Talking point: Would you really use a Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 on track?

Jethro loved the Z/28 he drove in evo issue 205. But is it really a suitable track car?

American carmakers have attracted plenty of flak in the past for producing half-baked performance cars, but Chevrolet’s latest Camaro Z/28 can consider itself well above such criticisms.

It looks fantastic, features a monstrous 7008cc V8 and puts 505bhp and 481lb ft to the rear wheels. It’s also surprisingly focused, with advanced dampers, carbon-ceramic brakes and a ‘Flying Car Mode’ that disables traction control while airborne. In other words, there’s genuine engineering prowess here.

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And as Jethro Bovingdon found out when driving the car in Los Angeles for evo 205, it’s a fantastic performance car potentially worthy of inclusion in evo’s Car of the Year competition.

But at 1732kg it’s still very much an old-school muscle car at heart. And while the Z/28 has a hugely talented chassis, is it really track day material?

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Its $72,300 price tag (just over £47,000 at current exchange rates) is great value given its performance, but would that money be better spent on something else if track days were a priority?

Post your thoughts below, or email letters@evo.co.uk. The best comments will be published in the next issue of evo.

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