2011 Chevrolet Camaro revealed with its new 312 hp V6 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

To return to the top position in the fight for supremacy against the 2011 Mustang V-6, Chevrolet announced that it will once again be the V-6 champion with its 312hp Camaro 7hp more than the Mustang. Tom Sutter, GM's V-6 chief engineer, said that the 304hp in the 2010 Camaro was "a conservative rating."

Sutter further said that the company went the extra mile and certified the engine for this application and it has verified that the engine can produce 8hp more.

This recertification process also led to the discovery that the Camaro 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers an added five pound-feet of torque, resulting to 278 pound-feet.

Mustang enthusiasts will be quick to point out that the Camaro still falls two pound-feet short of Ford's V-6. Since GM only recertified it and didn't actually make changes to the engine, the V-6 Camaro's performance numbers aren't expected to change.

This means that the car will still hold the sprint record of getting to 60mph in 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.4 seconds at 98.3 mph.

This leaves it behind the lighter Mustang, which can reach 60mph in 5.1 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102 mph.

On the other hand, Chevrolet recertified the engine for the 2011 Camaro, as well as gave it some more features. Like the Corvette and other GM cars, Chevrolet will offer the Head-Up Display as an option on the Camaro.

It displays vehicle and engine speeds, OnStar directions, stereo settings, temperature, phone information, etc. If you were one of those who applauded the Synergy Green color first launched on a special-edition car, you'll be pleased with the announcement that the color will be expanded throughout the 2011 Camaro portfolio.

The special green will be offered on a limited run on all trim levels -- including the SS for only $325. John Fitzpatrick, Camaro Marketing Manager, said that the decision was made to add Synergy Green across the board after the positive feedback it received from SEMA attendees and consumers.

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