Ok, so it’s no secret that the pony car wars just keep getting hotter and hotter with Chevrolet and Ford fighting for dominance on the track. To be honest we like it this way since the net result is that everyone ends up with faster, more capable, rides. It wasn’t long after Ford announced details on their new GT350 Mustang, obviously a shot across the bow of the new sixth-gen Camaro, before things heated up. Well, Chevrolet has fired back and they don’t seem too concerned that their new 1LE 2017 Camaro will best the new GT350 on the road course. As Al Oppenheiser, chief Camaro engineer, recently stated about the 1LE beating the GT350, “That’s obviously our intent. I have the answer, but I’ll let the rest of you decide how we did. Our goal is to up the game with our competitor, just like they upped the game with the GT350. Everyone had to expect we would punch back. I will tell you this car is three seconds faster than the previous 1LE.”
Of course the other big news was that a version of the 1LE would be offered for the V-6 Camaros as well. “We’re plowing new ground with the V6 1LE, and for the SS 1LE, our initial target benchmark was the fifth-generation 1LE. But, obviously, Ford came out with their GT350 and we changed our sights. We’re not worried,” remarked Oppenheiser.
We can only imagine how much hurt the Camaro will put on the Mustang if (when?) a Z/28 or ZL1 version hits the asphalt! Yep, these are great days to a Camaro fan.