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Old 06-02-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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The Z28 what could have been....

Now that the lengendary Z/28 will be released, how about those whom were born in a era when they knew a Z28? A T-top 6 Gen Z28? Not I take anything away from the Z/28 or ZL1 but it could be done...I wished the Z28 returned however, but GM did a switcheroo and went back to the heritage of the Z/28.

I ended up driving in a neighborhood where my cousin lives and spotted this t-top Z28 and just made me think, damn that looks sexy.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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T tops are so ill. So is the targa top in corvettes
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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A clean 4th gen will always make me look twice.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:37 AM   #4
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The Z28 is like a Chinese knock off of the Z/28. It looks almost right and could probably fool the people who don't know the real thing but isn't quite there.

Yes, I drive a T top, M6 Z28 but I would never give up the Z/28 so the Z28 could return.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:46 AM   #5
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I love t-tops but unfortunately it sounds like t-tops will never be back. Considering no chance of t-tops, I'd absolutely love to see a targa top on the 6th gen. IMHO that is the biggest thing the 5th gen lacks -- IMHO the sunroof is no comparison to having a fully open roof right above your head but still have the structure of the hatch behind you.

When I drive with the windows down in my 5th gen, I feel like I could be driving ANY car... I don't feel like I'm cruising. But when I drive with the windows down and the t-tops off in my 4th gen, I'm cruising... If there's no targa top in the 6th gen, my next Camaro will be a convertible.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:27 AM   #6
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GM already said they can't do T-tops.

And if that's seriously the only thing that makes a Z/28 a Z/28, then...
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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Targa.....Targa.....Targa!!!
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #8
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T-tops went out with mullets...

Besides it kills the structure of the car making it handle similar to a vert which defeats the entire point of the z28
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The Z28 is like a Chinese knock off of the Z/28. It looks almost right and could probably fool the people who don't know the real thing but isn't quite there.

Yes, I drive a T top, M6 Z28 but I would never give up the Z/28 so the Z28 could return.
Never knew GM produced knock offs, lol. A Z28 is simply a daily driven machine. And I know we have a ZL1, but a Z28 would need to be NA.
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T-tops went out with mullets...

Besides it kills the structure of the car making it handle similar to a vert which defeats the entire point of the z28

T-tops in the 80s were the bomb, loved them! 2 79 Anniversary Trans Ams and an 85 firebird! I think on a Z/28 is a bit much but ok on the rest of the line.

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Old 06-02-2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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GM already said they can't do T-tops.

And if that's seriously the only thing that makes a Z/28 a Z/28, then...
No one said a t top is the only thing that makes a Z28 a Z28. I'm certain every Z28 isn't a targa version. How old are you?
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No one said a t top is the only thing that makes a Z28 a Z28. I'm certain every Z28 isn't a targa version. How old are you?
Considering that's pretty much all your OP talks about...
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #13
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Personally don't care for a top with a gaping hole in it. To each his/her own.
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Doesn't the corvette have a removable roof? If so, why can't there be T-Tops?
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #15
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3rd Gen Z/28 is why I have my Camaro today. One of my friends' older brother had a chocolate brown IROC, w/nitrous...man that car was sweet. Tragically he died racing it. I have still been fond of the Z's since I was a kid.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:37 AM   #16
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I don't think we'll ever see a Targa top for the Camaro, it's never been part of what makes it a Camaro. I know the OP wants to experience those Z28 days again, but if history repeats itself, I'm sure we will see one again from the Camaro Team, just have to wait a few years.
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Doesn't the corvette have a removable roof? If so, why can't there be T-Tops?
My point exactly.

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I don't think we'll ever see a Targa top for the Camaro, it's never been part of what makes it a Camaro. I know the OP wants to experience those Z28 days again, but if history repeats itself, I'm sure we will see one again from the Camaro Team, just have to wait a few years.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #18
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I'm certainly clad that GM didn't go the 4th gen route with the Z/28. That would have been a huge failure. Remember that's the very car that put the camaro on the side lines for years. That should tell you something right there.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:12 PM   #19
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Never knew GM produced knock offs, lol. A Z28 is simply a daily driven machine. And I know we have a ZL1, but a Z28 would need to be NA.
No, a Z28 is a way to make money of the Z/28 heritage without building a Z/28.

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Old 06-02-2013, 02:16 PM   #20
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The convertible Camaro has structural bracing to make it as close to the rigity of the standard Coupe, so they could easily do it for T-Tops. Now if the NHTSA says they are too unsafe, that is a different story. Z-28's were originally low optioned light weight track cars that had better balance than the Heavier engined SS cars. They were more auto-cross style cars, the RS being a modification from that as the off-road rally type. Personally I love what they have done with the Z-28, but they should have put the LT-1 in it. Coming from the factory without a radio and things like that do not appeal to people the same way as they did in the 60's because you pay more for less now with that car.
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A Z28 is simply a daily driven machine. And I know we have a ZL1, but a Z28 would need to be NA.
Sounds a lot like a 1LE.
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The convertible Camaro has structural bracing to make it as close to the rigity of the standard Coupe, so they could easily do it for T-Tops. Now if the NHTSA says they are too unsafe, that is a different story. Z-28's were originally low optioned light weight track cars that had better balance than the Heavier engined SS cars. They were more auto-cross style cars, the RS being a modification from that as the off-road rally type. Personally I love what they have done with the Z-28, but they should have put the LT-1 in it. Coming from the factory without a radio and things like that do not appeal to people the same way as they did in the 60's because you pay more for less now with that car.
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at least the paint matches! --on different body panels--instead of all the c5's.....

speaking of the front facia and hood/fenders, not one ,i see paint is matching.
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I do have to say the LS1 4th gen is one of my favorite Camaros.
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Doesn't the corvette have a removable roof? If so, why can't there be T-Tops?
Probably because the Z/28 is to be a track day special, and rules have changed a bit.

I know for a fact that most coupes are not allowed to have i.e. a sunroof if you want to go racing with them...

Putting a T-top on a "closed track car" would entirely beat the purpose of said car and rule it out for any potential race series...
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