2015 Camaro Z/28 Brembo Brakes: Spotlight
The 2015 Camaro Z/28 is reportedly the only car under $100,000 to feature Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. (It sold for $75,000 for the 2014 model year, but we have it on good authority that it’ll go for even less for 2015.) By comparison, the next cheapest car that includes Brembo brakes is the Audi R8 V10, which sells for $170,545.
So why do 2015 Camaro Z/28 Brembo brakes even exist? Because Chevrolet knows what’s best for its performance drivers.
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“We’d already supplied components for the Camaro SS and 1LE, along with the Camaro ZL1,” commented Emanuelle Bruletti, who is a chief brake engineer at Brembo. “When GM decided to develop the Z/28, they immediately came to us.”
Brembo brakes have many advantages for the Z/28. They reduce the weight of the vehicle, as carbon ceramic rotors are roughly 40 percent lighter than steel rotors; this weight reduction allows for better handling.
The 2015 Camaro Z/28 Brembo brakes are also geared toward track use, allowing for a more consistent performance out of the Z/28 and no brake fade. “Carbon ceramic brake rotors can withstand a much more severe thermal cycle,” Bruletti explained.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Bruletti also said that carbon ceramic rotors have a longer lifespan than standard parts. In fact, he said that the “carbon ceramic rotors will likely last the entire life of a car.”
“The most impressive part of Z/28 is the braking,” commented Bill Wise, vehicle performance engineer. “Drivers can brake later, and carry more speed through the turn, because the Brembos work so well with the Pirelli Trofeo R tires. More impressive is the brakes show virtually no fade, so you have the same awesome performance on the fifth lap as on the first. Everyone who’s experienced the 2015 Camaro Z/28’s braking capabilities are simply astounded by the performance.”
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