If you’re holding out for a Camaro Z/28, production is slated to begin on January 1, 2012. That makes no sense to me, since January 1 is considered a holiday in most of the free world, and even if it isn’t – do you want hung over assembly line workers building your 556 horsepower uber-Camaro? Besides, January 1 is a Sunday, so let’s say that production will begin on or about January 2, 2012 for 2012 model year Z/28 Camaros.
We still don’t know exactly what the finished product will look like, nor do we know what the final horsepower will be. The Z/28 will use a 6.2 liter LSA engine, same as the Cadillac CTS-V, so it’s safe to assume the horsepower will be at least 556 (although my money’s on the Caddy getting a bump, with the Z/28 coming in just under the CTS-V). Left Lane News believes that 20” wheels, shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber, will be standard issue and that stopping duties will be handed over to the same Brembo package currently used on the CTS-V. If that’s the case, expect the Camaro to stop VERY well, and have no brake fade under all but the most adverse driving conditions.
Pricing is still up in the air, but if the Camaro Z/28 has all the tasty bits from the Cadillac CTS-V, I’d expect a starting price in the high $50k range. My first thought was, “Damn, that’s serious money for a Camaro,” but it’s in line with what Ford charges for the Shelby GT500. Expect the Camaro to put out just a few more horsepower, and maybe even keep a few tricks up its sleeve until closer to launch. We’ll keep you posted.
Source: Left Lane News