• Jul 14, 2008

The all-new Camaro we've been waiting on for two years is just a few days from showing its production face, and we've already got some bad news. The General has dumped plans for the Z28. The highly anticipated Camaro variant was rumored to feature the same supercharged 6.2L engine that powers the brawny Cadillac CTS-V with well over 500 ponies. Without the Z28 in the picture, the still powerful SS edition will be the range-topper for now, and we're expecting power to be just under that of the base Corvette's 436 hp.

While this is certainly bad news for Camaro enthusiasts, it does make sense in the face of $4.25 per gallon gas to cancel a supercharged monster that's likely to be eligible for a hefty gas guzzler tax. What doesn't make sense is canceling the Z28 moniker when it means much more to Camaro fans than SS ever will. There goes the aftermarket for louvers and mullet wigs. Thanks for the tip, Doug!

[Source: Left Lane News, Photo: CamarosAndClassics.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      A bad news can easily change in a good news.

      Canceling the Z28 moniker doesn't have any sense for us. Let's wait and see what happens.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They'll make a Z/28 sometime in the future. Mark my words.
      After-all, it'll just be taking a few pieces out of their current parts bin and a proper Jimbo Billy Bob paint job.

      It'll sell like hot-cakes, even at $8/gallon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy needs to do a proper high-performance variant of the Camaro.
      Deric in LA
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be too surprised if a Z-28 version doesn't get produced somewhere along the way. It might be more of a special package than a distinct model with significant engine changes. But it wouldn't surprise me to see them holding this out for a year or two. Look at how many different Mustang versions they've made so far. I think that's probably the more likely gameplan for GM. Then again, GM has to watch its pennies these days, so it could be just the way it goes. I wouldn't go ballistic about this just yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a HUGE mistake. The consumer who is going to purchase this vehicle doesnt care about the price of gas. The only thing I can think of is that they werent going to produce very many of them and the tooling costs would far out weigh the perceived benefits of this iconic model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok.

      1.) nobody officially said it was dead.

      2.) someone stated that Scott Settlemeir (?) said this rumor is false. Correct. If GM will say anything, it will be during the 22nd dealer reveal of the car.

      3.) this came from Leftlane, which says a whole lot.

      4.) Keep the faith.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is A GM Press Conference Tomorrow im sure they will say something about the Camaro Line. Oh and ppl stop guessing what engine is going to be in it cause nobody really knows yet...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt CAFE has a huge effect on niche cars like this, at least not as much as GM's endless amount of trucks does. Again, cut the trucks nobody wants, leave the cars people do want alone.

      Believe it or not the Z/28 vs SS debate in the Camaro community is huge and very heated.

      This news, even if it ends up not being true for the life of the car, will throw more fuel on the fire and agitate fans who are already miffed the car isn't out yet, that GM was considering embarrassing it with a four cylinder model, and now they may not get their LSA blown powerplant to challenge the GT500.

      GM, if you read this blog and care about doing the Camaro name real justice build the LSA Camaro and give it a good name like ZL1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just like the first time around, the 'stang owns this market. There isn't enough leftover room to make either the Dodge or Chevy profitable. They're all too big and thirsty, anyway. Their time has passed, and two of them haven't even hit the streets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is probably the first in what will be many missteps and mismanagement concerning this iconic car.

      The Camaro is a car people actually want to buy. It's a car that has a huge legion of fans and it's a car that means so very much to the Chevrolet brand not unlike the Corvette.

      Given these facts and the importance of this car what sense does it make to cancel the top model, using a powertrain already in use in the CTS-V and Corvette?

      Trucks, SUVs and crossovers are the vehicles that really aren't selling in our market. Why is GM going ahead with their next upcoming endless rebadge of their new compact SUV for Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, etc? What sense does that make over canning the top-dog Camaro?

      It makes zero sense to me to muddle or neuter an icon yet continue producing in droves vehicles that really aren't selling.

      With management like this it's easy to see why the company is on the verge of bankruptcy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        More likely this is a decision based upon the looming CAFE regulations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the engineering work has already been done and the CTS-V engine will fit, it would be great if Chevy offered it as a Build To Order (BTO) factory option with zero marketing behind it - save your ad dollars Chevy, the enthusiasts will figure this one out without a road map.

        In the alternative, how about a GM Performance Parts Z28 crate engine package complete with transmission/suspension/brake upgrades? Heck, go all the way and offer a rolling chassis complete with welded roll cage, composite panels, a carbon fiber bucket for the driver, stripped out interior (akin to the Dodge Challenger Drag Race Package) and let the enthusiasts create their own fire-breathing monsters. This would skip the gas guzzler tax and really make the enthusiasts happy (i.e. "something" > "nothing").

        /dreaming
      • 6 Years Ago
      if this is true, how come there is no mention of this at fan sites like www.camaro5.com or www.5thgen.org
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Z28 shouldn't have be a supercharged. It should be a 5 liter that spins well north of 7000 rpm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Z28 means more to camaro owners than SS? Am I on the right planet? Unless you were some mullethead in the 80s when they didn't have an SS, I don't think anyone holds Z28 above the SS.
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