The big comeback: Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

There are reports from GM insiders that the latest Z/28 is fundamentally finished. Noteworthy details include the deeper front bumper face, larger front opening under the grill and the spotlights located in deep air vents on both sides. The new car receives a distinct grill mesh in contrast to the regular Camaro. At the tail end the lip spoiler that goes the full width of the vehicle is higher.

The bumper at the rear has new face and comes with a deeper section with in-built exhaust. It will come with 20-inch aggressive-looking 'tuning-fork' five-spoke design. The hood is new and comes with a large, forward facing air scoop.

Power under the hood is the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 of the Cadillac CTS-V which can offer 556hp at 6100rpm and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3800rpm.

Z/28 will be equipped with a 6-speed manual and auto transmission which it shares with the CTS-V.The CTS-V, which weighs 4,300 lb can sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds, finish the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds (in auto) or 12.4 seconds (in manual).

The maximum speed attained is 175mph in the automatic, while the manual gets a 193mph maximum speed. The Z/28 will weigh about 200 to 300 lb less than the CTS-V enough reason to improve acceleration rate from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds and may finish the quarter-mile in the low 12 seconds.

This would mean that the Z/28 could be the quickest Chevy since the famous ZL-1-powered COPO 9560 Camaro made around 40 years ago. However, because GM is currently tight on cash, the Z/28 is on hold.

Another problem facing the Z/28 is whether is will make business sense, considering the current circumstances, to build and sell a super-fast, super potent two-door Chevy coupe that cannot better 13-19mpg. There are mixed signals in the company, however, since there are those who are pushing the Z/28 to the forefront with ideas of a limited production run coupled with a price tag that will ensure profitability.

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