GM Considering 4-Cylinder Camaro

Posted: March 24, 2008

Auto Week reports, “General Motors is considering a four-cylinder engine for the new Chevrolet Camaro as a response to rising fuel prices.”  The general plans to revive the Camaro name with a retro-styled 2010 edition.  GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told members of the press gathered at the New York Auto Show that “the drivetrain under consideration for the Camaro is the same high-performance one used in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder rated at 260 hp.”

Business Week comments, “With its muscle car heritage and optional V-8 engine, the Camaro is hardly the statement of green, high-tech modernism that every carmaker is trying to broadcast these days.”  However, “GM thinks it has a solution” to the problem.   Business Week quotes GM-North America’s vice president of sales and marketing Mark LaNeve as saying, “We won’t position it as a muscle car.  The mainstream positioning will be fuel economy, design and a V-6.”

Autoblog comments, “The truth seems to be that GM just cannot afford to sell a couple hundred thousand Camaros a year with V8 engines rated at around 20 miles per gallon combined. …  Without mainstream options like either a direct-injected V6 or even a small turbocharged 4, there is simply no way that Chevrolet could ever reintroduce the Camaro at all.”

Some analysts believe gas prices will ultimately kill off muscle cars like the Camaro altogether.

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