General Motors designed the Camaro to compete with Ford's Mustang, but with the likes of the Shelbys around, GM needed more power in their car. Also, in order to race in the Trams Am series, GM had to build 1,000 road models, though at the end of 1968 the new Z28 had gone well past 7,000 sales. The car needed a high-rpm race-type engine with less than 305ci (5 liters) so Chevrolet combined their 4-inch (102mm) bore 327 block with a short-stroke 3-inch (76mm) forged crank, similar to the one in their 283. With a high compression of 11:1, large valve heads and high-lift cam, it revved well, and though rated at 290bhp (216kW), output was closer to 350bhp (261kW). Handling was improved by quickening the steering, fitting harder brake-linings, stiffening the rear leaf springs, and uprating shocks. The car had a three-speed auto but the Muncie four-speed manual was often fitted.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (1968) Specifications
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