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2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Long-Term Arrival

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/20/2015 Scott Evans, Motor Trend Staff

Longtime readers are no doubt aware we request a long-term test vehicle from the winners of our various of the Year competitions, but it's never been a tradition for Best Driver's Car. This is generally because BDC winners often are rare and expensive cars their manufacturers didn't want to loan for a year, but Chevrolet was so excited to win this year that it happily agreed to loan us a Z/28 for the next 12 months.

The Z/28, you'll recall, is a stripped-down, track-ready analog supercar. It relies on the old-school formula of big power, big tires, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, mechanical limited-slip differential, and impeccable suspension tuning to make an otherwise good Camaro into one of the best-driving cars you can buy. Sure, it's got some fancy (and frankly, impressive) computer hardware in the Performance Traction Management system, but the true beauty of the Z/28 is that you don't need it. Switch it all off and you still have an amazing driver's car that's just as fast and rewarding.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 You might also recall it doesn't come with many creature comforts, because they add weight. Though it's been said your only options are a full six-speaker stereo and air-conditioning, you can buy a few other things such as a cargo organizer or some gaudy stripes. Given that we'll be daily driving this car, we took the 50-pound weight penalty and ordered A/C and the stereo. You could make an argument for the Gurney-flap spoiler or auxiliary gauges, but they're not absolute must-haves. As such, our total bill shows only $1,150 in options for the air and tunes, plus $1,700 in gas-guzzler tax, which is humorously listed as an option. Grand total: $76,150.

There's a pervasive rumor that suggests you can't daily drive a Z/28. Having driven our (un-air-conditioned) BDC winner 400 miles home from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, I disagree, and I've got 12 months to find out how right or wrong I am. That is, when it's not at the track … which it will be. A lot.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
DRIVETRAINFront engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE7.0L/505-hp/481-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION6-speed manual
CURB WEIGHT (DIST F/R)3882 lb (53/47%)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT192.3 x 76.9 x 52.4 in
0-60 MPH4.0 sec
QUARTER MILE12.3 sec @ 116.1 mph
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY259/177 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS1.28 lb/mile

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