The all new Camaro is already out and selling quite well but its special edition versions are still unreleased. This may not have been a problem considering the old Z28 and ZL1 are still available for sale but unfortunately for GM, Ford already released the GT350 and R versions of its Mustang and the end result is quite impressive. In order to compete with these two cars, GM will release the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, most likely in the fall of 2016.
Just like with the current model, the car will be the hardcore race version of the base model and it will include a lot of upgrades over the original.
Just as we mentioned, the Alpha platform of the current Camaro is going to go through a few changes in order to make it suitable for a true sports car. We are likely going to see lighter suspension components, bigger carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes in the front and at the back with 6 and 4 piston calipers, new 19 inch forged wheels wrapped in high performance rubber and even an adjustable suspension system which will allow the driver to setup the car to its own liking.
The Engine & Performance
At this point in time the engine which will live under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is still a well guarded secret. Some people suggest that the car will get a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 from the ZL1, which may receive a small bump in power. However, this is highly unlikely, especially for a car designed for the track. While the 7 liter V8 from the current Z28 is still a viable option, we are almost certain that the car will get a rather unique powertrain which will be able to compete with the 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8 of the Mustang.
This new engine may be an all new double-overhead cam naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8, engine which could rev as high as 8,000 rpm and offer well over 500 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. There are rumors that the engine’s heads are being developed together with Cosworth which is one of the best engine manufacturers in the World.
This new engine would then be mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox which will send the power solely to the rear wheels via a mechanical limited slip differential, offering a raw driving experience. Thanks to this engine and its low curb weight, the car may be able to hit 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds and hit a maximum top speed as high as 200 MPH.
Design – Inside & Outside look
In terms of look, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is likely going to be an evolution of the current model rather than an all new car. The front end will likely get a new bumper with new fog-lights, a new carbon-fiber splitter to handle the extra power as well as a new hood that will feed its air-intake. The sides will likely get lightweight 19 inch rims, new carbon-fiber side-skirts and possibly air-intakes to cool the rear brakes.
The rear of the car will get the same visceral quad-exhaust system and a rather large diffuser. Inside the cabin, the Z/28 will be quite minimalistic so it will only offer the basic necessities in order to save as much weight as possible. Part of the Z/28 package will be the carbon-fiber Recaro seats and an Alcantara-covered racing steering wheel.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Price
While the engine, chassis and even the interior are going to be upgraded, there are rumors that the price will take a rather unusual hike. Instead of the current $72,000 of the ongoing Z28, the upcoming model is likely going to cost well over that, especially now when Ford is selling the GT350R for over $100,000.
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