When General Motors' financial situation turned from serious to bankruptcy-bound, two of the first models to get pushed back or canceled were the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and the ultra-performance Z28 variant. Just a couple weeks ago, talk of the Z28's revival was bubbling out of GM, but today a new report has Bob Lutz hinting that the car isn't on the production list.
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.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 preview 2008