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http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/11/detroit-auto-show-a-conversation-with-ed-peper/
Ed Peper - Division General Manager, Chevrolet
North American International Auto Show
January 8, 2006

...........Interview Exerpt...........

Autoblog: Let's change gears and talk performance. Obviously, there's Corvette, but let's stay away from that for the moment and focus on the Camaro. You've already mentioned the convertible concept which obviously telegraphs your intent to do a production version.

Ed Peper: Yes.

Autoblog: The styling's been a hit for both the coupe and the convertible. How closely are you looking to match the concept's styling -- especially the interior -- on the production version of the Camaro.

Ed Peper: It's going to be very, very close. I have seen the production coupe, and if you saw the two of them side by side -- the production coupe and the concept coupe we introduced last year -- you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. It is very minute. I mean, obviously you have to make some exceptions when translating a concept to production, but it's going to be very, very close. This is not like a wild concept that we come back and can't realistically build the same sort of vehicle for production. No, it is going to be very close.

Autoblog: Have you guys arrived at a final decision for the top powertrain?

Ed Peper: No, not yet. We will have a V8, a couple of V6s -- you know, we'll have a fuel efficient V6 and we'll have a high performing V6 and we will have a high performing V8 but we haven't settled on the engine in that yet.

Autoblog: 500 horsepower appears to be the magic number with the musclecars that the other manufacturers are coming out with, so is that your target?

Ed Peper: Certainly we haven't made a decision yet, but it's in our scheme – it's in our scheme of thoughts, yes.

Autoblog: Is there concern about stepping on the Corvette, power-wise?

Ed Peper: No. Because again, the capabilities of a Corvette are world class. I mean, we are talking about a vehicle that competes in the American Le Mans Series with Aston Martins and all –no, there is no concern because what the Camaro is going to be is what it has always been, which is a really great looking vehicle that will have a muscle car or muscle car set of derivatives with it, but that will also have a fuel efficient version. It's a vehicle that you really, really can drive every single day -- a four seater and so forth, while Corvette is in a class all by itself. It's one of our ultimate brands at the company that just continues to do well. We try to keep the production, you know, in line and not build too many so it keeps a very strong demand. The Z06s are some of the fastest turning vehicles that we have. The dealers just can't get enough of them and, you know, we intentionally in some ways want to keep it that way because we want to make them very, very tight and hard to get and that is what builds a really strong brand.
Interesting info.
I don't think he's giving everything up though.
Methinks there's more to come. :)
 

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You know, I just had a nice steak for dinner not 15 minutes ago, but I find that my mouth is watering...
 

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Someone should of turned the screws and made him talk...lol


Didn't sound like 500hp is out of the question. Sweet.
 

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Nice and close to the concept. I sure hope they revisit the interior, it needs some help, new mirrors too!
 

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Oh ya so a 500 hp screamer is at least being kicked around. With the new 600 hp viper and no doubtable a Vette answer to it it seems highly plausable that there will be a 500 hp 'Maro. Oh yes it will be mine. Hopefully for me though it won't be like the vette and be a HT only I really really want a 500 vert.
 

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i found it a little interesting that there are going to be 2 V-6s. Kinda makes sense I guess with such an emphasis on fuel economy these days. That should help it sell. I'm guess the fuel efficient V-6 will be the 3.9L with AFM, and the 3.6 DOHC will be the higher output V-6 which should have at least 275hp (thats how much the new sport utes have). Seems like a good package with decent performance for those who dont want to go all out on the V-8. I wonder if they will still have 2 V-8 options then? That would make at least 4 powertrain options if that ends up being the case. NICE.

I am super stoked that it will look so similar. That is important to help it sell. It really sucks when the public goes crazy over a concept then the real thing loses a lot of the concepts look/luster. It bumbs people out then they jump ship on it. Keeping production vehicles very close to the concept has been nothing but home runs for chrysler. I hope the future holds the same for Chevy! :gr_patriot:
 
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