312-HP Camaro V6 ends short reign of entry-level Mustang

You knew General Motors wouldn’t take the rampant boasting coming from Ford about its more powerful and efficient 2011 Mustang V6 lying down. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will boast a number of features that should help put the Bowtie’s six-pot back on top. Of primary importance is that the Camaro’s base V6 will now boast a total of 312 horsepower – beating out Ford’s offering by seven ponies. That should allow GM to resume bragging that it has the most powerful entry-level muscle car out there, even if the bump in grunt doesn’t make up for the fact that the Camaro weighs in at 282 pounds heavier than the Mustang.  However, there’s been no word as to what the new EPA fuel economy rating of the ’11 Camaro V6 model will be.
Chevy has said that there were no actual changes made to the Camaro’s V6 engine that resulted in a power increase. Rather, Chevy says the current 304-hp rating was conservative and a new SAE certification resulted in 312 hp. So that means anyone who bought a 2010 Camaro V6 shouldn’t feel shortchanged, as their engine is just as powerful as the 2011 model that will start production on June 7th. Chevy also says, that buyers will be able to pick up any trim level in Chevrolet’s new eye-searing Synergy Green – a color that was previously limited to the 1LT car. GM has also made the Camaro’s heads-up display standard equipment on all 2LT and 2SS models.
These the changes aren’t exactly earth shattering, but they should be enough to keep the Camaro near (or even at) the front of the muscle car pack for now.
BTW, here’s a pic of the car with it’s new gas cap and stripes.

At some point in the future I’ll actually take some good pictures of this car 🙂