• Mar 20, 2009
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The crew at the freshly-minted Detroit Bureau is reporting that while the Chevrolet Camaro has started rolling off off production lines, there are some serious hitches with future model plans that could result in a substantial delay – or outright cancellation – of two hotly-anticipated models.

According to Paul Eisenstein (veteran auto journalist and founder of TheCarConnection), the Camaro convertible and Z28 are both in jeopardy. As the story goes, budget crunches for both General Motors and its suppliers could grenade products that were seen as foregone conclusions.

At the moment, TDB says that saving the droptop is the most pressing issue, as the German supplier responsible for the convertible top is having money problems. GM is seeking alternate suppliers, but that process is likely to take six months or more, meaning that the model will likely miss most of the 2010 convertible's prime selling seasons (Spring and Summer).

The high-performance Z28 is a different story, however, with GM's own costs reportedly being the culprit. TDB quotes Gene Stefanyshyn, the car's Vehicle Line Executive, as saying that as it sits, the model "would cost too much" – about $50 million. Thus, the Z28 could either come to market carrying a prohibitively expensive price tag or face some "creative engineering," and it's likely to do the latter – if it can be saved at all. For now, TDB is calling the Z28 "cancelled" with a potential resurrection still in the cards.

Assuming these revelations are true, Bowtie faithful, if you were planning on holding on to your purse-strings for a while longer, you may just want to get in line now for an RS or SS hardtop and consult the aftermarket. Us? We're going to hold out hope and drop a few dimes on our sources at The General just in case.



[Source: The Detroit Bureau]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Forgive me for saying this, but isn't the SS more than enough as it is? An adequate improvement over SS performance would easily push the Z28 price to over $40k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Serge:

        That's exactly the point. Their only V8 model's pricing is already bordering at 'too much', what would a super-V8 (Z28/COPO/whatever they're going to make), bring to the table besides an outrageous price tag?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Camaro seats 4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        im not sure if you seen the camaro configurator on the website ...but i did ...and i played around with it ...with the top of the line SS ...body appearance package ..stripe kit and wheel upgrade ...it was easily over 42,000 ...not sure about you but i think that is way too much ..thats shelby price range...and the SS will get whooooped by the shelby ...so im thinking if the z28 did eventually come out ..it will be in the 50k range ....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point... but does it have room for 5?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @skine
        Dude, the unnecessary optional DUBs are like $5,000... that's what makes it so expensive. The red 2SS RS with red/black leather is $35,000... that's all you need.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With a 550hp 550lb-ft torque LSA under the hood, aerodynamic tweaks and tricks, possibly lighter materials (fenders, hood, trunk), and a leather covered interior will all be worth it... IMHO anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the nuclear radiation symbol on the dash in pic 32?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't you know that the LS9 burns Uranium?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I'm not mistaken, the Camaro Convertible was already slated for a 2011 MY launch. There never WAS supposed to be a 2010 'vert.


      How is this news? The Z/28 was never confirmed to my knowledge either, just speculated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's my red convertible in the pic. I want one, NOW!

      Trouble is, every car that my dad or I buy soon goes out of business...Oldsmobile, Hummer H3T and my precious Saab 9-3. I sure hope this run of bad luck doesn't spill over onto the Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, if they cancel the Camaro convertible....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please don't either of you buy a Mustang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. The SS should make up for it. Want more? Get a Corvette. A Z/28 would probably be at a base Corvette's price point anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Chevy. The Camaro is not even on showroom floors yet. Seems premature to cancel a car based off a car that took 5 years to get to dealers and is not there yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know..

      I cannot blame GM/Chevvy for making the tough decisions. When the choices are thinning the herd or leaving it to die as a whole, well..we know what should be done.

      For Jamie's sake I hope they do ..do a convertable. Chrysler is, or already has, cancelled the Challenger Convertable. GM could get the market on the pony car convertable since the Mustang 'vert has such poor reviews.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe GM Performance should offer some catalogue parts which will improve performance on the SS for this year (with maybe even a Z/28 looks package) and then if GM is doing better next year or the year after, they can go release the actual car. Heck, that would create a lot of anticipation for it too. Why bring out the SS and Z/28 at the same time. The market should be just fine with a 305HP V6 and a 425HP V8!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great car. Maybe I'll buy a few shares of GM--what the heck. No co can do a vehicle like Chev division. I'd buy one. The stock of GM is less than a latte...Sign up an on-line broker and buy soe stock. If the Cong would roll back all the regs to 1988, then GM could catch up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Melbourne Australia and on friday night driving home through Templestowe I saw a silver Camaro Convertible. I know Holden were doing some of the development work but never thought they'd be driving engineering mules around uncomoflaged. It looked amazing, and the guy driving it had a huge grin on his face. It's such a feelgood car, please GM build it (and in rhd too!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know about the cancelation of the Camaro Convertible, because just three days ago a Camaro Convertible was spotted outside of GM's Oshawa plant in pre-production form.

      Here's the link :

      http://motorgears.blogspot.com/2009/03/spy-shots-chevrolet-camaro-convertible.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I don't understand, is why chevy is gonna reverse the naming scheme for the SS and Z28. Since the beginning of time, the Z28 was the base V8, and the SS was the balls to the wall V8 version. It makes less sense when Chevy has said that the SS models will be the pinnacle of performance for the particular model. Maybe its just me, but had they just named the current SS a Z28, then there's room to make the SS and price it prohibitive like the SS's always have been.
        • 5 Years Ago
        quote: -
        "Since the beginning of time, the Z28 was the base V8, and the SS was the balls to the wall V8 version." -

        Or at least since 1996.

        Your description is fairly inaccurate(except for the '96-'02 years). The Z/28 package was created for compliance with the Trans-Am series. This is why it originally had a 5.0L V-8(and why the Mustang of the same era did as well). It was more track-oriented and offered equipment befitting a more track-oriented car. The SS, on the other hand, was more of a drag strip queen compared to the track star Z/28. Neither was a base V8 version, however, as you think the Z/28 is(except for the '96-'02 years). Both the Z/28 and SS were options packages, just with different clientele in mind.

        There were 1st-gen V8 versions of the Camaro which were neither Z/28's nor SS's. For the 2nd-gen, they offered a 5.7L V8 for the Z/28 in place of the previous 5.0L, but there was still a lesser V8 version available(5.0L, 307ci). After 1972, the SS Camaros were dropped completely until they were resurrected again in 1996. For most of the 2nd-gen years and all of the 3rd-gen, the Z/28 was the top V8 model offered.

        So, while I can see the arguement for both sides of the issue, I have no problem with Chevy calling the top of the line Camaro a Z/28. It would not go against their previous nomenclature(again, except for '96-'02 years).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You took the words out of my mouth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, but the general public know the SS name more than the Z/28... Chevy needs to sell these things now, and the SS name will help that.
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