Angus MacKenzie and I got into a debate years ago about performance driving aids. I argued there is nothing wrong with using technology to go faster. MacKenzie argued they were Band-Aids for insufficient suspension tuning, that good, old-fashioned testing and tuning could produce the same results without computer intervention. I don’t think either of us was completely wrong, but I’ve come to see his point more and more clearly over the past 12 months spent living with the Z/28.
Of course, the Z/28 does have a sophisticated computer with impressive performance handling software queued up, but the beautiful thing is you don’t need it. Camaro engineers tuned and tuned this car’s suspension geometry and shock valving and aerodynamics until the computer wasn’t necessary. Each time it hit the track, we had no second thoughts about turning off the computer because the grip was so high, the handling so good, and the on-limit and over-limit behavior so predictable and controllable that the safety net was redundant.
The Z/28 did need some things, though. Tires, mostly. We burned the first set off tracking it against the Porsche 911 GT3. The second set was cooked after a retest with the optional wickerbill spoiler attachment installed. The third was sacrificed in the long-awaited test against the new Mustang GT350R. We ran out of time before we could destroy the fourth set, which is probably for the best because each set cost between $2,300 and $2,400. All told, we spent $7,218 just on tires in 12 months. That doesn’t include two patches to the same tire a week apart from running over screws in the road or a blowout on a brand-new tire that left an editor stranded for seven hours on the side of a desert back road. It was replaced under warranty
There were other service items, as well. The car took three oil changes in the 18,000 or so miles we drove it. The first was elective, not required, as the owner’s manual wisely suggests changing the oil and differential fluid after break-in and before tracking the car. That service and two more computer-recommended oil changes set us back $525.27, partly because the dry sump oiling system requires 10 quarts of full synthetic.Read more on MotorTrend site