This 1992 Chevy Camaro “IROC-Z06” has the interior of a C8 Corvette Stingray and the engine of a C5


We come across plenty of restomods, but few put as much emphasis on the interior as this 1992 “IROC-Z06” Chevrolet Camaro, which features a custom interior replaced by a C8 Corvette.

Our first thought on this build is that getting a C8 interior to fit this third-generation Camaro is an incredible feat. It’s not just about adapting all the panels to the available space, but also ensuring that everything is still ergonomically correct, such as seating position, dashboard height and accessibility of all orders.

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Then, on top of that, they managed to wrap the whole thing in teal leather and Alcantara, which Chevy probably doesn’t offer as a factory option. And not only is this interior a challenge to furnish and upholster, but also to wire. Wiring an interior is hard enough, but doing a wiring job to match components from a different car and make sure everything is working properly is even harder.

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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 of the exterior. There’s also a set of massive Forgiato wheels, which aren’t really our thing, but we can respect the effort that went into matching them to the paint colors of the car. The car also retains the original Camaro T-top, providing a unique experience compared to the C8’s targa top, and the panels have been given dedicated slots in the trunk to fit when not in use.

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One would expect, given the name of this car, that under the hood is the engine of a Corvette Z06, but this is not the case. In the engine bay is a 5.7L LS1 V8, which is still a Corvette engine, more specifically that of 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 the manufacturer of this car decided to call it IROC-Z06, but it’s still a different engine . Nonetheless, any engine swap is still a feat and the LS1 puts out 345 hp (350 hp / 257 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque, which is significantly more than the IROC-Z’s 230 hp. of origin. (233 PS / 172 kW) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque.

Betty K. Park