• Feb 8, 2011
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Now that the Ford Mustang V6 achieves 30 miles per gallon on the highway, General Motors is apparently looking to up its game by offering a more efficient version of its Camaro ponycar. Reportedly given the 2LS trim designation, this new Camaro will be available for order through dealers starting at the end of this month, and its 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 reportedly hits the magic 30 mpg highway figure.

If GMInsideNews has it right, the Camaro 2LS will only be available with The General's six-speed automatic transmission, and will be fitted with a rear spoiler, 18-inch steel wheels and a 2.92 rear axle ratio. The website also reports that the Camaro 2LS will still wear a 2011 model year badge, and that pricing is expected to be set around $24,700, including destination charges.



[Source: GMInsideNews]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad for a 3,800 pound car. Are they ever going to replace that Holden chassis and put it on a diet?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You make a good point. Shouldn't everyone who rags on the Camaro for being too heavy expect a lot more from the Mustang for being so much lighter?

        The Mustang is better than the Camaro a lot of ways, but despite the Chevy's weight disadvantage it's very close to the Mustang's performance. Makes me think the Mustang SHOULD perform even better than it currently is?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Malibu weighs less than that, why can't that car get 30mpg with the V6?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since we're comparing the Mustang's weight of 3,605lbs. to the Camaro's weight of 3,780lbs., the difference isn't too painful on the V6 models. The fact that the Camaro is slower despite having ~10 more horsepower is a simple function of power:weight. That extra 10hp isn't enough to compensate for the extra 175lbs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its interesting to see the Mustangs and Camaros fight a horsepower battle on the top end of the range and a fuel economy battle on the low end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No matter what car people buy, unless your pockets are line with money, people look at gas mileage. I drive a new Vette convertible which is quite expensive, and I looked at gas mileage before I bought it. If it had been rated with a bad gas mileage, I would not have bought it. So the statement that people who buy cars with powerful engine don't look at gas mileage is false.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Steel wheels on a Camaro? You're kidding me, right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        What is it about steel wheels that make for better mpg, the smaller diameter?

        By the way, it is way cool how GM hides the steel wheels on the base Malibu (and others) - the wheel has a 5-spoke design that cannot be seen thru the covers. Upper-level models feature alloys, but base models look pretty good too. I work at a Honda store, and was pointing this out on a Malibu rental to the Service Manager just this past Saturday...
        • 3 Years Ago
        A lot of steelies are cheaper and potentially lighter / less draggy than deep dish spokes (which are mostly for looks).
        • 3 Years Ago
        I must be the only one that digs the Camaros base wheels. Haha.
        I think they make it look mean, and on the base models it reminds me of a bad-ass, scrappy street fighter like Philo Beddoe.
        And their smaller size means the inevitable replacing of those rear tires will stay affordable. ;)

        The Camaro I'd buy would be base model, no options in dark gray. Looks good, cheap, and a ton of fun.

        Really... it's hard NOT to buy a fun car in this segment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im all for high hp engines with good highway mileage, its quite a feat!
      • 3 Years Ago
      If GM had its 8 speed automatic done already, they would not have to choose performance or economy.
      GM should make 6.5x17" wheels standard.
      They would be perfect for winter duty, so you can get 225/65 17 tires.
      • 3 Years Ago
      still 1 mpg shy of the mustang...

      the fact that GM has to sacrifice performance to match the mustang's mpg's is pathetic.. even though gear ratios won't make a significant difference in the big picture, it's still pathetic.

      Mustang 3.7l > Camaro 3.6l... will be no matter what. the 3.7l is simply more refined and the Mustang itself is just a smoother car. if they wanted mpg's, maybe they should have though about that in the wind tunnel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Mustang definitely sacrifices performance for fuel economy, hence the tall ratio for the 30+ mpg model and a completely different ratio for the sport model. I don't think any car mags have even reviewed the more fuel efficient model. It does offer a manual across the board which is a miss for Chevy, IMO.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's because the car rags will run performance tests on the eco Mustang, get crappy numbers, and publish them as fact.

        Which the Chevy guys will go nuts over.

        And vice versa.

        The target market of young women isn't looking for numbers in Motor Trend. They're looking at the glossy ad Vogue and reading about how it gets 30 mpgh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did I miss reading the HP figure for this new econobox? One can't assume any more that HP has been compromised to achieve FE gains.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Right now it's rated at 312 and I wouldn't expect it to change. I may be totally off base here, but it sounds to me like they are replacing the current V6 model with this 2LS model. The V6 already has a stated mpg of 29, so it's not like GM is making a huge leap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's all well and good that GM decided to put the tall rear ratio in the car for fuel economy... all in the name of competition, right?

      Well, I'd be more excited if GM got real and made composite hood/trunk/fenders to really lighten the weight - and perhaps made a version of Ford's V6 Track Pack option ("Autocross Package" anyone?) to improve the V6's handling as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm officially sick of Camaro posts. I gave a moderate damn when the concept broke news, gave nary a damn once it hit the streets, and could give a damn about subsequent variations of the model. I'm more excited with posts about new Honda Fit variants, and that's saying something. Make it relevant or I don't care, GM. Give it windows you can look out of. Give it a curb weight less than that of a Land Rover SUV. Give it an interior that would be considered respectable in the economy car segment. In short, make it better than the Mustang. Then I'll give a damn.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With a gear that high it will probably loose some gas mileage in & around town .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Both the Pony cars are great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about making these changes to ALL V6 Camaros? (but still offer the 6-speed manual)

      I appreciate the effort GM is putting into these higher mileage versions of their cars, but I think most of these changes should be across the board and not just on a few select models.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Everybody does this. It's like wondering why the Traverse AWD has worse mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, having a choice sux!

        Seriously, not everyone is going to want the taller 2.92 gears.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Doomsdave

        Oh puh-lease.
        ... this has almost nothing to do about "choice" and about everything to do with marketing BS.

        With this special edition model, they can now advertise "gets 30 MPG*" to fool the average Joe, and then in teeny-tiny print put up a disclaimer that states that its only on "2LS" models.

        Ford, and other car makers, pull this crap as well... it is very disingenuous and boarders on false-advertising when you show off your optioned-out model with the biggest engine, but then state that it can get XX MPG for only $XXk.
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