Automakers revive old nameplates all the
time, but it’s rare that the new version of a car is slavishly true to the
original. The all-new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is one of those cars.
The Z/28 utilizes the outgoing Corvette
Z06’s 7.0-liter naturally aspirated LS7 V-8, from which Chevrolet promises at
least 500 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Both the engine and Tremec TR606
six-speed manual transmission-the only one available-have dedicated
high-capacity cooling systems.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
smaller 19-inch wheels reduce unsprung weight by a total of 42 pounds and
reduce their rotational inertia
For high-speed stability, the Z/28 features
a full aerodynamic package including a front splitter, underbody panel, fender
flares, extended rocker panels, and a rear spoiler and diffuser. The smaller
19-inch wheels reduce unsprung weight by a total of 42 pounds and reduce their
rotational inertia. All four corners of the Z/28 are shod with 305/30ZR19
Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires said to be the widest front tires on any
production car. Adjustable shocks allow for individual changes to jounce and
rebound settings. Chevrolet claims the suspension tuning and tires facilitate
maximum lateral acceleration of 1.05 g. Brakes are massive 15.5-inch front
Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix units (saving 28 pounds total) clamped by
six-piston calipers in the front, while 15.3-inch rotors with four-piston
calipers sit in the back. The Z/28 reportedly runs 3 seconds quicker than a ZL1
around GM’s Milford Race Course.
four corners of the Z/28 are shod with 305/30ZR19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
said to be the widest front tires on any production car.
For even more lightning, the rear seat
design and material were changed, and the trunk pass-through was eliminated.
Foglights, trunk carpeting, a tire inflator kit (except in states required by
law), sound deadening, and HID headlights are gone. In all, the Z/28 is 100
pounds lighter than a comparable SS coupe and 300 lighter than the ZL1 coupe.
The front seats are Recaros with cutouts to accommodate five-point harnesses.
Even air-conditioning is a stand-alone option.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 interior
rear seat design and material were changed, and the trunk pass-through was