Soooo...with my newfound ability to rant about all things Camaro (thanks for that, Charlie ), I'm going to take on a topic yet again that I haven't brought up in about 5 years...
It bothers me that I need to spend over $30,000 for a V8 Camaro. It also bothers me that in an age where technology will be leading us down the road to even greater MPG from existing designs, I am told that V8s will be getting more costly, and even more exclusive. I am reasonably confident that if GM came out with a smaller displacement V8, with DoD, idle shutoff, etc., it could eek out damn good numbers for a V8. As noted in another thread, a lot of these boosted, tiny engines aren't exactly getting decent REAL WORLD mileage...something that I hope will be picked up by the EPA sooner or later.
So, folks, what is my dream? Welp, if a 5.3 in a GM pickup makes about 315hp, I imagine it wouldn't be terribly hard to get it to 350hp or so? Throw in an aggressive DoD schedule, good gearing, a PCM designed to shift early at part throttle, a great 6 speed AT, and voila...in a 400 lb lighter package, a 6th gen that gets out of its own way AND close to, if not a solid 30 MPG highway. If a 6.0 can get to 25 MPG now with utilizing only DoD? Who says a 6th gen can't get to 30 using this method?
Take a base LS for around $25,000, add a $1,500...hell, an $1,800 optional V8 that probably will cost GM LESS than an HF V6 or stupid turbo 4, and what happens? GM makes more money, and a lot of us get the "base V8 car" we actually want.
I know what I got for responses 5 years ago. Times have certainly changed, as has technology. Interested to see what the responses are now.