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The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is more than the sum of its parts, but General Motors is hedging its bet anyway. GM Authority reports that General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] will restrict the sale of certain parts to maintain the Z/28's exclusivity. The goal is to prevent individuals from cloning a Z/28 by adding parts to a more plebeian Camaro.
The General is alleged to have placed 35 Z/28-specific parts off limits, including the car's Brembo brake system and carbon-ceramic rotors, 19-inch wheels, rear differential, and rear axle. Cosmetic pieces including the front fascia, "flowtie" grille badge, hood scoop, fender flares, rocker panels, and rear fascia and spoiler are also unavailable. So are the Recaro seats.
One piece that is available to non-Z/28 owners is the 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 V-8, which was formerly used in the C6 Corvette Z06 and has been available as a crate motor for some time.
The policy should help people who actually plunk down $75,000 for a genuine Z/28 protect their investments. Production has been restricted to 500 units for 2014, all of which have been sold out, and there are just 2,500 units pegged for 2015, so when owners are done thrashing these cars on the track they should be a hit at the collector car auctions.
The aftermarket may eventually make a Z/28 clone possible with reproduction parts, but for now the only way to own one is to put down a deposit.