OK, that’s a bit of a surprise. Who would have guessed that Lutz’s two first post-unretirement announcements would have heralded a Chevy rebadge and the cancelation of a higher-performance Camaro? Is the age of Maximum over after all? “Any fears that the days of high-performance General Motors cars may be numbered or totally over can be allayed,” Lutz tells Automobile. “There is no pressure at all to get off the high-performance thing.” But clearly there is. According to Automobile’s write-up, the Z28 “was apparently put on hold due to both cost constraints and concerns about the blatant political incorrectness of building a gas-guzzling, super pony car.” So which is it? Bob?
“I think the V6 Camaro is probably a very good model for the future of the high-performance car in America. The Solstice coupe with the 2.0-liter turbo engine is another good expression of the future of the high-performance car, which is smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient, and probably with lower displacement, but with a turbocharger.”
But Bob, the Camaro is a 3,780 pound porker in base V6 form. What’s “smaller, lighter” about that? And if the Solstice coupe is the future of the high-performance car, well… color me (and the New York Times) unenthused. Meanwhile, we know that Bob didn’t kill the Z28 because he wants to give more business to the aftermarket tuners. Chalk this one up in the “dangers of politicized product-planning” category.