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post #1 of 23 Old 05-16-2011, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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2012 V6 Camaro Gets More HP and Better Fuel Economy

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PONTIAC, Mich. – In auto production, more power, better fuel economy and fewer emissions rarely appear together. But the 2012 Camaro 3.6L direct injection V6 engine achieves all three by combining the exhaust manifold with the cylinder head into a single aluminum casting.

Each integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head – a V6 has two -- replaces a cast iron exhaust manifold, six bolts, a gasket and a heat shield and three bolts. By eliminating this joint, the potential for a gasket failure is eliminated. And the change reduces engine weight by 13 lbs. or 6 kg per engine. Reducing mass helps improve fuel economy and the 2012 Camaro 2LS model is EPA estimated at 30 mpg highway.

“Reducing engine mass of this magnitude doesn’t happen often,” said Ameer Haider, GM assistant chief engineer for V6 engines. “Engineering usually looks for reduction in terms of grams not pounds. It’s just like removing a set of golf clubs from your car when you don’t need them – ultimately it saves fuel. When combined with other mass reductions, the customer will see better fuel economy over time with better performance.”

Extensive simulation and bench testing was performed to perfect cylinder-head airflow. Intake airflow is improved 7 percent with the use of larger intake valves (38.3 mm v. 36.9 mm), which are primarily responsible for an increase of 11 horsepower. Exhaust flow is 10 percent better than the previous V6.

Lower emissions, narrower engine size and noise reduction round out the list of benefits for the new head design. With the catalytic converter closer to the engine exhaust point, the emissions reduction process begins sooner, resulting in lower emissions. The new cylinder heads decrease the overall width of the engine by 4.6 inches (117 mm) for significantly more packaging space in the engine bay making underhood work easier. Due to less surface area, the new design contributes to a 1 decibel reduction in engine noise at idle.

“The new, patented design benefits the customer in all the key areas without any tradeoffs, said Haider. “Emissions, performance, fuel economy, and noise all improve with the integrated exhaust manifold.”

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I guess the 2012+ V6 owners won't ever want to modify their exhaust or add turbos. WTF.
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I wonder tho, has any one tried to compensate for the best fuel economy on a V8,
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I guess the 2012+ V6 owners won't ever want to modify their exhaust or add turbos. WTF.
I'm sure creativity will solve this "issue" quickly. However, it will eliminate headers as we know them. What you will see, most likely, is exhaust starting at the collector.

Turbos might be a little more difficult however but not out of the realm of possibility.

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I'm sure creativity will solve this "issue" quickly. However, it will eliminate headers as we know them. What you will see, most likely, is exhaust starting at the collector.

Turbos might be a little more difficult however but not out of the realm of possibility.
I think what we'll see is alot of head swaps.
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Hmmm, I will leave my opinion reserved at this point. I wonder if you can cut the exhaust manifolds off (machine) and the bolt on or are they ALL new castings.....would love to see photos.....

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The link has pics. It looks like an all new casting.
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The pictures on the link were simulations.... I THINK this is an actual photo.

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The pictures on the link were simulations.... I THINK this is an actual photo.
I think you're right. I don't see anyone modifying these at all. I'd imagine maybe, someone trading an older 2011 or prior Camaro heads so the old one gets a performance boost, and the new one can upgrade performance. This just seems like a REALLY terrible idea.
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