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In late June a group of GM officials held a question and answer session at the Carlisle Nationals event in Pennsylvania, and the enthusiasts over at Camaro5 got new confirmation that the Camaro Z28 is in fact still on the table.
But today Automobile published a report quoting Bob Lutz, GM's un-retired product guru, as saying, "I think the V6 Camaro is probably a very good model for the future of the high-performance car in America. The Solstice coupe with the 2.0-liter turbo engine is another good expression of the future of the high-performance car, which is smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient, and probably with lower displacement, but with a turbocharger.”
That formula does not compute with the rumored LS V8 adaptation that had been planned for the Z28. But this isn't the first time news of the Z28's demise has come, and don't be surprised if GM flip-flops yet again.
The Z28 had previously been pushed back until after the early 2011 debut of the Camaro Convertible, and feared to be all but canceled. Reports from earlier this year said the design of the Camaro Z28 was complete, but that the project wouldn't be going forward due to a low expected sales rate and high per-unit costs.
Those earlier plans had a version of the LSA V8 found in the new Cadillac CTS-V, rated at 556hp (414kW) and good for a 0-60mph time likely under 4 seconds with a shot at a high-11-second quarter mile time.
Those would be fantastic numbers for a Camaro, and would certainly be enough to put the Camaro firmly in the lead for this round of the muscle car wars - if it's ever built.