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It’s Baaaaack: Supercharged Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Is Back on Track

2010 Camaro Z28

2010 Camaro Z28

DETROIT — What’s that Mark Twain said about his death and exaggeration? Oh, who cares. Inside Line just got confirmation that the supercharged 500-plus-horsepower Camaro Z28 is back in the product plan and is set for production.

It appeared that the extra-high-performance Camaro — which should give the 540-hp Ford Shelby GT500 a good run for its money — had fallen victim to the cost-cutter’s knife and the importance of appearing sensible in GM’s new role as partial ward of the state.

According to Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president for global design, the on-again, off-again Z28 is back in the plan. The modified body is done, according to Welburn. There is still calibration work to be completed on the powertrain, though. We’re still looking at about a year’s wait before the Z28 would appear.

The basic engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which sees duty in the Cadillac CTS-V. In that application, the engine makes 556 horsepower and is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s no reason to assume that the Z28 wouldn’t be offered with both transmissions, and only a fool would dial back the power.

The Z28 will come with a specific body kit with a slightly raised hood to accommodate the top-mounted intercooler/supercharger unit and a tall rear spoiler. Specific wheel design and suspension tune will surely be part of the package. Wider rear rubber might prove necessary, too, we’d think.

Just goes to show that for all its sensible talk of late, enthusiasm for performance vehicles still runs deep at GM. We’re also hearing that GM is considering doing a higher-performance version of the V6 Camaro, in hopes of piquing the interest of less traditional Camaro enthusiasts.

Inside Line says: Oh, hell yes! — Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit

From Edmunds.com : Inside Line

GM Official: Chevy Camaro Z28 Is Coming

2010 Camaro

2010 Camaro

Chevy Camaro die-hards won’t have to content themselves with just the SS for long. The legendary Camaro Z28 is going to return.

Edmunds Inside Line reports, “It appeared that the extra-high-performance Camaro — which should give the 540-hp Ford Shelby GT500 a good run for its money — had fallen victim to the cost-cutter’s knife and the importance of appearing sensible in GM’s new role as partial ward of the state.” GM Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn, however, has confirmed that “the on-again, off-again Z28 is back in the plan. The modified body is done, according to Welburn. There is still calibration work to be completed on the powertrain, though. We’re still looking at about a year’s wait before the Z28 would appear.”

When it finally shows up, it will be a beast. It will use “the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V-8 that also powers the Cadillac CTS-V,” according to Motor Trend. That monstrous engine puts out 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. Since the Z28 will weigh less than the CTS-V, it should outperform the caddy. Motor Trend speculates, “it may nail 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and run the quarter in the very low 12s. This Z28 could be the fastest Chevy ponycar since the legendary ZL-1-powered COPO 9560 Camaros built 40 years ago.”

Outside, it will offer a more muscular take on the current Camaro’s retro look. Inside Line reports, “The Z28 will come with a specific body kit with a slightly raised hood to accommodate the top-mounted intercooler/supercharger unit and a tall rear spoiler,” as well as wider tires and a Z28-exclusive wheel design.

Pricing has not been announced, and the Camaro fan forums have not switched to advocating for a new IROC Z…yet.

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