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Old 10-11-2012, 12:03 PM   #35
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Only problem I see now with them using a LS7 in the Z/28 would be this.

The LS7 is on its way out if its only going to be used for say one more year, that would make the Z/28 get produced for only 1 year with the LS7 and if they continued it the next year it would have to have a different engine.
That isn't the problem. That is the opportunity. The new C7 Vette will not use the LS7. The production motors that GM would have built for the Z06 become available for the Z/28. When those production LS7s are gone, they are really gone. GM makes the switch to DI 8s. A LS7 Z/28 will be a very special Camaro.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:51 PM   #36
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Thinking that way ^ yeah it will be very rare and special.

Not a chance to sell a lot of cars, and that to me screams huge dealer mark ups. But It would make it a really special car. Touche
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Like Pete said, that would be cool, and nothing out of the ordinary of shared motors from the past lineage of Corvette and Camaro history. As Pete mentioned previously, EPA emission regs could be an issue, but that makes me wonder why can not GM write code to have a LS7 fitted to a Camaro and meet clean air requirements like the Corvette does? The ECM can be recallibrated. The GM engineers are top dogs in the field. If they can write code for the algorythims on the ZL1 to perform as it does, then it should not be a big issue to position the LS7 in a C5 Camaro frame and bring us the Z28. Even so, after time, the LS7 will be available as an off road use crate motor from GM, and we can purchase one if it is deemed nececessary to hold onto and have for future deployment in a departing C5 chassis. The next two years are an exciting time of possibilities.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:02 PM   #38
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That isn't the problem. That is the opportunity. The new C7 Vette will not use the LS7. The production motors that GM would have built for the Z06 become available for the Z/28. When those production LS7s are gone, they are really gone. GM makes the switch to DI 8s. A LS7 Z/28 will be a very special Camaro.
Bulls Eye Pete.

I'd like to see them Cam it up a bit closer to 550 HP just for the raw power of it. But 505 with proper gearing, maybe a seat delete option and roll bar addition might be nice ("bossish")... Add a cold air intake to the front of the ZL1 Hood, maybe remove weight and make it a pure track star that WILL NOT overheat! I can see it happening sooner than later AND betting money predicts <500 would be built. Thus, scooped up B4 the email to dealers is printed out!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:40 PM   #39
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My theory (and just that, I have no proof), is simple. The ZL-1 was in fact originally slated to be the new Z-28 model.
You are correct. There is evidence the current ZL1 was suppose to be a Z-28.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:17 AM   #40
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Yeah great..thanks for the assurance that an LS7 powered 5th gen Z/28 will be unattainable for the average hardworking guy like myself. Dealer mark-ups for a limited edition (1 year run) and a 10K engine really make for a great business sense. Thanks!! Hey here's and idea, why not use the DI 6.2L for a Z-28 so more than 500 rich people can buy one!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:36 AM   #41
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Yeah great..thanks for the assurance that an LS7 powered 5th gen Z/28 will be unattainable for the average hardworking guy like myself. Dealer mark-ups for a limited edition (1 year run) and a 10K engine really make for a great business sense. Thanks!! Hey here's and idea, why not use the DI 6.2L for a Z-28 so more than 500 rich people can buy one!!
Maybe they will, but I my guess is the DI engines will first appear in the 6th Gen.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #42
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That isn't the problem. That is the opportunity. The new C7 Vette will not use the LS7. The production motors that GM would have built for the Z06 become available for the Z/28. When those production LS7s are gone, they are really gone. GM makes the switch to DI 8s.

An opportunity to keep Wixom working...

A LS7 Z/28 will be a very special Camaro.
Yes, indeedie!
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:01 PM   #43
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It is pretty common knowledge that the 5th gen is a modern retro 1st gen inspired car. Now if you were trying to hold as true as you could to the heritage with things like even an "F" in the vin then clearly most people can see why GM would not make a supercharged 580hp Z28 when the SS is a N/A 400-426hp version. The only real logical name from the past to use is a ZL1 as it made huge power over both of them.


To be honest the 1LE imo should have been called a Z28 as it's the closest thing to one. Could have easily dropped in a number of other LS engines to make it a very similar offering to the 1st gen model.
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