By now, you’ve seen the cringe-worthy Nurburgring crash video of an absolutely rapacious-looking Chevrolet Camaro, presumably the next Z/28. Though we don’t know all the details, but we visually see that this upcoming model will be the latest range topper, we think it’s a safe bet that this downforce-inducing monster is the next Z/28. And, joy of joys, it will be all-motor.
While the crash may have made the spy video go viral, there is a significant amount of footage leading up to the event, with the 2018 Camaro Z/28 going positively full throttle. Wonderfully, not a hint of turbo spool or supercharger whine can be heard. Yet the question remains: What engine is it?
Motor Trend thinks it could be a new version of the 7.0L LS7, or even the LS7 as we know it. Reasons being that it can’t/shouldn’t be the 6.2L LT1 V8 already found in the Camaro SS, and the LS7 is still being built as a crate motor. And everybody will tell you, the LS7 is special. Easily one of the best engines General Motors has ever created in its 100-plus years of existence.
If you ask us, we think it’s possible, but not the best idea nor the most plausible. We think it’s more likely the 2018 Camaro Z/28 engine is not going to be LS7, but rather a new member of the current Small Block family of engines, likely featuring direct injection, at the very least. And while we whole-heartedly agree that the LS7 is a modern marvel, the 500 or-so horsepower it produces might not be enough in this day in age. For example, the Ford Mustang GT350R produces 525 horses with its buzz-worthy flat-plane V8, though far less torque. Moreover, if such a machine is meant to hold track superiority over the 640 supercharged horsepower of the 2017 Camaro ZL1, which is insane, a future Camaro Z/28 is likely going to need a lot more power than the LS7 can produce as it stands. Likely by an engine we have yet to know. Maybe they’ll call the mystery engine “L88” – the name is trademarked, after all.