Chevrolet is looking to reinstate the sixth generation Camaro muscle car at the top of the segment’s sales and as such the new version introductions are in abundance.
For example, the most recent move was to introduce the 1LE package during the Chicago Auto Show, affecting the Camaros that were packing under the hood the V6 and mighty V8 engines. The turbocharged four-cylinder version, which is now the basis offering, has been left on the sidelines – and it appears that for good reason. According to the latest report on the matter the company is mulling the introduction of an entry-level performance model. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser recently said during an interview “I would much rather have our four-cylinder customers buying performance parts out of our performance catalog or even buy something straight from the factory versus buying aftermarket parts.” The executive also revealed there’s cross component sharing between the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the 3.6-liter V6 and customers looking for enhanced lap times should expect the factory to provide.
Oppenheiser did stop short of naming out in the open a new performance pack for the four-cylinder engine is being developed, he did contend there would be a huge customer base for such a model. For now, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – which is a nudge below the entry-level Mustang that comes with 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque to the muscle car party.
Via GM Authority