What is it?
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It’s an iconic badge in the American muscle car world, tracing its roots back to late 1966. Chevrolet needed a homologation special to battle the Ford Mustang on the race tracks of North America. Behind the wheel of Camaro Z/28, the great Mark Donahue helped Chevrolet win the SCCA Trans-Am championship in 1968 and 1969. He stood on the top step of the podium ten times in 1968.
The Z/28 carried on in various forms until 2002, when the Camaro was shelved. Then, in 2009, Chevy revived the legendary Camaro. Five years later, the Z/28 finally returns to North American roads.
As was the focus at inception, the latest Z/28 is very much a track oriented car. Think along the same lines as Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS. Chevrolet pulled the standard air conditioning system, removing 13kg. Thinner rear glass saves 400g. The 19-inch wheel and tyre package is 22kg lighter, despite massive 305mm Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R track tyres fitted at all four corners.
The giant carbon ceramic brakes save nearly 10kg and are shared with the upcoming C7 Corvette Z06. A glorious (and thirsty) 7.0-litre V8 engine from the C6 Corvette Z06 is found under the bonnet. The LS7 engine features a dry-sump oil system and puts out 505bhp. Helping put the power down is a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Elsewhere Chevrolet’s engineers have added extras, including a 'Fly Car Mode', which came about as the car kept getting airborne airborne at the Nürburgring, and was programmed using data from the ride-height sensors. As a result, engine power isn’t trimmed when the Z/28 leaves the ground.