One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 auto show season was, without a doubt, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Most industry watchers assumed the 1LE package for the Camaro SS would be the most hardcore track package for this generation of Chevrolet’s pony car. But those same industry watchers were happy to have been proven wrong by the LS7-powered voodoo child that takes the Z/28 label back to the roots of the 1967-’69 original: Sharp handling, rev-happy engine and no automatic transmission option.
Unsurprisingly, a large percentage of us car journos are chomping at the bit to drive the new Z/28. Unfortunately, we’ve all been scooped…by Jay Leno. Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser – who helped with the creation of Leno’s awesome turbocharged, rear-drive-converted Oldsmobile Toronado – brought the actual New York Auto Show car by the monumentally-mandibled man of mirth’s garage, where the two explore the styling and technical aspects of the car, and then take it for a drive. A terrific-sounding drive, we might add.