Report: GM Gives 500-Plus Horsepower Camaro Z28 the Green Light

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Chevy’s on-again, off-again plans to build an ultra high-performance Z28 version of the all-new Camaro are back on again. Ed Welburn, GMs VP of global design, told the folks at Inside Line, that it will see production and that the new body design has already been completed.

The new Z28 would get a version of the Cadillac CTS-V’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8, which makes 556-hp in that application. The V also comes with both a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, so we should expect both versions to be offered on the high-powered Camaro.

Plans for a Z28 model were canned when the economy took a nose dive and General Motors declared bankruptcy. But during that entire process the Camaro was a bright light, as sales soared. Now GM is hoing to capitalize on the new Camaro and ride its wave of success for as long as possible.

This new Z28 would in many ways be a direct competitor for Ford’s 540-hp Shelby GT500. That being said, expect more than just aesthetic modifications, with bigger brakes and some suspension tuning.

At the earliest the Camaro Z28 would be a 2011 model, with the possibility of sales some time later in 2010.

[Source: Edmunds]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Dan Schaffrin Dan Schaffrin on Sep 04, 2010

    Hey, I want the first one! How can I get on the list for it? Who gets my check downpayment? My son has the Nissan GTR. Very nice, very fast, but also very expensive! I'm from the late 60's crowd. I've owned 340 Dusters, Road Runners, Dodge Swingers, 5.0 Mustangs. I missed the 68 Z28. Even the Cad CTS V with 556 hp intrigues me but I already have a 2005 Cad STS V8 AWD. Please tell Chevy that the Camaro must have more H/P then the Shelby 500 GT's 540 hp, and more then the CTS V's 556 hp.