2012 Chevrolet Camaro Gets Updated Engine

Posted: Apr 14, 2011 09:52 a.m.

The year is nearly halfway through, and automakers are starting to release specs for 2012 models. Chevrolet is already reporting updates for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.

In a press release, GM writes that it will give the 2012 Camaro an “improved version of its standard 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine, a new FE4 performance suspension package for SS coupes and several interior and technology improvements, such as a revised instrument panel design, new steering wheel and rear camera system.” The V6 engine will produce 323 horsepower, 11 more than the 2011 engine. This engine, called the LFX, is 20.5 pounds lighter and averages 30 mpg on the highway, which is what the 2011 model got. Reviewers haven’t tested the latest LFX because it hasn’t gone into production yet, but we’ll update you when test drives emerge.

For now, the automotive industry is looking forward to these updates. “There were a number of complaints with the Chevrolet Camaro when it finally reached reality after years as a well-known concept,” writes Kicking Tires. “For the 2012 model year, a few complaints have been addressed with upgrades to interior materials as well as a backup camera to help with coupe’s poor visibility.”

If you want a more standout muscle car, Chevrolet will release the 45th Anniversary Camaro this summer. This model will get the same changes as the base model, but according to Chevrolet, it will have “additional unique design elements, inside and out.” These include hood and deck stripes, a rear spoiler and HID headlamps, black leather seats and the 45th Anniversary logo on the steering wheel, seats and door inserts. Naturally, this model will cost more than the base Camaro, which started at $22,680 for the 2011 model year, but Chevrolet hasn’t released pricing data.

The updated 2012 Camaro and 45th Anniversary Special Edition go on sale this summer.

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