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.