• Oct 6, 2010
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Click above to view the video after the jump

We've seen the Camaro Z28 from nearly every angle, but we haven't seen it driven in anger. That's rectified today with the release of a new spy video showing Chevrolet's 500+ horsepower pony car being flogged at the Nürburgring in preparation for its debut within the next few months. More impressive than the supercharger whine emanating from the 6.2-liter LSA V8, is the surprising lack of squat, dive and body roll as the Z28 launches out of the starting gate, tackles a few high speed turns and comes flying out of the Carousel. See for yourself in the video after the jump.






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      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing almost looks faster than an escalator.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I haven't examined this cage up close but for the cage to provide any additional protection it must be tied into the frame (maybe through the same bracing that is used for the seat mounts to be tied in under the floorboard?) If you really just mounted it to the
      floorboard, without that being somehow tied into the frame, in a crash you would have just added lbs and lbs of steel ready to slam into your head.

      Further if it follows the integrated roll bars (pillars etc) and didn't provide any additional rigidity then there would be no need or benefit and the penalty of excess weight. For it to have some value it must inherently contribute to rigidity by the same rigidity that gives it the ability to be additional protection in an accident.

      I'm not saying the times are wrong, but you can't make a functional roll bar/cage without it having a solid base to build on and the rigidity of that roll bar that allows protection in an accident is going both ways and contributing to frame stiffness by tying the frame
      together at another point.

      Is the gain in frame stiffness worth the cost of the added mass, and up that high too? Now that is a good question.

      Anyway, the z28 stands regardless...as "probably" a pretty bad ass car. And if they sold the z28 with a true roll bar/cage I would definitely buy that option... as long as it was functional and attached to the frame... ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a tank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope they made it lighter...
        • 4 Years Ago
        WHO GIVES A SQUAT ABOUT THE WEIGHT . NO ONE IN THERE RIGHT MIND GONNA GO BUY A 40,OOO PLUS CAR TO JUST RUN IT ON A TRACK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not a chance.. the LSA is going to make it close to 200 lbs heavier than the SS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TKO umm NO. The LSA is just an LS3 with a 1.9L TVS2300 and liquid to air intercooler bolted to it and a few internal changes. It'll weigh a little more but it will be marginal at best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ john

        1. please stop yelling

        2. if you must yell, it should be at anyone who would buy a car like this and NOT run it on a track...
      • 4 Years Ago
      SS drivers are going to be hanging their heads in embarrassment
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the same body -- greenhouse is different.. taller hoodline, more glass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it cool? Sure. I'll never crap on more performance thrown onto a car. However, I won't consider a Camaro for one big reason: It weighs 2 tons! I'm sorry but if I'm going to be driving a car that's lugging 4,000 lbs. before I even get in the thing, it better have four doors and and a roomy back seat and a usable trunk. To drive something this heavy and end up with only a two door coupe seems like idiocy to me. I'll wait until the next Camaro shows up on a lighter chassis, thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To each their own, but given the option, I'll always take significant weight savings over additional horsepower, especially when the car in question (Camaro) isn't hurting for power to begin with but could definitely stand to lose a bunch of weight.

        I suspect, just for the record, that your experience in the Fit had more to do with it's relatively narrow track and tall height than its low weight. Case in point: The Porsche Boxster and Lotus Exige post similar weight as the Fit, but don't suffer the same "box-kite-in-a-hurricane" dynamics as the Fit. The weight isn't the culprit, the dimensions and suspension tuning are.

        With significant weight savings, the Camaro could be faster in a straight line without the unneeded weight, complexity, increased heat and pressure to the engine and cost that a supercharger adds. As a bonus, the Camaro would become more fuel efficient and fun to drive. It's a no brainer to me.

        To me, the Camaro is just grossly and obnoxiously large for what it is, a 2 door coupe. There's no justification for 4,000 lbs. of weight on this thing. To really drive the point home, this 2 door Camaro complete with unusable rear seats and trunk will weigh almost as much as a Cadillac STS, Buick Lucerne, or Chrysler 300C! I'm not saying it doesn't have a certain appeal to certain people, but I expect better engineering for the next Camaro that brings its weight down and its fun factor up.
        • 4 Years Ago

        "Lighter is righter"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I get what our saying... but this ISNT A RACECAR. Get a grip people.. wtf you guys want a car made out of air ?? Theres your light weight for you.

        This car has luxury features, much need safety features you name it.

        You know what? I like a heavy car for everyday driving... I drove a 2009 Honda fit on the highway one time... I was scared for my life.. you wanna know why ? The damn wind keep pushing the car around. The Camaro is a everyday driven car. If you going to track the car... then you can rip out the interior and etc to make it lighter. But as a everyday car weight is a plus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, the suspension setup was one of the biggest complaint when the camaro was first launched. Looks like they have put some effort into improving that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want my 2:55 back. Most of the video was crap. The one short piece of video of the car actually on the track was seriously not worth the wait.
      I like the exhaust note but kind of wonder as to whether it's what the production car will sound like. At this point in testing, I'd be thinking that they haven't finalized the exhaust yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And that has what to do with my comment?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The roll bar is just a halo bar for the sole purpose of attachment points for a 5 point harnes shoulder straps . There is no structural purpose .
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was Kleines Karussell, not the actual Karussell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so far, not impressed...

      this car looks extremely "floaty," if you will. there is just as much body roll and brake dive as the SS model. the CTS-V looks far more balanced around the track. suspension looks extremely forgiving. kinda makes me wonder if they decided not to use the delphi magnetic shocks...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't forget the reason why they are flogging the hell out of it here is to make adjustments to the suspension. Clearly it's not a finished product so to judge it by what we see here doesn't make much sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The redder your bar the more honest you are.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ya, no joke!!! why can't people just have a conversation about cars? whether you agree, disagree, we are all here for the same reason.. we get excited when we see a new article pop up on autoblog. if you don't agree with what i say, fine.... i am entitled to an opinion, am i not?

        too many fanboys out their (of all kinds) need to set their feelings aside... quit getting so offended when somebody criticizes your car.

        i'm not to worried about it really... I have an actual life that warrants more attention than a few little stars on autoblog.

        oh and moms, don't forget to crack the bedrooms door and leave the hallway light on tonight... i hear there's a storm brewing
        • 4 Years Ago
        AB comments suck for trying to have a conversation. TKO says he's not impressed so he gets voted down? Go ahead, vote me down too. The Z28 might be a fine car but I wasn't impressed by the video either.

        Maybe the conversations start after these pubescent kids' moms make them go to bed. Brush your teeth, now.
      Rick Jones
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what's weirder: seeing Michigan manufacturer plates on American cars in Europe, or seeing European cars with Michigan manufacturer plates on them in America. Saw a new, undisguised Opel Insignia in the SF Bay Area wearing such a plate.
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