• Feb 17, 2009
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Historically speaking, the Camaro SS should be the top rung of performance in Chevy's pony car line, but there are literally millions of people in the United States who recognize the Z/28 moniker as the ultimate expression of the Camaro. Since there's so much cachet with the model, you may wonder if the General has plans to release a new Z to market now that the first production-ready Camaros are just about to roll off the assembly line.

Perhaps not. Even if GM had the money to launch another Camaro variant, which it probably doesn't, some inside the company reportedly wonder if a 550-horsepower, supercharged, 6.2-liter fire-breather is exactly what the ailing company needs now that so many eyes are intently watching its every move – especially those belonging to the federal government.

As far as we're concerned, a 0-60-in-under-4-second shot in the arm would go a long way towards fixing just about any problem. Unfortunately, market realities, politicians and CAFE regulations may strongly disagree with our knuckle-dragging gearhead mentality. Thanks for the tip, jared!


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      While building another high performance car will appeal to the gearheads who read this blog, a high performance model as a means to generate revenue needed to keep the company in business is a very poor decision. Toyota doesn't sell more cars by having high performance models - they don't even have a Celica or Supra now. They stay in business by building cars that appeal to more practically minded people. So it makes good business-sense for GM to focus on building competitive family sedans and people movers, and save the sports cars for when the economy picks up. I am excited about the Camaro finally seeing the light of day, but I don't have an delusions that it will make the money needed to keep the company in business.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nick, the rock you were living under has crushed your ability to think clearly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You might want to view the ads directly to the right of the post. It's for the new Camaro and you can order one now starting at $22,995.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Soon enough we will be seeing special editions every week just like the Mustang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would probably be in GM's best interest to sell a white body Camaro + LS9 (or some other crate) discount package.

      If they wanted to bring in the money they could force aftermarket shops to pay a licensing fee of some sort and allow them to call it a "Camaro Z/28."

      This way they make money selling parts and licenses while avoiding the CAFE regulations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      uh...didn't AutoBlog already indicate that the Z-28 was dead. Which in fact was an accurate report as I am in the industry and have worked with this vehicle.

      What gives AB? short on news today?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/07/14/alas-z-28-we-hardly-knew-ye/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone who remembers the Z28 as the ultimate expression of the Camaro, over the SS, is mistaken.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It depends on your interests. If you like turning the wheel: Z/28. Speed in a straight line? SS

        I'd take a first gen Z/28 over an SS any day. Four wheel disk brakes? Better suspension tuning and a rear sway bar? Available cross-ram manifold on a high-revving smallblock with a close ratio 4-sp? What's not to love?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I thought. At least as far as the original cars go, the Z/28 wasn't really over the SS, it just had a different focus that made it unique. It was those few ZL-1's that were the ultimate Camaro with their aluminum 427.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since this generation of Camaro is heavily influenced by the first-gen cars, I think it's wholly accurate to place the Z/28 moniker on the highest-end model available.

        The Z/28 sold only 28,103 copies during the first-gen compared to 699,138 total first-gen camaros produced. That's only roughly 4% of the total production devoted to Z/28's and 20K of that figure was from 1969 alone. Generally speaking, the versions that sell the fewest copies tend to be the highest-end versions available, due to pricing, production limits etc. By that logic, I consider the Z/28 as the highest-end model of the 1st-gen Camaros.

        As much as I'd like to see a Camaro powered by the CTS-V engine, I think the Z/28 should really be more like the Z06 Vette complete with its 500hp LS7. Make it more track-oriented but still powerful enough to be competitive. Save the S/C engine for a ZL-1 revival and bump it to 600hp so as to keep the ZR1 happy and to give some distance from the 500HP LS7.

        I'm not sure that either of these will play out, but that's what I'd shoot for if I were in charge of the program.

      • 5 Years Ago
      IIRC, the Z/28 wasn't faster than the 396ci SS in a straight line. What made it special was the low production number and the way it was made to run on the twisty track with light weight, a good suspension, and a high-revving engine. The ZL-1 version, on the other hand, was the HP/straight line demon.

      Therefore, I would think it more fitting for GM to bring out the Z/28 model as a stripped turbo 4cyl model like they talked about a while back (giving it the engine from the Solstice GXP/SKY Redline/HHR SS/Cobalt SS) or maybe as a stripped turbo 6cyl model.

      Meanwhile, the ZL-1 version would be the one to get the LSA or LS9.

      Am I thinking too crazy here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just sat in one last night. And no, I wasn't at an auto show...

      • 5 Years Ago
      The original Z/28 was a Trans-Am inspired road racer.

      Keeping with that tradition, a better combo would be a lightened, naturally aspirated variant with upgraded handling and braking... a real driver's car.

      The SS should be the powerhouse/blunt instrument for the strip.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a track intended Z-28 would be sweet. Slicing out as much weight as possible, and sell it with a properly dimensioned 327.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        beat me too :)

        That's exactly what the Z/28 started as. In the first gen camaro, it had less power, but was always quicker at the track.

        That's why I don't agree with giving the new Z/28 so much power. That's not what the car is about. Lighten it up, I say .. and maybe give it suped-up LS4, but keep in NA. That would reduce a lot of weight, and they could focus on suspension upgrades to make it a driver's car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Beat me. There's a wonderful opportunity here for them to do a lightweight version with a smaller displacemtn v8, maybe something in the LS4 range, and apply all the hot rodding knowhow from the LS7 to build a real screamer. I'd want one of those more than an SS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Shipey, exactly right, make a Z28 lighter with a performance suspension brakes and handling bits, minimilist interior. Maybe a higher reving version of the 6 cyl would give it just that bit of extra go to help justify a more premium cost.

        it would get better gas mileage than the heavier standard versions, corner better and and be more balanced. exactly in line with todays realities, and with the Z28 heritage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another +1

        LS7 (or a destroked version!) would be perfect for a Z/28. It isn't too far from the C6.R motor.

        SS should get a LSA/LS9 variant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha, beat me to the punch :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats the rush? Even if GM goes bankrupt I doubt they will pull the plug on the Camaro. Save bringing out old badges when sales start to sag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      blowers are for Fords.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You've made a rather basic error there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        aaand apparently AMG Mercedes ..

        what's wrong with a blower? really .. it's a cost effective way to make good power can keep weight down. blowers are for people who don't have $200K to drop on a car ..
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree, i want a zl-1 ls7 powered 'maro
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong with a blower. They're just for Fords.

        SVT Cobras and Lightnings are fine.

        I prefer all-motor in a V8. You can always add a blower later if you want.
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