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Old 04-09-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Five secrets about the Camaro Z/28 (by Car & Driver)

Five Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About the New Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
April 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm by Justin Berkowitz


Moments after Chevy shocked everyone with the scalding new Camaro Z/28, we began our own scalding-fast process: chasing down GM execs for all the details and back story on this beast. Obtained through some official channels and some channels that were, well, less so, here are the five coolest things we learned:


1. The Z/28 badge almost went on an entirely different car. When it became clear, back in the fall of 2010, that Chevy was working on a slayer version of the Camaro—one that would supposedly cure the car of its obesity, its ponderous feel, its tendency toward understeer—the assumption was that the final product would take the Z/28 badge. It wasn’t just our assumption, either. Apparently, show and photo prototypes had been built with the Z/28 badge. But purist GM execs intervened. However awesome the car was, they said, something with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 didn’t meet the original spirit of the high-revving, stripped-out, Trans Am–ready Z/28. Badges were pulled and replaced with ones reading . . . ZL1.



2. The car that became the Z/28 had been brewing for years, and Chevy knew it had to use the LS7 engine. There was, however, a prototype burbling through GM’s networks of shops and test facilities that was suitable for the Z/28 heritage. For many years, a few execs and dedicated engineers had been looking to install the charmingly violent 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 in something besides the Corvette. Something ready for a race track but somewhat tolerable for the street. Something special. Australians got the steroid-ravaged Holden HSV W427 in 2008, the highest-performance version of the Commodore sedan—and a car that shares its basic Zeta platform with the Camaro.



3. During development, the Z/28′s code name was “Steve.” Yes, Steve. As in “I’m going to take Steve out to the track today and beat the ever-loving crap out of him.”



4. After going for a ride in an early mule, Dan Akerson said, “We need to put the board of directors in this.” Not long after Dan Akerson arrived as the new CEO at GM, one gearhead executive took him out for a ride in a Z/28 mule. “You need to put the board of directors in this car to have them experience it.” The board obliged, and their reaction? “This is unbelievable.” Suffice it to say, that was a glowing green light to go ahead with development and production.



5. Recent prototypes apparently are lapping test tracks as quick as, well, stuff you’d never imagine it could keep up with. No Bothan spies died to bring you this information, but one source had us swear to secrecy about the names of cars that Z/28 prototypes are beating on test tracks. With its 300-pound weight advantage over the ZL1, single-minded chassis tune, and incredibly sticky rubber, the Z/28 is a monster we can’t wait to experience for ourselves.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Nice thread/post...well done...
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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Price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Depending on the digits... it may either be awesome or... well you know.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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5. Recent prototypes apparently are lapping test tracks as quick as, well, stuff you’d never imagine it could keep up with. No Bothan spies died to bring you this information, but one source had us swear to secrecy about the names of cars that Z/28 prototypes are beating on test tracks.
This is exactly what I am expecting. No surprise at all. It is going to be a GT3RS killer. Those of you moaning and crying about possible price points of the Z/28 would be well served to price the competition.

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #7
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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And secret #1. is oh so true... iirc on the inner fender sheetmetal of the ZL1s, therein lies a factory stamping that reads as.... "Z28"
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This picture makes me smile every time I see it. Not really any new information from the article, but a nice read. Would have been nice if they told us some of the competitors the Z/28 is capable of beating.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #11
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This picture makes me smile every time I see it. Not really any new information from the article, but a nice read. Would have been nice if they told us some of the competitors the Z/28 is capable of beating.
....I just noticed....The Washer Bottle!...lol...That thing's gotta weigh 10 pounds when full...Unless it's a "street-legal" requirement, get that thing outta there!...lol...
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If you're talking about the big black round object in front of the radiator, that's not a washer bottle that's the dry sump tank.
I think he's talking about the washer bottle. You can see the cap for it just in front of the air box.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:35 PM   #14
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I think he's talking about the washer bottle. You can see the cap for it just in front of the air box.
Yea, I knew it was there, but I didn't think it would hold 10 lbs. of liquid. So I didn't think he was talking about that. I thought he missed it. It was just better to delete my post, but obviously not in time.
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