Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns with 7-litre V8, facelift too

Chevy has revived the storied Z/28 nameplate for its facelifted Camaro, bringing with it the 7-litre LS7 V8 used in both the Corvette Z06 and limited edition HSV W427.


As used in the Camaro Z/28 the 7-litre V8 will generate at least 373kW (500hp) of power and 637Nm (470lb-ft) of torque. This is down from the current king of the Camaro pile, the ZL1, which has 433kW (580hp) and 754Nm (556lb-ft) at its disposal from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8.

What the Z/28 loses in spuds, it gains by adding lightness, as Lotus’ founding father Colin Chapman might’ve said. Thanks to thinner rear window glass, smaller 19-inch alloy wheels (the ZL1 wears 20-inch rims), the removal of the tyre inflation kit, deleting the fog lights and xenon headlights, removing the ski port, thinning out the rear seats, junking the sound deadening and boot carpet, and keeping only one speaker for warning chimes the Z/28 is 136kg lighter than the — you guessed it! — ZL1; it’s only 45kg lighter than the plebeian Camaro SS, mind you.

To help the Z/28 stay planted to ground through corners, this top-shelf Camaro features an aero kit with front splitter, flat underbody panel, fender flares at the front and back, and rear spoiler and diffuser. Other standard features include a flat bottom steering wheel, grippy Recaro suede-trimmed sports seats and uprated Brembo carbon ceramic braking package.

The only transmission offered in the Camaro Z/28 will be a 6-speed manual. In line with the car’s performance-at-all-costs ethos air conditioning is offered, but only as an option.

GM has no plans to bring the Camaro to Australia in any official capacity. The revised Camaro will go on sale in the US in the latter half of 2013, while the new Camaro Z/28 won’t make its debut there until at least the second quarter of 2014.

Dimensions

Length: 4,884mm
Width: 1,953mm
Height: 1,330mm
Wheelbase: 2,852mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]