It wasn’t possible to get a fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 until 2014, but Chevrolet Performance has now made it possible to bring Z/28 handling to your 2010-13 Chevrolet Camaro SS. The Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Suspension Package brings together many of the track-capable components of the 2015 Camaro Z/28 and offers them in a relatively easy-to-install kit made to fit earlier model fifth-gen. Camaros.
How easy to install?
We followed along as Summit Racing installed the kit — and other suspension components — on its 2013 Camaro project car. Summit is using the ’13 Camaro to demonstrate the viability and affordability of the fifth-generation (2010-2015) Camaro as a foundation for late model hot rod projects. You can learn more about the idea behind the build here and see what it takes to put a Chevrolet Performance Z/28 handling package on your Camaro in the video below.
But first, more about the kit…
According to Chevrolet Performance, the modern Z/28 is the first high-volume production road car to use a racing-derived damper technology called DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve). This technology from Multimatic uses a pair of self-piloted spool valves to control fluid through tuned-port shapes rather than conventional disc dampers. This design, when combined with the inverted monotube front strut design and monotube rear hydraulic dampers, delivers better response, stiffness, and tuning.
The unique dampers are the centerpiece of the entire package; however, Chevrolet Performance optimizes handling and response with some other essential goodies. This includes higher rate spring coils, smaller diameter, solid stabilizer bars, and higher rate suspension bushings. The components are designed to reduce body movement during hard cornering and acceleration. Other components in the package include front ride and handling links, rear upper control arms, rear trailing links, and toe links with stiffer bushings.
The Z/28 suspension package will enhance the performance and handing of a stock SS and is an ideal upgrade to help harness Summit Racing’s earlier performance upgrades (see Part 1 and Part 2 of the series).
Summit took things a step further with a few other key pieces, including BMR rear cradle bushings. These bushings are made from low-deflection polyurethane which reduces rear cradle movement and wheel hop on launch. The polyurethane is also relatively noise-free and does not increase vibration within your suspension.
Follow along as the Summit Racing Camaro project goes under the knife — er, wrench — in the video below.