The dust has barely settled on the launch of the new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, which has entered the market with a 2011 model year tag, but already the first details for the car’s 2012 model year have started to seep.

Although unconfirmed by Chevrolet, the new 2012 model year Camaro is expected to feature new paint and trim options, as well as a brand new V-6 engine. Codenamed the LFX V-6, the new engine should give the Camaro a leg-up over its Ford Mustang rival thanks to a number of fuel saving technologies and expected 330 horsepower output--25 more ponies than the Mustang.    

The engine’s full codename is “LFX 3.6L SIDI, DOHC, VVT, E85 MAX, Alum GM”, which means it will still displace 3.6-liters and feature spark ignition direct injection technology, dual overhead cams, variable valve timing and E85 flex-fuel capability.  

Other changes for 2012 are expected to include a new FE4 suspension setting for the Camaro SS models, a rear view camera, a 45th anniversary appearance package and new wheel designs.

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is expected to be released around the middle of the year.

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