Lead Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser alluded to the fact that he always expects rivals to punch back at his team’s work. The latest and greatest is none other than the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and track-focused ZL1 1LE. Well, Ford is winding up because new CAD drawings seemingly depict the brand’s next potent pony car’s engine.
Ford Authority reported last Friday that the new CAD drawings appear in 2018 wiring diagrams for the Shelby GT350. However, we all know the GT350 does not offer a factory supercharger. It’s very likely the new engine is indeed based on the GT350’s flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8, but Ford Authority expects a more traditional cross-plane crankshaft.
In terms of outright power, the last GT500 already eclipsed the current Camaro ZL1 with 662 horsepower to the Camaro’s 650 hp. The next high-power Shelby GT500 may take things to a whole new level and produce a power figure closer to 800 hp, though that’s far from confirmed at this point.
Aside from any other surprise Camaros, we’re still missing a sixth-generation Z/28, which could sit atop the Camaro hierarchy with even more power. However, we haven’t heard or seen anything to suggest the next Z/28 will arrive in the near future. To borrow Oppenheiser’s phrase, we certainly expect his team to punch back at Ford sooner rather than later, though.