Chevy was spotted earlier this week at the Nürburgring while testing (and crashing) a prototype of the next Camaro Z/28. Judging by what we’ve heard in the spy footage, Chevy’s rival for the latest Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will likely be motivated by a naturally-aspirated engine. The question is, which one?
According to MotorTrend’s intel, the new Camaro Z/28 is going to be blessed with an evolution of the mighty LS7 V8 engine. That’s a 7.0-liter unit which in this new application will likely be massaged to deliver somewhere in the region of 540 - 565 hp (403 - 421 kW), thus representing a significant bump over the 505 hp (377 kW) of the previous Z/28. The extra punch will be extracted by implementing direct-injection, upgraded cylinder heads, and other tweaks we saw when the LS3 made the transition to the LT1.
If this report turns out to be valid, the new track-focused Chevy Camaro Z/28 will be a tad more powerful than its nemesis, the GT350, which has 526 hp (392 kW) coming from a flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8.
More may not be always better, but let’s admit that many people decide to go with one model rather than the other because the former has a higher output. If only Chevy would just spill the beans and tell us what’s lurking underneath that menacing bulged hood.