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Old 02-19-2010, 09:55 AM   #1
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Exclamation CAMARO ZL1 test mule spotted during track testing!!

As reported on Homepage.

It's alive!! Although not the best photos, the way that this Camaro has been camouflaged (front fascia completely covered) makes it very likely that we're looking at a Camaro Z28 test car! The only other likelihood is that it's some type of facelifted Camaro, but a facelift for a car not yet one year into production seems highly unlikely. Also, one change which is not camouflaged are what appears to be wider fenders, particularly in the rear, no doubt to accomodate the Z28's wider track and to provide the car with a more aggressive look.

This car was spied during an extremely brief test track run, but the exhaust was said to be "blaring". The front and rear fascias on the car are extremely camouflaged, but based on past hints from GM, the new Camaro Z28's front fascia will be very close to the Transformers 2 Bumblebee Camaro. We do not yet see any type of ram air scoop type hood yet, but expect one on the Z28, which will require much more air to be fed to its monster engine.

According to the photographer (take this info with a grain of salt as it has yet to be confirmed): "The wheels and tires on this Z/28 are likely non-production, however, we felt like we'd seen this particular setup before. A quick look into the archives and we realized the 2009 Cadillac CTSv sedan prototypes used almost exactly the same wheels and tires as we see on this Z/28 test car. That isn't surprising when you consider the Z/28 will share a heart with the CTSv!

Lurking under the hood is the 6.2L, supercharged V8 known as the "LSA." While that motor is good for 556hp in the CTSv, there seems to be some debate as to whether GM will allow the Camaro to have that much power. Along with a lot more power, an upgraded suspension package along with even better brakes can be expected.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 AM   #3
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Where's my air ram hood? It's not a Z28 without it!

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:00 AM   #4
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:02 AM   #5
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:03 AM   #6
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:05 AM   #7
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That's awesome! I wonder when they'll announce the actual release date...

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I knew it would happen sooner or later... Any info on where this was???
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #9
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too bad Im not a patient person...I knew I shouldve waited
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:06 AM   #10
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HOW FREAKIN COOL!!!!!
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:07 AM   #11
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HOW FREAKIN COOL!!!!!
Im waiting for more info before I get excited.....

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:07 AM   #12
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maybe we will see it come out more toplay
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Im waiting for more info before I get excited.....

Boy who cried wolf ring a bell?
That's probably the best idea for now...

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:12 AM   #15
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Very cool! It's going to be fun to see that car when it's done.
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And you're SURE it's not a kitted-up movie prop car this time?
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:19 AM   #18
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And you're SURE it's not a kitted-up movie prop car this time?
Conducting track testing with special set of wheels and a blaring exhaust? Probably not

We didn't think that the kitted-up movie prop car was a Z28 test mule at all, so that's why we didn't bother reporting or covering it on our homepage.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:19 AM   #19
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wow... it's been FOREVER since we've had any compelling spyshots... 2008 I think. Time for the speculation/conspiracy theory/Camaro civil war threads to start up again!
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I don't think we should get too excited!!! I won't GET on board until GM gives the word! I JUST DON'T LIKE THE LET DOWN!
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There was never much doubt in my mind that one was in the works, a chapter 11 can understandably set things back a bit... the profitability of the "born again" pony wars thus far have been a huge contributing factor toward GM's road to recovery... considering the success of the 5th gen, why stop there and let Ford have an unparalleled model?
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I hope the new Z28 does come out soon. I'm going to start saving money right now so I can be ready a year or so after its out in hopes of getting one!
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:31 AM   #24
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very cool for those that want one
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