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2012 Camaro Z28 Confirmed!

Posted in auto industry, Camaro, Chevrolet, General, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | June 3rd, 2010 | 8 Responses |

We’ve been speculating on this since the relaunch of the new Camaro, but now it’s official. Per Karl Stracke, GM’s Vice President of Global Engineering, the Camaro Z28 will debut as a 2012 model. If all goes as planned, that means you can expect to see them hit the dealer floor by the end of next year.

That’s good news, but it gets even better: the Z28 will be a legitimate contender for the “top dog” crown. How does better than 550 horsepower sound, from a supercharged 6.2 liter V8? Want a smaller, lighter Z28? That’s in the works as well, as GM plans to move the current Camaro from the Zeta platform to the upcoming Alpha platform sometime in the next few years.

All this go-fast goodness won’t come cheap, and the Z28 will be aimed at Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang. The Shelby has a starting price of $48,645, so I’d expect the Z28 to slot in right around the same price point. Considering the Cadillac CTS -V Coupe has a starting price of $62,700, even a $50,000 Camaro Z28 seems to be priced appropriately.

Source: GM Exec Confirms Chevy Camaro Z28 For 2012

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8 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    “… the Z28 will be aimed at Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang.”

    That is something I can’t wait to see. These two machines put head-to-head.

  2. Kurt says:

    Yeah, it’s weird. For the first time in my life I actually lust for a Mustang GT, but can’t come close to affording one in the current economy. I’d love to have a Shelby GT500, but that’s another $20k beyond I-can’t-afford-it.

    The sad thing? With the new fuel economy requirements, it’s likely that this will be the last gasp of the muscle car. Welcome to 1972 all over again.

  3. gaddygg says:

    This is good news, the z28 will debut with the smaller lighter alpha platform. Damn the general is getting serious.

  4. Kurt says:

    gaddygg, yes they are. There are a lot of good things coming out of Detroit these days.

  5. Eric Mclaughlin says:

    Being an Oshawa boy, 2 miles from the factory, I see these cars go down the road all day to get their striping package, (not done at the plant). I’m glad i’ve patiently waited to order. I can’t imagine owning a nice new SS and then hearing..”Z28 announced”..only 500 more sleeps!!!

  6. Mustang says:

    we still gonna whoop that bowtie butt!

    • Lester says:

      I am a confirmed olds guy and I’ve owned Hurst Olds and W30’s, but I got to tell ya; the cars today make me feel young again. I’ve learned that in the end it really doesn’t matter who is faster, we the consumers win either way. You have to admit that the Challenger, Camaro and Mustang’s of today are killer.

  7. Frank says:

    if GM will stay on this road they will not have no more money problems. and I love this 2012 z28 I will own one or two but I also wish they would copy the 67-68 year RS/SS that would be a home run to. if not bigger.