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post #1 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Should the 5th gen be E85 capable?

I think the Camaro should be able to run E85 flexfuel. Would be a huge marketing advantage to be the first "green" musclecar.
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post #2 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 11:50 AM
 
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I'm gonna research this E85 thing... never heard of it
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105 octane? hellz yeah!
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post #4 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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85% Ethanol, 15% gasoline.

The downside is ethanol has 10% less energy per lb, so that means 10% less HP, or I guess 8.5% in this respect, but since its alcohol, you should be able to make up some Hp with more timing (octane rating) and by simply upping fuel delivery....MPG would drop but if its cheaper and not from a terrorist state, its all good IMO.

Even if its just on the V6 models I think there should be a flex fuel Camaro available.
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post #6 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 04:18 PM
 
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i dont see why not. brazil has been using ethanol for a long time and they had a special on tv the other day. a gm flex-fuel car had almost as much hp on the ethonal as on regular gass at like $1 less per gallon
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it is going to be DOD Why not E85. Might be worth it. Maybe an Option?
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post #8 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 06:14 PM
 
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Definattly something ALL new cars should be capable of. if we are going to change, we need to make sure that we don't put out vehicles that can't sue it.
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E85 needs to gain alot of popularity before it's practical.
As it is now, there aren't too many gas stations that sell E85, so the price is higher yet.
Once it becomes commonplace, the price would level off and it would make more sense.

The reason is that E85 is only 70-80% as efficient as regular gasoline, so your 30mpg becomes 21-24mpg.
So if regular gasoline is $2.30/gal, E85 would need to be in the $1.61/gal - $1.84/gal range for it to even pay for itself.

Right now around here regular gas is around $2.30 and E85 is around $2.00. Not finanically worth it.

....that said, I'm neutral to the 5th Gen being a FlexFuel vehicle, but it wouldn't be a bad thing.

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post #10 of 34 Old 02-12-2006, 10:43 PM
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how does E85 effect hp?
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