The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro could mark the engine of the Corvette C8


These days it seems the Chevrolet Camaro – at least as we know it – is not long for this world. Rumors of the demise of the muscle car have been circulating for several years now, prompted by a combination of trolling sales (in part driven by an unfortunate mid-life design refresh that was ultimately canceled) and the massive surge in the automotive world towards electrification. With SUVs and trucks dominating the market today and electric vehicles expected to dominate tomorrow, there isn’t much enthusiasm from a business perspective to invest in a low, gas guzzling two-door car.

Still, the existing sixth-generation Camaro is still a pleasure to drive, especially in its gnarled V8-powered forms. And according to a new rumor, some of those eight-cylinder powerhouses may have another upgrade in the cards before they are relegated to the history books: the 6.2-liter V8 currently featured in the generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. C8.

Okay, to cut you off before you start complaining: yes, the Camaro SS and LT1 indeed already have a 6.2-liter V8 from the Corvette. the old Corvette, that is to say the Corvette Stingray of the C7 generation and the Grand Sport. (This engine, for the record, is known internally at GM and by fans as the code name LT1.)

According to GM Authority, for the 2023 model year, Chevrolet will upgrade the Camaro SS and LT1 models to the LT2 V8 found in the Corvette C8 – known internally as LT2 – which makes 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. Those numbers would give the ‘Maro a nice little end-of-life power boost from its current 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft. Perhaps more importantly from a business perspective, the LT2 also produces fewer emissions than the LT1.

Always like GM Authority points out, this is not guaranteed; their sources claim that GM has already redirected all engineering and development resources previously allocated to the Camaro, which would make the challenges of adapting the LT2 – which, for example, has so far only been coupled with The Corvette’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission – pretty tough. Still, we can’t help but hope that the Camaro has at least one surprise for us before it turns into an inevitable electric crossover.


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