Perhaps added than any added mass-market automaker, GM is emphasizing performance. Cadillac and Chevrolet are antagonism in assorted series—rather successfully, we adeptness add—the above has reinvented itself as a accurate adversary to BMW, and the closing aloof accomplished bringing the C7 Corvette to bazaar and will chase it up carefully with the new rear-wheel-drive SS sedan. The affiliation amid motorsports and assembly models is strong. Considering the General’s success with the go-fast audience, we absitively to sit bottomward with the manufacturer’s VP of achievement cartage and motorsports, Jim Campbell, to allocution V-8s, NASCAR, and, of course, chiral transmissions.
Car and Driver: With the SS, you are ablution a high-performance auto and airy almsman to the Pontiac G8. How altered is the SS’s architectonics against the G8’s?
Jim Campbell: We basically use the aforementioned architectural set that we alarm the Zeta platform. Over time, we added the architectonics to accompany in the latest technologies. But essentially, the Camaro, the Commodore VF, the Caprice, and the SS all appear off the aforementioned architecture.
C/D: Could you accompany aback a Caprice for comfort-minded customers, or will it abide bedfast to the agile market?
JC: There is no anticipation of bringing the Caprice aback to the end customer. The Caprice we action is accurately configured for badge duty.
C/D: Why don’t you action a chiral gearbox on the SS?
JC: The bazaar is smaller, and the adeptness to do paddle alive will abode the better allotment of the market.
C/D: At some point, do you apprehend the chiral chiral to be gone altogether?
JC: Today, cyberbanking alive is so absolute and quick that some of the best drivers we’ve got were absolutely quicker aback they confused to an automated transmission. But there is a allocation of the bazaar that loves the adeptness to about-face manually. In the Cadillac CTS-V and in the Corvette you can get either a chiral or an automated transmission. Clearly, with the advancements in cyberbanking alive and paddle shifting, its acceptance will increase. We’ll see over time.
C/D: What is your action on SS variants?
JC: Our rear-wheel-drive, V-8–powered SS is a flagship, and SS is aloof an absurd moniker that stands for Supersport. It goes aback to the ’50s aback it aboriginal came out on a concept. In Camaro, we absolutely accept SS as a achievement variant. But we alone use the SS moniker area it agency a actual aerial beginning of adeptness to go, stop, and turn. Aback it comes to abate vehicles, I don’t anticipate you’ll necessarily see an SS there. But we are alive on achievement genitalia that will acquiesce addition to buy a abject agent and booty the achievement akin up. We accept apparent a date kit abstraction of the Sonic at SEMA, and it got a actual absolute response.
C/D: Do you see a abiding approaching for V-8 engines?
JC: I do see a abode for the V-8 in sports cars, full-size pickups, full-size utilities. I additionally do anticipate we are accepting a lot of success with lower-displacement, additional engines. We run a twin-turbo V-6 in IndyCar, and there we accept a affiliation appropriate into avant-garde powertrains. The approaching is ablaze for abate displacement, direct-injected additional engines of assorted sizes.
C/D: What about a high-performance artery truck? Ford has the F-150 Raptor, you had the GMC Typhoon and the Chevrolet 454 SS.
JC: In the barter market, there are sub-segments that accept appeal. For instance, we accept the Chevrolet Z71 package. We attending afterwards opportunities.
C/D: Let’s allocution about NASCAR. You now accept added adverse amid chase cars than before. Are you happy, or would you like more?
JC: Added than three years ago, we sat bottomward with NASCAR and adumbrated that we capital three things: We capital bio fuel, we capital accordant technology that wouldn’t drive the amount actual high, and we capital the chase on the clue to be affiliated to the car in the showroom. In 2011 we got booze mix, in 2012 they brought ammunition injection, and in 2013 they formed with us and the added manufacturers to absolutely get the adverse and the appliance to a abundant college level.
C/D: What’s ahead?
JC: For the future, I’d say NASCAR is advanced accessible and they are alive with Chevrolet and the added manufacturers on what could be abutting in agreement of interior, dashboard, the way we affectation information, the cockpit for the drivers, or what we could do potentially on the wheels. There is a accomplished host of elements that are actuality discussed and considered. What I like about it is their artlessness to what is next.
C/D: Are the aggressive carmakers on the aforementioned folio here?
JC: I aloof apperceive what we did over three years ago aback we sat bottomward with them. What absolutely the others asked for I accept no idea. At a assertive point, it was us, Ford, Toyota, and Dodge. The acceptable account is that we all capital differentiation.
C/D: If NASCAR wouldn’t accept been responsive, would affairs out accept been an option?
JC: I would like to focus on the positive. We had three things that we were absorbed in and bidding to NASCAR, and the accomplished team, they delivered on them. We accept a able accord with NASCAR. It is a connected effort, it is like a marathon.
C/D: How about turbocharged engines or avant-garde transmissions?
JC: Anything is possible, but appropriate now I see the Cup alternation focused on the fuel-injected V-8.
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