The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro to pack the mighty 427 cubic inch LS7
The document in question appears to be a VIN decoder form from General Motors for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The form runs through the available trimlines and while there are no surprises there, when this form gets to the engine options we learn of the addition of the LS7 V8 measuring 7.0L. Based on this sheet, we are led to believe that the LS7 V8 will join the LFX V6 from the LS and LT models, the LS3 V8 from the manually shifted SS, the L99 V8 from the automatic transmission-equipped SS and the LSA V8 that is featured in the Camaro ZL1.
The addition of the LS7 V8 to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is big news in the American muscle car community but with no mention of a new trimline – what is GM going to do with the LS7? Since being introduced in 2006, the 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 has only ever been offered in the high performance Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Two years ago, we would have guessed that the LS7 would serve as the powerplant for some high end trimline but as it stands right now, the LS7 engine used in the Corvette Z06 provides quite a bit less power than the engine found in the Camaro ZL1. With 505 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, the LS7 makes the lightweight Corvette Z06 an incredible road racer but the Camaro is significantly heavier so the 427 cubic inch engine likely wouldn’t have the same incredible affect in a Camaro that it does in the Corvette. Also, considering the fact that the Camaro ZL1 packs 580 horsepower and 556lb-ft of torque, the LS7 would be overshadowed by the supercharged V8.