We come across a lot of restomodes, but few put as much emphasis on the cabin as this 1992 Chevrolet Camaro “IROC-Z06” which has a custom interior replaced from the C8 Corvette.
Our first thought on this construction is to fit the interior of the C8 into this Third generation Camaro is an amazing feat. It’s not just about fitting all the panels into the available space, but also making sure everything is properly ergonomic, such as seating position, dashboard height, and availability of all controls.
Then, on top of that, they managed to cover the whole thing in grayish leather and alcantara, which Chevy it is probably not offered as an option from the factory. And not only is this interior a challenge for installation and upholstery, but also for wiring. Wiring the interior is already a difficult task, but it’s even more challenging to do the wiring to match components from another car and make sure everything is working properly.
Elsewhere, the exterior has a custom color scheme of white and rose gold, and the engine compartment has the same color as the interior as the rose gold from the exterior. There’s also a set of massive Forgiato wheels, which aren’t really our thing, but we can appreciate the effort put into matching their colors to the car’s color scheme. The car also retained the original Camaro T-top, offering a unique experience compared to the targa upper C8, and the panels were given special slots in the trunk to fit when not in use.
It could be expected, due to the name of this car, that there will be an engine from the Corvette Z06 under the hood, but that is not the case. In the engine compartment is a 5.7L LS1 V8, which is still a Corvette engine, more precisely one of the C5, but not the Z06. If we continue to talk about the C5, that engine would be the LS6, which is a technically modified version of the LS1 and potentially the reason why the designer of this car decided to call it the IROC-Z06, but it is a different engine nonetheless. Still, any engine replacement is still a real feat, and the LS1 pumps out a healthy 345 hp (350 hp / 257 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque, well above the standard 230 hp IROC-Z HP / 172 kW) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque.
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