Is This Wild 2018 Camaro Tester The New Trans-Am Z/28?

After the introductions of the base sixth-gen Camaros and recently, the high-po ZL1s, what’s missing from Chevy’s renewed pony car range is the more extreme Z/28 replacement, and we think this is it.

To be precise, we believe that this bad-ass Camaro tester with the huge rear wing that we spied lapping the Nürburgring today is the Trans Am Camaro Z/28 that General Motors product chief Mark Reuss hinted at last year.

Chevy’s original Trans Am car from the late 1960s was a special version of the Z/28 with a unique 302 cubic inch (approx. 5.0-liters) small-block V8 developed specifically to homologate the new Camaro for SCCA’s popular Trans-Am road-racing series. Only 602 examples were built in 1967.

Speaking to Autonews last year, Reuss said that Chevy is studying a rebirth of the car. “We’re looking at the original formulas of the Trans Am homologation of the Z/28,” he said.“Why was the 302 engine so special? So, 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.”

This narrative fits with what we’re seeing here in these spy shots, as the camouflaged prototype looks like a dialed up 2017 Camaro ZL1 with a more extreme body kit that includes front bumper corner canards and a deeper lip spoiler, a much bigger rear wing and different wheels hiding larger brake discs.

Undoubtedly, such a hardcore model would come with weight saving measures over the already lighter 2016 Camaro – the previous 5th gen Camaro Z/28 was 100 pounds (45 kilograms) lighter than the naturally aspirated Camaro SS and 300 pounds (136 kilograms) lighter than the Camaro ZL1.

What will power the next Z/28 is a big unknown at this point other than it will be a V8 engine. The previous Z/28 used a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter LS7 V8 rated for 505hp 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm) which helped it record a faster Nürburgring lap than the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Murcielago at 7:37.47. It’s very likely that Chevy will keep the Z/28 naturally-aspirated to further differentiate it from the new ZL1 that borrows the Corvette Z06’s 640hp (477 kW) and 640 lb-ft of torque (868 Nm) supercharged 6.2-liter V8 LT4.

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  • Mind Synthetic

    still a fat pig

    • Rick Alexander

      It is not a fat pig sir! It is a freaken’ powerful, fricken’ fast, amazingly agile, and great looking FAT PIG!!! Get yer facts straight Holmes!

      • Mind Synthetic

        Yes master, sorry master

        • Rick Alexander

          You are forgiven slave! 100 lashes for your insolence!!!

          • Mind Synthetic

            Lol

    • SteersUright

      It isn’t fat at all. Its only 300lbs more than a Golf Gti and 400lbs less than a Mustang. That said, I can’t see how its ok to sell a Daily Driver that you can’t see well out of. Funny thing is, if they just removed some of all that extra plastic above the gauges and lowered the window line just a tad, you’d have much more clear glass to see through.
      For the Z28, keep it NA, super light, and with a very special engine to rival the FPC engine in the GT350.

  • Kash

    That wing is as tall as some of the high rises in NYC.

  • john1168

    Put that rear wing on the Z06….. and make it computer adjustable. Get rid of the wicker bill. Sorry off topic.
    OK back on topic now. This thing is gonna be a track MONSTER!!! I like the GT350 but I think this Z28 will kill the GT350R on the track.

  • Vassilis

    Fuuucking hell. Proper beast. And those brakes!

  • antbee

    My heart was all a-flutter at “Trans Am.” Colour me disappoint, but yea for making a superbad Camaro!

  • Sarah

    The car looks good, but I don’t think it’s really my type. I’m more into Audi I guess, that might be because of the Audi I have bought recently from online car auction repokar. Maybe one day I’ll start loving Chevrolet more than I do now. It’s great to read such a we-ll written article by the way!

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