No matter the opinion of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, there’s no denying it broke ground. Following its debut, lead Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser gave the Dodge guys and gals credit and even said the Camaro could come out swinging at the Demon.
Oppenheiser told Hagerty in an interview published on Monday that the Camaro team is “always looking at” a Dodge Demon rival. However, he asked the rhetorical, “But do you want to follow or do you want to lead?”
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has certainly embarked on a very different journey from its predecessors and competition. While Dodge stays true to straight-line speed, the Camaro team has chased dynamics and track-focused packages. For every R/T, 492 Scat pack, Hellcat and Demon, Camaro offers a 1LE, ZL1 and ZL1 1LE. Two very different approaches, indeed. But it’s one that Oppenheiser believes in, and he called the 2018 Camaro ZL1 a “triple threat”—a car that can dominate the street, drag strip and the circuit.
Even if a proper Demon rival doesn’t come out of the Camaro team, Oppenheiser sounded almost assured a drag package is in the pipeline. His team works closely alongside the same folks developing the Camaro Drag Development parts, shown at the SEMA show.
“We’re looking at ways we can check the box so that somebody who buys an SS on up can order a drag package,” he said.