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It’s a bittersweet feeling to see muscle cars go hybrid. Ford just recently hinted at a hybrid Mustang in its latest promotion, and now Chevy is pondering a hybrid Camaro. No, we did not spot it being tested or anything, but Chevrolet recently ran a survey with existing Camaro owners to see what they thought about the prospect of a hybrid Camaro.

How It All Began

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In August of this year, screenshots of a customer survey were posted to the Camaro6 forum, in which the automaker explicitly asked a current Camaro owner for his views on a four-cylinder, turbocharged, hybrid engine and V-8 hybrid engine. Chevrolet asked about the 2019 Chevy Silverado’s 2.7-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that churns out 310 horses and offers 25 miles per gallon as an option as well.

The New Options On The Menu

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The survey asked which hybrid option the customer would choose in a Chevrolet Camaro out of the following – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged hybrid engine that produces 265 horses, or a 6.2-liter, V-8 hybrid unit that develops 545 ponies. The former offers an economy of 30 mpg and sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, whereas the latter achieves 24 miles to the gallon, and sprint from naught to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

There Is An Alternative As Well

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One thing is clear – Chevrolet will be plonking a hybrid unit in the Camaro.

In fact, even prices have been speculated; the 2.0-liter unit comes at a $4,000 premium, while the 6.2-liter engine would cost $8,000 extra.

To put things into perspective, the 2.0-liter unit makes 275 horses in the Camaro SS, and the 6.2-liter, V-8 LT1 engine produces 450 ponies. So, there is a significant increase in the power output as well as the fuel economy. However, to keep the costs in check, customers will potentially be offered with the 2019 Silverado’s unit as a zero-cost option as well.

Nice Try, GM

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Speaking on this topic, a General Motors spokesperson told Motor Authority, "We routinely survey our customers across all of our vehicles on potential future technologies or features, but that doesn’t mean we are going to institute them.” Way to douse the fire, Mr. Spokesperson.

It Won’t be the Same Hybrid Found in the C8 Corvette

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As far as the R&D goes, the bow-tie patented a high-compression, twin-charged hybrid unit last year and that’s the only thing in the works as of now; that could be offered in C8 Corvette hybrid.

On the other hand, it doesn’t look like the Camaro hybrid will share much with that engine, because the engine and transmission in the Corvette are designed to fit in the middle of the car.

And, back in 2013, Mark Reuss, GM’s North America President said that a hybrid Corvette could come in the future; so a hybrid Camaro is still easier to imagine.

Our Take

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What could have triggered this off is probably the new advertisement by Ford that teased a hybrid Mustang. The hybrid Mustang is due in 2020. Can Chevrolet have its contender ready by then? Only time will tell.

Further reading

The Battle of Hybrid Muscle Is Coming as Chevy Considers a Hybrid Camaro to Take on the Hybrid Ford Mustang
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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

2018 Ford Mustang High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Source: GM Authority

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