Al Oppenheiser, lead Camaro engineer, and his team are far from finished with the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. That was the overwhelming takeaway from an interview with Hagerty published on Monday. However, there’s something more Oppenheiser would like to see from the Camaro.
He specifically said he’d like to see a Nürburgring lap time under the seven-minute mark from a Camaro. That’s a tall order, considering the closest shot the nameplate has at it right now is with the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE. The track-focused pony car clocked a 7:16.04 at the famed circuit. The time itself is something of a marvel; only a handful of other rear-wheel-drive cars sprinted around the Nürburgring quicker, and they’re all much more expensive.
His comments on a sub-seven-minute time at the ‘Ring followed a lengthy interview over the Camaro’s future and potential new avenues for performance. The chief engineer said a Demon-rivaling Camaro is something to consider, as is a drag package for Camaro SS customers.
One thing is certain: the 2018 Camaro ZL1 is not the end of the line for the nameplate’s performance.
“There’s a lot of bandwidth to play in this segment,” Oppenheiser said.
Perhaps a sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 will have something to say about an even quicker Nürburgring time.