A four-banger in a
! Blasphemy you say? Could be, but what four-pot are we talking about? In this case, the General's car czar
that the new
due next February could offer the same 2.0 liter direct-injected engine used in the
GXP and the
versions of the
. Before dismissing the turbo-four immediately, consider the top-of-the-line engine options the Camaro offered after the last oil-embargo-driven doomsday. In '72, the big block 402 engine offered just 240 horsepower; in '73, the Z28 was equipped with a 245-horse 350 and by '75 the hottest option underhood made only 155 horses. Ouch. The 2.0 being considered for the Camaro punches out 260 horsepower, and based on our time with the engine, you feel each of them as you run up towards the redline. The next step-up will likely be a version of
3.6, as offered in the
, also making around 260 horsepower.
Other Camaro tidbits mentioned by
: it will be priced higher than the
, as GM sees the Camaro as a higher-end offering. Specifically, Lutz suggests that the Camaro will feature a much
than the 'Stang, along with its inherently better independent rear-suspension arrangement.
Perhaps a bigger question to ponder is how bad will the performance industry be impacted by new
standards along with the ever-tightening
regulations. Just so long as carmakers such as GM continue to offer engine options like their 2.0 liter DI four-banger, the performance drop-off won't be nearly as drastic as it was back in the mid-70s. Thank God for that!