Chevrolet could bestow the Camaro with hybrid technology as evidenced by a customer survey the company ran some time back. The car’s V8 and the turbocharged inline-four are the prime candidates for future hybrid powertrains.
Chevrolet is clearly assessing customer interest for a hybrid system in a future Camaro. Screenshots of a customer survey were posted to the Camaro6 forum in August, in which Chevrolet explicitly asked a current Camaro owner for feedback regarding a hybrid turbocharged inline-four engine and a hybrid V8 engine. The company also put up the Silverado pickup’s 2.7-litre turbocharged inline-four as an option.
The options list includes a 2.0-litre turbocharged hybrid inline-four good for 365hp and a combined fuel economy of 12.75kpl. This engine can send the Camaro to the ton in 4.5 seconds. The four-pot motor would come with a price premium of $4,000 over its conventional counterpart. The next option is a 6.2-litre hybrid V8 that churns out 545hp and helps the pony car clock 100kph in 3.8 seconds, with a combined fuel economy of 10.20kpl. This option would cost an extra $8,000 according to the survey.
For comparison, the current LT1 6.2-litre V8 under the Camaro SS’s hood produces 450hp and the 2.0-litre four-pot motor makes 275hp. The hybrids would give the car sizeable power and economy bumps. However, the systems would cost thousands of dollars more. Alternatively, the 2.7-litre four-pot off the Silverado’s engine choices is listed as a $0 option that makes 310hp and returns 10.62kpl combined.
General Motors patented a high-compression, twin-charged hybrid powertrain in October 2017 which could be a precursor to any sort of hybrid system the company has under development. This does not mean that a new hybrid Camaro would share its powertrain with the rumoured hybrid C8 Corvette. The key difference between the two models is that the Corvette would be a mid-engined car, needing a substantially different powertrain packaging than the front-engine setup on the Camaro. Additionally, GM North America President Mark Reuss commented in 2013 that it would be silly to laugh off a hybrid Corvette, which could mean that the Camaro could also go part-electric.
News of the hybrid Camaro comes as arch-rival Ford is getting ready to launch its own Mustang hybrid by 2020. The pony car wars are shaping up nicely, and with the introduction of hybrid tech could get fiercer in the future.