• Oct 5, 2010
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The highly anticipated Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which we caught an early glimpse of this summer, has been shipped off to Germany to be put through its paces on the Nürburgring. Much of the early prototypes' heavy front cladding has been stripped away and replaced with General Motors' usual checkerboard camouflage, but we can still see the Z28 upgrades clear as day under all that tape.

As if the massive power bulge in the hood doesn't give it away, the Z28 will be powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 that's found in the Cadillac CTS-V. In that application, 556 horsepower is pumped to the rear wheels, but there's no telling what sort of power numbers will be on tap in the Z28.

We won't be shocked if the Z28 makes its official debut at the Los Angeles or Detroit auto shows with the first sales starting sometime in 2011.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive me for my ignorance but why do car company's put these decals on there cars while testing them?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's to distort the lines of the production model so the look of the car isn't leaked out before the reveal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Z/28 gets UNDER 500HP......sold! (that includes great brakes and track tuned suspension) Anything over 500hp.....well I'm going to FORD and drop my deposit on the BOSS 302.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because 500HP is too much for you to handle?

        I must be missing something here...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fat chance that it comes in at under 500 hp. That's just a ridiculous statement. Looks like you just needed a reason to mention the Boss.

        I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the next Camaro will be built on the Cadillac ATS platform. It will be smaller and lighter than this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought in previous generations, that the SS was always a higher package than then z28?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depends on the generation you look at and what you mean by higher package.

        There was no SS model for half of the Camaro's life, it was resurrected with the F-Bodies in the early 90's.

        Historically, the Z/28 was the track-focused model(being built for Trans-Am homologation) while the SS was the big HP car. Different strokes for different folks.

        If they are going after the GT500, then it will probably be a bit of each. Modern cars don't tend to focus purely on straight line speed like muscle cars in the 60's tended to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy needs a camouflage decal lesson. That pattern doesn't hide anything, as the article states. You can see and follow all the lines and angles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the problem with this car was handling. Maybe they should work on that first?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, I read them. Just because you can navigate the ring doesn't mean you set the car up right. My understanding is initial development was done at the ring as well but we know how that ended up. Obviously the vette rocks so someone at GM has a clue the question is can it trickle down to the Camaro. When I start seeing glowing reviews and real people driving them at the track I will be more interested. I actually see a lot of Mustangs despite the solid rear so I have more of a affinity for that car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't read titles much do you? This car has been caught testing at the Nurburgring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They used the GT500 as a benchmark, so this should be interesting (: as long they keep the price down. i see no reason for it to start at more than, 41 or 2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol.... dream on....

        a factory warranty 550 hp car?

        I can assure you that since the camaro looks better than the mustang overall(more futuristic) it will actually carry a higher tab than the shelby... i see this thing starting at 56...
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, i meant 51 or 52, sorry. and i agree that weight is the biggest thing holding the camaro back. but most of the weight is built into the "safety cage" of the car, so they will have a hard time eliminating it
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GT500 starts at just under $49K. If they are benchmarking the GT500(which they are understandably), they why would the price be $7-8K cheaper?

        Which current model of the Camaro is cheaper than a comparable Mustang?

        I'm pretty sure the Z/28 will be bumping close to $50k without a problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Love the look of the Camaro, but hate the high beltline/small greenhouse. Too bad they didn't just mimic the proportions of the 1969 Camaro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it really is targeting the GT500 the only thing to need to keep down is the weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM isn't going to drop an LSA into a $41K car. Yes, cost-wise it would work, but they aren't going to undercut their other LS9/LSA cars by making a bargain car with one in there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the SS ran its laps in the low 8-min range I expect this one to run around mid 7's.

      So much for muscle cars not handling
        • 4 Years Ago
        @lorette:

        you clearly don't have any concept of Nurburgring lap times.

        the Z/28 won't even touch 7:40.. it's far too heavy. Expect a 7:50 at best.

        remember... the CTS-V with the same power ran 7:59. the Z/28 will come in over 3900 lbs, very close to 4,000 lbs, which is 200 lbs less than the CTS-V. it's going to be a heavy car, and heavy cars don't run mid 7's........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree with spin cycle,

        It is actually the footprint/ center-of-gravity height that determines cornering speed. A much overlooked ratio until recently.

        GT-R for example has a pretty wide footprint and a pretty low COG. Same with 599gtb, SLR, and a few other big, stable cars.

        If Chevy can lower CoG and/or widen track with fenders, offsets,etc, with this kind of power, it could potentially be in the same kind of category speed as the former McLaren Mercedes... 7:40-ish.


        If
        • 4 Years Ago
        All very good points, however you're overlooking what this car is being built from.

        It will most likely share a lot of the same suspension and brake tech as the CTS-V. It will have a slightly lower center of gravity, but not enough to make a significant difference.

        And about the GT-R. Everybody knows that car's power is underrated. Most of them dyno with 450 hp at the WHEEL. Those cars are pushing at least 530 at the crank. Combine that with a super fast shifting dual clutch tranny, and a very sophisticated AWD system, you get 7.26.

        Just think about this... the 3100 lb, 505 hp Z06 runs 7:42... if you think the Z/28 is going to come anywhere near that, you are just out of your mind.

        I'll stick by my 7:50 estimate... chances are good there won't even be an official time, since there never was one for the '11 GT500.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Lighter cars feel dartier, but when it comes to running a track, good power, good meats and good brakes can make weight not show up on lap times.

        I actually wish the Camaro were smaller and lighter, but I don't think your indications of how its weight is going to hold it back on the N-ring are accurate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no such thing as an official time??? dude, are you dumb?

        of course there is... and they are certified by nurbugring timing officials.

        they aren't "claims," as you say... when running official laps, they get official time slips that are printed out, just like at the drag strip.

        that's like saying there are no official drag times... just claims to make you're car look fast...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ TKOsoccer03:
        FYI, there is no such thing as an "official time" for production cars on the 'Ring. Just manufacturer's claims that they are more than happy to see un-knowing people circulate and insinuate to be in some way "official".
      • 4 Years Ago
      And Ford could use a Corvette fighter
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why? so they can have the same problem GM has with trying balance the Corvette and Camaro? Back in '03, the Camaro was sacrificed to maintain the Corvette's market position. Once they revived the marque, IMO, it was inevitable that the same issues will resurface. You're starting to see these issues being discussed here. How do you bring a Camaro to market that out-guns a Corvette? How do you keep the two brands separate and still cost-effective, especially since they both draw from the same technology pool?
        I think Ford did the right thing by building a short run of Ford GT supercars. It displayed their ability to produce a segment leader and by discontinuing it, they maintain the car's resale and mystique. But best of all, they don't have to suffer the same problems that GM is now facing, trying to maintain the Camaro/Corvette lines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Ford "needed" a Corvette fighter, it would've built one sooner than fifty years after the fact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ground clearance is still to high to get competitive times - too bad, Z28 should have been more focused than SS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um you do realize this is not a Corvette, right? This is a pony car that will be used by everyday people who goto places that have sleeping policemen.

        By the way, a car doesn't need to be extremely low to handle good. That's evidence of the current GT500. 8 seconds faster around VIR than the Audi R8 5.2, 9 seconds faster than the 2010 GT500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm struggling to see much in the way of exterior upgrades/changes. The hood looks like the stock hood to me with some heat extractor holes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's part of the fun... the Z06 and ZR1 are almost identical. Ferraris, Lambos, Mercedes... every trim level is very very similar. the only differences that you will see in those cars are exhaust, spoiler, intake, and fascia patters.

        that's what we're getting with the Camaro too.. what are you expecting, a whole new look?

        it's the subtle differences that make it exciting.. driving down the road, trying to figure out if that car that just blew by you is a Z/28 or not..
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 For TKOsoccer03,

        Z/28 will get a little more HP an upgraded suspension, better brakes and they will cut down on the unsprung weight. People are dreaming if a Z/28 is to out perform the Z06...at best a detuned LSA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        what I found strange was that it's spy shots of 2012 model.. in 2010.
      cltsuperman
      • 3 Years Ago
      You are all idiots the camaro wins every year period, look at the latest hot rod. Chevy motors are stronger and a hell of alot easyer to work on. Ford has been using superchargers for years to simply keep up with the comp. Dont be a roomer mill about things you have no clue about. Look at the mag car and driver non bias mags dont lie. Camaro rides better, handles better,cost less and the hennessy camaro blew the doors off the slow shelby.
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