Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Return of the King

Here's the thing.

The King has returned! Arguably, the most famous nameplate in Camaro history has been resurrected for the 21st century. This time it's carrying the heart of the Z06 in its engine bay, and not much else.

It's down about a hundred pounds, but in the pursuit of that weight loss, it's given up several creature comforts expected in modern cars, even performance cars. A/C is optional, there's significantly less sound deadening, and the only speaker in the whole car is a small one to give you the alert sounds modern cars make when you do things they don't want you to.

So the question becomes: who's the competition? The Boss already has the 1LE to compete with, and the GT500's competition comes in the form of the ZL1. The only one I can think of is the new drag-ready CobraJet, but that's a purpose built drag car. The Z/28 is in a class of its own, but the weight savings needed to come from somewhere else to be relevant. For a 3900lb car, there's got to be other places to pull from.

So the Z/28 is a, probably, 40k track car. With that kind of money, there's much better options. Even on the new market, there's the Subaru STi and the Lancer Evo. Unless you absolutely have to have a muscle car for track duty, I just can't recommend the Z. That is until the next generation where it is lighter, faster, and even more capable, or it comes with a real option list. Because the LS7 is too good to be stuck on the track all day.

And that, that's the thing.


  1. I think this is more of a car for people who long for the old days when driving a muscle car was all about driving the thing and enjoying it, rather then trying to take down an existing segment of vehicle. Chevy has guts to release such a raw vehicle. The guys in the srt team at chrysler are thankfully also following this purist mantra, they are starting to assault the market with bare bones entry level performance variants.

    1. Supposedly that was supposed to be the 1LE. Do we need two versions that do that?

    2. I thought the 1Le was a top of the line model?

    3. You're thinking of the ZL1. The 1LE was supposed to be the "track" version of the SS, competing with the Boss 302.

    4. Ah yes you are correct, carry on.