Ca­maro hot rod

The Chevro­let Ca­maro Z28 will go head to head with the Ford Mus­tang GT500, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE Chevro­let Ca­maro never made it to Aus­tralia — of­fi­cially, at least — but it is pick­ing up the pace in the US. A hotrod Ca­maro is now be­ing de­vel­oped to go head to head with the Ford Mus­tant GT500, promis­ing a re­turn of the clas­sic Z28 badge in 2012.

Chevro­let is fi­nal­is­ing test­ing of the bor­na­gain Z28, right down to run­ning it against the GT500, and the car has been caught by carparazzi dur­ing the trails.

There is pre­dictable cam­ou­flage, but not enough to dis­guise the much larger air in­take in the nose and a pro­nounced lip spoiler.

There are also gi­ant 20-inch al­loy wheels and brakes that could have come from the Cadil­lac CTS-V.

The rear end re­veals a set of dual pipes on ei­ther side of the car.

Carparazzi pho­tog­ra­phers re­port a thun­der­ous Nascar-style ex­haust note. There are also po­ten­tial mount­ing points for a rear spoiler.

The car will be pow­ered by a su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8 and the test car is run­ning an au­to­matic gear­box.

The fi­nal re­sult for the Z28 is likely to be sim­i­lar to the Trans­form­ers Ca­maro dis­played on the Amer­i­can mo­tor show cir­cuit last year, though GM’s en­gi­neers are hav­ing some of their own fun with a Nascar-style No.2 on the side.

The Z28 is likely to be re­vealed at the Detroit Mo­tor Show in Jan­uary for Amer­i­can sales, head­lin­ing a mildly facelifted 2011 Ca­maro range in the first half of next year. See more Carparazzi pho­tos at cars­guide.com.au

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