On the restricted list: The Z/28’s breathtakingly expensive carbon brakes
When the ZL1 Camaro was first introduced back in 2012, even before the production cars were hitting the streets, clever Camaro owners had already built look-alike “clones” using parts ordered through dealership parts counters. While spare parts have to be produced and made available for collision repair and warranty work, Chevrolet will apparently restrict sales of almost 40 different part numbers in an effort to prevent the same thing from happening to the Z/28.
Interestingly, the “wickerbill” adjustable rear spoiler doesn’t seem to be on the restricted list…
Camaro5.com user R6P reports that before dealership parts departments can order these Z/28-specific bits, they’ll have to provide vehicle and owner information, and parts replaced for warranty claims will have to be returned for analysis. The apparent intent is to preserve the rarity and value of the new “ultimate track Camaro,” and isn’t completely unprecedented in GM history.
In light of the fact that last year at SEMA, Chevy Performance was touting parts packages that allow you to do things like put ZL1 brakes on your V6 5th gen, the blanket restriction on such a wide range of parts may not be a “forever” thing, but we’re sure that collectors and speculators shelling out a fat stack of Zedongs to acquire one of the 500 first-year cars will be happy to see their investment at least temporarily protected from copycats.