Last week, Chevrolet officials told us the company would restrict the sale of Camaro Z/28 parts. It turns out that wasn't the whole story, as Chevrolet Performance announced this weekend that it will offer a handful of Z/28 upgrade kits to owners of any fifth-generation Camaro.
The key difference, explains Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran, is that customers still won't be able to order 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 appearance parts, like Z/28 badges or wheels, or individual components, like brake calipers, at a Chevrolet parts desk. By selling kits, the automaker can ensure that upgraded Camaros still don't look like the Z/28, and that all their mechanical upgrades will work together effectively. Chevrolet already offers packages that let Camaro V-6 or SS apply ZL1 and 1LE upgrades to their cars.
"We have taken some of the very best components of our track-capable Camaros, and packaged them together for easy installation on other fifth-generation Camaros," Chevrolet Performance Engineering director Mark Dickens said in a statement.
Chevrolet Performance announced nine upgrade packages for non-Z/28 Camaro models. The Camaro Z/28 Suspension package bundles the car's special spool-valve shock absorbers, stiffer springs, anti-roll bars, and rear upper control arms. The Rear Differential Cooling System pack consists of a special cover, heat exchanger, and associated lines for the differential. Chevrolet says this lowers the Camaro Z/28 differential fluid temperature by 100ºF during track use. A Z/28 Cold Air Intake includes a new higher-flow intake box and filter, while the Z/28 Exhaust Manifolds package will fit on any Camaro V-8 engine.
Chevrolet also offers the entire Z/28 cat-back exhaust system, which again will work with any Camaro equipped with an LS3 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The Camaro Z/28 Aerodynamics package, which only works on 2014 and newer Camaros, includes a new front splitter, new front wheel lip extensions, an underbody panel, and a rear spoiler. The Camaro Z/28 Brake Ducts package features new openings and ducts to route cool air from the front fascia to the brakes. Buyers can also pick the Z/28's Helical, limited-slip rear differential, which comes with the aforementioned heat-exchanger system.
The final upgrade, available for 2012 and new Camaros, is the Recaro front seats from the Z/28. Buyers can pick only the driver or passenger, or both seats.
Chevrolet says all the Camaro Z/28 upgrade kits will be available in June or July. Prices will announced closer to that time.