By Nick Dasko
So the new 2014 Z28 Camaro
is already all sold out. So if you wanted one built to your specs, you are SOL.
If you are really desperate you can likely get one from a dealer at an inflated price, in a spec you didn't exactly want, and by the time you get out the door you will be likely paying at least $80,000 minus whatever you trade your current Camaro for.
GM has also said they will not sell most of the parts used to make the Z28 in their performance catalogue so it is kind of hard to convert your current ride, unless you go to the parts counter and ask for the upgraded coolers, body kit, brakes, and suspension bits for the Z28 and pay crazy prices.
Thankfully there is a cheap way to get into this game for a lot less money. The beauty of the LS7 from this car is that it swaps in
beautifully into the current Camaro, you can get one out of a wrecked Z06 Corvette for about $12,000 according to my research on a salvage parts site.
You could likely get a whole wrecked Z06 for about $15,000 and then sell whatever you don't use so that you end up spending less than $10,000 on parts once you factor in the money you get from selling body panels, seats, etc.
Next if you don't want to cut up your daily driver, you can get a decent used, Camaro for $15,000 and pull the engine and start wrenching.Throw on a nice exhaust system, maybe play with the cams a bit and throw on some coil-overs and you will have something that can at the very least fill the rear-view mirror of a Z28 for a lot less.
Plus the costs mean that you wont feel bad about thrashing it because all in this car should owe you what a well-specced V6 Camaro goes for new.
Now for those of you without the time, patience, or space to do such a swap, well, find a good mechanic who likes to do projects like this. The labour won't be more than what a high-powered blower kit costs for a Camaro before the labour for that job is even factored in.
So please, go out and build one of these and post pics!