In 2013, Chevrolet revived the Z/28 nameplate after a 46-year absence. The model was based on the 5th-generation Camaro. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a track-ready variant of the road-going Camaro coupe. When Chevrolet introduced the 6th generation Camaro recently, we thought a Z/28 would follow up shortly later and we were right. A Camaro which we believe is the 3rd-generation Z/28 has been caught doing its testing runs at the Nurburgring track.
Unfortunately, the first prototype crashed on the tracks but the automaker seemingly unperturbed by the unfortunate even released another prototype a week later to continue with the testing.
Unlike the 2013 model, the automaker seeks to infuse the original virtues of the Z/28 to make it as special as the original model. Critics argue that the 2015 model lacks the qualities of the original Z/28. Lack of these virtues is also considered the reason the 2015 model has been slow in the market, unlike the 2013 model which was very popular.
2018 Chevy Camaro Z/28 Spy Photo from Nurburgring
2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Exterior
The prototype our spy photographers caught testing at the Nurburgring testing track was under heavy camouflage. However, despite the camouflage, we can see that the model has received significant changes compared to the outgoing model. The model looks hardcore with features like a shelf-like front splitter, rocker panel extensions that are borrowed from the Corvette Z06 and an adjustable rear wing.
The front also comes with aggressive canards and features a vented hood similar to the ZL1. The front grille is also large than the one on regular Camaros. The grille is similar to the one on the ZL1. The grille is flanked by small intakes but which are larger than those on the other Camaros.
On the sides, the model features pumped out fenders to fit wider tires. The prototype appears to have 20-spoke, 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires. Next to the wheels are huge brake discs which look like 15-inch Brembo carbon-ceramic discs.
2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Interior
The interior of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is still a mystery. Being a truck-oriented model, the Z/28 will most likely feature a track-focused cabin just like its predecessor. As such, expect the model to feature Recaro racing seats. To save space, the vehicle won’t have the rear seats. To help racers monitor their sessions, the model will likely come standard with GM’s performance Data Recorder.
Other features will include a MyLink infotainment system, less sound insulation, thinner glass and carbon-fiber accenting to save weight. In addition, an air conditioning system will be optional just as it was in the predecessor Z/28.
Engine Specs and performance
I am meant to believe that the automaker will make changes under the hood. Currently, the Z/28 stands apart from the Camaro lineup with a naturally aspirated 7.0 L, LS7 V-8 engine. This engine produces 505 hp which is a lot less than the Camaro ZL1. However, compared to the other Camaros, the outgoing Z/28 was the most expensive. For the new model, I believe the automaker will hook it up with matching power to back it position at the top of the Camaro trim.
Most likely, the Z/28 will be hooked up with the supercharged 6.2 L, V-8 that drives the upcoming Camaro ZL1. On the ZL1, the engine produces 640 hp. We don’t know the level of its output in the Z/28 but we are certain it will be over the outgoing model’s 505 hp.
For transmission, there will be two options. The first option is a 6-speed manual gearbox which will be offered as standard while a 10-speed automatic system similar to the one on the ZL1 will be offered as an option. The automatic transmission system is specifically tuned for track racing and features super fast shifts.
Price and release date
The Camaro Z/28 will be offered as a 2018 model as it has to undergo many tests before it is released into the market. As such, I don’t see it coming as a 2017 model car.
I believe the automaker could showcase it at the Detroit Auto show before availing it to dealerships later next year. As for the price, I believe the new Z/28 will be slightly expensive than the 2015 model which starts at $72,305, a price of around $75,000 is likely.
Major rivals of the new Z/28 will be the likes of the Ford Mustang GT350R, Porsche 911 GT3 , Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe and BMW M4.
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