Just when we thought that the horsepower battle between Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro had 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) that Camaro5 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 ZL1 putting out 580 hp and 556 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 Motors on 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.


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      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      LS7 4LIFE
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      7 liter Corvette Z/28? How many different ways can you say awesome?!
      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Being able to see out the windows. The owners I've talked to at first said it bothered them. Now that they've owned it for awhile and drive it everyday they see no problem at all. It's like anything else you get used to it. Adjust you mirrors and go. That's what normal people do adapt not cry about cars they don't own.
        Bandit5317
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Sexton
        It's all about driving position. Yeah, the visibility will never be great, but it's perfectly fine once you have the seat, mirrors, and telescoping steering wheel (which is standard) adjusted correctly.
        Nickoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Sexton
        I recently drove the SS, it's fine if you get a backup camera. Without that, I would hate to drive one.
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      That white ZL1 in the gallery looks awesome. I love its Corvette inspired taillights.
      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it is completely unrealistic due to the cost of some of the materials but imagine this engine in the SS. Really I'm just saying that because I'd love for junkyard LS7's to be as easy to find as Coyotes :)
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just hope these amazing motors show up again when the Camaro switches to the alpha platform. I'd love to have an ATS-V and a Z-28 in my garage. Time to start saving!!!
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok Chrysler,your on deck,I hope for your sakes the next gen Challenger SRT model has at least 575 horsepower,and weighing no more than 3500 pounds,or I can see a 2014 Z28 sitting my garage.
      Laurence Hendrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great, a whale, now available with a boat anchor.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well this is interesting...
      Michael Sexton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Ford fan boys voting everyone down.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Camaro is making the Corvette less exclusive. Like the fact Ford keeps their engines more exclusive. Owner of a 5.0 and ZR1. Biggest killer on the Camaro still is the weight, gas guzzlier tax, and would benice to be able to see clearly out of the windows.
      Finklestein
      • 2 Years Ago
      the 2013 GT500 didn't just slay the Camaro/ZL1, it leapfrogged the muscle car class and is making C6 Z06 owners sweat. I think if Ford put direct injection in the Coyote, that would be enough to keep the GT model competitive with Chevy's offerings.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Finklestein
        The GT500 is an exceptional car. It smokes the ZL1 on power, it beats it on many if not all tracks despite handling handicaps (nothing against live rear axle, it's the magnetic suspension in the Camaro that makes the difference). But the GT500 is not a Corvette competitor. And the Z06 is an astonishing performer to boot. I really feel like Ford had hit a home run in the GT500, really found their place to be. The Ford GT, as wonderful as it was did more damage to Ford SVO than it did good. But the GT500 has done amazingly well, and the Boss 302 very well too (limited by its own limited availability). Ford may not be in the track car niche right now (maybe again soon), but they're absolutely dominating the performance market.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          >it beats it on many if not all tracks despite handling handicaps (nothing against live rear axle, it's the magnetic suspension in the Camaro that makes the difference). No, it does not. The GT500 is useless on a track.
          Michael Sexton
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Can't stand predictive text!
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Whoops, at the end there I meant performance muscle market. Although maybe bang for buck market would be a good one too.
        prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
        @Finklestein
        lol do you even watch the reviews? pretty much every review says the gt500 is faster straight line, but the zl1 has better handling, braking, and is a more composed track car.
        Michael Sexton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Finklestein
        The gt500 didn't make ZO6 anything sweat. That's a joke. Their not close to being in the same class. The Mustang is an drag racer the Vette is for road racing. Mustang fan boys want to think they have GM worried but that's far from the truth. The 1le proves that less hp more weight and out performs the sorted out Boss for thousands less. They can spin it any way they want to but facts are facts.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          Comparing the GT500 to the Z06 is retarded. They aren't in the same class. GT500 is a muscle car in every sense of the word, while teh Z06 is a road course car. A more apt comparison would be the Boss 302 to the Grand Sport or Z06.
          MikeSVT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          Too bad nobody considers your fuzzy logic to be facts. The two cars not being in the same category only makes the gt500s drag and track performance vs the z06 more impressive.
          Finklestein
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          Being in the same class doesn't mean jack when they face off on the street. A Z06 owner pulls up to a 2013 GT500 and can't say "Oh hold on wait, let me go find a road course for us to go to"
          Michael Sexton
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          ODrag performance yes its built for that. Track performance is a joke. 2 laps and the brakes give up. The only advantage is on the straight aways. And if you listen to the testers after 1 or 2 laps they're exhausted trying to wrestle the car around the. Track while you can run basicly the same lap times all day in the Camaro. Most
          Jon Bowen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          says the chevy fanboy
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          This will probably make the fanboys on both sides pretty angry. Aside from the magnetic suspension in the ZL1, the new GT500 has completely outclassed it in every metric there is. The amount of power that is available for the money you pay is incredible, plus it is the looker of the two and isn't as much of a pig as the Camaro. Having said that, no Mustang has ever or will ever be even close to a Z06 period. It was frankly an embarrassment that the Z06 was almost identical to the Ford GT's performance figures for half the cost and now they want to put the Mustang on its level? No matter how fast the Mustang gets in the straights, it will never be finishing near a #1 lap time on any race course, even against cars that have a major power advantage over it. The Z06 Carbon has already done this. It is just not as good a car plain and simple, and no matter what they do with that solid axle and heavy weight, the laws of physics will continue to hold it back.
          Michael Sexton
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          Last time I raced on the street I was a stupid teenager. Did the drag race thing at baylands ca and SearsPoint. But found road racing more satisfying when it come to drivers skills. Like they say you can train a monkey to drag race when it comes to street cars. Not my words....
          Michael Sexton
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Sexton
          Last time I remember a track car has to do more than 2 or 3 laps. And if you're wrestling the car all day it improves your chances of making a mistake and possibly crashing. Am I wrong or is it different for the standard. Show me one article that didn't say the Camaros were more consistent but the Mustang was more fun because they were sliding the back end around and it made for a more enjoyable experience. I'll take the consistent track car if that's what your looking for. On the street I'm sure the Mustang is the the more rowdy let's have a good time car.
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