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Old 06-24-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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The Mystique of the Z28

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Old 06-24-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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I'd prefer they not mention "stoplight", but talk about cruisin' twisties.
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Drivers must know who to mess up with the stop light. They know they wouldn't win with a Z.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #8
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Okay here it is. When was the last time GM built a car worthy of the Z/28 badge. I have a 67 and it is a great car. Owned a 2001 not any different than an SS. Is it all about the badge? If the Z/28 does come back I hope it is a special car worthy of its badge.
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:56 PM   #9
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"Putting you first, keeps us first" they need to bring that back.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:09 AM   #10
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Okay here it is. When was the last time GM built a car worthy of the Z/28 badge. I have a 67 and it is a great car. Owned a 2001 not any different than an SS. Is it all about the badge? If the Z/28 does come back I hope it is a special car worthy of its badge.
Agreed.

The 2SS/RS is a pretty mean dog, but the Z28 should be a pretty mean BEAST!
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Okay here it is. When was the last time GM built a car worthy of the Z/28 badge. I have a 67 and it is a great car. Owned a 2001 not any different than an SS. Is it all about the badge? If the Z/28 does come back I hope it is a special car worthy of its badge.

The market is there for a Z28. I get conflicting reports on this but personally I think the ZL1 was going to be the Z28. Then the Boss Mustang came along and they yanked the idea of it at the last min. negotiated somethign with SLP and what was going to be the Z28 is now the ZL1.

Now Z28. Sure it should be in the same vein as the Boss. Is that not what the Z28 was? The boss fighter? Then it should go back to its roots and be a track ready race car like the Boss..not some gussed up over the top ZL1. Sure would we all like to order a ZL1? Sure but the price is not there..ok how bout a race version of the same car for a little less?
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:36 AM   #12
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:21 PM   #13
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The market is there for a Z28. I get conflicting reports on this but personally I think the ZL1 was going to be the Z28. Then the Boss Mustang came along and they yanked the idea of it at the last min. negotiated somethign with SLP and what was going to be the Z28 is now the ZL1.

Now Z28. Sure it should be in the same vein as the Boss. Is that not what the Z28 was? The boss fighter? Then it should go back to its roots and be a track ready race car like the Boss..not some gussed up over the top ZL1. Sure would we all like to order a ZL1? Sure but the price is not there..ok how bout a race version of the same car for a little less?
Well actually back in the day the Boss 302 was the Z/28 fighter, not the other way around. The Z/28 was kicking the Mustang's butt in the TransAm Sedan Series and the Boss 302 was brought out to try and change that. As a side note, the Z/28 was running a 302cid way before the Mustang did.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #14
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Well actually back in the day the Boss 302 was the Z/28 fighter, not the other way around. The Z/28 was kicking the Mustang's butt in the TransAm Sedan Series and the Boss 302 was brought out to try and change that. As a side note, the Z/28 was running a 302cid way before the Mustang did.
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And therein lies the mystique of the Z28 back in its day. It was the image of being track ready and the success of the car in the TA series. It was not drag or street racing, there were other Camaros much better at that. An L78 or COPO Camaro had little to fear.
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And therein lies the mystique of the Z28 back in its day. It was the image of being track ready and the success of the car in the TA series. It was not drag or street racing, there were other Camaros much better at that. An L78 or COPO Camaro had little to fear.
I very much agree with your statement. So much of drag and street racing was nothing but a "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. To me the Z/28 was a driver's car because it was so close to the track race ready version that it was pure pleasure to put it through it's paces on twisty, tricky roads. To me, much more fun than a few seconds of a drag racing. But to each their own, there were Camaro versions to fill most every need and perhaps it will be that way again in the near future.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:33 AM   #16
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I grew up with Z/28 verbage like that. Consider me completely assimilated.
And I as well...
Z/28 was the badass car with mystique. Camaro SS? That was your friend's mom's daily driver.
Back in the day SS's were were more than Mom's car, but as for the Z-28 badging is concerned, well that calling card carried a do or die attitude.
Sure hope GM can find that special magic again....
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Drivers must know who to mess up with the stop light. They know they wouldn't win with a Z.
Way back when, for the most part, the guys who were running one had their _hit together..they "got it", as in it was understood of their place in the street heirarchy. They were "hopped up". Sorry, we didn't say modded.

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Okay here it is. When was the last time GM built a car worthy of the Z/28 badge. I have a 67 and it is a great car. Owned a 2001 not any different than an SS. Is it all about the badge? If the Z/28 does come back I hope it is a special car worthy of its badge.
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The 2SS/RS is a pretty mean dog, but the Z28 should be a pretty mean BEAST!
Agreed, and it can be produced so much more above the formidable 2SS. It GM wants it, so it will be done. They have all the hardware laying around to do it without alot of trouble.
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I also hope they can recapture the greatness of the name Z28, which holds more importance to the Camaro than any other really. BTW, 1st Gen Z28s were also great drag cars besides track cars.
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GM is working on a 5.5 OHC V8. I imagine that will be in the new Z28. and a larger S/C version of that (detuned from the Corvette) will be in the newer ZL1s.

OHC is a different animal that pushrod. and GM seems to be giving development that time it needs to have the right power, while being the most reliable, and having the least complexity possible.
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GM is working on a 5.5 OHC V8. I imagine that will be in the new Z28. and a larger S/C version of that (detuned from the Corvette) will be in the newer ZL1s.

OHC is a different animal that pushrod. and GM seems to be giving development that time it needs to have the right power, while being the most reliable, and having the least complexity possible.
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GM is working on a 5.5 OHC V8. I imagine that will be in the new Z28. and a larger S/C version of that (detuned from the Corvette) will be in the newer ZL1s.

OHC is a different animal that pushrod. and GM seems to be giving development that time it needs to have the right power, while being the most reliable, and having the least complexity possible.
What is this 5.5L OHC V8 you refer to? The only 5.5 I'm aware of that is remotely related to Chevrolet is the race version in the Corvette and that is only 5.5 due to the racing series restrictions. There have been many people saying that a 5.5 will make an appearence in the new 5th gen. of SBCs, there have been strong denials from many others that the 5.5 is a race version only and will not be a standard displacement in the new SBCs.
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Okay here it is. When was the last time GM built a car worthy of the Z/28 badge. I have a 67 and it is a great car. Owned a 2001 not any different than an SS. Is it all about the badge? If the Z/28 does come back I hope it is a special car worthy of its badge.
I had a '92 Z28. Got a great deal on it at the '93's were coming out. Didn't realize is was the 305 vs the 350 until I got it home (long story). Pretty car, but a disappointment in the performance department. Did not deserve the badge.
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