General Motors’s 2011 Chevrolet Camaro fell behind in the V-6 horsepower war with the Mustang. The solution? Bump horsepower up to 312 ponies. The same thing has now happened with the fuel economy wars and GM’s solution once again is to boost the Camaro’s ratings – this time to 30 mpg – to better compete with the Mustang.
News of the fuel efficient Camaro package comes courtesy of what look like an early release on the official EPA Web site and GM Inside News. The EPA shows two fuel economy ratings for Camaro’s equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed auto -- one rated at the same 18/29 mpg (city/hwy) as the 2010 model and the 2011 model with a higher 19/30 mpg rating. That highway rating falls just short of the Mustang’s 31 mpg, but will allow Chevrolet to add the Camaro to the list of vehicles that achieve over 30 mpg on the highway.
We spoke with a Chevrolet spokesperson that wouldn’t confirm the existence of special fuel-efficent model, but confirmed that the Camaro will receive several “non-engine related mpg upgrades.” This information all but verifies the report on GMI, which says that the fuel economy boost comes from a lower, 2.92 final drive ratio. Unfortunately, the lower final drive ratio will cause a slight drop in performance too.
According to GMI, the more fuel efficient Camaro will be part of the new 2LS package and will retail for around $24,700. That includes the six-speed automatic transmission (the only available option) and is about $1000 more than a base 1LS Camaro with a six-speed auto. The new model will reportedly be available this spring.
Source: GM Inside News, GM, EPA