The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro to pack the mighty 427 cubic inch LS7
The document in question appears to be a VIN decoder form from General Motors for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The form runs through the available trimlines and while there are no surprises there, when this form gets to the engine options we learn of the addition of the LS7 V8 measuring 7.0L. Based on this sheet, we are led to believe that the LS7 V8 will join the LFX V6 from the LS and LT models, the LS3 V8 from the manually shifted SS, the L99 V8 from the automatic transmission-equipped SS and the LSA V8 that is featured in the Camaro ZL1.
The addition of the LS7 V8 to the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is big news in the American muscle car community but with no mention of a new trimline – what is GM going to do with the LS7? Since being introduced in 2006, the 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 has only ever been offered in the high performance Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Two years ago, we would have guessed that the LS7 would serve as the powerplant for some high end trimline but as it stands right now, the LS7 engine used in the Corvette Z06 provides quite a bit less power than the engine found in the Camaro ZL1. With 505 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, the LS7 makes the lightweight Corvette Z06 an incredible road racer but the Camaro is significantly heavier so the 427 cubic inch engine likely wouldn’t have the same incredible affect in a Camaro that it does in the Corvette. Also, considering the fact that the Camaro ZL1 packs 580 horsepower and 556lb-ft of torque, the LS7 would be overshadowed by the supercharged V8.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28?
Provided that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro offers the LS7 as it appears in the current Chevrolet Camaro Z06, the power output would nestle it down neatly between the 426 horsepower LS3 from the Camaro SS and the 580 horsepower supercharged LSA V8 in the Camaro ZL1. This renews rumors that General Motors will revive the Camaro Z/28 - a rumor bolstered by the fact that General Motors recently renewed their trademark of the Z/28 moniker. The internet rumormill suggests that the Z/28 would be very similar to the current Camaro ZL1 with a high tech suspension and braking system but where the ZL1 draws its power from the (heavier) supercharged LSA V8, the Z/28 would pack the lighter LS7. Should GM tune the LS7 up a bit to get a touch more power out of it, this naturally aspirated, big displacement V8 could make for an ideal engine for the Z/28. Combine this Z06 engine with some other weight saving efforts, add in the high tech handling goodies from the ZL1 and you would have one incredible super Camaro with a lower weight and probably a lower price tag than the range topping ZL1. This leaves us wondering why the LS7 engine is mentioned on this form but the Z/28 trimline is not but perhaps late availability of the Z/28 trimline would cause GM to exclude that from this form at the present time.