There’s a lot of talk around the future of the Chevrolet Camaro. While the rumors have been focused on the car’s future, a new report suggests GM isn’t done changing the current one. Instead, it sounds like the sixth-generation car will go out with a Cadillac-boosted bang.
Motor Trend reports Chevy may slot in the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the new Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing into the Camaro ZL1. The report, citing unnamed sources, suggests the hotter version of the LT4 V-8 could launch in the 2023 Camaro ZL1. Given the 2022 order guide for the Camaro is already published with the existing 650 horsepower LT4 it’s had since launch, we agree that’s the soonest it could happen.
The CT5-V Blackwing’s engine is also labeled as an LT4 engine, but with more juice. It generates 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque. Just thinking how GM tends to think, it seems almost logical for them to ultimately replace the older LT4 with the newer one to streamline their own powertrain manufacturing. That said, Motor Trend suggests the 2023 Camaro ZL1 will see other features borrowed from the CT5-V Blackwing, but specifics were not disclosed.
This hotter ZL1 will likely only live on for two model years. The sixth-generation Camaro is expected to end production after 2024 model year. Beyond that the car’s future is very uncertain. Some reports suggest the nameplate will disappear, but eventually reappear on an electric performance sedan. Basically a hotter Camaro ZL1 will likely be the sixth-generation’s finale.
For awhile rumors persisted that GM was working on a revived Camaro Z/28. The most recent feedback from insiders suggests the planned Z/28 has been shelved, perhaps in favor of this CT5-V Blackwing derived ZL1.