In a surprise announcement, GM unveiled the new 2014 Z28 Camaro. The z/28 was last offered in 2002, but does the 2014 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro version stay true to its roots? "Only a car true to the Z/28 name" would get the designation, said Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer for Camaro. This was such a tightly kept secret that the project was internally referred to as “Steve”.
So what makes this new Z/28 so special? For starters it's powered by a 7.0 liter (427 cu. In.) small block LS7 V8 (also used in the C6 Corvette) that will deliver “at least 500 HP and 470 ft. lbs. of torque". Compared to the Camaro ZL1 which pumps out 580 HP from its supercharged LSA engine, the Z/28 won’t be the top dog of the Camaro line, but she does come in at 300 LBS less than the ZL1. And just as with the original 1967 Z/28, the 2014 Z/28 Camaro is only offered with a manual transmission.
Aesthetically, the new Z/28 will definitely be an eye-catcher with a full aerodynamic kit, rear wing, nose scoop, flared fenders, and underside panels. Inside, the Z/28 comes standard with Recaro seats and a flat bottomed steering wheel. The interior is finished out with an “Octane” matte-metallic finish.
The Chevy Engineers appear to have been heavily focused on track performance with this beast. Reportedly the all new 2014 Z28 Camaro is 3 seconds faster than the ZL1 on the test track. This increased performance comes from the increased grip of the “massive” 305/30ZR19 tires, improved stopping power thanks to the Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g deceleration, and reduced weight resulting from lighter wheels and thinner rear-window glass.
The 2014 Z28 Camaro will be available for sale in Spring of 2014. We still have yet to find any news about the msrp selling price...
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