or the first time in three decades, the Chevrolet Camaro gets a four-cylinder engine. General Motors officials have no idea how the four-banger will sell.
The engine, a 2.0-liter turbo with direct fuel injection, will deliver 0-to-60 mph performance in under six seconds, says Mark Reuss, GM's global product chief. It is rated at 275 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque.
"We haven't done this before. We have no history," Reuss said of Chevrolet offering a turbo four-cylinder in its sporty pony car. He said wildly fluctuating fuel prices did not affect the mix of engines in the outgoing fifth-generation Camaro, available with V-6 and V-8 engines.
"We have a pretty logical cylinder progression," Reuss said of the 2016 Camaro lineup. "But if you buy the four-cylinder car and look at the torque numbers on that engine, it's a great car."
Chevy last offered a four-cylinder in the Camaro in the mid-1980s, but it was a wheezing 90-hp Iron Duke four that did not sell well.