We've seen from patent and trademark applications that carmakers tinker with myriad interesting ideas, only some of which make the jump to real life. In August, as discussed on a Camaro6 forum, Chevrolet asked Camaro owners what kind of engine they'd favor if they bought another sports car. Respondents could choose from the four following options, which included the engine's potential cost premium, or None of the Above:
- 4 Cylinder, 2.7L, Turbo engine, 310 HP, 25 mpg combined, 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds - $0
- 4 Cylinder, 2.0L, Hybrid Turbo engine, 365 HP (total system power), 30 mpg combined, 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds - $4,000
- 8 Cylinder, 6.2L, 455 HP, 20 mpg combined, 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds - $4,000
- 8 Cylinder, 6.2L, Hybrid engine, 545 HP (total system power), 24 mpg combined, 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds - $8,000
The first thing you might notice is that the 3.6-liter V6 doesn't get a chance to make the roster. The second thing is that the options appear to be engines we already know. The 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder is likely the unit fitted to the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, which also makes 310 hp in that application. Coincidentally, that's the same output as the 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost in the Ford Mustang. As a new base engine, that would elevate a hybridized version of the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot in today's base Camaro to a $4,000 option. By boosting total output by 90 hp over the current 2.0-liter, the hybrid's 0-60 sprint would decrease by a whole second, and combined fuel economy would increase by up to seven miles per gallon...