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Update: Camaro Chief Engineer Comments on Twin-Turbo Camaro Rumors

Camaro Chief Engineer Comments on Twin-Turbo Camaro Rumors

Brandan Gillogly Apr 2, 2015
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On April 1, 2015 (April Fools Day), we published a “spy photo” of an upcoming sixth-generation Camaro performance variant. HOT ROD Staff Editor Thom Taylor started with a photo he took of a Lingenfelter-supercharged, 625hp 1LE from a recent HOT ROD track day at Willow Springs.

If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it HERE.

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From that image, Thom altered the proportions, stretched the wing, and lowered the roof to get the photo you see at the top of the page.

We still didn’t think it looked like a proper spy photo, so Thom added camouflage and a bit of blur, as if the photo were tightly cropped, giving us the final image we used for our April Fools story.

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If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it HERE.

Our acronyms gave the joke away, although it stirred the hornet’s nest that the recent ponycar wars have become. Plenty of Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro fans chimed in with their two cents, posting on our Facebook page and talking about the mystery ZL2 on numerous message boards. One Facebook comment in particular stood out, made by Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, who as of an interview with HOT ROD several weeks ago, would only admit that a 6th-gen Camaro was in the works. In response to our April Fools “expose”,

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That’s five Ms, and one exclamation point. What can we unravel from that enigmatic comment? Nothing really, but we can still postulate the following April-Fools-Appropriate scenarios:

1. We were 100-percent dead on, sixth-generation Camaro’s getting a 6.5L twin-turbo V8 with more than 800 hp, 12.5-inch wide carbon fiber wheels, 16-inch brakes, and 16 fuel injectors. We’d say that it’s more likely that AMC will make a comeback, but honestly guys, our Camaro tall tale is still more plausible. AMC is really that dead.

2. We were partly right, and Camaro’s getting a 396ci LT1 variant. We were almost reluctant to write that part, because it would be great to see a naturally aspirated powerplant with more than 500 hp now that the LS7 is riding off into the sunset. However, we’re more likely to get a Chevrolet Performance head and cam package that reaches toward 500 hp than a new, although still nostalgic, V8 displacement.

3. The final, and most probable scenario, is that we were almost but not quite in the ballpark with a couple of our outlandish claims or its related nomenclature. This is the story we’ll stick to when we come back to this story several months from now when details are released that can be skewed to match our outrageous story, making us look like geniuses.

To see other April Fools Pranks floating around the web:

The Return of the Dodge Ramcharger SUV

Nissan’s Giving GTRs away to the first buyers of the second-generation Titan

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