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Chevy cancels plans for Camaro Z/28

Another nail in the coffin for the Camaro.


Another day, another round of bad news for Camaro fans. Just days after it was revealed that General Motors put the kibosh on the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro, a new report claims a high-performance Z/28 variant of the current Camaro has been shelved.

As with the previous-generation Camaro, Chevy was planning to cap the current sixth-generation of the pony car with a track-focused Z/28 trim. However, according to Muscle Cars and Trucks, GM pulled funding from the program and the gen-six Camaro Z/28 is now dead.

Like the last Camaro Z/28, the newest Z/28 was set to use a naturally-aspirated engine rather than the supercharged unit found in the Camaro ZL1. According to insiders, GM was planning a bespoke engine for the Z/28 known as the LT3. That V8 would have displaced 6.6L and revved higher than the V8 in the ZL1.

But GM's recent restructuring plan left little room for development of low-volume products like the Z/28. As such, the budget originally allocated for the Camaro Z/28 was shifted to GM's autonomous and electric vehicle programs in November of last year.

Although the world will never know a gen-six Camaro Z/28, we're not completely without a high-performance pony car from Chevrolet. The Camaro ZL1 1LE checks many of the same boxes as the last Z/28 (sports suspension, lighter weight and better aero), albeit with a forced induction engine.

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