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Old 12-29-2011, 10:34 PM   #103
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I'd expect to see some spyshots of heavily camo'd 6th gens about a year and a half before the car is released.
Thanks DG, anyone care to speculate when this time may come about? When at the earliest should we see some signs of the Z-28 reincarnation, in artist conception or early spy shot form? Food for thought, and discussion. I wan't one more Z-28 before I pass on, with the goods of today's technology....while it's still semi-affordable.
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Thanks DG, anyone care to speculate when this time may come about? When at the earliest should we see some signs of the Z-28 reincarnation, in artist conception or early spy shot form? Food for thought, and discussion. I wan't one more Z-28 before I pass on, with the goods of today's technology....while it's still semi-affordable.
We may have already seen spyshots of the Z28, and we may have seen a concept car from GM representing the Z28. And for all we know, there could be a number of test cars running around as we speak. To the average person (or even the enthusiast), it might just look like a modified Camaro ... and there's tons of those around the US. So if GM doesn't slap camo on it, we probably wouldn't even notice.
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We may have already seen spyshots of the Z28, and we may have seen a concept car from GM representing the Z28. And for all we know, there could be a number of test cars running around as we speak. To the average person (or even the enthusiast), it might just look like a modified Camaro ... and there's tons of those around the US. So if GM doesn't slap camo on it, we probably wouldn't even notice.
Interesting... we'll have to be more observant! Good points!
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We may have already seen spyshots of the Z28, and we may have seen a concept car from GM representing the Z28. And for all we know, there could be a number of test cars running around as we speak. To the average person (or even the enthusiast), it might just look like a modified Camaro ... and there's tons of those around the US. So if GM doesn't slap camo on it, we probably wouldn't even notice.
Moral to the story; The best place to hide something is in plain sight....?
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We may have already seen spyshots of the Z28, and we may have seen a concept car from GM representing the Z28. And for all we know, there could be a number of test cars running around as we speak. To the average person (or even the enthusiast), it might just look like a modified Camaro ... and there's tons of those around the US. So if GM doesn't slap camo on it, we probably wouldn't even notice.
To clarify what I meant, we've got the possible Z28 spyshot (also known as the 'ZL1 Track Pack')


Then there are the two different concept cars that GM showed off which may or may not have been Z28 previews. The SSX:


and the 1LE from this year:



And of course ... the possible 'hiding in plain sight' mules:

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All valid points, DG.

Look for a MICHIGAN Manufacturer's Plate...on something that looks a lil bit "different"...perhaps hot-testing in the Desert SouthWest...perhaps cruisin' the urban jungle that is Metro Detroit...perhaps right down the street from YOU...

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BTW, has anyone else noticed how this year's 1LE, with the substitution/addition of Black Wheels and a couple o' hash marks, looks eerily similar to SEMA '08's COPO LS7 version...?!

http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows...e/viewall.html
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BTW, has anyone else noticed how this year's 1LE, with the substitution/addition of Black Wheels and a couple o' hash marks, looks eerily similar to SEMA '08's COPO LS7 version...?!

http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows...e/viewall.html
LS7 concept got a lot of good reviews. And they listen.

It's almost as if they 1LE is them asking "You sure?"
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BTW, has anyone else noticed how this year's 1LE, with the substitution/addition of Black Wheels and a couple o' hash marks, looks eerily similar to SEMA '08's COPO LS7 version...?!

http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows...e/viewall.html
Now that you mention it, did the hood ever get popped on the 1LE?
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The Z28 wont be arriving until the 6th Gen I bet. And it will be a HUGE blow to the new 6th Gen mustang because the new Camaro will be launching with a new Z28 model plus lighter and everything.
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Through the grapevine we've heard 150 maybe 200 lbs lighter. Not so much. If I remember correctly a 100 lbs savings equals 1/10 in the 1/4 mile. HP is the key.
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Through the grapevine we've heard 150 maybe 200 lbs lighter. Not so much. If I remember correctly a 100 lbs savings equals 1/10 in the 1/4 mile. HP is the key.
I think that any weight savings in the 6th gen. will be a good thing, 150-200 lbs. is a good start, I'd like to see more in the 300-400 lbs. range vs the 5th gen. weight (but I don't expect it!).
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Through the grapevine we've heard 150 maybe 200 lbs lighter. Not so much. If I remember correctly a 100 lbs savings equals 1/10 in the 1/4 mile. HP is the key.
Well so far we dont know anything about how much weight it is going to save who knows.
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LS7 concept got a lot of good reviews. And they listen.
Trust us old guys. We've been there, done that, and bought the T shirt.
It's almost as if they 1LE is them asking "You sure?"
Trust us old guy's, we've been there, done that, and bought the T shirt. Thanks for listening Chevy. We are sure, no doubt.
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The Z28 wont be arriving until the 6th Gen I bet. And it will be a HUGE blow to the new 6th Gen mustang because the new Camaro will be launching with a new Z28 model plus lighter and everything.
Perhaps. But the jury is still out on that verdict. I'm more inline with DG3's thoughts.
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Through the grapevine we've heard 150 maybe 200 lbs lighter. Not so much. If I remember correctly a 100 lbs savings equals 1/10 in the 1/4 mile. HP is the key.
That's correct chance...every 100 lbs. is about one tenth a second.
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Well so far we dont know anything about how much weight it is going to save who knows.
Not true. We have knowledge of the Caddie platform it's based on.
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Not true. We have knowledge of the Caddie platform it's based on.
We don't have anything solid on that platform though.
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I think that any weight savings in the 6th gen. will be a good thing, 150-200 lbs. is a good start, I'd like to see more in the 300-400 lbs. range vs the 5th gen. weight (but I don't expect it!).
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Trust us old guy's, we've been there, done that, and bought the T shirt. Thanks for listening Chevy. We are sure, no doubt.

Perhaps. But the jury is still out on that verdict. I'm more inline with DG3's thoughts.

That's correct chance...every 100 lbs. is about one tenth a second.
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We don't have anything solid on that platform though.
fwiw, gentlemen....I wanted to share some work/findings I did to estimate the weight of coupes and sedans built off of an identical Alpha architecture...

Starting here, Motortrend recorded a quote previewing the weight range the Cadillac ATS should be in, as well as the engine options for the car at initial release:

"Leone would only say that it’s “several hundred pounds lighter than competitors like the 3-series,” and that the front/rear weight distribution would be an ideal 50/50"

Below is the size of the 3-series BMW coupe/ Chevy Camaro:

Length: 181.9 / 190.4
Width: 70.2 / 75.5
Height: 54.9 / 54.2

I still maintain for its size and segment, the 5th generation Camaro is competitive in terms of weight, but you can clearly see where much of the weight is in the car when comparing these two....it's much bigger! I mean, heck - it's even wider than the Corvette!

I believe the ATS/6th gen would need to be the size of the 3-series or smaller to achieve these weight numbers. And I think one of the tricks they'll use to achieve this weight advantage in the base models is by using their potent 4 cylinders vs the German's inline or V6s.

Then I did some math based on similarly-equipped cars to form an educated guess on how each configuration will add weight to the car.

In order of engine type, weight, then reasoning:



I4: 190hp / ~3162lbs
(based off GM comment and BMW 328i curb weight)

T4: 270hp / ~3292lbs
(based off difference between Cobalt SS Turbo vs Cobalt LT minus performance goodies like Brembo brakes)

V6: 320hp / ~3992lbs
(based off difference between genesis T4 vs V6 models)

V8: 460hp / ~3511lbs
(based off difference between Camaro V6 v V8 models)

TV8: 580hp / ~3671lbs
(based off Camaro ZL1 v SS minus 100lbs weight management; ie turbo vs super & Carbon Fiber/Aluminum bits)


The base model is as light as a Corvette, then, while the power-to-weight ratio of the entry V8 would be that of the current Corvette LT...meaning a 0-60 of 4, and a quarter mile time of 12.4.

The hypothetical Turbocharged V8 would have the power-to-weight of the current Z06...meaning an easy 3.7 to 60, and 11.6 quarter mile. Impressive for sure!!

These are GUESSES....AND they're very ambitious (that high level configuration may not even be possible without turning the car into a pretzel)...but I don't feel they're "out in left field", per say. Assuming, of course, the "several hundred pounds" quote is accurate.

fwiw...I had fun crunching these numbers.
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