It seems like the Camaro team has a winner on their hands with the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and ZL1 1LE. In an interview with Hagerty, chief Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser said demand for both cars has exceeded expectations.
The chief engineer said the team imagined around 1,000 ZL1 1LEs to start and push them out to dealerships.
“Well, we talked to all of our suppliers and we built a lot early and we’re continuing to build a lot,” he said.
Oppenheiser credited the communications team for the Camaro ZL1 1LE’s launch and played up its 7:16.04 Nürburgring lap time. For the record, the lead engineer would really like to see a Camaro dip under the seven-minute mark, too.
He also noted the fact that ZL1 1LE customers can tweak the suspension setup with the DSSV dampers, unlike the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28. Additionally, Oppenheiser said the team will soon release “free communications” on how to set up the suspension for various circuits.
“We want to help you. If your track is heavy braking or a lot of understeer is required, we’ll help dial it in.”
In the interview, Oppenheiser also peered into the Camaro’s future and envisioned a potential drag package for the car, and maybe even a proper Dodge Demon rival. One thing is certain: the buck doesn’t stop at the ZL1.