Chevrolet has announced pricing for their Nurburgring special Camaro Z/28, and it is not cheap. Including the $995 destination charge, the track-ready Z/28 will be priced at $75,000. It will be available in five different colors, including Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, and Summit White. The 7.0L, 505hp engine-equipped Camaro also includes the Gas Guzzler Tax in its suggested retail price. The Camaro Z/28 is special in what a purchaser does not get, instead of what they do get.
The Z/28 features a one-speaker stereo system, and does not come with air conditioning. Air conditioning pumps are often quite heavy, so excluding them does offer significant weight savings. If someone is planning on purchasing the vehicle as a daily-driver, we would suggest ordering the only option on the Z/28; a $1,150 option package that adds the air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo system.
Other weight-savings methods have been employed as well. Most of the sound-deadening has been removed. The rear-seat pass-through has been removed. The glass is thinner. The brakes are carbon ceramic instead of steel. The heavier magnetic ride control is absent, and replaced with a first-ever-on-a-road-car spool-valve dampers. Even the HID headlamps have been ditched for regular halogen units.
The 427cu/in small-block V8 (that’s 7.0L for people under the age of 40) scoots the hot Camaro around the famed Nurburgring faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera S, and the last generation Lamborghini Murcielago LP640-4. The 911 will be better-equipped as a daily driver, but rings the cash register at nearly $25,000 more than the Camaro.
The new Camaro Z/28 is slated to go on sale in the spring, and despite the lack of creature comforts and the track-focused nature of the vehicle, we do expect it to sell pretty well. The very first one will be sold at auction, which seems to be the norm these days for new vehicles. The only thing missing from this track-ready car is a helmet.