Although the splash at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show has been the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, the sixth-generation Camaro will be seeing plenty of variants throughout its lifecycle.
Speaking to lead Camaro engineer, Al Oppenheiser, we asked if the upcoming Camaro turbo will see its own performance package, possibly inspired by the 1LE. The answer shouldn’t surprise you.
“I’ll give you that answer by saying a surprising number of components are shared between the V6 and turbo-four, so the opportunity is there. And, to be honest with you, I would much rather have our four-cylinder customers buying performance parts out of our performance catalog or even buy something straight from the factory versus buying aftermarket parts. You need the aftermarket, but if you want to really get the lap times that we’re able to stand behind, it’s always best, in my opinion, to get it straight from the factory.”
Oppenheiser also expanded on the customer his team intends to court with the 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder.
“I call them the ‘Fast and the Furious crowd.’ They’re the ones who went to see Transformers and saw Bumblebee. Now, these men and women are older, and they can afford a turbo-four Camaro. There were actually people who had blogs that said, ‘Man I love the Camaro, but they don’t offer it with a four-cylinder turbo, and there would be so much I could do from a stage-kit perspective, so I’m just not buying it until they do one'”, he stated.
So, the future is bright for the turbo-four buyer, and we can’t wait to sample the not-so-base-model engine.