• Jun 29, 2009


According to the well-connected boys over at Camaro5, General Motors will indeed produce a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 after all... and they've even scored some details on the hi-po offering.

According to Camaro5 user Hiney1 who attended a special question and answer session at the Carlisle Nationals this weekend (seen above), a Z28 will arrive after the Camaro Convertible, itself expected in the spring of 2011.

The Z28 will reportedly make use of some sort of high-output LS-based engine (C'mon, guys! You're killing us!), and it will incorporate a hood similar to that of the Bumblebee edition, along with a unique grille, the usual spate of graphics and emblems, and perhaps even a tweaked rear-end. Thanks for the tip, Jay!

[Source: Camaro5]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      actually the comment on hearsay is intriguing. What if the G8 (the only good pontiac since the late firebird) does get the comeback as the new impala? maybe the G8 GT as the impala SS? a rear drive one would be great since it's also used for a police cruiser and aussies using the G8 as one down there.. why not? sounds like it'd work ans the Z28 thing well.. unless its going to be between atleast 400-490hp and get a combined 28mpg or better, then it's a waste of time since the aftermarket can do it better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds awesome, but I'd be happy to have just a regular ol' Camaro, which isn't all that regular. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Z28 was originally designed for SCCA racing. Light weight, small but strong engine, and track-tuned suspension were the highlights. The venerable 302 V8 was the main part of the original Z28 option package. It was specifically designed to slot in under the 305 cu.in. limit for SCCA racing.
      Over the years, the Z28 package was diluted into more of a stripe, cladding and glitz deal, ultimately being mainly associated with the gold chain and mullet crowd.
      The SS package has always been the real power house car in the line-up in my opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What you guys aren't seeing are the sales. Currently the dealers are marking up Camaro sales to at LEAST 5k over MSRP - putting the current Camaro SS into 'Vette territory without even trying (42k for most SS Sales - 50k if you get a greedy dealer).

      What GM is seeing is that the SS Camaro, even at 40k-ish, won't stay on the showroom floor and is flying out the doors because EVERYONE has to own a new one in 2010. They are probably realizing that they will never "cut into" the Vette sales as the two are different markets. Besides, if you build a car cheap and sell a ton of them, it'll make up a lot more dollars than building an expensive car and selling a few...
        • 5 Years Ago
        As you stated the Camaro is shiney and new. Do you really think people will want to buy a hopped up, 4-5 year old muscle car at $50,000 when the Corvette is sitting there at $46-$55 grand? The Corvette is timeless while the Camaro comes and goes, like it already has in the past. The Camaro is a new car that has been missing from the GM lineup and hyped for years. Of course it's selling well and for over sticker but let's wait a year and see if they can even get sticker for them.

        Four years in an eternity in the automotive world; especailly when it's already been reported that an all new Mustang will launch in that time frame and possibly a new Corvette. Unless the Corvette goes further upmarket this car serves no purpose. It's not like the new Camaro does anything better than the Vette anyways. It's back seats are about as useful as the Corvettes (yes, I know the Vette doesn't have a back seat) and it has a useless trunk where the Vette as a great hatch on it with tons of cargo space for golf clubs, etc.

        So I see high horsepower, 2-door, rear-wheel drive car, powered by a Corvette engine, thats essentially a 2 seater that may cost north of $50,000. To me, that's a Corvette competitor.

        If GM is just looking at sales now (the cars first month of sales) to determine it's success level then they are still the old GM and may find themselves back in Chapter 11 or maybe even in Chapter 7. Very shortsighted thinking because what's good in June of '09 might hav changed by June of '10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      pardon my n00bness, but isn't the SS trim a historicaly superior version than the Z28? Like the last generation Camaro?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends on your interpretation of "superior" and how far back you want to look.

        Have the SS models typically had the most powerful engines? When available, yes.

        Are they the best version? Depends on how you want to use the car.

        The SS was originally(during the 1st and early 2nd generations) the highest output version due to the SS being the drag racer's choice. The Z/28 was created for the Trans Am road racing series and was the better handling version(limited to 5.0L by the racing series).

        After 1972, the SS model went away until 1996 and the Z/28 became the highest output version of the Camaro you could buy.

        So, really a case could be made either way, but the "historically superior" part of your comment is really only true for about 13 of the 36yrs that the Camaro was produced prior to this 5th Generation. During the rest of that time, the Z/28 was the top option available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it the LS7 (it's cheaper than the LSA, which in turn is cheaper than the LS9), give it some carbon bits a la Z06 (a hood, fenders, maybe a roof panel like the M3/M6), give it track-inspired suspension (don't worry about Detroit pot holes), lighter wheels, brakes, and tires.

      Basically make it the Z06 of the Camaro lineup, as a Z/28 should be. The SS has the raw muscle, while the Z/28 is supposed to be about revs and carving up the track (one with curves, not a strip).

      If they can't do it right, it shouldn't be done at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMBVette, then those supposed savings aren't being passed on to the consumer, because crate engine to crate engine, the LS7 is at least $1,000 cheaper than the LSA.

        As far as produciton goes, there's no reason the Z/28 needs to be any higher production than say, the Z06. They have enough production capacity to churn out Z06s as well as crate engine LS7s, so I really doubt there would be any problem with stuffing some LS7s in some Camaros.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like the Z06 make the body wider with extensions of the inner frame and plastic panels to match . . . and the. . . wait, this is a steel body coupe like the cobalt. You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Sorry this one is a duck, GM thought the Transformers movie would sell this crap ball. It is what it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the LSA/LS9 is cheaper to assemble because it is an LS3 (used in the G8 GXP, Camaro, Corvette, various trucks) w/ a supercharger on top (CTS-V and ZR-1), where the LS7 is built totally by hand (only 30 per day) and it's only used in the Z06.

        http://www.corvettemuseum.com/specs/2006/LS7.shtml
      • 5 Years Ago
      It had to happen. The name Z28 is too valuable to let go and still has a very positive brand image.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can come up with 15 models for what it's worth..... but if they can't prepare for demand BEFORE releasing the car, don't bother. GM becomes a taxpayer owned company and the launch for the 3 year gestation Camaro is a mess. Why are there no cars at dealer lots and hardly any seen on the road?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it takes GM as long to actually come out with a new Z/28 and have it in showrooms as it did with the current SS Camaro ,I really don't think the Ford & Chrysler boys have much to worry about .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Believe it when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2 years to add a few new parts (Motor, Cladding, Grill, etc.) some things never change.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A LOT of people's days have just been made.
      GT500: consider yourself warned. Can anyone smell ford catching up in '12/'13 and swapping the 5.4L with something in the 6 range for teh GT500....
      also: SRT8, consider yourself damn near useless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like I said above, Ford's got the Coyote coming out next year with 400 HP in stock, N/A guise. A supercharged application of that will easily hit 600 HP. Or, they could just drop the Hurricane/Boss 6.2L in there with a supercharger, and be damn near in ZR-1 territory, as far as HP is concerned. The GT500 won't be able to keep up with the ZR-1 'vette because of sheer mass, but a supercharged Coyote or Boss will more than beat the Z/28. Ford's new motors are going to be like bringing a howitzer to a gun fight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Fargus, it'll be pretty tricky to spec out a 2012 SRT8 since Chrysler is shuttering the SRT program, doncha' think?

        Kinda makes it pretty worthless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        SRT8 useless? Did you read the article? This is at LEAST 3 years off...
        So how is the SRT useless? Unless you have access to some info on the specs of the 2012 SRT8
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