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Old 11-18-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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Post Automobile All-Star 2015: Camaro Z/28

From the Automobile All-Star 2015 list just announced.

http://www.automobilemag.com/feature...bile-all-star/

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Star

Nov 16, 2014

We’ll admit, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 might seem completely illogical. For a $17,200 premium over the supercharged Camaro ZL1, you forfeit 75 horsepower as well as air conditioning. The wheels drop in size. Magnetic ride control, HID headlights, and the head-up display disappear. A single-speaker audio system -- don’t call it a stereo -- replaces the ZL1’s nine-speaker Boston Acoustics setup. Clearly, the shopper who walks into a dealership clutching a copy of Consumer Reports is not going to walk out with a Camaro Z/28.

Chevy didn’t build the Z/28 for the logical buyer. Chevy built the Z/28 for hardcore car geeks. All you have to do is drive this hyper-focused Camaro on a racing circuit to see, or rather feel, why this car exists and why it’s an All-Star.

The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is one of the few vehicles where the oft-heard phrase, “it drives like a street-legal race car,” actually is true. Its speed and pace on the track along with its ability to shrug off abuse are phenomenal. Mega-wide, mega-sticky 305/30ZR-19 Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires sit at all four corners. The trick Multimatic dampers have only been used on one other road car, the $1.4 million Aston Martin One-77.

Their Formula 1-style spool valves give the 3,820-pound Camaro fantastic wheel and body control, allowing the grippy Italian tires to work their magic. The extreme nature of the Z/28 continues with its “flying car mode,” which came about from testing at the Nürburgring and ensures that engine power isn’t cut when the car gets airborne. Giant carbon-ceramic brakes round out the buttoned-down, track-focused chassis.

For power, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 uses one of the best V-8 engines in GM’s rich history, the 7.0-liter LS7 from the last-generation (C6) Corvette Z06. It’s nearly 65 pounds lighter than the Camaro ZL1’s LSA V-8 and plays a soundtrack from the gods. The 505-hp LS7 screams to its 7,000-rpm redline like an engine half its size and is a clear reminder why the naturally aspirated engine must never be allowed to die.

Measures great and small tell you about this car. Our favorite example of the latter: To maximize cooling air to the radiator, Chevy hollowed out the bowtie emblem in the front grill -- creating, yes, the “flowtie.” Ratio-swapping duties are handled via a firm yet positive, close-ratio six-speed manual. No automatic transmission is offered. This isn’t a Camaro for poseurs.

Sure, the Camaro ZL1 is the better ponycar for most, but for those who understand the Z/28 and frequent a racetrack, it’s a glorious gift from left field. “The Z/28 gives you the sense that there are people at General Motors who really know what makes a great driver’s car,” senior editor David Zenlea said. “It’s a 180-degree turn from the Camaro SS that debuted in 2009.” So, yes, the $75,000 Camaro Z/28 may be illogical, but it’s illogical in the most wonderful way possible.


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Old 11-18-2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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Nice! The only way to put it!
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:06 AM   #3
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:06 AM   #4
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:45 AM   #5
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:17 PM   #6
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Great. I had talked myself out of buying one and now this comes up.
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very cool if I could find the Z/28 with the same production number to match my Camaro and corvette I would consider it
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:35 PM   #9
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Great. I had talked myself out of buying one and now this comes up.
Like you needed an article to want one of these!? LOL!! I drove mine the past two days, in the 30°s here, no issues on the road. Some wheel spin, but a blast to drive. This car is everything it says it is and more.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:53 PM   #10
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very cool if I could find the Z/28 with the same production number to match my Camaro and corvette I would consider it
What number?
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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I cant wait to see what Clarkson has to say about it... and see Stiggy drive it!
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:14 PM   #12
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As great as the Z28 is, it's apparent Road and Track has a certain....disdain for the Camaro Z28. In it's current Performance Car of the Year competition, they noted only two sentences, that I could find, about the Z and one of them was a slam! Looks like they all agreed the 2015 Mustang GT was the darling of the "pony cars" for this test which came in 3rd place behind the Ferrari 458 and the winning Porsche GT3.

I guess it's not notable that the Z28 was only one tenth of a second slower on the Motown Mile than the 650 HP Viper and 10th on the fast list behind a string of foreign exotics (Viper excluded).
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Let R&T write what they want. I bought my Z/28 because of the obvious engineering expertise that went into it, which was on display during the first reveal. I placed my order based on my faith in the engineering team behind it, not opinions expressed by the automotive press. It's nice that the press has generally raved about the Z/28, but how many of those folks have any idea of how to hustle a car around the track? Perhaps 5-10%, I reckon...
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:36 PM   #14
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The ZL-1 vs Z/28 choice for me is becoming more apparent, especially since I already have a rather comfortable LT/RS. #2 Camaro in the garage can't happen soon enough.
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