Reports say that the 2023 Camaro-if there is a 2023 Camaro (we still have our doubts), will be available with the C8 Corvette’s LT2 V8. That would make the Camaro big block’s swan song an instant collectible. We can’t think of a better Camaro, except if Chevy opted to stab the 5.5-liter Z06 engine into it.
What comes with the LT2 for the 2023 Camaro?
The overhead-valve beauty comes with a naturally aspirated variable valvetrain 6.2-liter big block. We expect it to feature the same dry-sump, direct injection goodies of the C8 it was developed for. With 500 hp or more, it improves on the 2022 Camaro’s 6.2-liter 455 hp optional V8 it would replace. Would Chevy tweak it to 550 hp? We’d like to see that.
For 2022, the LT1 has seen improvements. But it still emits a bit more carbon emissions than the Corvette’s LT2. That would be one reason to ditch the LT1. But emissions certifications and development, not to mention configuring it from a sidewinder to north/south for the Camaro, takes some tooling costs too.
What will Chevy do about the sideways Corvette transmission for the Camaro?
The other problem with swapping the LT2 into Camaros is the transmission situation. Currently, the LT2 is only configured for the eight-speed dual-clutch Tremec transmission. Would Chevy step up for those development costs for what is presumed to be the last year of the Camaro?
GM Authority notes that Chevy has its hands full cranking out Corvettes. But GM manufacturing LT2 engines aren’t what has held up Corvette production. Plus, the LT1 and LT2 are both manufactured at the Tonawanda engine plant. So if the LT1 is dropped, production could just shift to LT2 manufacturing, which would also streamline overall production.
Will development costs make this a non-starter?
So we’re on the fence about this happening. But that is based on mostly certification and development costs, not manufacturing issues. And with 2023 being the Camaro’s last year of production it is simpler and cheaper to change colors and some badges and continue producing essentially what it has been making for seven years so far.
That being said, this move would surely spur sales and send off the final Camaro in a haze of tire smoke and glory. That is the least Chevy can do for the long-loved brand.