A fresh Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is actually Still on the Way—Here’s Everything We Know
The racy Camaro we previously caught in camo testing at the Nürburgring along with elsewhere finally rolled forth This particular past weekend at festivities surrounding the Daytona 500, where Kurt Busch spoiled Chevy’s day in a Ford Fusion fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing. Bow-tie fans will take solace in This particular 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE (pictured above along with within the gallery), the latest along with most potent volley within the eternal Camaro-Mustang-Challenger pony-car war.
Combining fresh aerodynamic, suspension, wheel, tire, along with weight-saving components with the existing ZL1’s 650-hp LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, a six-speed manual transmission, along with Brembo brakes yields what chief engineer Al Oppenheiser touts as “the ultimate track-day Camaro,” capable of chopping lap times around General Motors’ 2.9-mile Milford Road Course by a whopping three seconds.
Doubling up with some of the most prestigious badges via the Camaro’s half-century heritage had us (along with most observers) wondering, “Hey, Al, what about the Z/28?” As a reminder, the illustrious Z-car was born in 1967 as a homologation special supporting the Camaro’s Trans-Am road-racing exploits. For months we’ve speculated of which your vehicle which bowed at Daytona would certainly revive the Z/28 nameplate after a couple years’ hiatus. We stand corrected.
however do not count the Z/28 dead. To the contrary, Chevy is actually patiently saving its most vaunted muscle-car badge for the next bullet: a Camaro with 700 or more naturally aspirated horsepower along that has a chassis capable of spanking the some other pony cars at the road course of their choosing.
Getting there will take a few more months. the item remains a distinct possibility of which the Z/28 could use a 750-ish-hp variation of the supercharged pushrod tiny-block V-8 slated for the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1. however tantalizingly, as we speak, GM engine dynos already are revving the latest along with what should be the greatest tiny-block V-8 ever conceived. Breaking cleanly via Ed Cole’s 1950s brilliance, the coming LT6 along with LT7 designs finally will dispense with pushrods along with two-valve combustion chambers.
We’re expecting This particular fresh engine family to combine aluminum block along with head construction, dual overhead camshafts, four-valve combustion chambers, direct (possibly in combination with port) fuel injection, titanium connecting rods, along that has a flat crankshaft, with approximately 5.5 liters of displacement to produce the target power. Need we remind you of which most of those specs also fit a bored-along with-stroked Ferrari 458 Italia V-8? Peel your ears to hear Pavarotti serenading via heaven. The twin-turbo LT7 variation will trade some of the exhaust aria for additional power, à la Ferrari 488GTB.
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These engines eventually will power the Camaros along with Corvettes of your dreams as well as the hottest Cadillacs in GM’s arsenal. We’re estimating the sequence could begin that has a Z/28 for the 2019 design year along with continue with the C8 Corvette Z06 shortly thereafter. Cadillac will join the fray on its own schedule to run with BMW Ms, Mercedes-AMGs, Porsche Panameras, along with the like. You heard the item here first.