GM trademarks the ‘Z28’ moniker

Article by Christian A., on September 16, 2012

It is rumored that a patent was filed recently by Chevrolet that covers the Z28 name used on former Camaro models. This move can be justified by several reasons such as guarding the name and expectations of potential uses in the future as well as having a specific product in the works. The muscle car segment will probably be exciting in the next several years.

The badge is also something that GM has immediate plans for. One theory is that it is the replacement for the current Camaro SS model as soon as the Holden Commodore-based Chevrolet SS is released. It’s also possible that the Z28 has a better performance than the ZL1. Ford’s Shelby GT500 is really very powerful.

The Z28 name may lead to the creation of another bracket in the lower end Camaro range, particularly since Ford intends to offer a turbocharged four cylinder engine in its next generation Mustang. It has a range of four- six- and eight-cylinder range, which means that it could do better than the Camaro when it comes to board marketability. It should be noted that Ford is boldly moving towards increasing the global marketability of its pony car.

For the model year 2014, the Chevrolet Camaro has been substantially redesigned. According to Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director, the redesign was implemented on the 2014 Camaro to take into account the demand and wants of customers as well as to apply the knowledge and experience that Chevrolet has gained in its continuing development of high-performance cars. Peters added that in designing the new Camaro, they looked for solutions that aren’t only functional but also beautiful. This quest resulted to a simple, powerful, and honest Camaro worthy of the Chevrolet name.

2014 Camaro sports several significant visual tweaks both on the front and the rear ends, making the model appear wider, lower and more modern. The front end now comes with a narrower upper grille opening and a wider lower opening. The grille is flanked by the "halo ring" HID headlamps on the Camaro RS package, while the functional hood vent on the Camaro SS is designed to lower both temperature and aerodynamic lift. The rear end of the Camaro, meanwhile, is marked by horizontal lamps, a sculptural decklid and a diffuser.

Meanwhile, the Camaro Z/28 is provided with a full aero treatment. It comes with a full aerodynamic package that generates more downforce at track speeds. This package includes a large front splitter and an underbody panel that could lower aerodynamic lift. The front and rear wheels of the Camaro Z/28 are hugged by fender flares.

The package also includes extended rocker panels, an aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser. Inside, the Camaro Z/28 is provided with a ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. These Recaro seats -- also available on the coupe versions of the SS and ZL1 models – offers ample support during high-performance drives, thanks to its cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses on racing seats. Both front seats feature manual adjustment. The cabin is trimmed in elegant Octane matte-metallic finish.

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