We come across a lot of restomods, but few put as much emphasis on the cabin as this 1992 Chevrolet Camaro “IROC-Z06”, which features a custom interior swapped from a C8 Corvette.
Our first thought on this build is that getting a C8 interior to fit in this third-gen Camaro is an incredible feat. It’s not just a matter of getting the panels to all fit in the available space, but also making sure everything is still right ergonomically, such as the seating position, dashboard height, and reachability of all the controls.
Then, on top of that, they managed to upholster the whole thing in teal leather and Alcantara, which Chevy probably doesn’t offer as an option from the factory. And not only is this interior a challenge to fit and upholster, but also to wire up. Wiring an interior is already a difficult task, but doing a wiring job to match components from a different car and make sure everything is working correctly is even more challenging.
Elsewhere, the exterior features a custom white and rose gold color scheme and the engine bay features the same teal as the interior as well 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 respect the effort put in to color-matching them to the car’s paint scheme. The car also retains the original Camaro T-top, offering a unique experience compared to the C8’s targa top, and the panels were given dedicated slots in the trunk to fit in when not in use.
One might expect, due to the name of this car, that under the hood there would be the engine from a Corvette Z06, however that’s not the case. In the engine bay is a 5.7L LS1 V8, which is still a Corvette engine, more specifically one from a C5, but not a Z06. If we’re still talking about the C5, that engine would be the LS6, which is technically a modified version of the LS1 and potentially the reason why the builder of this car decided to call it IROC-Z06, but it’s still a different engine. Nevertheless, any engine swap is still quite a feat and the LS1 pumps out a healthy 345 hp (350 PS / 257 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque, which is significantly more than the stock IROC-Z’s 230 hp (233 PS / 172 kW) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque.