The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a lightened, track focused pony car with a 500 horsepower V8 and no radio. But its name has been around since 1966. Let’s take a quick look at the family.
The original Z/28 was introduced in December 1966 for model year ’67. It was the brainchild of Vince Piggins, who wanted to create a race-ready Camaro that was superior to the Mustang. So he took a a 327 block and put a 283 crankshaft in it so that it had a 4-inch bore and a 3-inch stroke, making it a 302.4 cubic inch, which fell just under the 305-cu.in. limit of the SCCA Trans-Am category. Its nameplate came straight from the RPO codes, RPO28 being the Special Performance Package. It wasn’t mentioned in sales materials, so only 602 were made in the first year of production.
via A Brief History Of The Camaro Z/28.