It is a unhealthy time to be a fan of the Chevrolet Camaro. Not solely does Basic Motors allegedly plan to ship the nameplate again into retirement come 2023, however it has additionally reportedly canceled the upcoming final Camaro, the track-focused Z/28.
Citing unnamed sources, Muscle Automobiles & Vans alleges that the now-canceled Camaro Z/28 was to make the most of an engine developed completely for its use. This may have reportedly been a 6.6-liter, naturally aspirated V-Eight designated because the LT3, with a better redline than the Camaro SS’s 6.2-liter LT1. That’d in all probability imply considerably extra horsepower than the LT1’s 455, however the report’s sources allegedly didn’t determine the canceled LT3’s true energy output. In all chance, the Z/28’s numbers would’ve landed north of the 650-horsepower output of the track-oriented ZL1 1LE, with its 6.2-liter, supercharged LT4 V-Eight, however odds are we’ll by no means know for positive.
GM reportedly ceased the LT3’s growth (and the Z/28’s with it) in November of 2018 as a part of its cost-cutting measures, which concerned the closure of a number of factories and the layoff of a number of thousand workers, together with the person who helped uncover Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal.
The Z/28’s alleged cancellation additionally implies that the final word Camaro will stay the ZL1 1LE, although its 650 horse and torque, Multimatic DSSV shock absorbers, and full aero equipment are fairly the comfort prize. Able to pulling a 7:16.04 across the Nürburgring, its observe efficiency places many supercars to disgrace, however it is not fairly the sub-seven lap of which Camaro lead engineer Al Oppenheiser dreamt. And on this world, a hypercar-quick Camaro Z/28 might sadly stay a dream unrealized.
The Drive contacted GM to confirm the declare that it has canceled the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, although the automaker declined to remark, solely mentioning that it’s going to add availability of the 6.2-liter V-Eight to some LT trim ranges.