Chevrolet Considering More Powerful V6 For 2012 Camaro

The six-cylinder muscle car has long been the favorite of rental car fleets across the United States. This is still true when it comes to the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro, but GM is looking to solve this issue with a new V6 engine.

The 312 horsepower V6 that is in the current Camaro is the most powerful engine among the Detroit’s three V6 sports cars, but it seems GM isn’t satisfied.

According to a source on Camaro5.com, a new V6 engine, codenamed LFX, is scheduled to be dropped into the new 2012 Camaro. We don’t have many details at this time, but we do know that it will feature direct-injection, variable valve timing and something called “E85 MAX”, which might allow the motor to run on higher octane fuel that could result in improved performance.

We have seen the LF name before in the GM stable, as its LF1 and LFW powertrains have been used in the Cadillac CTS, SRX and the Chevrolet Equinox. Those motors have been 3.0-liters with 265-270 horsepower and 222 or 223 pound-feet of torque. It seems unlikely that GM will use these engines with the Camaro, as it would mean a massive decrease in power, which is something GM wouldn’t dare do. There is a small chance that GM might go after good fuel economy, but that seems unlikely as well.

The website believes that the V6 2012 Camaro will put out anywhere from 325-330 horsepower, making the LF name just a coincidence.

For 2012, Chevrolet will also add E85 capability to the Camaro, not that anybody will ever use it.

On top of all this news, the website also mentions the possibility to a 45th Anniversary Package that would include premium suspension of the V8 models, as well as some fancy badges.


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