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By Andrew Ganz

General Motors seems intent on reinventing the history of its high-performance Chevrolet Camaro muscle car – its long-awaited, range-topping Camaro Z28 range-topping model is just months away from making its official debut.

Even though the SS badge once represented the highest degree of factory performance, Chevrolet now says that the Camaro Z28 will be its most powerful model.

GM sources have finally confirmed the Z28′s not-so-well-kept secret existence. Using what information we could dig up, we had our illustrator put together a mock-up Camaro Z28 featuring all of the styling modifications we expect to see.

The aggressive front fascia and unique hood are believed to be almost spot-on, while our latest illustration shows one of several expected wheel options for this top-of-the-line Camaro.

Grunt, grunt, grunt

Remember the 1996 Chevrolet commercial when two young boys were playing a game from their second story window, one boy watching cars drive by with a pair of binoculars, and the other would name the make, model and year from nothing but hearing the exhaust note alone?

Yeah, well this is sort of like that. Sure, we had great spy photos, but to truly appreciate a Z28 you need to hear that V8 rumble and roar.

In the latest spy shots and video the heavy camouflage that has been hiding the details on the new hood and front fascia has been removed, now visible behind light vinyl for the first time. This was done so the car could take to the famous Nürburgring for some hot lap testing at speed. Also added for the first time was the ducktail rear spoiler, as it was previously missing from the prototypes we have spied.

In May, Leftlane reported that Chevrolet would be bringing an updated and improved interior for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, but we also reported that the Z28 was definitely approved to go into production featuring a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 – the same engine from the Cadillac CTS-V, meaning output will likely be at least 556 horsepower.

From the latest set of shots, we can see a pretty serious looking wheel/tire/brake package. A set of 20-inch wheels, wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires appear to be the order of the day for the Z28. The brakes appear to be the same ones we find on the Cadillac CTS-V.

At the rear we can see a monster set of dual pipes on either side. The exhaust note coming from the Z28 was described by our shooter as “nothing short of unholy!” There are also subtle changes to the rocker panels as well as the lower-rear fascia. While our photos don’t show it, we also noticed a few pieces of body-colored tape across the trunk lid on this prototype. We believe the tape was covering the fastener points for a rear spoiler.

Watch for the 2012 Camaro Z28 to go on sale in mid-2011.



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The tail lights look like the current ones, so it appears the ugly LED tail lights and the truck-like mirrors really are a successful attempt by GM to uglify the Euro-spec Camaro... GM's uglification score is going up, as they only managed to mess up the tail lights on the Corvette...

Enough ranting, though... Mean looking fornt end on that illustration! I'd love to see the Z28 wearing such an aggressive face :yes:

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Is this site sponsored by GM? I don't know... I'm brand new to this site. Whatever. I would like to see Z28 without hood scoops and other insignia. Just a kick ass car. It doesn't need special plastic runners and such. The tires give it all away; that is truly all anyone needs to know about its capabilities. Badges and branding, at least in my mind, are a relic.

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Is this site sponsored by GM? I don't know... I'm brand new to this site. Whatever. I would like to see Z28 without hood scoops and other insignia. Just a kick ass car. It doesn't need special plastic runners and such. The tires give it all away; that is truly all anyone needs to know about its capabilities. Badges and branding, at least in my mind, are a relic.

No, CheersandGears.com is independently owned (by me) and is sponsored by people clicking on banners and advertising around the site.

There is a Camaro event in Philly next week that I'll be covering.

Welcome to CheersandGears. I hope you enjoy your time here.

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Wow! Good to know. Not that being sponsored by GM is bad. I'd like to so sponsored. Anywho, I love the impractical nature of the Camaro. My parents bought me an 88' when in high school. Good times!

I make it a rule to never take money directly from manufacturers. GM has offered in the past to help cover trips to the Detroit autoshow, but I turned them down for conflict of interest. How can I be a harsh critic to the company that is paying for my hotel room, right?

GM, or any manufacturer, can buy advertising on C&G through a blind process that handles the transaction through Google. I never see who is buying ad space until they pop up on the site.

While we like that GM allows us some access (Me and another member will be visiting the Lordstown OH - Chevy Cruze production facility on Friday) we keep everyone at arms length financially.

Hope you'll stick around, we'll be starting TWO interactive reviews tomorrow, a Regal Turbo and a Lincoln MKS. You get to ask questions and make photo requests while we have the vehicles in the fleet.

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