A more potent V6 for 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

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It is official that Chevrolet will introduce a 312-hp Chevrolet Camaro to end the 2011 Mustang V6’s reign. Just as we had expected, Chevrolet is not letting 2011 Mustang V6 running rampantly with its new powerful V6 engine.

GM today announced the 312-hp Chevrolet Camaro, but will an added eight horsepower is enough to end the 2011 Mustang’s lead? We don’t think so. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will still be 282 pounds heavier and fuel consumption will also increase with the additional eight horsepower.

GM engineers will have to come up with a better solution than that, but for now it brings the Chevrolet Camaro closer to the lead.

On another news, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will be available in Synergy Green color, which was exclusively available only for the limited LT1 model. Yeah!

Production of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro begins on June 7, 2010, so expect to see it in the first quarter of 2011. Jump to the press release below of the new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro for more details.

March 23, 2010

In order to out compete the 2011 Ford Mustang its new potent engine, GM is developing a more powerful V6 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. And the battle of the Mustang versus Camaro continues, and with the advances in technology, this time we see both sides have even more firepower at disposal than ever before.

Even though the new 2011 Mustang GT at 412-hp is less powerful than the current V8 Camaro at 426-hp, but the new 2011 Mustang V6 at 306-hp gives 31 miles per gallon highway (EPA certified) over the comparable 2010 3.6-liter V6 Camaro (produces 304 hp with 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds) rated at 29 miles per gallon hwy.

Well, certainly GM is not just going to sit back and let the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 saviors the smell of victory. This will prove to be short lived, according to a source told Automobile that details of a more potent 2011 Camaro is on the way. There is no doubt that GM can produce such a V6 Camaro, but can it surpass the Mustang’s fuel economy at 31 mph highway rating? The latest Ecotec 2.4L engine produces an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway. It will be a tough challenge ahead for the GM camp. Time to burn that midnight oil, GM engineers!

In the meantime, sales of the 2010 Camaro may get pulled over to the 2011 Mustang’s when it releases this April.