Answer: of course we do.
And as usual Camaro5.com has all the scoop on the upcoming new models of the Camaro, including the 2012 Z28, the 2011 Camaro convertible, and the styling changes coming for 2012: front and rear lights, side mirrors and more – no word yet on the planned and very much needed dashboard change.
But the best news is their latest video – showing a 2012 Z-28 engineering test vehicle at The Nurburgring.
While Ford might have the hottest engine in a ponycar right now, GM isn’t far behind. The supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V-8 borrowed from the Cadillac CTS-V will also produce over 550 HP in the Z28. It also gets the same big Brembos (6-piston front and 4 rear) as well as specific suspension tuning.
And this is where Ford and GM differ. GM is testing it’s hottest upcoming model on the hottest race track in the world, while Ford tests on a couple of club tracks in Michigan. And while Ford has produced any number of over-heating performance cars, cars that won’t live on a racetrack (and sometimes not even on the street) without over-heating, GM torture tests on the toughest and longest racetrack in the world. The advantage goes to GM here, as well as to it’s customers who will be able to take the Z28 to track days without killing the engine (and their warranty).
GM also tested the Caddy CTS-V there two years ago, and in the process set the fastest production 4-door lap time to date. The test program for the Camaro is at this early point focused on durability, but just like the CTS-V test program a lap time will squeak out of the system sooner or later. And it will be great. It won’t be 911 or GT-R territory, because this is a very heavy and crude car compared to those, but it will be by far away better than any production Mustang could produce. Not that Ford even bothers to test there in the first place.