Automakers typically adhere closely to the industry norms in relation to the most recent design cues in the ever-stagnant world of automotive car design.
Even just ten years ago, cars didn’t resemble what they do today. However, if you grow older alongside the patterns, you’ll notice that the evolution is gradual enough that over time, a number of small adjustments gave rise to the effervescent, yet razor-sharp motifs we see today.
No designs are arguably more stale than those that are dominating the American Domestic Market right now. It’s difficult to contest the need for an update, though, given the volume of vehicles sold under names like Ford and Dodge.
But there is also Chevrolet, with the somewhat forgotten Camaro. As they struggle to sell half of what the Mustang and Challenger produce, sports cars, which were once the hottest sellers in the early 2010s, have since declined in popularity. Fortunately for the Camaro, digital artist jlord8 knows that fusing a brand’s history with its most recent example is frequently a formula for perfection.
As of March 2023: Many fans are speculating about the future of the IROC-Z Camaro in light of the excitement surrounding @jlord8’s Chevrolet Camaro IROC-ZL1 concept. Continue reading to learn if a new IROC Camaro will be released as well as what will happen to the Camaro model line after 2024.
Remembering A Legend: The IROC-Z
The International Race of Champions, or IROC-Z, was a Chevy option package that was first presented in 1985. IROC-Z is the equivalent of an all-star game in the world of motorsports. This also appears to be the source of jlord8’s inspiration. He creates an intriguing modern-day classic automobile by combining the greatest elements of the IROC and ZL1.
The IROC-ZL1 updates the third-generation’s dated appearance without seeming disingenuous by retaining the complex, yet distinctive hatchback glass, sloping front end, and five-spoke wheels.
Adding The Camaro ZL1’s Engine
The Camaro ZL1 is a track-inspired sports vehicle with all the bells and whistles to make your next day at the circuit successful, much like the IROC-Z during its day in the sun.
The only remaining elements of the current ZL1 are the front-end splitter and two-tone paint job. The most intriguing aspect of this rendering is the theory that the enormous supercharged LT4 V8 from Chevrolet is housed behind the carbon fiber hood.
The 6.2-liter engine, which powers the high-output ZL1 and Corvette Z06, produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, more than tripling the IROC’s modest output of 215 horsepower (in 1990). Thus, the Camaro render is more than just a contemporary interpretation of a classic design.
Do They Still Make IROC-Z?
The IROC-Z model arrived during the third-generation Camaro run from 1982-1992. This particular package was available as a trim level on Z28 Camaro models from 1985-1990.
The fifth-generation Camaro includes a special Z28 edition with the 7.0-liter engine from the C6 Corvette Z06 despite the IROC-Z not being officially available since 1990. During the final two years of the fifth-generation Camaro’s manufacturing, this Z28 model was offered.
Will The IROC Ever Come Back?
The IROC Camaro is unlikely to make a comeback. This is due to the fact that the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro will be the last model year for the venerable muscle vehicle, making any special edition IROC-Z, Z28, or other trims a pipe dream.
There are reports that a new Camaro SUV, resembling the Ford Mustang Mach-E, would be released soon, although Chevrolet has not yet acknowledged this. Hope they don’t refer to it as a Chevrolet Camaro IROC-E.