If you think you will have $75,000 to burn this Spring, Chevrolet will be more than happy to put a new Camaro Z/28 in your garage. That MSRP has a still-unspecified-gas-guzzler tax and a destination charge of $995, but what you get is a domestic racecar for the road to go up against the likes of Lamborghini Murcielago LP640’s and the Porsche 911 Carrera S. Press materials from GM already indicate that the Z/28 is quicker around the Nürburgring than bluebloods from the German and Italian manufacturers.
Powered by a 7.0liter LS7 V8, you can expect 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. While that is 75 horsepower less than the most-powerful Camaro trim level, the ZL1’s 6.2L LSA, the LS7 at the heart of the Z/28 is natural aspirated. Small Block chief engineer and program manager, Jordan Lee has this to say:
“The LS7 is ideal for road racing because it delivers amazing performance in a compact, lightweight package. The broad torque curve and high redline of the LS7 mean fewer shifts are required for each lap, while the lightweight design improves the front-to-rear weight balance for better handling.”
To further prove it is truly an enthusiast’s car, Chevrolet is not offering a slush box automatic as an option. You will be shifting at 7,000RPM six times and a limited slip differential, standard equipment on the Z/28, will keep all that power on the road.
While the chief rival, the Ford Mustang Boss 302, loses the back seat, Chevy has opted to keep the Z/28 as a 2+2.
“We felt it was important to keep the 2+2 configuration of the Camaro Z/28 as Chevrolet already has a world-class two-seat sports car in the Corvette,” Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said. “By modifying the construction of the rear seat, we were able to reduce the overall weight of the Z/28 while still preserving the flexibility of 2+2 seating.”
GM.com reports that by removing the seat-back pass through and using high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back, nine pounds were saved. The front seats are aggressively bolstered Recaro’s found on the coupe versions of the SS and ZL1 Camaro’s. To save more weight, old fashioned GM went with old fashioned manual seat adjustment.
One option that is not standard for the high price tag is the six-speaker stereo and air conditioning. Expect an added cost of $1,150 if you opt for it.