Last week we reported that some 35 factory parts for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 would be restricted. The purpose was to prevent any LS, LT, SS, or even ZL1 owners from building a Camaro Z/28 clone. Aside from the brakes and wheels, these parts were specifically limited to appearance items fortunately. And nearly the full catalogue of performance parts will be at your fingertips thanks to Chevrolet Performance.
If you’d like to give your 2010 and newer Camaro the performance of the all-new Camaro Z/28, you can select from nine different packages. These packages can also be mixed and matched with the current Camaro ZL1 and Camaro 1LE offerings to build a track capable machine that is plenty streetable. Each part has undergone complete performance validation and does not void the warranty, unlike its aftermarket counterparts.
“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,” said Mark Dickens, director, Chevrolet Performance Engineering. “Each package gives customers the performance upgrades they want, and the peace of mind knowing each part has been engineered and tested to the same specifications as our production cars.”
Here is the list of 2014 Camaro Z/28 packages available through Chevrolet Performance:
Camaro Z/28 Suspension
The adjustable Multimatic DSSV front and rear dampers bring high-end racecar technology to your Camaro. The F1-style spool valves (used in Formula 1, ALMS, etc) represent the ultimate in wheel control thanks to its patented design. Meanwhile the spring rates and stabilizer bars – unique to the Z/28 – have been optimized for sticky tires and neutral handling. The front springs are 85% stiffer than the SS, and the rears are 65%. But the stabilizer bars are actually smaller, at 25mm front and 25mm rear (the SS uses 28mm and 27mm bars). The rear upper control arms are also included, which boast a 400% improvement in stiffness thanks to its bushings. The front ride/handling links and rear trailing links boast less dramatic but still significant improvement; therefore they are included as well.
Camaro Z/28 Rear Differential Cooling System
Since the Z/28 uses an SS style differential, rather than the larger ZL1 style, Chevrolet created a similar differential cover with an integrated heat exchanger. This cooling apparatus was said to reduce the differential fluid temperature by 100 degrees Fahrenheit. For on open track or open road racer, this will certainly help keep your Camaro in the game. The kit includes all cooling lines and fasteners.
Camaro Z/28 Recaro Sport Seats
Finally a real race seat for fifth-gens that is compatible with the factory electronics. These Recaro front seats are plug-and-play for any 2012 or newer Camaro and provide plenty of side bolstering to keep you from being tossed around during performance driving. Since they are still adjustable (albeit manual), they are ideal for any Camaro – not just racecars. Though the harness slots could come in handy.
Camaro Z/28 Cold Air Intake
There might be a dozen cold air intakes on the market for fifth-gens, and a high-flow K&N air filter puts this one on par with aftermarket varieties. The difference? Your dealer can’t claim it blew up your engine.
Camaro Z/28 Exhaust Manifolds
Dual, hydroformed “tri-Y” style headers were designed to match the massive airflow coming into and (more importantly) out of the 7.0L LS7 V-8. However, these should be a good upgrade for even stock 6.2L LS3 and L99 engines. Tri-Y headers traditionally offer the best average power increases, rather than just at peak like a 4-into-1 style.
Camaro Z/28 Exhaust System
This 2.75-inch cat-back will complete the high-flowing exhaust system, however, a $150 adapter kit will help it mate to the SS’s 2.5-inch exhaust. The big advantage here is a high-flowing exhaust that is guaranteed to sound great with no drone. You might say GM engineers know what they are doing.
Camaro Z/28 Aerodynamics Package
The Z/28 front splitter, front wheel-lip extensions, underbody belly pan, and rear spoiler will help any 2014 or newer Camaro gain the same aerodynamic advantage. Whether just for looks, handling, or top speed racing this really is a nice package that you can count on having factory quality fit and finish. And unlike your typical aftermarket equivalent, these factory parts have been tested in the aero lab – so they are not just for looks!
Camaro Z/28 Brake Ducts
Grabbing air from the front fascia opening, these brake ducts direct cool air on the brake rotors to reduce brake fade. It’s an old trick used in nearly every racing circuit from NASCAR to ALMS, but it’s effective, easy, and looks great on any 2014 or newer Camaro. Lap after lap, it is nice to know your brakes will actually work.
Camaro Z/28 Helical Differential
Let’s face it, not everyone wants to fork out the coin for a full ZL1 overhaul or even an aftermarket 12-bolt or 9-inch. But with a cooler and an upgraded diff, you can do just fine road racing with a limited slip differential with helical gears. The factory clutch packs are known to give way after just a little bit of track time, distributing power to just one wheel at corner exit. But the gear based diff keeps going lap after lap, reducing times in the process. Plus the kit includes 3.91 gears and the aforementioned diff cooler.
Look for these packages of factory parts and more through authorized Chevrolet dealers this summer. Final pricing and vehicle fitment is coming soon.