Chevy can already claim ownership of the V-6 muscle car horsepower title, but if there’s any truth to this latest rumor, the Bowtie boys might have even more power up their sleeves.
According to fifth-generation Camaro fan site Camaro5, an upgraded V-6 engine is coming for the 2012 model year. Citing dealer sources, who have already leaked the options and features list for the 2012 model year, Camaro5 reports that they’ve also found a new engine code buried in the specs.
The actual option description reportedly reads: “LFX 3.6L SIDI, DOHC, VVT, E85 Max, Alum GM.” Those in the know are aware that the Camaro’s current V-6 engine goes by the codename LLT, not LFX, hence the special attention. Aside from the engine code, the only significant difference this description reveals is E85 ethanol capability, a logical step given GM’s past engine work. The rest, from direct injection to variable valve timing and the aluminum block, are all present on the existing 3.6-liter V-6.
Camaro5, though, has other ideas. Citing advances to GM’s 3.0-liter V-6 (codename LF1) found in other vehicles that also share the 3.6-liter V-6, Camaro5 makes a rather large leap of logic to suggest that similar advances could be made to the 3.6-liter engine. Going even further, because the 3.6-liter engine’s horsepower increased by 2.6 percent when moved from the Cadillac CTS to the Camaro, Camaro5 assumes that a similar increase would occur if technologies from the 3.0-liter V-6 were applied to the 3.6-liter V-6. Should any of that actually bear true, it would mean that this new LFX engine would produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 325 to 330 horsepower. Unfortunately, Camaro5 presents no actual evidence of any of this, so for now, it’s speculative at best.
Needless to say, we put in a call to Chevrolet to get the official word on this rumor. The official word, as you may have guessed, is “no comment.” So while what Camaro5 suggests makes sense, both in technical terms and in terms of GM’s product strategy, we can’t confirm any of it. It could well be that the LFX code simply differentiates the existing V-6 from a new, E85 capable model. Or it could be a whole lot more. We’ll just have to keep our ear to the ground.