Chevrolet Camaro Z:28 spyshots-03

Seen testing at the Nurburgring was the new hardcore Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, based on the sixth-gen Camaro. Unfortunately, the model on test ended in a crash (you can see it in the gallery below), so it looks like the engineers will have to go back to the drawing board.

A look into Chevy’s history notes that the company’s Trans Am car was based on a special version of the Z/28 from the late 60s. The classic had a 5.0 litre small-block V8 engine developed to homologate the Camaro for the Trans-Am racing series. In 1967, only 602 units of the Trans Am Camaro Z/28 were made.

Mark Reuss, General Motors product chief, gave a little hint of what can be expected with the new Z/28, when he spoke to Automotive News last year. “We’re looking at the original formulas of the Trans Am homologation of the Z/28,” Reuss said. “The formula may change a little, but it still needs to be a wicked fast track car more capable maybe than the comfort- and driver-oriented models.”

As seen in these spyshots, the prototype on test looks very much like a buffed-up version of the Camaro ZL1. On this test unit, it seems to have a different bonnet, while the front bumper has two sharp fins on each end. At the rear, the model sports a larger fixed rear wing (compared to the ZL1). The model should also benefit from various weight saving measures.

As for power, what will be fitted under the hood remains to be seen. As a reference, the previous fifth-gen Z/28 had a 500 hp/637 Nm naturally-aspirated 7.0 litre LS7 V8. The new one is likely to sport a naturally-aspirated unit too, to help distinguish it from the ZL1’s supercharged 6.2 litre small-block V8 LT4 unit.