The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted exactly one month ago and we’ve already had a chance to drive a V6 prototype. To note, we enjoyed its newfound nimble character and revised interior, and we can’t wait to get some seat time some production models, hopefully later this year.
However, we’re still hovering-up any and all details we can find on the new car, and we’d remiss if we didn’t share with you the newest edition of Autoline After Hours with host (and as we’ve come to find out, karting hot-shoe) John McElroy, which features none other than Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
The Autoline panel lobs loads of questions at the exec – just as they did with Chevrolet Volt Head Enginner Andrew Farah in late May– and, being the auto enthusiast celebrity that he is and used to all sorts of questions, Oppenheiser is equally comfortable discussing the size of the cup-holders as he is the three main reasons GM chose to offer a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four cylinder engine in the 2016 Camaro.
Sure, you probably knew the new car only shares two parts with the fifth-gen vehicle – the SS badge and the rear bowtie – but you probably didn’t know Oppenheiser and the team believe so strongly in the 2016 Camaro’s turbocharged four-cylinder, that they see it carving out a new place in the market.
“I think it’s going to grow a new acceptance of turbocharged four-cylinders in this segment,” he says.
Oppenheiser also touches on the claims made by some that a fast four-door sedan like the Tesla Model S P85D can now out-accelerate even the fastest Camaros. His response? Those critics probably aren’t aware of EcoCAR3.
“They’ve got to do great things of invention and, clearly, if they come up with something you would actually consider in a Camaro, we would actually look at it.”
It’s a great interview that’s packed with plenty of meaty information. And if you consider yourself a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro fan, you won’t want to miss it.