-cylinder have been doing the rounds.