Production of Camaro Z28 ‘HP Edition’ will start in January 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 19, 2011

Leaks have come out, providing details about the upcoming Camaro Z28. The information was heard from the U.S. Chevrolet dealers' meeting. The scoop actually came from Camaro5’s BeckyD RodgersChevrolet.

We learned that the Camaro Z28 is referred to internally as the "HP Edition.” Production starts on January 1, 2012 and its engine will be powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged engine. The HP Edition will be fitted with a Magnetic Ride suspension and will come with 285F/330R tires.

The hood will feature a louvre/slat design (which was observed in previous spy shots) and the interior gets modest updates with brighter trim-work.

It’s also believed that GM may choose the 6.2 liter LSA V8 from the Cadillac CTS-V. It may also provide several small modifications for the next Z28. That engine has an output of 556 bhp (415 kW) and 551 lb-ft of torque (746 Nm). 

The full aerodynamic package that is offered with the Camaro Z/28 has been designed to create downforce when running on the tracks. Its front portion has a large splitter which is linked to an underbody panel and helps lower the lift even further.

The profile shows its fender flares on its front and rear wheels with the extended rocker panels that help the aerodynamic stability of the Z/28. Completing the package are the functional diffuser and the aggressive rear spoiler.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Z/28 has a trim with a rather unique and matte-metallic finish known as Octane. The interior also comes with the standard Recaro seats that have microfiber suede inserts and flat-bottomed ZL1 steering wheel.

In addition, the new seats have aggressive bolsters needed during for high-performance driving. It even has the seat cutouts clearly inspired from the five-point harnesses typically seen on racing seats. The seats will also be made available on the coupe variants of the ZL1 and SS.

Furthermore, in order to lower the weight, the two seats on the front have been integrated with manual adjustment. Even the rear seats were modified to reduce weight. For example, by removing the seat-back pass through, 9 pounds (around 4 kilograms) were saved.

By using high-density foam instead of the seat back’s rigid structure and seat bottom’s steel mesh, it helped in lowering the weight. Oppenheiser related that unlike that of the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the company believed that it was crucial that the Z/28’s 2+2 configuration was kept.

Oppenheiser added that this was because Chevrolet already had its own world class and two-seater sports car in the form of the Corvette. By modifying how the rear seat was constructed, Oppenheiser continued, the company was able to preserve the 2+2 seating while lowering its overall weight.

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