Chevrolet Is Planning to Transplant Corvette Engine Into the 2023 Camaro

Chevrolet Is Planning to Transplant Corvette Engine Into the 2023 Camaro

06 December 2021 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
Chevrolet Camaro 2023

If you know me, you know I love rumors, and there's one that might be interesting for you as well, especially if you are a General Motors enthusiast per se. However, the first thing you should know is we're not talking about the brand new 5.5 liters naturally aspirated V8 which you find in the brand-new Corvette ZO6. This engine has been said to be exclusive to the Corvette would its flat crankshaft setup, which gives it a unique sound. The engine we're talking about is the LT2 6.2 liters naturally aspirated V8. this is the engine you find in the base Corvette, and even though this more is pretty similar to the one you're finding in the Camaro SS right now, it's a totally different engine. The current Camaro SS is powered by LT1 6.2 liters naturally aspirated V8.


I know this can get a bit confusing since there's a lot of 6.2-liter V8 in General Motors history, but we're going to take a look at the LT1 and LT2 motors in order to see why it's logical for the Camaro SS to migrate from its current engine to the newer and more powerful LT2 motor. 


The LT1 Has been held since 2014, and this a Chevy small block V8 produces 455 horsepower and 455 foot-pounds of torque which is plenty of power for an American muscle car. Nevertheless, The LT2 motor is even more powerful, with 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. This is the engine you find on the base Corvette which has been out since 2020. this motor is also coupled to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which is pretty effective. It is even better than the 6-speed automatic transmission that you find in the current Camaro SS. 


A Better Competitor


Right now, competition is heavy for the Camaro SS segment, but some models seem to have reached the limits of their potential. Suppose you didn't know that Ford was forced to reduce the Mustang GT and the Mustang Mach-1 power by ten hp in order to meet emissions tests requirements. So, instead of the 460 hp we had last year, the American muscle from Ford produces 450, which is five less than the current Camaro. If we talk about the Challenger, the comparable version would be the 392 with its 6.4-liter V8 that produces 485 horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque. This might be a little bit more powerful than the engine you find in the current Camaro SS. However, the Dodge Challenger is way much heavier. Imagine the same scenario, but the Camaro SS is equipped with a 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque 6.2-liter V8. I am very curious to see what numbers could be and correct me if I'm wrong, but I am sure the camera access would be a lot faster than the Mustang and the Challenger in this configuration. 


Yes, the Camaro ZL1 isn't a match for the Shelby GT500 or the Challenger Hellcat in terms of numbers and performance, but this segment is considered to be way more exclusive where the Camaro SS reach many more people. Chevrolet doesn't intend to win every battle, but a better Camaro SS with an LT2 engine could help the American manufacturer to win the war for sure. 


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Shelby, Dodge Challenger

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier