On the latest episode of Motor Week, “Television’s Original Automotive Magazine” reviewed the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 on the twists and bends of Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.
“The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has GM shooting for the stars,” says presenter John Davis. He cites the wealth of performance-minded improvements gained over the basic SS model: carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, interior weight savings measures, 12″ wide rubber front and back, active two-mode exhaust, and race-bred spool-valve dampers, to name a few.
Oh, and of course, the Z/28’s beating heart: a 505 HP 7.0 liter LS7 small block V8. Motor Week lauded the Camaro’s handling at Gingerman Raceway, finding “grip, grip, and more grip,” said John Davis. “In corners both tight and sweeping, it was easy to find the car’s limits, feeling very much racecar-like.”
He went on to praise the chassis for being “almost telepathic” in communicating where and when the car’s handling limits might be crossed, but conceded that nonetheless, it is quite easy to find yourself passing them.
Of course, most examples of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will never see a racetrack, but Mr. Davis warns against purchasing the Z/28 “just to look cooler and improve your poseur quotient… Additions – though many – are pretty subtle.” Indeed, the biggest exterior indicators of the car’s pedigree are the front splitter, rear spoiler wickerbill, and sparse 19 inch wheels.
Ultimately, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is more “pro” than “show.” If you want an accessible, domestic fighter jet for the track, the Z/28 might be the perfect fit for you. If you want a Camaro for the street, get a ZL1 instead.
You can watch the December 12th episode of Motor Week online. The Z/28 review begins around 19:10.