There were some 1,500 vehicles on display at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, including one car that was displayed up on its side.
The car was a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS, which was rotated 90 degrees to show off all of the Chevrolet Performance parts and Chevrolet accessories that were borrowed from the new and racetrack-ready Z/28 ultra-high-performance version of the car.
Basically, the idea was to showcase the bolt-on bits that can enable any Camaro SS to push its performance toward that of the Z/28 without the full $75,000 expense — while retaining the SS’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine. That engine is good for a more-than-sufficient 426 horsepower, not bad at all compared to the 505 hp from the Z/28’s 7.0-liter LS7 powerplant.
To create the Camaro Performance V-8 concept, Chevy started with a new SS model with Red Rock paint. It added Camaro RS head and tail lamps, blacked out the badges, mirrors and rear diffuser, added a Chevrolet Performance windshield header (insignia), and mounted the car on 20-inch 10-spoke wheels wrapped with high-performance “summer” tires.
One thing that makes the Z/28 stunningly fast around a racetrack is its suspension. Another is its brakes. But for $3,875 (prices listed are MSRP for the parts and do not include labor installation fees) you can buy the Z/28 suspension package for an SS. The package includes ride links, handling links, upper control arms, toe links, DSSV dampers and front and rear stabilizer bars.
For another $6,650, you can add Brembo brakes used to slow the supercharged Camaro ZL1, and for another $275 you get the Z/28 ducts to keep those brakes cooled.
Other Chevrolet Performance parts used on the show car were a wicker-bill spoiler extension kit ($395), a 2.75-inch Z/28 exhaust ($1,999.63) and exhaust hook-up kit ($143.75), Z/28 cold-air intake ($467.50), ZL1 short-throw shifter ($395), and transmission cooler ($750).
Also used, though not available for sale until the first quarter of 2015, was a special aero body kit that includes Z/28 front splitter, spoiler and closeout panel.
Finishing the upgrade were the following parts from Chevrolet Accessories:
■Body-color hood insert ($375)
■ Black grille ($425)
■Performance decals ($205)
■Gill decals ($65)
Visit the websites chevrolet.com/accessories and chevroletperformanceparts.com for information.
Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.