The supercharged Camaro Z/28 was ready to be built over a year ago but it was put on hold due to the economic downturn. But in a report that was released this week, GM's vice president of global vehicle engineering Karl Stracke confirmed that it has been given the go signal.
In a previous report, the Z/28 is claimed to feature a 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V-8 engine, which generates 556hp and 551 pound-feet of torque.
This engine, which is also found under the hood of the Cadillac CTS-V, enables the car to go from zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. Being about 200 pounds lighter than the luxurious CTS-V gives the Z/28 a speed advantage.
Aside from the upgrades in its performance, the Z-28 also has an exterior look that's more aggressive than the current SS. The Z/28 has larger air intakes, front splitter, rear spoiler, and unique interior treatments, with Z/28 badges found inside and out.
Stracke also revealed that the next-gen Camaro will proceed to use the upcoming Alpha platform that will soon underpin Cadillac's upcoming ATS smaller luxury sedan and the next-gen CTS.
All of these could very well mean that we could expect a lighter, more compact Camaro in 2013 or 2014, as the industry aims to meet tougher fuel economy and emission standards set by the government. [via motortrend]