Rumor: Chevy Camaro ZL1 Getting CT5-V Blackwing Engine For Swan Song
Motor Trend‘s rumor also suggests the Camaro ZL1 models might also get other performance components from the CT5-V Blackwing, but the report doesn’t offer specifics. We wonder if this could include the Cadillac’s carbon-ceramic brakes.
The rumor claims the upgraded ZL1 would be available for just two model years. Motor Trend speculates the vehicle would arrive for the 2023 model year.
A recent rumor suggested Chevy canceled plans to build a sixth-gen Camaro Z/28 using the same high-revving V8 as the upcoming Corvette Z06. The model was even going to be available with a manual gearbox. However, the automaker decided there wasn’t enough demand to make the investment.
We wonder whether this plan to put the more powerful LT4 into the Camaro is a sort of compromise being not improving the model until its retirement and investing to engineer a Z/28. Since the engine family isn’t changing, the cost of upgrading the ZL1 probably isn’t as high as creating an all-new variant of the vehicle.
There’s also a rumor about the Camaro coming back as a very different vehicle after the current one goes away. The model could transform into an electric performance sedan.
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