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Blackend SS 09-21-2009 04:35 PM

Camaro Z28 is back on for production, according to Ed Welburn
As reported on Homepage.

"Inside Line just got confirmation that the supercharged 500-plus horsepower Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is back in the product plan and is set for production. It had appeared that the extra-high-performance Camaro had fallen victim to the cost-cutter's knife.

According to Ed Welburn, GM's Vice President for global design, the on-again, off-again Z/28 is back in the plan. The modified body is done, according to Welburn. There is still calibration work to be done on the powertrain, though. We're still looking at about a year's wait before the Z/28 would appear.

The basic engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which sees duty in the Cadillac CTS-V. In that application, the engine makes 556-horsepower and is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. There's no reason to assume that the Z/28 wouldn't be offered with both transmissions and only a fool would turn down the power much. The vehicle will come with a specific body kit with a slightly raised hood to accommodate the top-mounted intercooler/supercharger unit and a tall rear spoiler. Specific wheel design and suspension tune will surely be part of the package. Wider rear rubber might prove necessary, too, we'd think. (Obviously, this isn't a Camaro Z/28 in the photo, so you use your imagination and mentally add a hood scoop.)

Alongside this news, we hear that GM is considering doing a higher-performance version of the V6 Camaro, in hopes of piquing the interest of less traditional Camaro enthusiasts. -- Dan Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit"


Another Article

Motor trend article....

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is GO!

"GM design chief Ed Welburn confirmed to us at the Frankfurt Show that the Camaro Z28 program is back on track. As we reported back in April, the Z28 was basically completed, with the design signed off, but the final engineering and certification work was put on hold as GM's financial situation spun out of control.

With GM now out of bankruptcy, the Z28 program has been restarted. Why? Insiders say the Z28 business case now makes sense because the new UAW contracts have reduced the labor costs on the car to the point where GM feels it can price it competitively -- and far enough away from Corvette. That's the good news. The bad news is EPA certification and GM durability requirements mean the Z28 is unlikely to go on sale until late 2011.

Our images are very close to the final signed-off design, based on photos of a scale clay model we've seen. Key details to note are the deeper front bumper fascia, with larger front aperture under the grille and the spotlights mounted in deep vents on either side. The Z28 also gets a different grille mesh compared with that of a standard Camaro.

At the rear is a taller lip spoiler that runs the full width of the car. A new rear-bumper fascia features a deeper section with integrated exhaust outlets. The wheels are 20-inchers with an aggressive "tuning-fork" five-spoke pattern.

A new hood features a large, forward-facing scoop. Underneath is the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V-8 that also powers the Cadillac CTS-V. As we have already confirmed, this is quite a powerplant, delivering 556 horsepower at 6100 rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3800 rpm.

The near-4300-pound CTS-V thunders from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and nails the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds (automatic) or 12.4 seconds (manual). Top speed is limited to 175 mph in the auto (to preserve the tranny), but the manual will storm to an autobahn-melting 193 mph. As the Z/28 will weigh 200 to 300 pounds less than the CTS-V, it may nail 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and run the quarter in the very low 12s. This Z28 could be the fastest Chevy ponycar since the legendary ZL-1-powered COPO 9560 Camaros built 40 years ago.

The Z28 is likely to only be available with a six speed manual transmission, unless GM can piggyback some of the car's certification on work already done for the CTS-V to get the automatic into the range at low cost."

Kalenn 09-21-2009 04:36 PM

I just logged in to post that link! Doh!

ljustin293 09-21-2009 04:39 PM


Camaro509 09-21-2009 04:40 PM

I really can't imagine GM not offering this think in Z28 trim to be honest. Least not with the sales numbers they are getting for the Camaro right now.

ShnOmac 09-21-2009 04:43 PM

Im not holding my breath......

Number 3 09-21-2009 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by shnomac77 (Post 951426)
Im not holding my breath......

And why not?

brandotron 09-21-2009 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by Number 3 (Post 951445)
And why not?

Should he not NOT be holding his breath Number 3...? And if so, why or why not...? :)

Rikarus 09-21-2009 04:50 PM

mega mullet machine.....heh :D

nova 09-21-2009 04:50 PM

If hard info comes out in the next few months, I may just have to delay.

ShnOmac 09-21-2009 04:51 PM


Originally Posted by Number 3 (Post 951445)
And why not?

You are a evil evil man......


And im tired of turning blue waiting....

SWHCPA 09-21-2009 04:52 PM


Originally Posted by Number 3 (Post 951445)
And why not?

There are damn few posters with "EF Hutton" credentials. Just take the man at his word and be patient. Just like National Security, you aren't entitled to know everything all of the time before it happens - much to the chagrin of the talking head media.

67camaro99 09-21-2009 04:52 PM

Chevrolet 100 yrs old 2011... Y not offer ???

omegaman 09-21-2009 04:53 PM

I think it's a good marketing ploy - create buzz about a possible Z28 while at the same announcing a possible run-up in production of the existing Camaro.

Think about it. Many of us would trade-up in a nanosecond for a new Z28. GM hooks us now with a sale of a 2010 Camaro and then gets us to trade for a 201x Camaro Z28. Brilliant.

Blackend SS 09-21-2009 04:54 PM

Z28 or not I will enjoy my SS and maybe move up the ladder when I get a better job opportunity comes up.

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