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Camaro Z/28 Buyers will Pony up $75,000

Chevy auctioning rights to the first one for charity.

by on Jan.03, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 posted a faster time than the Porsche 911 on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

In the automotive world, power often means cash, and in the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 it means $75,000 if you want the 500-plus horsepower beast in your driveway.

A surprise introduction at last year’s New York Auto Show, the revived nameplate gives Camaro aficionados a high-performance option rivaling the best of America and Europe. In fact, it delivered an impressive time of 7:37.47 in a drizzly mist on Germany’s famous Nurburgring track, beating the numbers for the Porsche 911.

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“The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that’s bred for the track – and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America, in a statement. (more…)

Chevy Hopes to “Wet” Appetite for Camaro Z28

"Track-ready" Camaro gives the Porsche 911 a run for the money around the 'Ring.

by on Oct.17, 2013

The 2014 Camaro Z28 makes a pass around Germany's grueling Nurburgring circuit.

Chevy dropped a bombshell earlier this year when it announced the revival of the formidable Z28, a 500-plus-horsepower version of its 2014 Camaro. Now, with the track-ready coupe ready to roll into showrooms, the maker is hoping to whet – make that “wet” – potential buyers’ appetite.

The General Motors division took one of the new Camaro Z28s over to Germany for a run around the grueling Nurburgring circuit. And not only did it deliver an impressive time of 7:37.47 in a drizzly mist, but it beat the numbers for the Porsche 911, a model generally considered much more at home on the tight and twisty ‘Ring than a classic American muscle car.

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While the costly Z28 is likely to become little more than a niche model, Chevy is betting it will put a halo around the 2014 Camaro’s more mainstream versions – critical in reversing a 6% slide that could let the Ford Mustang regain its pony car sales crown for 2013 after lagging the Camaro since its re-launch a few years back.


Mustang Back in the Driver’s Seat

Pony car takes down rival Chevy Camaro for first half of ’13.

by on Jul.03, 2013

Coming at ya! Ford's Mustang regains the sales lead over Camaro for the first half of 2013.

The shoot-out in the pony car corral has a new winner – at least for now.

After losing momentum to the newer Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang has regained the sales lead, June numbers show – just in time to mark the countdown to the classic muscle car’s 50th anniversary.

Though other models have come and gone, few rivalries have been more intense than the Mustang – Camaro battle that has waged over the decades. But that’s not to say the competition is out of the fight entirely. Posting a sharp 27.2% gain last month, the Dodge Challenger is now back in the hunt, as well.

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Mustang made its debut 50 years ago next April, the Camaro a little more than two years later. And for decades they continued to swap sales leads. But by the turn of the new Millennium, the Chevy pony car lost its momentum and was pulled from production in 2002 – along with its near-twin, the Pontiac Firebird – giving Ford virtual free rein, especially after a retro Mustang made its debut the following year.


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Horsepower getting as much attention as mileage.

by on Apr.01, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 is attracting big crowds at New York Auto Show.

“Where’s the Z/28?” asked 16-year-old Michael Kimberly as he wandered through the Jacob Javits convention center in New York on Saturday morning, tagging along on a tour his parents had signed up for at the New York International Auto Show.

The two older Kimberlys were there to check out all the “green cars,” including the new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid models making their debuts at the annual show. But younger Michael, about to get his driver’s license, had something decidedly different in mind – the super-high-performance version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was the biggest surprise introduction at the 2013 NYIAS.

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The 550-horsepower “pony car” has been drawing deep crowds to the Javits Center’s somewhat-isolated North Hall since the show opened its doors to the public last week. But it’s not alone.


Chevrolet Brings Big Surprise to Big Apple with Top-Secret Z28 Reveal

“It blew his mind,” says GM President Reuss.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 surprised the New York Auto Show crowd today.

There aren’t many secrets in the auto industry, but Chevrolet pulled off a big one today, delivering the biggest surprise of the 2013 New York Auto Show with the unexpected unveiling of the new Camaro Z28 muscle car.

The highest-performance version of the updated 2014 Chevrolet Camaro was developed in a hush-hush program directly overseen by General Motors’ North American President Mark Reuss – who admits he wasn’t even sure until recently if he could convince his own bosses to give the project, codenamed HP, the go-ahead.

“I was never quite sure” it would pass muster with the folks who held the purse strings that would need to be loosened to get the money to finish developing the Camaro Z28, Reuss said during a one-on-one conversation with To try to make it happen, he laughed, “We built a mule,” a running prototype, and took GM CEO Dan Akerson for a ride. “It blew his mind.” Three GM board members followed and they apparently were equally impressed, as the Wednesday afternoon unveiling revealed.

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A throng of automotive media gathered at the North Hall of New York’s Jacob Javits convention center had already gathered to see Chevy’s update of the base 2014 Camaro. Instead, the Z28 rolled onto the stage.


Camaro Z28 Likely Returning, GM’s Reuss Hints

Others confirm the performance pony car set for 2012 revival.

by on Dec.03, 2010

A hint of what's to come? The Camaro Red Flash Concept appeared at this year's SEMA show.

With a new Camaro Convertible on the way, can a true performance version of Chevrolet’s pony car be far behind?  For the fans who’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the Camaro Z28 there appears to be good news, hints General Motors President Mark Reuss.

In an exclusive conversation with, Reuss noted that a close look at “spy shots” of a performance-based Camaro “shows my head behind the wheel.”  While he declined to officially confirm what the camouflaged vehicle was, Reuss said, “yeah,” when asked if a Z28 might be considered a good guess.

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Other sources confirmed that the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is set to debut late next year, and that it will go into production most likely carrying a 2012 model-year designation.

A variant of the current Camaro V8, bored out to 6.2 liters, is expected to provide the power – which will almost certainly exceed 500 horsepower.  Using modern measurements, it would be the most powerful car ever to wear the Chevrolet Camaro badge.


Dodge Brings Back 392 Hemi in Challenger SRT8

New engine adds 65 horsepower, 90 ft.-lb. of torque

by on Nov.04, 2010

For 2011, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a bigger, more power engine, revised interior and exterior styling and an upgraded suspension.

The news coming out of Chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills is almost relentless these days. There are new engines, completely new SUVs and crossovers and revamped sedans.

Add to the mix a new Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a huge power infusion.

While Dodge has already announced that the base 250-horsepower V-6 will be replaced by a 305-horsepower version of the new Pentastar V-6, it hadn’t said anything about the Challenger’s other engines. Dodge still hasn’t announced numbers for the R/T, but it is expected to maintain its 5.7-liter Hemi, but it will likely make slightly more power.

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Just as Ford has done by bringing back the hallowed 5.0, the Challenger is bringing back a reverred name of its own. The new SRT8 now adds the numbers 392 to its name, as in 392 cubic inches.

Now 6.4 liters, the top dog in the Challenger lineup is rated at 470 horsepower, 65 more than before. Torque rises to 470 as well, 90 more than before, compared to the old 6.1-liter Hemi.

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If timing is everything, does 4.7 seconds, 0 - 60, count?

by on Mar.20, 2009

If timing is everything, does a 0 - 60 time of 4.7 seconds count?

If timing is everything, does a 0 - 60 time of 4.7 seconds count? Okay fuel economy might help.

Timing is everything – especially when it comes to muscle cars. It’s hard to argue against 0 to 60 times, of course. This is a class that embraces the hare, not the tortoise. But timing matters in another sense.  The original Ford Mustang hit the streets at precisely the right time to launch the pony car craze, and enthusiasm seemed even stronger when the first Chevrolet Camaro followed, two years later.

Ford hit it right, once again, with the 2002 Mustang, which launched the short-lived retro craze. Dodge, however, couldn’t have planned it worse with the introduction of the resurrected Challenger, which hit market just as oil prices started soaring to record levels. So what to make of the reborn, 2010 Camaro, which went into production this week?

There’s no question it’s long overdue. The concept version made its debut at the 2006 North American Auto Show, and was unquestionably the star of that event. But a lot has changed in those three years.  While fuel prices have settled back from their mid-’08 peak, everyone expects they’ll shoot back up when the recession ends.  And that pesky economic downturn has resulted in the lowest demand for new cars since, well, not long after the original Chevy Camaro rolled into showrooms, more than four decades ago. (more…)

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Delayed, Z28 Cancelled – For Now

Budget problems corral pony car program.

by on Mar.20, 2009

Meltdown by a key supplier will delay the launch of the planned Camaro Convertible.

The meltdown of a key supplier will delay the launch of the planned Camaro Convertible.

After a long, three-year wait, Chevrolet’s reborn Camaro pony car began rolling off the assembly line earlier this week. General Motors officials are hoping the sporty coupe will play a critical role in rebuilding the ailing automaker’s image in an increasingly skeptical market.

But two key variants of the new Camaro have been delayed — and could even be killed off entirely — due to the worsening budget crisis plaguing GM and its suppliers, a senior company executive tells

The most immediate problem for Chevy will be saving the Camaro convertible.  The project was ready to roll, with production scheduled to begin about a year after the launch of the coupe, according to company officials.  But plans have been put on hold because of the collapse of the German company responsible for supplying the convertible top, explains Gene Stefanyshyn, Camaro’s Vehicle Line Executive. (more…)