• Mar 23, 2010
2010 Chevrolet Camaro V6 RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford has certainly upped the ante in the Mustang/Camaro wars for 2011. Chevrolet may have the upper hand in V8 power (Camaro is rated at 426 horsepower, Mustang GT at 412), but the base 'Stang now uses a 305-hp V6, boasting slightly more power (one horsepower, to be exact) and better fuel economy (31 miles per gallon) over a comparable six-pot Camaro.

Even though the 2011 Mustang V6 only carries a touch more power and efficiency, Chevrolet isn't going to just sit back and take it all in stride. An inside source has told Automobile that the Mustang's top honors may be short lived, and that details on the 2011 Camaro will arrive in the very near future. We don't think that General Motors will have much trouble cranking out a couple extra ponies from the Camaro's 3.6-liter V6, but can it surpass the Mustang's 31 mpg highway rating? Consider our interest piqued.



[Source: Automobile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      First off, Ford has an optional 3.31 gear ratio available. Second, Camaro weighs about 350 more lbs than Mustang, so regardless of the gear ratio, the Camaro's not outperforming Mustang.

      You may want to do some research before posting next time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      v6 horsepower wars? ehhhh....im in!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Methinks Nissan already won that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mustang 31mpg isn't the fun one.
        Remember how GM used to differentiate the Seville luxury sedan from Seville touring sedan, they used 3.11 axle in SLS & 3.71 in STS.
        That is smaller than 2.73 in 'eco' 31mpg mustang, and 3.31 in quick V6 Mustang (which won't return anywhere near 31mpg highway. 27mpg is realistic)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It shouldn't be too hard for GM to trump Ford in this. The camaro's engine is just direct injected while ford uses a turbo'd ecoboost.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely...this is awesome...the only problem is, is that wasn't there an article a week or two ago saying the Camaro Sales were cannibalizing Corvettes? So eeking out a few more horsepower to compete against the Mustang further the business case to NOT get a Corvette?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jv2k

        Wrong
        • 4 Years Ago
        seems like they could just thow in a better intake and get a couple extra HP?...isnt that usually the first aftermarket mod? they should be able to get them cheap too.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the 1960's all over again, again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could care less what GM does with the Camaro. The Mustang looks better, and more importantly, handles better. And let's face it, the Mustang's current 315 hp 4.6L nearly keeps pace with the Camaro's 6.2L (4.9 sec to 60 mph vs. 4.7 sec).

      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_0903_2010_chevrolet_camaro_ss_vs_2009_dodge_challenger_rt_vs_2010_ford_mustang_gt/index.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      It might be a real competition if the Camaro would lose a few hundred pounds...and the Mustang were to gain an IRS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leno's TT Camaro should be just about right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vote go all out and develop a crazy twin-turbo, use some of the knowledge from Jay Leno's TT Camaro
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even a single turbo or a dual scroll. This motor would go in everything from Caddys to light trucks to suv's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a bit surprised the flack that some readers are making light of the V6 in that it has no place in the Camaro or Mustang. These engines are putting out 300 +hp more than the V8 did not too long ago and why is 300hp laughed at when we all applaud that in the 335i, G35 or Z350 or even in the Boxster? Not sure why the negativeness about a V6, after all the GTR has a V6 and any real Porsche has a 6 cyl. Get used to V6 and 4 bangers as that is the way of the future as the V8 will be a dinosaur. A powerful smaller engine is great because it carries less weight and can be packaged around in a lighter and better balanced car.
      BMW is moving away from the V8 in their M3 for the next version, Audi is using supercharged V6 in their S4 and S5 cab and will make its way to the coupe version
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford has the High Ground here, the Mustang's 3.7Liter V6 DOES NOT have DI, the Camaro's 3.6Liter V6 already does. Throw DI onto the Mustang and you're looking at 335Horsepower and 32MPG's. How's them beans? Add to the fact that the Camaro simply weighs too much. Curb weight on the Mustang V6 is 3453 lbs. GM needs to stop looking sideways at Ford and look ahead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think GM is playing into Ford's hand here. Ford sits with direct injection waiting in the wings for the 3.7l while GM has already implemented it on the 3.6 (I believe and I know I'll stand corrected if wrong). With the added weight of the Camaro, I think their only choice is a bore/stroke of the 3.6 to a 3.8 or greater. Then Ford beats them with the DI stick and gets better mpg to boot. Weight is the ultimate enemy of the Camaro in this matchup with no "cheap" way to fight it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Naw, they can just raise the redline a bit. A new cam and springs will do it. The 3.6L only goes to 6700 right now, even the cheaper 3.0L goes to 7000. Get the redline to 7200 and it'll make about 325HP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM will likely have to bore out the 3.6 to 97mm. The 94mm bore is a bit small.
        It has plenty of stroke. 85.6mm

        3.8 liters, 2 states of 'tune'. (also bring back the variable resonance intake manifold)
        330hp, 285ft-lbs for automatic, 315hp, 300ft-lbs for stick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait, so far the Camaro is out selling the Mustang. So how is it that GM is playing into Ford's hands? Ford is doing what it takes to catch up. I guess there is a unique way to look at everything.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cool points gentlemen, like throwing out the thought to see the thinking. Tourian, I might state current sales figures relate to the newness of the Camaro and the entire Mustang buyer class knowing that better powertrains are coming in 2011.

        Not dissing the Camaro, I prefer the sightlines from the inside of the Mustang. Fits me better physically.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 will be going into their fullsize RWD cars (and nearly everything else) soon. It's a nicely engineered clean sheet design and a very powerful engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is Chrysler differentiating the 3.3 & 3.0 versions. Smaller bore right? back again to 92mm

        A 250hp 3.0 would be a nice base engine for the LX
        275hp 3.3 would be a nice upgrade
        300hp 3.6 top of the line
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a waste the V6 Camaro doesn't sell well, it never did.
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