Probable race-ready Camaro arriving next year
You will have to forgive the Don Wheaton Blog if we gush over the Chevy Camaro. We can’t get over how much the wealth of changes made to the sixth-generation 2016 model has increased the car’s overall performance. We have made a big deal about the major weight-loss associated with the redesign of the new Camaro, because it is, as well as how future owners can choose among owning the most fuel-efficient or one of the most powerful versions of the Camaro ever built. This love affair is only going to get worse with what’s coming with the 2017 Chevy Camaro Z/28.
A brief history of the Camaro Z/28 origin
Very few models throughout automotive history have had as many production versions as the Chevy Camaro. The Corvette could make a strong case. Maybe the Ford Mustang, the chief rival of the Camaro, has some cards to play in this game. Performance drivers were introduced to the Camaro Z/28 in 1967. It was built to compete in the popular Trans-Am road-racing series. At the time, some of the special components included from the factory were a specially designed chassis and suspension, wrapped around a 302 cubic-inch, small-block V-8 engine. About 600 were produced in the first year.
A convertible version of the Camaro Z/28 was introduced in 1968 and was the first vintage muscle car to break the $100,000 mark at auction in 1991.
Ending on a high-note
In 2002, the 35th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro, the automaker announced it was going to stop building the sports coupe. The last Camaro to roll off the assembly line was a 2002 Camaro Z28 (the lack of slash is important.) Chevy choose to paint the car Bright Rally Red and it had the LS1 V-8 engine under the hood tuned to make 310 horsepower and used a six-speed transmission.
Slashing back into the game
As we now know, the Camaro name was reintroduced to the public with the fifth-generation for the 2010 model year. Fast forward to auto show season 2013. Chevrolet and General Motors stole the show by announcing they were going to start building the Camaro Z/28 (with the return of the slash). The testing phase of the 2014 Camaro Z/28 led to a seminal moment in the car’s storied history. A GM test driver took a Camaro Z/28 prototype around the famous Nurburgring track with a lap time of Seven minutes, 37.40 seconds — besting test cars from the heavy-hitters of European super cars like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
The fifth-generation of the Chevy Camaro is the best-selling sports coupe of all time. In the shortened 2010 model year, more than 60,000 models were sold.
What will the 2017 Camaro Z/28 be like?
Honestly, we don’t really know what will be offered with the 2017 Camaro Z/28. Right now all we know is that it exists and is being tested in Germany like the 2014 model. Some things that are probably guaranteed is that it will have either a V-8, probably with turbo or super charging or possible a twin-turbocharged V-6. Magnetic Ride Control, launch control and traction management systems are likely a given as well. Check out the video below, from Jalopnik, of the 2017 Camaro Z/28 being worked out in Germany. Fast forward to the 1:30 mark if wonder what a bad day at works looks like.
Stay tuned to the Don Wheaton Blog for more updates about the features and specs of the 2017 Chevy Camaro Z/28 as they become available. If you would like to see more of the Camaro, Corvette or high-performance Cadillac inventory available at Don Wheaton, make an appointment with a sales professional today.