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Old 06-15-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Would you drive a Diesel/Biodiesel Camaro?

On an episode of "Pimp my Ride", the guys a GAS Pimped this kid's 60 something Impala with an 8.0 Liter Biodiesel Duramax engine. This thing had 800 hp and whipped a Lamborghini Gallardo on a 1/4 mile track. Just thought I'd throw it out there...
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/15/g...the-hummer-h2/

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Old 06-15-2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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Wrong Forum, exactly! hehe, but to your topic - I would definitly drive a desiel/biodesiel Camaro, if it put out decent numbers and helped to save the environment! Of course, I AM hoping for a flex-fuel Camaro, the higher performance engines seem to be last on GM's ethanol list. Plus, think of all the other muscle cars out there, when they roar thier engines, you idle louder!
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:42 PM   #3
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On an episode of "Pimp my Ride", the guys a GAS Pimped this kid's 60 something Impala with an 8.0 Liter Biodiesel Duramax engine. This thing had 800 hp and whipped a Lamborghini Gallardo on a 1/4 mile track. Just thought I'd throw it out there...
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/15/g...the-hummer-h2/

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I would definitly drive a desiel/biodesiel Camaro, if it put out decent 800hp numbers and helped to save the environment!
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the environment is great and all that, but I dont think we have a chance in hell to fix it if things keep going the way they are.
in the words of Troy McLure... "Man vs Nature, the road to victory"
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:16 AM   #4
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No, no. We'll get it. but like always, it'll be at the last possible second. Damn us, you know. With our Camaro's and our trucks...LOL


but really, I do think we (humans) can fix this planet. At least for long enough to get off of it...
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:16 AM   #5
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At least for long enough to get off of it...
thats all im waiting for
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:48 AM   #6
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oh my god, no never, i want a V8
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Old 06-24-2007, 07:28 AM   #7
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I was actually considering moving to Kuwait, Dubai or Qatar and opening a speed shop for all these rich kids. Plus there are a rediculous amount of desolate, straight roads with good pavement for racing, and gas is like $0.20 a gallon. Sounds pretty crazy, but it would work. I would just need a few good mechanics and tuners and a good body guy(or girl). It would be the Middle East version of The Fast and the Furious. On the diesel Camaro issue, it's kinda like the difference between a Mac and a PC, sure the Mac is way better, but the PC is way more mainstream and is supported by a bigger aftermarket. I'll take my LS3 and be happy with it. Diesel Camaro is kinda like a supermodel taking a dump, it's just something you don't see happening.
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:09 PM   #8
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The diesel aftermarket in the last five or so years has exploded. There are far too many to name but Gale Banks, Bully Dog, and Edge just to name a few. Its an intersting idea however I would only own one if it was a second car I have to hear the roar of a V8 under the hood.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:53 PM   #9
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I am a huge proponent of biodiesel and would definitely buy a Camaro with a diesel engine if it still performed like a Camaro should! I like E85 as well, but biodiesel is cheaper to produce and can be made out of more resources.

I remember watching something on SPEED a while back about some group that had build a roadster that ran on biodiesel and accelerated from 0-60 in like 4.2 sec. Pretty good IMO.
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:19 PM   #10
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BMW, Mercedes, VW all make Diesels that are fast as a cat on a griddle. Light weight low/no sulfur diesels make power fast and harder getting a 130 percent more performance from a gallon of fuel. It used to be that slow revving fly wheel effect was an issue fixed by constant variable transmissions. Now they rev, run, and out run many gasoline vehicles.
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:39 PM   #11
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There's hardly any diesel gas stations aroud here and diesel is some 40 cents higher then supreme as well. I don't think I could afford it.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:47 PM   #12
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Really? Diesel is a lot cheaper here in Kentucky!


Still don't really think I would want a diesel powered Camaro...:shrug:
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:09 PM   #13
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:12 PM   #14
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:15 PM   #15
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I agree give me gas. I know this thread is a couple of weeks old, but thought I would give it a bump, because it's interesting.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:41 AM   #16
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Well, I already said it once, but I'd prolly buy one, especially nowadays...GM's building a new Diesel - first of a new generation - you'd never know it was diesel if you never opened the hood!
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:30 PM   #17
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Same here in my area, no diesel close by. But if there were and it was cheaper then gas, yeah, I'd seriously consider it.

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Old 08-16-2007, 09:35 PM   #18
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Would you drive a...Hybrid Camaro

hmmm. "Would we drive a Diesel/Bio-Diesel Camaro"...maybe...but then again, what about a 2-mode hybrid Camaro? I found this article online (written today), and it's starting to be paraphrased at other news sites already, so, why not here?
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It could be the future of cruising, a muscle car for the 21st Century: A Chevrolet Camaro that could approach 40 m.p.g. on the highway and 30 m.p.g. in the city.
It might glide silently through future Woodward Dream Cruises, running on battery power up to 25 m.p.h. but with a beefy V8 engine poised to leap to life for a 0-60 sprint.

This Camaro, wedding Chevrolet's legendary small-block V8 engine to General Motors' advanced new hybrid system, isn't on the drawing board yet, but it is feasible, a knowledgeable GM source told the Free Press. GM has the parts on the shelf to get this dream car cruising. It would combine production-ready hybrid technology that hits the road this fall in some GM vehicles with the celebrated new Camaro that is to go on sale in early 2009.

"The Camaro is Chevrolet and GM's halo car," said Joe Phillippi, principal of AutoTrends Consulting, in Short Hills, N.J. "It projects an image that reflects on the whole corporation. To offer all the performance aspects of a classic Camaro and still be environmentally friendly ... that's a real plus from an image point of view.

"A hybrid Camaro, it could go a long way toward changing the perception of General Motors and Chevrolet," he said, particularly if the car won the seal of approval of Consumer Reports magazine or some other respected third party.

Even Chris Paine, director of the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?", which took GM to task for halting the EV1 electric car in the 1990s, would applaud such a move.

"The word hybrid is really starting to mean something at GM; they deserve another look from people," Paine said. "Anything that saves fuel and gives equivalent power is going to be exciting to the consumer."
Because nobody is officially working on a gasoline-electric Camaro hybrid, the fuel economy and performance projections are mine, not GM's. They are based on a reasonable extrapolation of the company's public statements about the Camaro and GM's new hybrid system.

"Every automaker is going to have to have a hybrid version of almost every model they build," said Tony Swan, senior editor at Car and Driver magazine. "It's a smart thing to do for marketing."

That hybrid system is impressive enough that Germany's engineering titans -- BMW and Mercedes-Benz -- jumped at the chance to share it with GM, kicking in cash and engineering talent to develop it.

"The Detroit Three have such a horrible public perception as technology laggards," said Michelle Krebs, editor of AutoObserver.com. "It's critical that they turn that around."

The new hybrid system combines the cylinder deactivation system that helped the Chevrolet Silverado achieve the highest fuel economy rating of any big pickup. It's a system called the "two-mode" hybrid.

It recaptures energy used in braking to charge its batteries and shuts the engine off when the vehicle is idling or puttering along at neighborhood -- or Dream Cruise -- speeds.

The system boosts fuel economy in city driving as much as 45% and improves highway fuel economy by a smaller amount, according to engineers working on the GM-BMW-Mercedes joint development program.
GM has already said a Camaro with a conventional V8 engine will get 30 m.p.g. on the highway.

The V6 Camaro will certainly top that, so it's a not too big a leap to infer eye-popping fuel economy figures for a hybrid version of the reincarnated muscle car.

There's a real question as to whether buyers want a hybrid performance car, though.

Honda failed when it pitched the hybrid Accord as a performance model, and the go-fast hybrid version of Lexus' GS sport sedan has struggled, said Rebecca Lindland, analyst with Global Insight, Lexington, Mass.
"The traditional hybrid buyer is not worried about performance," she said. "That may be changing, but even the slightest hint that it didn't perform as well as the non-hybrid would be death."

Most hybrid systems on the road today have little effect on highway fuel economy, but the two-mode was optimized to improve that number as well by letting the vehicle operate in fuel-saving four-cylinder mode for a longer period and at higher speeds than non-hybrid models.

GM is considering using the new system on other vehicles from the Zeta family of cars that includes the Camaro.

The company hasn't approved any of them for production. GM is weighing the fuel economy and image benefits against the system's very high cost -- considerably more than the less powerful and sophisticated systems used in today's hybrids.

GM has admitted it will lose thousands of dollars on every one of the big Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukons that will offer the system beginning this fall.

The price should fall as production volume rises and the company gets more experience with the system, and GM documents say the company does plan to offer it in rear-wheel-drive cars, though it won't say which ones.

"It looked for years like GM was behind Toyota" in hybrid and alternative-fuel technology, Phillippi said. "Now we're seeing significant movement. With the Tahoe and Yukon hybrids, GM is years ahead."
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:57 PM   #19
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I'd love the idea of a diesel sports car, while I don't know if it fits the Camaro I'd love a light sports car with a V8 diesel making huge torque and high HP while saving gas also.

3000 pounds, 350HP and 500 ft/tq while saving gas (ohhhh mama)
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Seems like some people know more than they are saying....

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/15/g...the-hummer-h2/


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That's right, just imagine the possibilities. Wherever GM uses a small-block V8 gas engine, it could potentially use the 4.5L V8 Duramax diesel. In a few years we could be driving diesel Impalas, diesel Camaros, maybe even a diesel Corvette! To quote GM's press release, the engine's small size gives it "the flexibility to introduce this engine in a wide variety of vehicle applications should there be future market demand." Indeed.

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