By on December 4, 2010

When Bob Lutz came back from retirement for the umpteenth time, one of the first orders of business was to kill the Z28 Camaro. The only thing that was in high gear at the times was carmageddon, electric cars were the wave of an uncertain future, and come on, how more politically incorrect can you get than with an 8 cylinder that makes anywhere between 500 and 600 hp, while producing enough plant food to keep the world’s rainforests lush and green? Rainforests rejoice:

Word reaches us from the Toronto Star that “the iconic Chevrolet Camaro Z28 muscle sports car will make a comeback in Oshawa.” Of course it’s not official yet,  but the Star’s “industry sources” are saying that the strapping Camaro will emerge en masse from GM’s Oshawa assembly complex “late next year or early in 2012.”

The Freep must have similarly chatty industry sources, and reported yesterday that “Chevrolet will revive its high-performance Camaro Z28 as a 2012 model, giving it a supercharged version of the current Camaro SS’ V8 engine with between 500 and 600 horsepower.”

The Camaro, which had come out of retirement in 2009, shortly before Lutz, fills GM with pride. According to Freep figures, GM had sold 71,521 Camaros year-to-date. The Camaro is 7,350 units ahead of the Mustang. GM will add a convertible, and with the rumored big muscle version, it is supposed to leave the Mustang in a cloud of dust.

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27 Comments on “The Return Of The Z28 Camaro...”

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    Trailer park residents can breathe a sigh of relief… in 20-30 years there will still be a supply of these cars to put on blocks in the yard.

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    Cool. Yet another 500hp GM rattletrap. Glad to see they learned their lesson. Which way to the Ford dealer again??

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    Love it!

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    I for one am happy to see that the carpocalypse hasn’t killed the pony car industry. Long may it live.

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    General Motors to Build New Camaro in Mid East

    BAGHDAD (AP) – The General Motors Company announced this morning in Baghdad that, as a result of investments by Foreign Sovereign Wealth Funds in the recently floated IPO, a groundbreaking will happen in January for a new assembly plant here in Baghdad which will produced the all-new Camaro IRAQ.


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    That guy

    Will it be a big understeering pig like the regular Camaro? 

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    GM has to build and sell something with a profit margin big enough to recoup the development costs of the Volt.

    Or maybe the Z28 is why the Volt was built in the first place. Are the CAFE requirements still in effect that make it possible to offset low mpg vehicles with those that have high fuel economy?

    • 0 avatar
      Brian P

      Absolutely, CAFE is still in effect. Keep in mind that the Z28 will undoubtedly be a low-volume (but high profit margin) halo car, that won’t sell in enough numbers to have any meaningful influence on CAFE. Besides, there is nowhere near as much of a trade-off between performance and economy that there was in the old days.

    • 0 avatar

      I was thinking more along the lines of some program where car companies could accumulate fuel economy ‘credits’ that they could apply towards future CAFE standards. Does it still work that way?

      I think this is why GM continued to produce the slow-selling 3-cylinder Metro during those years when gas was relatively cheap. Even though it didn’t sell well, with the Metro’s high fuel economy, GM could continue to build and sell their high-profit, low fuel economy, big SUVs without fear of not meeting CAFE standards.

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      CAFE is a harmonic mean.  25,000 Metros against 1,500,000 trucks of one variety or another didn’t balance anything.  But in that happy time of cheap gas and realistic CAFE standards it didn’t have to.

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      “I was thinking more along the lines of some program where car companies could accumulate fuel economy ‘credits’ that they could apply towards future CAFE standards. Does it still work that way?”

      The new regs upped the amount of time fuel economy credits can be saved from 3 years to 5 years.  Also car companies can trade CAFE credits between one another.  Here it is from the legislation:

      “Section 104 -

      Authorizes the Secretary to establish a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) credit trading program that allows manufacturers whose automobiles exceed prescribed average fuel economy standards to earn credits to: (1) be sold to manufacturers whose automobiles fail to achieve such standards; or (2) apply them within that manufacturer’s fleet to a compliance category of automobiles that fails to achieve such standards.”

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    Can’t the true Z-28 effect be adequately created by the mere application of appropriately designed decals or can the only way the trailer park crowd and the car-on-blocks-in-the-front-yard crowd absolutely require the addition of plastic additions to rear deck lids, fender edges and other locations that feeble minds believe will actually have an aerodynamic impact as their conveyance flies through the air above Smokey Bears’ patrol car, lands adroitly and motors off into the sunset so as to repeat the process later thus retaining that coveted good-old-boy image?

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    We demand spoilers and louvers and vents, There’s no way to upgrade a musclecar that does not involve useless plastic bits. Is a huge hoodscoop to much to ask for?

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    Another Commodore in wolf’s clothing. But don’t feel bad, them thar camaro’s formed the basis, ( I think) of the HQ-HZ line of Monaro’s & GTS’s

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    All that F car hate, mullet BS…I say bring back the Z28.  Add a new interior, and engineer out about 500 pounds…winner!!  The haters will still hate this car…let ‘em…

    • 0 avatar

      Go back a couple of years and read all the hate when the Camaro first hit the showrooms. I remember all of the nasties like “sales will drop off after 6 months” trailer parks,and mullets. 

       The Camaros, Mustangs and Challengers are real American muscle cars. Its a segment of the market where the domestics dominate.  


    • 0 avatar

      Here in East-by-God Tennessee, we see a lot of Mustangs, but the latest generation of Camaros are still too new and expensive for your average good-ol-boy to afford yet.

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    I wish someone would start up a racing series for these cars (Mustang/Challenger/Camaro) so that we once again can enjoy screaming smallblock lightweight versions of them. But I can hardly imagine any of these ever being built in lightweight versions. It could inspire Ford to finally put an IRS on the Mustang too.

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    On a recent trip, the car rental guy picked us up in a new Camaro. My immediate reaction was that it was huge outside, and there was no way to tell where its corners were through the tank-slit windows. I was actually happier with the Kia Soul they had waiting back at the office, even though they offered the Camaro for the upcoming weekend. I think it had more interior space than the Chevy. I will, however, give the monster credit for more comfortable seats.

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    Pretty soon Lutz is going to be cameraphoning pix of his junk to FSU-alum spokesmodels.
    If he hasn’t already…

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    As much as I like the fact that the car was mostly developed by aussies, I still like the Challenger better.
    And the 2011 Mustang comes in second place.

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    A fine piece of automotive journalism from the Dettoit Free Press, especially the quotes from Global lack-of sight’s own Aaron Bragman. What a douchetard!

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    Certain dealers such as Mr. Norm have been offering special versions of the challenger for over a year now, going up to 900 horses. The 5 and 600 horse versions are naturally aspirated.

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    The Z28 returns? When did it disappear?

    Decades have passed and it still a head-turner. Z28 is one of the models that made the 3rd gen Camaros legendary.

    I even remember the its sensational TV commercial:

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