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Old 05-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Per Al Oppenheiser 5/24...

"Whatever you've heard or read isn't true".
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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2015 IS the last year for the 5th gen...its now been confirmed by GM.

Can't be long before we start seeing something...however small the information might be...on the 6th gen.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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He was refering to the design...because he's the designer.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:19 PM   #4
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He was refering to the design...because he's the designer.
He's the chief engineer. Not sure if he oversees the design or not. I'm sure he has a say in it though.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:21 PM   #5
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Al Oppenheiser – Vehicle Chief Engineer, Global Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles
Al Oppenheiser was named the Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro on November 1, 2007. He is responsible for bringing the 5th Generation Chevrolet Camaro into production, in addition to the Pontiac G8. He joined the Global Rear Wheel Drive team after spending 4 years as the Director of Concept & Vehicle Integration for the GM Performance Division.
He began his career with General Motors in 1985 at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan as a test engineer, and subsequently held several positions within engineering including Development and Validation manager on the Corvette platform.
In 1991, he moved to the International Joint Venture Programs as a design release engineer responsible for the GM content on GM’s Joint Venture Vehicles with Toyota, Suzuki, Isuzu and Daewoo. In 1993, he was promoted to Product Engineering Manager for the Geo Metro, and helped develop a global Gamma program in 1996 with Opel by facilitating the relationship between Opel and Suzuki for the global Agila program while in Germany.
Promoted to vehicle chief engineer in 2001, Al led the engineering development and launch of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Midsize Truck program.
In 2004, Al became the Director of Concept & Vehicle Integration for the GM Performance Division. In that role, Al was responsible for the engineering and build of all of GM’s Concept Vehicle, including both the Camaro Coupe and Camaro Convertible. He also ran GM’s Bonneville Salt Flats racing team, as well as directing Hot Rod builds for celebrities such as Jay Leno and Reggie Jackson.
When Al is not spending time on the Camaro program, he enjoys spending time in the 1968 Camaro Convertible he restored from the ground-up, riding his Harley, and is on the lookout for a ‘30’s Hot Rod to build next
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #7
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And Al is one of the most down-to-earth friendly guys you'll ever meet. He is a true Camaro guy that is more than will to stop and talk Camaro's with you all day long.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:36 PM   #8
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He's talking about the whole package. Design is outside of his office, but he has a grasp of what is going to happen there, too. Everything we think we know about the car is still unconfirmed. For all we know, it'll have an inline 16 with nitrous oxide on the LS model.

Also remember that the guys working on the Camaro are real car guys. They aren't there to water down an awesome product. They will produce an amazing vehicle. You should know. You're probably driving one of them.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:51 PM   #9
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And I LOVE my Camaros!!!! All of them!!! Hells yeah! I remember when Fbodfather (Scott) said in 2002 that the 2002 SS Camaro was the best built Camaro to date...

Now it must be revised. The 5th Gen is probably one of the best Camaros built to date. JMO, but they're awesome!
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:16 PM   #10
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God bless Al, but undoubtedly some of what we've heard IS true (e.g.., new Camaro being on Alpha platform, being manufactured at Lansing, etc.).

Now, perhaps he's talking about other stuff such as the claim made a month or so ago (by Edmunds, I think), that the new Camaro will look very similar to the existing car. Well, sure, it's possible that that's not true. Or perhaps it is true, but it's a subjective thing, and in Al's opinion, the new car looks very different from the old car, but someone else, looking at the same thing, has the opinion that they look alike. We shall see...
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:08 AM   #11
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I hope it looks like a 70 1/2 split bumper with a completely new designed power plant that will surpass all understandings of how a small block can perform ( na 650-700 hp and 7500-8000 rpms). I also want it to have 15 inch wheels/tires with better braking than the current brembos. I would also like a
three speed automatic that you can manually shift like the turbo 350 but much faster shifting.It needs to come with a 3.73 rear gear and maybe even a line-loc for us that drag race. I'll stop here as I may be asking for too much...lol.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:03 AM   #12
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650 to 700 horsepower will never happen. What's the benefit of a 3 speed vs the 8 speed going in the Z06?
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I hope it looks like a 701/2 split bumper with a completely new designed power plant that will surpass all understandings of how a small block can perform ( na 650-700 hp and 7500-8000 rpms). I also want it to have 15 inch wheels/tires with better braking than the current brembos. I would also like a
three speed automatic that you can manually shift like the turbo 350 but much faster shifting.It needs to come with a 3.73 rear gear and maybe even a line-loc for us that drag race. I'll stop here as I may be asking for too much...lol.

With considerable confidence, I can almost guarantee that none of this will happen.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:11 PM   #14
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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It was stated by GM reps at the Fbody gathering last weekend that the prototypes are done. Was also stated that it came in at 3450lbs with the LT1 with very familiar gen 5 looks on a smaller platform.

No way to know if that is true or smoke but, i doubt anyone from GM would have said that at the longest running Fbody show in America if it wasn't.

I am inclined to believe it as the car will be at the Detroit auto show in Jan. That car has to be ready to show off in just over 6 months so clearly there are prototypes behind the curtain.
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It was stated by GM reps at the Fbody gathering last weekend that the prototypes are done. Was also stated that it came in at 3450lbs with the LT1 with very familiar gen 5 looks on a smaller platform.

No way to know if that is true or smoke but, i doubt anyone from GM would have said that at the longest running Fbody show in America if it wasn't.

I am inclined to believe it as the car will be at the Detroit auto show in Jan. That car has to be ready to show off in just over 6 months so clearly there are prototypes behind the curtain.
The C7 curb weight is 3,298 lbs. I would be shocked if the 6th gen SS weighs less than 200 lbs more than the base C7. If it did, that would be amazing.
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I hope it looks like a 701/2 split bumper with a completely new designed power plant that will surpass all understandings of how a small block can perform ( na 650-700 hp and 7500-8000 rpms). I also want it to have 15 inch wheels/tires with better braking than the current brembos. I would also like a
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I think what you are hoping for is a........COPO!
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It was stated by GM reps at the Fbody gathering last weekend that the prototypes are done. Was also stated that it came in at 3450lbs with the LT1 with very familiar gen 5 looks on a smaller platform.
Whoa, I hate to get my hopes up, but this is pretty freakin' awesome if true.
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Makes sense to me considering the weight of the ATS. The four doors and extra options offset the twp door and bigger engine, etc of the Camaro.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:55 AM   #20
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ATS is also sold at a higher price point so it's easier to justify the engineering dollars to make it light weight.

Camaro...not so much.
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It was stated by GM reps at the Fbody gathering last weekend that the prototypes are done. Was also stated that it came in at 3450lbs with the LT1 with very familiar gen 5 looks on a smaller platform.

No way to know if that is true or smoke but, i doubt anyone from GM would have said that at the longest running Fbody show in America if it wasn't.

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Whoa, I hate to get my hopes up, but this is pretty freakin' awesome if true.
Wow if true the Gen6 will be the car to beat on the track cost no object. I wonder if dry sump oiling will be an option or part of the 1LE.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:41 PM   #24
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I sure hope for the life of Camaro they change its looks a lot and not add a little new here and a little new there. The 5thgen is badass however it will get stale as in looks with folks on the street and unless it gives a new wow folks wont buy it. Be 4thgen all over again. just my .02
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I'm into my ZL1 for life.

Unless the 6th Gen looks good with more power and a lighter platform then it'll be Good-Bye ZL and Hello new Camaro. Hahahaha
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