Tuesday, February 17, 2009

RumorMill : Camaro Z/28 to return?

Nowadays, it's American muscle mayhem against each other! The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is one of the big examples. 6.2L and 420hp for only $30,000. No carmaker can give a deal as good as this. So with that price, it easily beats the Ford Mustang GT. But weirdly enough, Chevy still hasn't released a Camaro that could actually compete the 540hp Ford-Shelby GT500. Well, rumors that GM has done a GT500 rival already, but couldn't reveal it yet because of the financial conditions.

According to Motor Trend, Chevrolet has prepared the reportedly Camaro Z/28, but it is still on-hold until the financial status improves.

General Motors has to be very careful where it spends its taxpayer bailout money since a car like the Camaro Z/28, which is expected to return a fuel economy of 13/19 mpg, will most probably be looked "down" upon during the company’s current financial situation (aka pissing off taxpayers around the nation). But as muscle car enthusiasts, we won't be pissed off at all.

Under the hood of the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, will be the same 6.2L LSA V8 supercharged engine from the new Cadillac CTS-V. It will produce a neck-snapping 556-hp with a peak torque of 551 lb-ft. The Z/28 will also share the 6-speed manual and automatic transmission with the Cadillac CTS-V. 0 to 60 mph is expected come in at 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph for the manual version. Price should be around $45,000.

While all that makes us muscle car fans drool, General Motors will have to stick to building fuel-sippers for most consumers, like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Volt for now. Let’s just hope by the time GM can make the Z/28, the market will still be willing to buy it, rather than a dull-drive electric car!

Source: [Motor Trend]

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