What It Is : A prototype sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro that presumably previews the next-generation track-focused 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Spyshoot. The Camaro ZL1, using its 6. 2-liter supercharged V-8 borrowed coming from the Corvette Z06, is that the Camaro iteration all ate up with motor. This Z / 28, as before, will certainly be the Camaro that’s all ate up with eatin’ up, chewing, and spittin’ out racetracks. Just look into this camouflaged test mule’s borderline ridiculous aerodynamic add-ons, tires as wide as Kansas, and gaping air intakes all working toward one purpose : keeping the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Spyshoot planted and cool while circling a track at abusive velocities. Can it be possible the prototype pictured here is some kind of club racer Chevrolet is developing? Yes, however the large-ish wheels, normal-looking side mirrors, along with other conventional-looking details strongly dampen that prospect.
Why It Matters : As Chevrolet fleshes the sixth-generation Camaro lineup, it’s gradually turning out a bunch of remastered hits coming from the car’s successful fifth-generation run. Since the newest Camaro arrived, we’ve already seen the introduction of a brand new 1LE performance package (now also available upon the V-6 Camaro for the very first time ), the new ZL1 coupe, and also the new ZL1 convertible. The only real notable variant yet to be is that the Z / 28, a nameplate which goes to 1967 and was reintroduced towards the Camaro family late inside the fifth-gen model’s life cycle to denote a no-holds-barred track-focused beast. Critically, Ford is stealing headlines—and winning a 10Best Cars award—with its incredible Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, meaning Chevrolet will certainly be counting upon the Z / 28 to yank (hard ) upon the spotlight and obtain it focused on its muscle car. Based for this car’s wild body add-ons, we expect Chevrolet is putting quite the effort toward unseating Ford’s GT350.
Platform : As before, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will start life like a regular Camaro, but Chevrolet will provides it a total makeover to enhance grip, downforce, and braking, along with the cooling of critical components. We also expect the Z / 28 to become lighter than its Camaro siblings, although stripping weight coming from the newly lightened sixth-generation Camaro won’t be as easy as it was eventually to the heavier previous-generation car. These spy photos reveal how hard-core the new Z / 28’s aero kit will certainly be, having a shelf-like front splitter building upon the already prodigious proboscis upon the outgoing model, Corvette Z06–like rocker-panel extensions, and also a colossal rear wing that appears to become adjustable. Curiously, this prototype lacks an elaborate—i. e., finned—rear diffuser, but perhaps it doesn’t need it with of these other downforce-enhancing bits. Along with the splitter early on, the front fascia wears aggressive canards on its cheekbones, in addition to a vented hood (a design that Chevrolet has employed during the past to scale back front-end lift at high speeds by evacuating engine-compartment air ) that appears much like the one upon the new ZL1. Talking about vents, the grille for this Camaro is larger compared to the opening on normal Camaros and much like that upon the supercharged ZL1 ; It‘s flanked by 2 smaller intakes that, again, are larger than similar openings on other Camaros.
The fenders are pumped out to support mega-wide tires front and rear, and also the wheels appear to become quite large—we estimate that they’re 21-inch rims, one inch larger than those upon the Camaro SS. Massive front and rear brake rotors very nearly fill those wheels, too. Chevrolet has cheekily placed Easter eggs on Camaros It‘s tested in the Nürburgring before—they appeared on the ZL1 test mule last year—which has us wondering relating to this 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 prototype’s bright-yellow Corvette Grand Sport–style hash marks taped to each and every front fender. This could hint in the origins of a couple Z / 28 parts—we wouldn’t be shocked when the car’s brakes and adaptive-suspension dampers were donations coming from the Corvette Grand Sport—or it may be pure fun upon the engineers’ part, an easy break as a result dreary black-and-white camouflage.
Powertrain : Besides looking bad-ass and being proficient at defying physics, the previous Z / 28 sat aside from the remainder of the Camaro family by virtue of their engine. While several Camaro utilized a 6. 2-liter V-8 (either naturally aspirated or supercharged ), the old Z / 28 boasted the naturally aspirated 7. 0-liter LS7 V-8 also used inside the C6 Corvette Z06. The special engine made 505 horsepower, fewer compared to the supercharged V-8 inside the contemporary ZL1, but the Z / 28 was the foremost expensive Camaro available. We suspect that, this point around, the Z / 28 may obtain a horsepower rating commensurate using its position at the highest from the Camaro lineup. For reference, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 is putting down 640 horsepower from a similar supercharged 6. 2-liter V-8 utilized in today’s Corvette Z06 (which carries a ceremonial 10-hp advantage during the Camaro ). As the Z / 28’s power level is really a mystery, we’re fairly confident the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is extra power will derive from the same same supercharged LT4 V-8 like the ZL1. A six-speed manual transmission ought to be standard, while General Motors’ new 10-speed automatic—which debuted inside the Camaro ZL1—may be optional.
Competition : BMW M4, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe.
Estimated Arrival and Price : Albeit this 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 prototype appears largely complete, we suspect that extensive durability testing and also a wish to provide the Camaro ZL1 some breathing room at launch will push its reveal until next year in the earliest. Assuming a January debut in the 2017 Detroit auto show, the Camaro Z / 28 would arrived at market sometime next year like a 2018 model. The new one should cost roughly a similar like the previous Z / 28, so figure around $75K.