It may not be apparent from its Nurburgring lap time, but the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 poses an unusual problem.
Because it’s essentially a Camaro with some go-fast parts, there’s always the possibility that people will clone a z/28, ruining the investment of those willing to shell out $75,000 for one.
That’s why initially, Chevy wasn’t going to allow non-Z/28 owners to buy most of the parts that make this car a hero on the track. However the Bowtie brand has reversed its decision, according to Car and Driver.
Chevy will reportedly offer nine Z/28 performance packages for non-Z/28 models, offering more owners the chance to enjoy the fruits of its engineers’ labor.
The packages will include several items that aren’t available individually to non-Z/28 owners, including the spool-valve dampers and helical limited-slip rear differential.
Other goodies include the Z/28’s brake cooling ducts, cold-air intake, and exhaust manifolds (for V8 models). The car’s Recaro sport seats are already available on 2014 Camaro models, and on 2012 and later cars through the General Motors performance catalog.
Chevy will even apparently offer a Z/28 aero kit, giving lesser models most of the car’s bespoke styling. A front splitter, bolt-on wheel arches, rear spoiler, and underbody tray will be included. Buyers may not be able to get the nifty “Flowtie” aerodynamic grille badge, though.
One item that won’t be hard to get is the Z/28’s 7.0-liter LS7 V8, which has been available as a crate motor for a few years. It produces a mighty 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.