First Gen 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS 290 hp

Tuesday, November 4th 2014. | 1969 Camaro

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 option code was introduced to the Camaro in December 1966 for the 1967 model year. It was the brainchild of Vince Piggins, who conceived offering “virtually race-ready” Camaros for sale from any Chevrolet dealer. This option package was not mentioned in any sales literature, so it was unknown to most buyers. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 option required power front disc brakes and a close-ratio Muncie 4-speed manual transmission (posi-traction was optional). It featured a 302 cu in (4.9 L) small-block V-8 engine, 3″ crankshaft with 4″ bore, an aluminum intake manifold, and a 4-barrel vacuum secondary Holley carburetor of 780 cfm.

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3  exterior

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3 exterior

 

The engine was designed specifically to race in the Trans Am series (which required engines smaller than 305 cu in (5.0 L) and public availability of the car. Advertised power of this engine was listed at 290 hp (216 kW). This is an under-rated figure. Chevrolet wanted to keep the horsepower rating at less than 1 hp per cubic inch, for various reasons (e.g. insurance and racing classes).

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3  exterior

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3 exterior

The factory rating of 290 hp occurred at 5300 rpm, while actual peak for the high-revving 302 was closer to 360 hp (268 kW) (with the single four barrel carb) and 400 hp (298 kW) (with optional dual-four barrel carbs) at 6800-7000 rpm. The Z/28 also came with upgraded suspension, racing stripes on the hood and trunk lid, ‘302’ front fender emblems on the 67 and early 68 cars, and ‘Z/28’ emblems in late 68 & 69. It was also possible to combine the Z/28 package with the RS package.

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3 photo

1969 Chevrolet-Camaro Z28 RS V3 photo

Only 602 Z/28s were sold in 1967, along with approximately 100 Indianapolis Pace Car replicas. The 1967 and 1968 Z/28s did not have the cowl induction hood, optional on the 1969 Z/28s. The 1967 Z28 received air from an open element air cleaner or from an optional cowl plenum duct attached to the side of the air cleaner that ran to the firewall and got air from the cowl vents. 15-inch rally wheels were included with Z/28s while all other 1967-9 Camaros had 14-inch wheels.

The origin of the Z/28 nameplate came from the RPO codes – RPO Z28 was the code for the Special Performance Package. RPO Z27 was for the Super Sport package.

Source: Wikipedia (original)

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First Gen 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS 290 hp