I really don't know if we'll see a Z/28 on the 5th gen. Where would it go with both a 1LE and a ZL1 in the line up? But in conversations with Al O. and also really the rest of the crew on Team Camaro, I feel that they have an understanding of what a tremendous Camaro icon, the Z/28 brand is. I FULLY expect it's return on the 6th gen Camaro.
So....how would you differentiate Z/28 and SS in the Camaro line up, and do it effectively and cogently without cannibalization? First, let me preface by saying, that my gut feeling is the ZL1 is a once and done model, so it really comes down to the Z/28 and SS carrying the performance torch for the 6th generation Camaro.
SS: It's about volume performance and attainability. It's also about choices and having something for everyone. It should be lots of things to lots of people. Most people looking to get something sporty are neither willing nor able to pay the price of admission or ongoing expenses, or even live with a max effort performance car. They want something cool, something that performs well and something easy and fun to live with. So, let me don my flame suit here before I go on...... The Camaro SS doesn't necessarily need to come standard with a big V8, or even a V8 at all. What if it's standard engine was a performance version of the 2.0T and a 6.2L V8 were optional? I think the car would sell like crazy - just my humble opinion.
Z/28: Now a horse of a different color, no pun intended. This should be the max effort performance version of the Camaro, aimed DIRECTLY at the hardcore performance enthusiast. It would also get all of the magazine covers. It should carry racing bonafides, so Chevy should compete with it. It should have the best performance bits that GM can make for Alpha. Big brakes, fully developed chassis, unique " Z/28 Special Performance" engine and powertrain, the whole nine yards. A specific package for a specific mission. Yes, you'll pay for it. Certainly not for the faint hearted. And........with it's normally aspirated "Special Performance" 6.2L and fully developed chassis wrapped in a lightweight package.......wait for it.....it should outperform the current ZL1 in EVERY category.