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GM Confirms the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Is a Go

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GM Confirms the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Is a Go


Robert Dillman, September 28th, 2009
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The fifth generation Camaro is currently flying off the showroom floors and perspective buyers have a few model choices when it comes to decision time.

There are the LT and LS models with respectable V6 engines or the supped-up SS variant with a crowd-pleasing 6.2-liter V8. However, there is still one Camaro we have all been waiting for, and now GM is saying (again) that we will get it.

During the Frankfurt Motor Show, representatives from General Motors confirmed suspicions of the Camaro Z28 being built and sold sometime in late 2011. Not very convenient considering the Z28 was basically completed earlier this year but was put on hold when GMs financial health dropped to an all-time low.

Well now the great American automaker has climbed from the grips of bankruptcy and the Camaro Z28 project must be finished.

So here are the details we have gathered so far: it will use a 6.2-liter V8, similar to that of the SS version but this one is supercharged. Concrete power numbers are not final yet, but this engine also powers the newest Cadillac CTS-V, where it makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque.

Keep in mind, however, that the Z28 will be almost 300 pounds lighter than the CTS-V, so expect 0 to 60 times under four seconds and a top speed of 193 mph (with the manual transmission). Speaking of gearboxes, the Z28 will most likely be offered only in a full-manual six-speed option (due to the higher cost of the automatic).

The appearance of the 2011 Z28 will not stray far from the pictures that GM released sometime ago. Compared to the current Camaro models, the Z28 will get updated 20-inch wheels that are gunmetal in color and resemble those seen often in Formula One and Rolex car series races.

The Z28 gets a different mesh grille with updated badges and a bigger hood scoop to accommodate the new blown engine. Other body enhancements include a restyled rear bumper cover and a taller lip spoiler.

Expect pricing of the Z28 to exceed current SS models by at least $8,000, but not to grow anywhere near Corvette money. GM would like to keep the Camaro Z28 as its original pony car for the average-income car lover. If the General keeps his word and GM builds this thing, we believe it will become a workhorse and a collectors item for Camaro lovers everywhere
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:omfg:

IwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantit

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If the pricing arrangement holds true, the Z will start at just under 40K. That's damn good, and a 6K advantage over the GT500

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I will take a wait and see attitude.

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Sweet...love the wheels in the illustration. The Zed 28 lives!! :canada:

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why can't the auto be a option if you want it. how hard can it be to bring it to the z-28.

It's nice to see an automatic not available. In this era of automatics everywhere, the manual only configuration gives it extra seriousness... isn't that the case also w/ the ZR1 and CTS-v?

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It's nice to see an automatic not available. In this era of automatics everywhere, the manual only configuration gives it extra seriousness... isn't that the case also w/ the ZR1 and CTS-v?

Amen to that!

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It's nice to see an automatic not available. In this era of automatics everywhere, the manual only configuration gives it extra seriousness... isn't that the case also w/ the ZR1 and CTS-v?

Only ZR-1, CTS-V has automatic. Fastest 'Ring lap for the CTS-V was with an auto.

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Only ZR-1, CTS-V has automatic. Fastest 'Ring lap for the CTS-V was with an auto.

Maybe I was thinking of the 1st gen CTS-v..was it manual only?

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The car pictured here is not the Z. THe car in Transformers 2 was about 95% Z/28.

The Camaro staff made it clear the work has been done and this car could be pulled off the shelf very easy once given the green light.

I expected if the economy stablized we would see it at some point. The big worry now is the economy is still not stable and can they get this out before they have to change the plan.

It will be intersting to see what Settlmire has to say on this. His post are the ones we need to watch.

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The car pictured here is not the Z. THe car in Transformers 2 was about 95% Z/28.

The Camaro staff made it clear the work has been done and this car could be pulled off the shelf very easy once given the green light.

I expected if the economy stablized we would see it at some point. The big worry now is the economy is still not stable and can they get this out before they have to change the plan.

It will be intersting to see what Settlmire has to say on this. His post are the ones we need to watch.

The economy is not the issue with GM, it was getting rid of the legacy cost, which they did! I do have some money in my budget for a Spellchecker for you though! :D

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The car pictured here is not the Z. THe car in Transformers 2 was about 95% Z/28.

Interesting..I much prefer the presentation of the car here vs. the car in T2.

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