It’s definitely something that has been explored once or twice, hell even we’ve kicked the idea around before: what would all-wheel drive or a hybrid powertrain do for the Chevrolet Camaro? It looks like we won’t know, at least for the foreseeable future, that is.
While speaking to AutoGuide during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Al Oppenheiser, chief Camaro engineer, was more than ready to shoot down the idea of such a variant.
“Not while I have the keys to the store,” he stated. “It’s not in the DNA. I wouldn’t say ‘never’ but it’s not in the DNA of the Camaro. Those of us that work on the Camaro are purists, we love the original, long hood, the strong shoulders, the mantra that ‘nobody needs a Camaro, they want a Camaro.’ You know, I think for the foreseeable future, you’re going to see us stay true to Camaro heritage,” he said.
It would seem Oppenheiser and his colleague Tadge Juechter, lead Corvette engineer, share similar feelings. Juechter had previously gone on the record to state no sort of autonomous technology would be applied to the Corvette any time soon. A round of applause for both men, as they strive to continuously create product for the driver, because of only one thing: the drive.