February 7, 2023

Chevy Killed the Sixth-Gen, Z06-Powered Camaro Z/28

My most superb source—Deep Burble—recently advised me the unhappy tale of the stillborn sixth-technology Camaro Z/28 that pretty much was, but by no means will be. I just had to say some thing. Of course, mates, Chevrolet was all established to create a comply with-up to the absolutely outstanding, Finest Driver’s Automobile winning fifth-gen Camaro Z/28. Now it ain’t. Feeling blue? You haven’t even listened to the aspects.

MotorTrend lifers Scott Evans, Angus Mackenzie, and I have long talked about a so-identified as “Engine Corridor of Fame.” My to start with ballot all-timer has constantly been the mighty LS7 7.-liter V-8 of General Motors fame. Very first viewed in the sixth-gen Corvette Z06, the 505-hp humdinger ultimately trickled its way down to the Camaro Z/28. The final results ended up staggering. Quoting me: “But it’s not just a name-brand assortment of sections, and the Z/28 is no tuner. It stands as one of absolutely the very best observe-concentrated cars in the earth.” Guess what? The new one would have been even superior.

Why? The in a natural way aspirated, flat-plane crank, 5.5-liter V-8 from the approaching Corvette Z06 would have offered electrical power (probably much more than 600 horses, too) to the new Z/28. Let that sink in. Now, you prepared to get actually upset? The C8 isn’t really getting a guide mainly because, primarily based on C7 product sales, not ample people would buy 1 to justify the cost of creating an all-new guide transaxle for a mid-motor auto (there are no other longitudinal mid-engine manuals on sale right now they could borrow one from if they desired to). Moreover, handbook transaxles acquire up a lot more area than the C8’s small dual-clutch, which would bring about a number of packaging compromises, incorporating a lot more cost to take care of. The Camaro already has a guide transmission able of managing 650 hp, building a handbook transmission Z/28 not just doable but thoroughly possible. Remarkable, no? Oh yeah, not taking place.

Why not? “Yeah, it really is so unfortunate,” Deep Burble moaned. “They messed up the sixth-gen [Camaro’s] styling.” Of course, buddies, Chevy created the existing Camaro so unattractive that it led to the premature loss of life of what would have no question gone down in the historical past books as the biggest Camaro of all time. “[Chevy is] like, ‘We are unable to think it can be not advertising. It really is so a lot much better than the level of competition. ‘” This is true. Not only was the sixth-gen Camaro our 2016 Car or truck of the Yr, but it truly is crushed its main rival, the Ford Mustang, in each individual comparison take a look at I can think of. “[Chevy] fails to notice that most persons get styling in excess of efficiency.” Shame, disgrace.