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American muscle car enthusiasts rejoice, there’s a new king in town.
This past week, AutoGuide.com put the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in the test and came away impressed. Our readers were also interested to see how the new Z/28 performed, making it the most watched video of the week while our comparison of the Cadillac CTS and 2015 Hyundai Genesis continued to garner plenty of views.
Lastly, remaining popular for another week is our video of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 getting put to the test on the track.
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Winter’s icy stranglehold on the northern hemisphere has finally been broken. After months of gray skies and freezing weather spring is finally in the air. Automakers are responding to the warmth and sun by emerging from product hibernation. Companies located in places ranging from South Korea to the United Kingdom have unveiled a bumper-crop of new hardware ranging from sensible to insane. Here are the Top 10 reveals from the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
You can stop rubbing your eyes. That’s not a computer generated 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28, that’s a real deal second generation F2 in immaculate, restored condition. To us, it’s not just the world’s cleanest 1979 Camaro Z28, but probably one of the cleanest cars we’ve ever laid eyes on.
What’s probably more remarkable is its asking price: only $29,900 with only 3,191-miles on the odometer. The jet black exterior is genuine GM code 19 black paint and was recently restored to better-than-new condition after seeing very limited road time through its 32 years of existence. Only the vivid orange stripes offset the immaculate paint job.
Under the hood is the car’s original LM1 350-cubic inch small-block V8 powerplant. And as you can imagine with just a little over 3,000-miles on the odometer, the motor sounds as healthy as can be. The motor is mated to the factory three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission while the suspension is a Z28-specific F41 setup.
The wheels on the car were also restored, sporting new-age 225/70/15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As on all four corners. The interior is just as perfect as everything else on this retro resale, sporting GM’s Carmine Red throughout. Everything on the inside is classic Z28 without a single flaw to be seen.
The one-of-a-kind collectible comes with all the original documentation, owner’s manual, original maintenance pamphlet and a 1979 Camaro sales brochure.
GALLERY: 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
[Source: RK Motors]
Check out a video highlighting this immaculate classic below:
With only 352 days to go before the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 goes into production, you still have ample time to take up chewing tobacco and get acquainted with the music of Whitesnake.
The information comes from a dealer who just attended a national dealer meeting where Chevrolet officials described the product in detail. The name “Z28″ was never officially mentioned, and the car was instead called the “HP Edition”. Equipment for the car in question includes a supercharged 6.2L V8, magnetic shock absorbers, massive tires front and rear (285 width up front and 330 in the rear) and some cosmetic alterations to the bodywork.
***UPDATE*** Officially Revealed at the Chicago Auto Show as the Camaro ZL1, see HERE for Details ***UPDATE***
Chevy‘s upcoming Camaro Z28 is popping up all over the place, from spy photos to our imaginations. While no official pics have yet to be released, it won’t be long before we’re sure to see a fully uncovered version of the supercharged 6.2-liter Shelby GT500 rival. But why wait for official news from General Motors, when we can employ the talents of skilled artist Jon Sibal.
Designed with Sibal’s talents and a collection of facts and rumors, the Z28 is shaping up to be a tremendous competitor, taking the Camaro to new heights thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine. While it’s sill possible that the Z28 could get the Corvette ZR1′s 638-hp LS9, the LSA is a more likely option, considering recent spy photos showed a 6-speed automatic (currently offered on the LSA-equipped CTS-V). Plus, Chevy isn’t likely to share the iconic Corvette’s powerplant with any other model – Z28 badge or not.
Possibly more exciting is news that the Z28 could boast even more than the 556-hp found in the CTS-V. This is a near-certainty as Chevy is eager to top Ford in the horsepower wars and upping the 2011 GT500′s 550-hp rating by just six ponies isn’t likely to cut it. And if Chevy can be trusted to toss around some impressive numbers, look for a 3.9 second 0-60 mph time.
Design wise, the Z28 will get a more aggressive front end and a larger bulge in the hood to make room for the massive engine.
Recent spy photos have also revealed that the Z28 is likely to get 20-inch wheels and a brake setup similar to that found on the CTS-V, which boasts 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers.
Chevy continues to be silent on Camaro Z28 news, but we’d expect such an iconic American car to debut at (where else?) the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The 2011 Ford Mustang has upped the game with its superior driving dynamics, and the Dodge Challenger is getting more power this year to go along with its ultra-faithful retro styling. Not willing to be left behind, Chevrolet is readying the most extreme Camaro yet, the 2012 Z28.
Powered by the 6.2L Supercharged V8 used in the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. GM somehow felt it wise to affix a label to the dash stating that this engine, along with a six-speed automatic, was present in the test car, giving us good reason to suspect the Z28 features the 556-horsepower LSA engine rather than the 620 horsepower LS9 engine, but you won’t hear us complaining. The LSA is available with either the automatic or a 6-speed manual, whereas the Mustang Shelby GT500 offers only a stick.
Expect the appropriate chassis upgrades, as well as the visible big brakes, 20″ wheels and quad exhaust pipes as standard on the Z28. Chevy knows their competition well, and has to make sure that the Z28 will eat the GT500 and SRT-8 Challenger alive if they want to compete in this ultra-competitive segment.
Motor Trend has all but confirmed one of the car world’s worst kept secrets; the Chevrolet Camaro will return in Z28 trim for 2012, likely packing the 556-horsepower LSA supercharged V8 used in the Cadillac CTS-V. The LSA engine makes just a touch more horsepower than a comparable Shelby GT500 (which has to make do with only 540 horsepower), and will be backed by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Z28s return was confirmed by Karl Stracke, GM’s Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering, in an interview with Motor Trend magazine. Strecke, who likes motorcycles and drives a Corvette Grand Sport, is the kind of guy you want heading up the Z28 program. With the Shelby GT500 as the current king of the muscle car wars and the 5.0 going toe to toe with the Camaro SS, the Z28 needs to be substantially better than both cars to recapture the glory for Chevrolet. Now if they just bring back an IROC trim, the 80′s nostalgia will be complete.
[Source: Motor Trend]