Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: we are living in a golden age of performance. Whether it be affordable pocket rockets, to muscle cars or into the stratosphere of hyper cars, it’s all accounted for and represented in brute force.
Following the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Motor Trend published its sit-down with Al Oppenheiser, chief Camaro engineer, where he discussed the golden age of Camaro versus Mustang among other bits related to the latest Camaro variant: the 2017 Camaro 1LE. You can also circle back and check out our interview with Mr. O at the link right here.
In response to MT asking about the Alpha platform’s persuasion on incoming Camaro performance models, Oppenheiser reiterated the punching game that is Camaro versus Mustang.
“You know this market. Ford’s going to punch us, we’re going to punch them—I can’t wait until you do your 1LE versus GT350 comparison, maybe even the R comparison. But I’m sure they’ll punch back. That’s going to continue; that’s the life blood,” reiterating how confident he in the 2017 Camaro 1LE’s capabilities to take down the GT350.
When discussing the limits of Camaro, Oppenheiser was optimistic on what we’ll see from the sixth-generation of Camaro.
“Is there a limitation? I’ll tell you, with a guy like Reuss at the helm, we never have a limitation on what we want to look at. He’ll never say “no.” We just have to present something that’s right for the car. I don’t want to alienate previous customers because maybe we’re shooting too far. Also we’ve got a pretty darned good performance lineup between Tadge [Corvette chief engineer Juechter] and I, between our entry 2.0-liter turbo Camaro and his top-dog Corvettes. I think that’s unmatched in the industry, having two cars that can cover such a broad spectrum. But there’s never a limitation, and we’re never done pushing.”