Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

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    Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    With the 2014 C7 and the 2014 pickups using the new smallblock, do you think the Camaro will see use of the new engine before the planned 2016 6th generation. Even if you go by the usual standard of the camaro using the new powerplant a year later, that still leaves the last year of the 5th generation available to use the new LT1 engine.

    Will they do it? Will they just wait? Will it happen with the 2014 or 2015 model if it does? Will the camaro get a little refresh along with it (think early vs late 4th gen when the LS1 was introduced)?

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    I can see them using it, just to simplify their own process. I haven't seen if they are using the current place that produces the LS engines to build the new LT1 or not. If they are separate facilities, I suppose the LS engine could still be produced with ease.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    I think they should. There is no reason not to, other than cost.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    The timing of the C7, new trucks and Gen V smallblock are no accident. GM would have to spend a few bucks recertifying the 5th gen Camaro for the LT1, but it would probably create some interest in the car's swan song.
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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    They could just bump the price another $1-2k to recoup the difference...it would get everyone prepared for the price of the next gen, too.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    For competitive reasons and to encourage last years' sales, GM should bring out the LT1 as soon as it's ready. Plus a new engine in an old body would make the old model more desirable. It could combat Mustang sales. The new Camaro will sell great with existing engines because it's new, so there isn't a good reason to wait.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    New Mustang comes out as a 2015 right? Use the LT1 in the Camaro as a way to steal some of the thunder back. The performance boost from it wouldn't hurt either for the comparisons.
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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    I don't know if there are many guys who switch from Mustang to Camaro or vice versa, but for those who do switch, getting someone to buy a new-engined Camaro just before the 2015 Mustang comes out would not only steal thunder, but also SALES!

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    I believe LS motors are still built in Romulus, MI. The new LT1 is bieng built in NY (Ticonderoga, I think). Both engines can be built at the same time. Not sure if it makes sense though. Depends on how many other vehicles can still benefit from LS motors. Also, they may need LS motor production in place because they won't have enough LT1s for some time. I mean, every new Vette, V8 Silv/Sierra 1500, Tahoe/Yukon, Suburban/XL, Escalade is going to get a Gen 5 motor. That's a lot of ramp up.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    The timing of the C7, new trucks and Gen V smallblock are no accident. GM would have to spend a few bucks recertifying the 5th gen Camaro for the LT1, but it would probably create some interest in the car's swan song.
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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    Why on earth would you go through all the engineering work for ONE model?

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    As far as the OP's question - it appears no.
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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    It'd be nice to see an LT1 Z28 or something. But I don't expect that kind of thing from the same idiots that thought it'd be a good idea to name a new LS-like series of engine after one that just left in the 4th Gen. Chevy needs to rethink it's naming policies. ZL1? 1LE as a model name? Chevrolet SS? No Z28? LT1 again? Seriously?? What's next?!
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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    I don't see GM stacking a bunch of LS3s in a warehouse to tide them over for the time period between St. Catherine's Gen 5 switch over and the debut of the Alpha Camaro. Does anyone here work there and know how Gen 5 production will affect LS3 production?

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    I would have thought the new mustang release in 2014 would have chevy moving the New LT1 into the current generation camaro..

    The LT1 should offer better performance and fuel efficiency...than the l99 and ls3 engines.

    I would expect upgrades to the transmissioons possibly as well.

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    Re: Will the fifth generation see an LT1?

    Quote Originally Posted by free_energy0 View Post
    I don't see GM stacking a bunch of LS3s in a warehouse to tide them over for the time period between St. Catherine's Gen 5 switch over and the debut of the Alpha Camaro. Does anyone here work there and know how Gen 5 production will affect LS3 production?
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