Episode 19 of the J-Turn should be exciting for Chevrolet fans as Jessi Lang takes a trip to Laguna Seca and hops in the driver’s seat of a vintage 1969 Camaro Z/28 that is an original Trans Am racer.
Of course, the Z/28 originated as an option package for the 1967 Camaro whose order code was Z28. To satisfy SCCA rules for the Trans Am circuit that required a 5.0L limit, Chevrolet combined the 4-inch bore of the 327 with the 3-inch stroke of the 283 to create the 302 small-block . Add some solid lifters, a 4-speed, and a disposition for revving, and the Z/28 motor was born. It was rated at 290 horsepower for 1967-69.
However, the Z that Jessi drives in the below video has 500+ horses, uncapped exhausts, unassisted brakes − this simply isn’t a street-going Z/28 set up for racing but rather the real deal. Doubting Debbies only have to hear the exhaust note to see that this car is the real McCoy −113 decibels’ worth.