Chevy Camaro Could Get New 2.7-Liter Turbo Four And Two Hybrid Options

Ford has already confirmed plans for a Mustang Hybrid and it appears Chevrolet is considering an electrified Camaro.

As noticed by Motor Authority, GM is apparently surveying customers about potential engine options for Camaro. According to screenshots posted on the Camaro6 forums, the engine options include two hybrids variants and a new turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder.

The survey suggests the latter engine would produce 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and enable the Camaro to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds. While the survey doesn’t go details, the engine sounds identical to the one used in the 2019 Silverado. It could replace the current turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which develops 275 hp (205 kW / 278 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.

Besides being more powerful, the engine would put the four-cylinder Camaro on par with the Ford Mustang EcoBoost. That model has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder which also produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS).

The survey also mentioned two hybrid options. The first is a hybridized 2.0-liter four-cylinder which has a combined output of 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS). This would enable the car to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and return a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg (7.8 L/100km / 36 mpg UK). This is 5 mpg more than the turbocharged 2.7-liter engine.

The second hybrid option would be based on the 6.2-liter V8 and bring its combined output from 455 hp (339 kW / 461 PS) to 545 hp (406 kW / 552 PS). The extra power would reduce the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time from 4.0 seconds to 3.7 seconds, while also increasing the combined fuel economy rating from 20 mpg (11.7 L/100km / 24 mpg UK) to 24 mpg (9.8 L/100km / 28.8 mpg UK).

While the numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, the survey suggests the entry-level hybrid option would cost $4,000 and be the same price as the 6.2-liter V8. The hybrid V8, on the other hand, would be an $8,000 option or $4,000 more than the standard V8.

Chevrolet appears to be looking into hybrid engines as a direct response to the Mustang Hybrid which will be launched in 2020. The company has been tight-lipped about the model, but has previously said the car will be “all about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.”

Little else is known about the Mustang Hybrid, but rumors have suggested the model will have an electric motor that is sandwiched between a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a ten-speed automatic transmission. This could enable the car to have around 400 hp (298 kW / 405 PS) and run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than five seconds.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Or…
    And hear me out on this…

    We could leave the icons alone. I don’t want muscle cars to go hybrid. It’s just annoying.

    • FlameWater

      I think at this point auto companies have to eventually put their foot the market or else they will be left behind.

    • Kumquat

      You can stick with your V8 that gets 18mpg on a good day. I’ll take an I4 Turbo Hybrid that can spank your V8 from 0-60 and get 30mpg while doing it.

      • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

        If I’m buying a V8, what makes you think i give a damn about your MPG? You can spank whatever you want. But you’re driving a simulation.

        I like V8s. Not things pretending to be V8s.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    again gm and ford are too much into competition that they are basically copying each other…this is why i wont buy them..ill stick with Ram.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      what about dodge?

  • eb110americana

    I think maybe a mild hybrid on the base engine could work for folks who just want the looks and don’t care for the fuel economy. I’ve heard from a number of non-enthusiasts that said they sold an older muscle car due to high fuel costs. But honestly, the car’s price is high enough already, so I doubt this would sell more Camaros.

    The only hybrid that makes sense to me is one where the weight is similar to something like the ZL1 or in between the SS and ZL1. The supercharger and intercooler add a lot of weight high in the nose on an already big V8. It might make more sense to place that weight down low in the rear of the chassis with batteries. An electric turbo would be pretty awesome as well. So yeah, somewhere around 550 hp would split the difference of the SS and ZL1. If they wanted to break some more records which are currently traction-limited (and sell a few more cars in the snow-belt) they could even slap on a couple of front wheel motors for AWD. My guess is even with “only” 550 hp, all that low end torque, balance, and AWD would smoke the ZL1 in every metric but roll-racing.

    • Mill0048

      I agree with most of your statements. I would be interested in a 2.0 hybrid turbo: solid performance and good gas mileage as a daily. Weight would be a concern.

      • eb110americana

        So the base 2019 Camaro 2.0t starts at $25,000. The big question is, would you be willing to buy that hybrid base Camaro for $29,000? Maybe $32,000 with options? It’s actually not too bad for 4.4 sec 0-60. But the question remains, would people like you buy one?

        • Mill0048

          Well there are a few caveats. First, they’d have to fix the Camaro’s green house. Second, the BRZ couldn’t exist. I cross-shopped the 370z and the Camaro with my last purchase and ended up with the BRZ, because the other two had so little green-house. Plus, I was sold on the BRZ’s handling and back-to-basics package. I’m interested in a light-hybird sports car though.

    • Kumquat

      Excellent points. I’d buy a AWD Camaro for sure, since I live in MI and cannot afford both a winter garage queen and a second car.

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