• Sep 21st 2009 at 7:57PM
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Not the real Camaro Z/28 - Click above for high-res image gallery

To build or not to build... that is the question. The subject is the Camaro, in this case in the long-rumored Z/28 guise. We've heard over the last few months that the automaker would pass on the opportunity to drop a supercharger atop the Camaro's optional V8 powerplant due to fuel economy, emissions and price concerns. However, Inside Line is reporting that GM Veep Ed Welburn says the Z/28 program is back in full effect and is headed for production.

Underneath a new bulge in the hood will sit a version of the excellent 6.2-liter LS-A from the Cadillac CTS-V that should be good for about 550 horsepower and mated up to either an automatic or manual transmission with six forward ratios. If these newest rumblings are to be believed, the Z/28 will hit the market in about a year. All that's left, says Welburn, is to finalize the tuning of the powertrain and suspension bits. Sounds good to us – we'll take ours in classic Hugger Orange with white stripes, please.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Do it,GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is it with this on again, off again crap? It's getting kind of old.

      I am not just talking about the Z/28 either. Four years worth of it from the Lexus LF-A, and then there is the Toyota/Subaru "sports car".

      I am glad to see that the Z is slated for production, again, but for crying out loud, STOP TEASING US!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guarantee you a LOT more projects in the past went this same route. There just weren't a bunch of nerds sitting on web forums and blog sites 24/7 CONSTANTLY looking for any shred of information about upcoming products. I guarantee there was a lot less "official" misinformation as well. I mean come on now, you see how even THIS site was hopping all over what was an OBVIOUS fake vehicle in the form of the Porsche Shooting Brake. (Side note - I still can't believe you people fell for such a thing, lol. Moving along ) Before all these "news sites" popped up in various forms, people would just wait to see what was given to them and be happy with the results. They didn't hope for the "inside story" from some auto exec that frankly doesn't have to tell the buying public a damn thing about upcoming products or business decisions. (insert bailout comment here, lol)

        Hell, think about this. Think back before there were sites like this one and you were foaming at the mouth to pick up the latest PRINTED issue of Motor Trend or the like, just to see what spy shots and press releases were in it? Back then, you had to wait a month for your automotive news and at the time it was "cutting edge." Before that, what'd you have? Again, just press releases, a few shows here and there, and that's about it. And what were the results? Everyone was HAPPY to see that new (insert car from the 1980s here) in all it's beautiful glory!

        You want your information by the second, then be prepared to accept the normal goings on and hoop jumping that are involved in such ventures.

        Or hey, you could always just wait and see. There's a novel idea, huh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM should say nothing. They should just put it on stage at an autoshow when it is one month BEFORE production is ready and announce its production ready at that time. Let the media go nuts for it... Build some mystery and deny everything until it is ready. Surprise the consumer and create excitement with real flare. Stop it with the long lead look at what is coming next year or two or three year stuff. It seems like I know everything GM has on the drawing board before the sketch is done. It is nice they had to show the world they have stuff coming, but shut the doors, turn off the mic to Lutz and others, and do what is required behind the scenes and only show what is ready when it is ready. That is what a confident company does. I want GM to get on its feet again and I feel its robe is way to open.
        • 5 Years Ago
        naggs, I GUARANTEE you GM is having NO "issues" moving or making the public aware of the Camaro, even in it's lowest V6 form, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds good, I wish they would do that too, but you know they cannot help but toot their own horn.

        Besides, the clock is ticking. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you mean the exact opposite of what they did for the Volt...
        • 5 Years Ago
        if they let out info as they develop the car, they get real-time feed back, free publicity, great product awareness at launch, and it keeps the pressure on to meet time targets

        your personal preference is to be supprised, i will take the better car brought to market sooner
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is another factor too. Leaking it early might keep people from buying now and instead cause them to wait for the new, better model down the line. That alone should be enough to make them keep their mouths shut as much as possible. The need buyers right now.

        With that said, you can only keep it quite for so long. Too many people have to know about a new car as it gears up toward production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is GM a on and off about crap lately. Oh yes....oh no....OH YEAH!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brian....is the world about to end. hahahaha
        • 5 Years Ago
        My God, Farmboy, we agree about something!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Brian

        I don't care what you say...I see your name, down rank you, then move along...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better this Z28 than none at all. That said, I really would salivate for a Z28 closer to the original formula; carbon fiber hood roof and front fenders and 19" wheels/tires. Weight reduction is what this car REALLY needs as more power is readily availiable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      People supercharge the G8 GT's 6.0 all the time and keep the cyclinder deactivation in place. They get higher HP and almost the same gas milage as long as they keep their foot out of it.

      Not sure why you wouldn't just do this with the camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure many already have with the L99. Wouldn't be an issue and a TVS2300 would net you about the same crank HP as the LSA.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it comes with a jean jacket, I want to relive the 80's but in a much better Z28 lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And yet AB also reported that GM would consider a hybrid Corvette (for the 35mpg fleet standard come 2020...or 2016?) if its life depended on it. I don't think GM will sit pretty enough to justify a supercharged Camaro and Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh please be real. Sure I want to buy one, but the idea of that twin screw being in the parts bin for the ZR1 (low production), the CTS-V (a little bit more production) and the z28 a lot more production and therefore affordable from GMPP! Oh man, whew count me in for one!
      Lar7789789
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could be totally wrong - I don't nor do I pretend to have any insider information about this car or the Mustang.

      But I do firmly believe that GM is possibly considering the Z28 because of the 2011 Mustang coming to town with the "coyote" 5.0 aluminium engine and the the new aluminium engine in the shelby.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they'll make it lighter...fat pig.

      I thought the SS was the top model?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Well the turbo Cobalt SS was at one point the fastest production fwd car at the Ring if that counts for something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Al, that's true... but it's "still a Cobalt." Like I said, they're not bad vehicles. I just think GM wants to push the "Z" cars into a class of their own. A 550 HP ANYTHING is nothing to disregard, and it's usually pretty impressive when it's coming from an LS series engine. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "we'll take ours in classic Hugger Orange with white stripes, please."

      I think you mean white with twin hugger orange stripes. That was the classic scheme.

      Looks much better in that dark gray though. :)
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