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.