American Muscle Going Turbo


Camaro vs. Mustang Chevrolet has now announced the release of a new model of the Camaro. It is a 2.0 liter turbo charged engine model that was meant to compete with the Eco-Boost Mustang. The new I-4 Camaro is the first of its breed from Chevrolet. For now the price is unknown but if it follows the pattern of pricing for other Camaro models vs. Mustang models, it would be a fair guess to say that it should be priced somewhere between $26,000 and $28,000.

Photo of the 2016 Camaro lineup courtesy of Chevrolet http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-camaro/

This price estimate is based off the assumption that Chevrolet will put this new model above the V-6 model like Ford did. The one problem is that the I-4 Camaro does not out perform the V6 Camaro while the I-4 Mustang shows some significant power gains over the V-6 Mustang.

Photo Courtesy of Ford http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/?gnav=header-cars

 

Here are the numbers as they stand regarding the I-4s and the V-6s.

Ford Mustang:

The Eco-Boost Mustang makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. It starts at $26,000

The V-6 Mustang makes 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. It starts at $24,000

 

Ford Mustang Eco-Boost Courtesy of Ford http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/?gnav=header-cars

 

 

Chevrolet Camaro:

The I-4 Camaro makes 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and should cost between $26,000 and $28,000

The V-6 Camaro makes 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque and starts at $24,000.

To sum this up, the V-6 Camaro has the most HP in this group of cars and is also tied for least expensive. The I-4 Mustang is 25 HP shy of the V-6 Camaro but makes 36 more lb-ft of torque.

From the direction that Chevrolet and Ford are going, it is clear to see that turbocharged I-4s are here to stay and that they can hold their own against their higher displacement counterparts. The question here is when will Dodge hop on the band wagon.