Foremost, Al Oppenheiser, lead engineer of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, sits his record straight by saying he was utterly misquoted on the idea of a four-cylinder Chevrolet Camaro. After taking on what he calls an “identity” on the internet, he’s now pumping up the turbo-four that could.
That’s because Oppenheiser believes the engine belongs in this sixth-generation 2016 Camaro. This is not the penalty box option, unlike the Iron Duke four-cylinder of yesteryear.
Autoblog had a chance to sit down with the mastermind behind CamaroSix, and specifically had him delve into the 2016 Camaro with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the first ever for the Camaro nameplate.
Asking about the turbo-four’s take rate, Oppenheiser is extremely optimistic, and it’s clear the marketing research has been done to offer such an engine in the 2016 Camaro. He believes the turbo-four may even outpace Camaro V6 sales saying the following:
We think there’s a distinct four-cylinder customer. I think a segment of this four-cylinder buyer will be the kids that saw Bumblebee from day one and have grown up with four-cylinder cars like the Cruze and even HHRs and Cobalts. I’ve read blogs where younger folks won’t buy a Camaro because it doesn’t have a 2.0-liter turbo or a turbocharged four-cylinder. So we’re going to excite them. I wouldn’t be surprised if the four and the six battle each other for penetration into the segment in how many we’ll sell.
Thanks for making us feel old on the Bumblebee mention, Al.
Oppenheiser also gets into why Alpha was the perfect choice for a followup to the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro that has been a massive hit for the brand, saying it was the Camaro team’s chance to make something incredible from a platform already proven capable of making great things.
You can catch the entire interview at the link here, but be sure to tell us what you think about the turbocharged offering in the 2016 Camaro in the comments down below.