The picture for the Chevrolet Camaro seems to get grimmer by the week these days. After reports that the seventh-generation Camaro has been canceled, now reports are suggesting a Z/28 version of the current sixth-generation car are also canceled.
Blog website Muscle Cars & Trucks is the outlet reporting the alleged Z/28’s death. This is the same outlet that reported the next-generation Camaro’s demise; both stories cite anonymous sources familiar with GM product planning.
The report states GM has opted to cancel the planned Camaro Z/28 for a pretty basic reason: conserve cash. Instead of rolling out a low-volume Camaro, the company is going to use that cash to develop electric vehicles and autonomous technology. If true, this is clearly a sign of the times in which we live these days.
Aside from simply shifting cash to advanced tech development, GM is also reportedly airing on the conservative side in anticipation of an economic downturn.
Camaro fans are likely not taking the news lightly. The last iteration of the Z/28 turned out to be a remarkable track car with its beastly 7.0-liter V-8. Given the sixth-generation car’s significant handling improvements over the last generation car and its lighter weight, a revived Z/28 probably would have been an amazing car.
GM engineers were reportedly working on a unique V-8 engine for the now shelved Z/28. Dubbed the LT3, the engine was reportedly a naturally-aspirated 6.6-liter with the ability to high high in the rev range. Rumors of a unique engine make news of the Z/28 still birth even more difficult.