The car has just one option: a $1,150 comfort package that adds air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system (the stock Camaro Z/28 has a single speaker). Those niceties were removed on the standard car to help save weight. Also gone is the tire-inflator kit (except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire because of legal reasons), sound deadening and high-intensity discharge lamps.
The key stats of the Camaro Z/28 are a 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential with a helical gear set, carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires wrapped around forged 19-inch alloys, Recaro seats and a 300-pound weight advantage over the 4,120-pound ZL1.
The Camaro Z/28 is also one of the first production cars fitted with race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping control, enabling engineers to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. Additional chassis changes include stiffer spring and bushing rates for improved cornering response.
Extensive testing was done at Germany’s Nürburgring, where the car posted a lap time of 7:37.47 in the rain. Despite the wet surface, it still beat the times of cars like the Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Audi R8 V10.
Sales commence this month, with the first deliveries due in the spring. The very first example, the car bearing VIN #0001, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a Barrett Jackson auction taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 18.
For more on the car, check out our extensive first ride report.