Chevrolet may be working on a hot Z28 Camaro, but for those who are sick of waiting for General Motors to launch the beast, we've come up with a few alternatives.
The forthcoming Z28 reportedly will be powered by the same 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 LSA engine residing under the hood of Cadillac's CTS-V models. Although the CTS-V is tuned to produce 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque, we aren't sure exactly how much power the General will bestow upon the Z28. Power will most likely be sent to the ground through the same six-speed manual and automatic transmissions featured in the CTS-V.
Since there is no data on the yet-to-be-released Z28, we have to estimate performance figures based on the CTS-V sedan. With an automatic transmission, the CTS-V can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, or 4.5 seconds when equipped with a manual. Quarter mile passes take 12.7 seconds and 12.8 seconds, respectively. The Z28 is expected to weigh in some 300 pounds less than the CTS-V sedan, which should help it to perform slightly better.
Pricing for a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS starts at $23,530 -- including $850 delivery charge -- whereas the more powerful SS retails for $31,795. Jumping from a V-6 engine in the LS to the V-8-powered SS will cost you an extra $8000 and give you an extra 122 hp. With that in mind, we suspect the added power and prestige of a Z28 will bring a similar $8000 premium over the SS.
The following is a list of tuner-prepared vehicles that may hold their own against the Z28 when it finally does arrive. All the vehicles listed began life as a 2010 Camaro SS, and pricing includes the $31,795 cost of the donor car.