Before production of the Chevrolet Camaro transfers from Oshawa, Ontario to Lansing Grand River, Michigan in 2015, the current model will ride out its life-cycle as a Canadian-made and Zeta-based vehicle. And wouldn’t you know it, Camaro5 seems to have obtained a VIN card for the 2014 model year Camaro that features something previously never seen on a Camaro VIN card: the listing of a LS7 V8.
It’s easy to assume that the 7.0-liter V8 refers to the engine found in the COPO model. While that could be true, there are several reasons why it wouldn’t be.
- The first is that the GM VIN card for the Chevrolet Camaro lists Oshawa as the plant location. This is the first biggie because the COPO Camaro actually finishes assembly in Oxford, Michigan.
- Secondly, the COPO Camaro was limited to only 69 models in 2012. It was only by chance of heavy demand that the model will receive another 69 for 2013… 2014, well, that’s another year.
- Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is this: while the COPO Camaro does indeed offer a 7.0L V8 as one of its powertrain choices, the list makes no mention of the pair of supercharged 5.3L V8 engines the vehicle also offers.
So, while there is no mention of an impending Z28 model, the fact that our favorite LS-series engine is on the list is definitely something newsworthy. Hopefully the VIN card isn’t a fake one. If it’s not, it could very well mean the return of the Z28 powered by the beastly LS7, and that the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is certainly going out in high-octane glory.
Update: the VIN card was spot on. The LS7 is officially the heart of the 2014 Camaro Z/28.