A new report claims that General Motors had plans to offer a new sixth-generation Chevy Camaro Z/28 with a flat-plane crank V8 engine, but those plans were later axed.
Per a recent post from MotorTrend, which cites an insider going by the codename “Deep Burble,” General Motors was originally set to build a new Chevy Camaro Z/28 based on the current sixth generation, equipping the go-faster muscle car with the same naturally aspirated, flat-plane crank 5.5L V8 LT6 as the upcoming C8 Chevy Corvette Z06. Output is estimated to have been over 600 horsepower, similar to that of the new C8 Z06. What’s more, the proposed Camaro Z/28 would also likely have come equipped with a manual transmission, unlike the auto-only C8.
Although such a proposal undoubtedly has the enthusiasts out there licking their lips, MotorTrend goes on to say that it isn’t going to happen. The reasoning comes down to poor sales, which, as the publication paints it, is the result of the sixth-generation’s highly criticized styling.
Despite the Camaro’s impressive on-track performance, MotorTrend’s source says that the Camaro’s styling effectively cancels its desirability in the minds of buyers, thus leading to poor sales, and eventually, the cancellation of projects like the proposed sixth-generation Camaro Z/28.
With regard to Camaro sales, the nameplate had its worst first-quarter results in a decade earlier this year, selling a mere 7,089 units. That’s nearly 100 fewer units than were sold during the same time period of the 2020 calendar, during which 7,185 units were sold, as GM Authority covered previously.
Factors involved include the criticized styling already mentioned, as well as higher prices, low visibility in the cabin, and perceived low-quality materials in the cabin.
Back in July of 2019, GM Authority exclusively covered that there would indeed be no Camaro Z/28 model for the latest sixth-generation vehicle.