Well, if you’ve been abreast with the latest automotive news, you’ve probably heard that the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 prototype has been sported assaulting the Nurburgring. Spy photos show the model heavily cladded with camouflage that makes it even impossible to take note of the exterior changes. Rumors suggests that its release date has been set somewhere in mid-2017. Read on the following review to get acquainted with as much info as possible, albeit based on our rendering.
Back to basics: the last we saw of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was back in 2015, so that effectively means it has been away from the segment for two years – quite a long of time for a vehicle to stay in the cold! And even then, it came unchanged over the model it was replacing, so we should actually be talking of around three years. The Camaro Z28 used to be offered alongside other trims on the regular Chevrolet Camaro lineup. It was the race-oriented model that offered a high performance hardware and a stripped-out interior.
While Chevy hasn’t commented, verified, or denied rumors of a possible integration of the Camaro Z28 with the recently updated 2017 Chevrolet Camaro lineup, credible reports say this might be in the works and its fans should probably wait until sometime in mid-2017 when the regular Chevy Camaro 2017 is slated to undergo a mid-cycle refresh.
Considering the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 will be up in arms with the likes of Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, 2017 BMW M4, and Ford Shelby GT350R, it is highly likely – almost given – that it will come with a spruced up engine that will match the figures offered by the aforementioned rivals. For starters, the previous Chevrolet Camaro Z28 came equipped with a brawny 7.0L V8 engine that offered a whopping 505 horsepower and 481 pounds of torque. With all that power cracked under its skin, it was able to move from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds – an impressive time even in present times.
But you see times have changed, and certain things have gotten better. Take for instance the 2016 BMW M4 – one of its arch-rivals. Although coming a bit short in power – 425 horsepower and 406 lbs. ft. of torque – it manages to offer a quick acceleration rated at 4.0 seconds flat when equipped with the M-DCT. That’s 0.5 seconds quicker than the more powerful Camaro Z28. On the fuel consumption front, the BMW M4 still manages to bow out the Camaro Z28 by offering 20 mpg combined relative to the 15 mpg the Camaro Z28 gets. The comparison is just a simple illustration to show how three years a vehicle has been on hiatus can prove to be quite costly terms of how other peers have improved.
What’s the solution, you ask! Well, here’s what we suspect may happen. Given the Camaro Z28 was the highest performance version on the entire Chevy Camaro lineup, it’d make sense if Chevy offered it a more powerful engine than that of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 that is now the lineup’s honcho. The Camaro ZLI 2017 comes with a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine rated at 640 horsepower. While Chevrolet is yet to confirm what lies under the hood of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, one thing’s for sure: it’ll get more power than what it had then.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Release Date & Price
You and I know too well how early it is to offer speculations concerning its pricing estimates and release date. Anyway, we’ll still go ahead and offer what our crystal ball tells us. According to it, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 price should start from around $71K, that is, without options. As for its release date, a mid-2017 would suffice.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Exterior Spy Photos
As you can see from the images we have of the Camaro Z28, it is impossible to take stock of the kind of details the new model offers relative to its predecessor. What we do know however is the fact that it’ll be heavily updated.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interior Pictures
More can be said about the exterior than the interior. That said, fans of the Camaro Z28 should probably wait a bit more. Details will start getting some clarity as its release date edges closer.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.3 in. (112.3 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 0.3 in. (192.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.9 in. (76.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume (maximum): 11.3 ft³
Curb weight: 3862 lb
Top Speed: 172 mph
0-60: 4.4 sec
MPG: 13/19 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ashen Gray Metallic, Black, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
As already mentioned, we highly suspect that the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 will get a spruced up 6.2L supercharged V8 engine currently used by the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Safety is always a major concern for these kind of vehicles given the speed at which they can travel especially when pushed harder. Therefore, it is only logical to assume that Chevy will offer the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2017 some of the latest technologies currently offered on some of its rivals such as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.