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Old 01-12-2018, 10:25 AM   #1
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What Is This Carbon-Brake-Equipped Camaro Prototype?



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With the ZL1 1LE, Chevy doesn't need to built any more crazy, track-ready Camaros, but it might do so anyway. This test mule was spotted at a Best Buy near Ann Arbor, Michigan and it's wearing all sorts of parts from the ZL1 1LE, but no rear wing. Also of note, carbon-ceramic brakes and a shaker-esque hood.

Carbon brakes are interesting here because to date, the only Camaro to be so equipped from the factory was the previous-generation Z/28. They aren't an option on the ZL1 1LE.

Up front, this Camaro appears to have the same giant intake and aero components as the ZL1 1LE. The photographer who sent us these photos also notes that there's a cut-out where the Chevy emblem would normally live. The previous Z/28 was fit with what Chevy called a "flow-tie," a cut-out emblem designed to improve airflow. All current-gen ZL1s make use of this device.

Interestingly, this car has some sort of shaker-esque hood, with a large cut-out. The only other GM product currently offered with a similar hood is the Corvette ZR1, which has a supercharger so large, a regular Corvette hood wouldn't offer enough clearance. We don't know what kind of engine is powering this Camaro, but it must be taller than Chevy's naturally aspirated LT1 and supercharged LT4 V8s. Is it the ZR1's LT5? Or perhaps Chevy's long-rumored DOHC V8.

This test car also wears the same wheels as the Camaro ZL1 1LE, but since it's January, they're wrapped in Pirelli Sottozero winter tires. The rears are giant 295-section units.

These photos show off a lot, but we still don't really know what we're looking at. Is it a new Z/28? Or some sort of supercharged monster machine. A Chevy spokesperson declined to comment on these photos when reached by R&T over email, but hopefully we'll learn more soon.
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Easy, its @Eagle 's new car
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I'm really digging the 6th gen camaro
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Do you guys think they'd use the Camaro to debut the DOHC motor? I'm assuming it will show up in Detroit with the mid engine Vette (the motor, not the Camaro).
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Do you guys think they'd use the Camaro to debut the DOHC motor? I'm assuming it will show up in Detroit with the mid engine Vette (the motor, not the Camaro).
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They may be just real life testing some hardware from the mid engine vette under that skin to throw off the people looking for mid-engine vette's to be running around. I don't they're debuting anything IN the Camaro itself.
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They've been testing the mid engine vette for over a year now...the production body is supposedly done and been running around for a bit now. I doubt they are gonna use the camaro to test vette stuff at this point.
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They've been testing the mid engine vette for over a year now...the production body is supposedly done and been running around for a bit now. I doubt they are gonna use the camaro to test vette stuff at this point.
Out on the streets of the Detroit Metro area out in plain site in the middle of winter?

Around the Milford proving grounds, yes. On the street, no.
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Dont think this camaro is suddenly gonna appear testing vette parts when the vette is set to debut this weekend or early next week. Maybe I'll end up being wrong, I hope not.
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Perhaps. We're all guessing here. I find it funny that Camaro has no camo on it. You can see all the velcro pads around the vehicle to fasten it to.

Maybe they figure "maybe if we just put it under their noses... They won't notice!"
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Omg..... My inner dark Knight is strong with that front end
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Bet its just carbon brake package coming up. Not a whole new model
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Why the hood then?
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The weird hood explains Lane's theory nicely.

Because that hood does not look very production ready.

But I dunno... I do hope its a new Z28
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I mean, GM has done zanier stuff to hide shit right under our noses as they tested it outside of the proving ground.
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Is it too soon for the Z28 tho? I forget how the production cycle went last gen.
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I wish they would release what they did to hide testing after they released a model... That would be fascinating.
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Another GM option? dunno. Could just be a Z/28
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All hail Lumina's...
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Well....yea
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Well, here is a little easter egg, and I post it because of the other Navigator thread and my postings about info I have on the 2020 GM Full-size SUV's...

There IS a rumored engine, in addition to the 6.2 that GM has in the works (whether or not it becomes available, I don't know), but rumors are something in the 4.0L to 4.5L range, DOHC and twin turbo that may make it's way into the Escalade.

Could that be what is lurking under here?
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