Chevrolet Restricting Camaro Z/28 Parts to Preserve Exclusivity
With a $75,000 sticker attached to its windshield, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a muscle car very few people can afford. However, a lot more enthusiasts could afford to buy counterfeited parts and turn their regular Camaro (almost) into a Z/28 clone.
And since the entire Z/28 production for 2014 is already sold out, more and more people are likely to seek an aftermarket upgrade to get their Z/28 fix. To prevent that and keep their exclusive customers happy, Chevrolet plans to restrict 35 of the Z/28’s parts, which will only be available to driver that already owns the said vehicle.
At least that’s what GM Authority claims, quoting "dealer sources" and providing a list of components, along with their part number, that won’t be offered as performance or visual upgrades.
The inventory is quite extensive and hints that Chevrolet aims to protect an array of aesthetic, interior and powertrain parts ranging from body flares and aprons to seats, brakes and differential. Even the "Flowtie" front grille badge, which had its gold center cut out to improve airflow and lower coolant and oil temperature, has been barred.
Some Camaro owners will obviously lose their temper following this decision, but at least we won’t get to see any V-6-powered "Z/28s" wandering the streets.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and to see exactly what parts are restricted.
Why it Matters
Anyone willing to drop $75k on a Camaro wants to know that their car is exclusive. With this, at least GM shows that it is doing all it can to prevent counterfeit parts from hitting the aftermarket scene. Then again, GM has no control on what end user actually gets the parts at the end of the day, and what they do with them.
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Motivated by a naturally-aspirated, 7.0-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is the most track-capable Camaro built to date. Although it lacks the horsepower provided by the supercharged ZL1, the Z/28 benefits from drastic weight reduction and numerous traction- and stability-enhancing components.
Developed with Camaro customers that like to spend their weekends at the track in mind, the Z/28 is sold with a no-nonsense interior that misses many of the amenities found in a $50,000+ muscle car. A proper audio system with seven speakers and an air conditioning system are only available as a stand-alone option.
Source: GM Authority