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Several reports on different Chevy Camaro fan forums have appeared online claiming that for 2011 the Camaro’s entry-level V6 will get a slight boost from 304-hp to 312-hp. That might not sound like much, but it’s a big deal in the horsepower wars, where Ford recently announced the new 2011 Mustang’s V6 engine makes 305-hp – just one more than the Chevy.
What isn’t yet known is the updated Camaro’s fuel economy numbers. Currently the Camaro gets 29-mpg highway, while the Mustang recently topped it with 31-mpg.
And while these numbers both sell cars, they are mostly useless as the Camaro weighs roughly 300 lbs more than the ‘Stang. You can’t feel seven horsepower, but adding all those extra pounds is a tangible difference.
A few other details about the 2011 Camaro have also leaked out, with word that the Synergy Green option will be offered on all models for a limited time. Also, for 2011 a Heads-up-display (HUD) will be standard equipment on all 2LT and 2SS models.
We’ll await official details from Chevy and report back when we do.
Recently Ford released its fuel economy numbers for the new V6-powered Mustang and in the process one-upped the Chevrolet Camaro in both the fuel-economy and engine output comparisons. But that isn’t likely to last for long.
John Fitzpatrick, Camaro and Corvette marketing manager, told Automobile Magazine that new numbers for the 2011 model year Camaro will be announced in a few weeks, hinting that Chevy will respond in kind. Currently the Camaro V6 makes 304-hp and gets 18/29 mpg (city/highway), while the new 3.7-liter V6 Mustang makes 305-hp and gets 19/31 mpg.
Eeking out a few extra horsepower certainly wouldn’t be hard and improved fuel economy is as easy as using different transmission gearing. However, might we suggest the best way to improve the Camaro’s fuel economy would be to put it on a diet.