2012 556-Horsepower Camaro Z28 Spied!

July 26th, 2010

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Either the spy photog who snapped the picture above got exceptionally lucky or General Motors planted a leak.

Whichever the case, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 has finally been caught with its pants down, so to speak, revealing the macho unit that will power the beast.

Legendary spy shooters Brenda Priddy & Co. happened to catch the high-performance Camaro with its passenger door open. As luck would have it, the open door revealed a piece of paper on the dash that read “2012 Chevrolet Camaro, 6.2L SC V8, 6AT.”

Break that down and it means Camaro fans have serious reason to look forward to next year.

If you ask me, the bold-typed well-placed note looks like an intentional hint from GM to build some early Z28 buzz. That’s cool, though, especially considering the Z28 will pack the same 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that powers the firebreathing Cadillac CTS-V. According to the note, the test vehicle’s engine was mated to a six-speed automatic, but a proper manual will also be available when the Z28 goes on sale in 2011.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 front

The Z28′s massive horsepower, fat tires, quad exhaust and sizable front air intakes are no surprise, since the car’s direct competition will be the king of all that is holy: the 550-hp Mustang Shelby GT500. The risk in using the 6.2-liter mill, though, is the possibility that potential CTS-V or Corvette buyers will look downmarket toward the Camaro.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 rear

With so much power, the Z28 could easily cannibalize sales from GM’s more-expensive performance automobiles. As long as the Z28 takes the horsepower crown from the Mustang, though, maybe GM execs just don’t care.

Should GM risk losing CTS-V and Corvette sales just to give the Z28 more horsepower than the Mustang GT500? How many 500+ horsepower cars does GM really need, anyway?

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  1. August 22nd, 2011 at 12:52 | #1

    I came to know that the new 2012 Camaro Z28 model production will start from January 1st of 2012, but I just wanna know when can we expect this new vehicle to be out for sale?

  2. bobby G
    February 7th, 2011 at 21:51 | #2

    I think its a good idea, they are 3 types of cars. The corvette Z06 with
    505 hp is a total different design than the other two cars. It is a 2 seater and a much better built car for speed, while the CTS v is a more
    conservative approach to the individual who likes performance but still
    has the amenities of of a luxury vehicle. The Z28 will never be as fast
    as the z06. It is much too heavy but still would be a nice performance
    car with a back seat. Allowing an option for family purchase similar to
    the cadillac but for dthe younger crowd. I think GM designers and engineers are finally thinking like true car guys like the fellas in the
    50′s and 60′s.

  3. July 26th, 2010 at 16:14 | #3

    By putting a big hp option in each of its models is a good idea and easy as they all share the same basic platform. Now you have real choice 6.2 Holden 4 door, Cadillac cts or open model Camaro and Corvette all at your local dealer and a hell of a lot less complicated than BMWs etc. English customers found the GM V8 rwd power train could match an M5 years ago when Holdens became a Vauxhall so surely even simple mustang buyers can find the same now its morphed back into a Chev.

  4. July 26th, 2010 at 11:34 | #4

    I don’t think GM will draw customers away from Cadillac or Corvette, they will rather draw customers away from Mustang, BMW, Mercedes and Audi if the Z28 is done right, now Dodge needs to come out with a redesigned Challenger SRT10 or redesigned Charger 2 door that can blow both out of the water, come on Dodge you are lagging behind!

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