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GM considers offering 4-cylinder engine in new Camaro

by Nick Aziz

It's not secret Chevrolet will offer a V6 version of its 2010 Camaro to rival the V6 Mustang, but General Motors said on Wednesday it might go even further, offering a four-cylinder engine -- no, that's not a typo -- in the new Camaro, too.

The motor under consideration is the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 found in the Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told Automotive News. Delivering 260 horsepower, the engine is no slouch. That said, it will be interesting to see if GM can quite literally sell the idea of a four-banger in a muscle car.

The V6 Mustang delivers just 210 horsepower, and the V6 Dodge Challenger will offer 250 -- that means the four-cylinder Camaro would actually be more powerful than both those models. The V6 Camaro, on the other hand, will deliver 306 horsepower via the same engine as the Cadillac CTS.

And how will the Camaro line compare to the Mustang in terms of pricing? "We are going to be above Mustang," Lutz said. "We have a very sophisticated suspension system and, frankly, a much nicer interior. We are not going to try and match the Mustang on price."