Excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will have a suggested retail price of $75,000. Expected to hit dealerships in the spring of 2014, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will be the most track-worthy factory-built Camaro – ever.
It’s 505 horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 engine, (with dry-sump oiling), makes 481 lb-ft of torque.
“A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction. The differential works in unison with Chevrolet’s proprietary Performance Traction Management system, allowing drivers to adjust the level of throttle and braking intervention to match their capability and driving environment.” – – GM Media
Not to be confused with the powerful, supercharged Chevrolet Camaro LT1, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a track warrior. Up tp 1.08-g of grip is possible thanks to aerodynamic downforce. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has the athleticism to out perform the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 at the Nürburgring.
“The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that’s bred for the track – and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “It takes the Z/28 back to its racing roots and adds to the strong lineup of Chevrolet performance cars, including a revamped Camaro SS and supercharged ZL1, as well as the SS sedan, Corvette Stingray convertible and 2015 Corvette Z06, which we’ll introduce at the North American International Auto Show next week.”
“The Camaro Z/28 is also one of the first production cars fitted with race-proven, spool-valve dampers, which allow four-way damping control, enabling engineers to precisely tune both bump and rebound settings for high-speed and low-speed wheel motions. The wider tuning range also allows dramatically greater damper stiffness without a significant change in ride quality. Additional chassis changes include stiffer spring and bushing rates for improved cornering response.” – – GM Media
Compared with the 20-inch wheels on Camaro SS and ZL1, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 goes the extra mile in weight reduction. Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires are wrapped around 19-inch forged aluminum wheels which reduces the un-sprung weight by 49.6 lbs.
“The massive 305/30ZR19 PZero Trofeo R tires represent the first production-car application in the industry and are believed to be the widest front tire on any production car. To fully exploit their grip, the Z/28 also features Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix™ rotors and fixed, monoblock calipers. The large 394 x 36 mm front rotors are paired with six-piston calipers, while the 390 x 32 mm rear rotors are paired four-piston calipers. Compared to similar-size, two-piece steel rotors, the lightweight carbon discs save 28 pounds (12.5 kg) per car.” – – GM Media
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 comes in five exterior colors: – Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot, Black, Summit White and Ashen Gray Metallic. The only option is a $1,150 package air conditioning and six audio speakers.
“On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish called Octane, a flat-bottom steering wheel and Recaro seats with microfiber inserts. The seats feature aggressive bolsters for high-performance driving, as well as seat cutouts inspired by the five-point harnesses found on racing seats. To save weight, both front seats incorporate manual adjustment.
The rear seats of the Z/28 have also been modified for weight reduction. Nine pounds, or four kilograms, were saved by eliminating the seat-back pass-through, as well as using high-density foam in place of the rigid structure of the seat back and steel mesh of the seat bottom.” – – GM Media
General Motors has a proven track record with their current flock of performance vehicles. The Chevrolet SS, Corvette and now the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 track monster. It will be interesting to see what Ford and Chrysler dream up to compete with this newest Camaro.
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According to General Motors, additional examples of weight savings include:
- Elimination of the tire-inflator kit, except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire, where it is required by law
- Removal of some interior sound deadener, as well as trunk carpet
- Use of a smaller, lighter battery
- Thinner rear-window glass – 3.2 mm vs. the standard 3.5 mm
- Elimination of high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps and fog lights
- No air conditioning except as part of the single option package.
The Camaro Z/28 will be available to order in late January with the first cars delivered to customers in the spring.