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.
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.
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?