Chevrolet recently used the Chicago Auto Show to introduce the new 1LE package for Camaros equipped with V6 and V8 engines. The turbocharged four-cylinder variant was mysteriously left out but it appears the company isn't writing off a performance variant altogether.

Chevrolet recently used the Chicago Auto Show to introduce the new 1LE package for Camaros equipped with V6 and V8 engines.  The turbocharged four-cylinder variant was mysteriously left out but it appears the company isn't writing off an entry-level performance model altogether.

In an interview with GM Authority, Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said "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 engineer went on to say a number of components are shared between the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the 3.6-liter V6 and if customers really want to get good lap times, they're going to need something from the factory.

While Oppenheiser stopped short of confirming a new performance variant with a four-cylinder engine, he believes there would be a lot of demand for such a model as the so-called "Fast and the Furious crowd" is now older and can afford to buy a Camaro.

There's no word on what a performance variant might entail but the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.  This puts the Camaro at a bit of a disadvantage as even the entry-level Mustang produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Source: GM Authority

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