Should GM build a LNF 4cyl Z/28?

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The LNF Z/28. Would it sell well? Would you buy it?

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  2. Yes, I think it would sell well, however I wouldn't buy one.

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  3. Yes, I would buy one, but I don't think it would sell very well.

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  4. No, I wouldn't buy one and it would not sell very well.

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  1. Oct 1, 2009 #1

    Mike

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    First read this:


    Well, after I read this on Camaro5, it got me thinking. What if GM built the Z/28 as a lightweight track car and utilized the LNF ecotec engine that was used in the Solstice GXP?

    Here would be the recipe, I think, for a solid car:

    1. Use a tuned version of the LNF engine delivering approx. 300hp.
    2. Use a slightly tuned version of the SS suspension. Basically the same suspension just a slightly lower ride height and a little stiffer ride.
    3. Use the Brembo braking system from the SS.
    4. Trim the weight of the car down to about 3200lbs by the use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber, smaller lightweight wheels, etc..
    5. Sell for same price range as SS. 30-35k.

    This would result in a car with handling far superior to the SS and acceleration times that would split the difference between the SS and V6. It would have the straight line performance to hang with a GT Mustang. ( I figure it should run mid 13s.) and would walk all over a Track Pack GT in the twisties. :D

    Considering that the original Z/28 was a track car, this is actually more true to its heritage than building it as a GT500 fighter.

    (I feel the GT500 fighter should be called the ZL-1 and utilize the LS9 drivetrain. Possibly even include the Carbon ceramic ZR1 brakes as an option. Depending on their cost, of course.)


    So the question is this, do you think building a Z/28 like this would be a wise move for GM? Would you buy one yourself? Do you think it would sell well?

    Personally, I think it would do fairly well and diversify the Camaro's market to other groups of people besides the typical muscle car guys.

    Discuss.
     
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  2. Oct 1, 2009 #2

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  3. Oct 1, 2009 #3

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    Are you against the whole concept of a lightweight track car in general, or just the fact it would be a 4cyl?
     
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    Nope. Last time a 4cyl was in a Camaro, it didn't work out too well.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2009 #6

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    What if they used the 3.6 V6?

    However I would imagine there is a decent weight difference between that and the LNF, making 3200lbs less achievable.

    Just some fun speculation to get your minds going. :)
     
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    No way you can put a 4 or 6 cylinder into a Z-28 and expect it to sell well. Trust me there is plenty of weight reduction possibly in them cars and still have a V-8 in it.
     
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    I think it would rock as a track car, but it won't sell well. Ford tried it with the Mustang, didn't work then. Since the Kappa platform is dead, I'd consider buying one if I could.
     
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    4cylinder z/28 is the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life!! period. it's not a fuckin' import. shave some weight and put the biggest motor you can shove under the hood.. it's the american way! :D
     
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    Oh if they could build a LSA powered z/28 that weighs 3200lbs I would go for that. Too bad it would cost 80000.
     
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    it would not cost that much...the CTS-V is only around 65-70k i think?

    they definitely need to continue the LNF platform but in a fucking camaro...if the aveo wasnt so tall and boxy and looked more like the astra then that would rock
     
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    3.6 v6?

    :lmao:


    Did the much more powerful 4.3 Vortec V6 happen to slip off your mind?
     
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    Since when did the 4.3 have 304hp??

    I'm talking about the Direct Injection V6 in the new CTS and current V6 camaro FYI. IIRC its 3.6.
     
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    Why not just make a potent 4cyl compact RWD coupe. If they wanna sell cars, bring back the car that Nissan and Toyota no longer offer: The reasonable priced RWD sports car.
     
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    I agree. *cough* Nova *cough*


    However, I don't think GM can afford to design a whole new car platform right now. Unless they use the Kappa platform. :thinkhard:
     
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    Nah, not a Nova. I think bringing back the Corvair namesake would make more sense. It's definitely a bare part of the market with only the Genesis and RX-8. GM has the powerplants to do it.
     
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    When I think of Camaro 4 cylinder isn't the first or 2nd thing to come to mind. That would take some getting used to. I personally don't care for the idea.
     
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    GM did...the sky and solstice..but they stopped making them now
     
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    Yeah but those are roadsters. I'm talking more along the lines of a Supra/240 type of car.