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Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is GO! - Motor Trend

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is GO!

Supercharged 556hp Camaro to take on Shelby GT500
September 21, 2009
/ By Angus MacKenzie

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.
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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.
 

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that kicks a**. its basically a hennessey under the hood then eh. Im so pumped for the z-28 to come back!
 

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sexyyy.. and the ctsv is a pure animal friend got it and its scary to drive.... soo z28 is gunna be anamal...
 

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Wooooooooooo!!!!
I saw something about this online a week or so ago, i was like "OH HECK YES!" even tho I'll never own one, unless im like 80 & luck up and find one @ alot... lol
 

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Daaamn, looks like the new Camaros aren't completely going to hell. I hate all the new technology they pack into cars these days though, but those stats sure sound good. Anyone know what the mpgs are gonna be like on that 6.2L v8? I'm scared to know haha :laugh:
 

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who cares. its not exactly a dd. I agree with you though nitrohead. gimme power steering and maybe abs and Im good
 

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I just want it with an auto...I don't care about shifting manually...
 

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Where do you get $50k plus for an SS? I've seen one listed that high, but that's because the dealership is a bunch of idiots...the rest are priced at or just under $40k. That's for a new one.

These Z-28's will have to be priced at less than $60k for sure. I'm guessing around the $55k range at most. They want to be competitive with everyone else. Yes, I know the CTS-V is priced at $59k MSRP right now, but you have to figure that's a luxury sedan above all...Chevy will be at least a little cheaper.
 

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They are priced that high becauase nowadays American are a "have it now, no matter the cost"type of people. The area dealers here have sold them for $50,000 plus. Next door neighbor's ex was one of those people.
As for transmissions, from the rumors I have heard from many of the ranking people and different domestic dealerships in many different locations, the manual is going the way of the Dodo bird. From the manufacturers point of view noone wants manuals anymore, you cant even find them in the heavy duty truck anymore.
 

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As for transmissions, from the rumors I have heard from many of the ranking people and different domestic dealerships in many different locations, the manual is going the way of the Dodo bird. From the manufacturers point of view noone wants manuals anymore, you cant even find them in the heavy duty truck anymore.
if thats true Ill never buy a new car again. I can't stand automatics. I can't see that ever coming true though
 

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too bad i wont own one till its 20 years old... has 170,000 miles on it and it needs some body work... seems to be how i got my other 3 camaros...
 

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lmao ^.. I'm gonna get a Trans Am with 80k and hopefully no body work needed :laugh:..

3rd and 4th gens rape this new one, what happened to the affordable pony car that the average American can own that would rape the imports? I mean I know the v6 is pretty cheap and has 300hp, but its a 6!!! Not a muscle car by any means, this is a disgrace to the American way lol :notrust:
 

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GTO FTW!!!! I love everything about that car...I'm so stuck between which sports car to buy...GTO, Sky RL (especially now that Saturn's no more...I want one more...I've owned 3 Saturns and my wife has an 07 Aura XR...will always be a fan of Saturn's), or a 2003/2004 Mustang Mach 1.
 

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GTO FTW!!!! I love everything about that car...I'm so stuck between which sports car to buy...GTO, Sky RL (especially now that Saturn's no more...I want one more...I've owned 3 Saturns and my wife has an 07 Aura XR...will always be a fan of Saturn's), or a 2003/2004 Mustang Mach 1.
gto for sure. how can you say no to 400 hp
 
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