Fans of the Chevy Camaro have to be happy with the news that the high performance Z/28 is coming back. It will return in the form of a bare bones high performance car packing 500 V8 horsepower. “If you want a street-legal track car this is the car for you,” said GM North American President Mark Reuss. Bucking recent performance car trends, the Z/28 will not be available with an automatic transmission – a six speed manual only. Lots of things were excessed to lower weight and increase performance including standard air conditioning, trunk carpeting, insulation, and even speakers – there can be only one. GM officials did not talk price. The first Z/28 was introduced in 1967 and the new one will appear in showrooms later this year.
The Chevy move to just a manual transmission is interesting in that Porsche’s head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz, told Car magazine that the next 911 Turbo will not have a manual.
Kia announced that the hamsters will return in an ad for the freshened up 2014 Soul.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this announcement. Red Bull racing driver and triple Formula One World Champ Sebastian Vettel has been brought on board as Infiniti’s Director of Performance. Infiniti also announced that the 2014 Q50 Sports Sedan will carry a starting price of $36,450 when it goes on sale this summer.
The World Car Award winners will be announced today at the New York Show. Scion, Volvo, and Subaru will be showing off new models. Scion could attract more than a little attention with its new tC sports coupe. Dodge will formally unveil a reinvigorated Durango and I will have more on the second press day at the NY show a bit later.