2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Leads Restyled Lineup

2013 New York Auto Show


  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Picture

    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Picture

    | March 27, 2013

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2013 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 headed up the restyled 2014 Camaro lineup that debuted on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
  • The 2014 Camaro line will hit showrooms in late 2013.
  • The 2014 Camaro Z/28 gets the LS7 7.0-liter aluminum V8 engine from the Corvette Z06.

NEW YORK — The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 headed up the restyled 2014 Camaro lineup that debuted on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The 2014 Camaro line will hit showrooms in late 2013. Pricing was not announced.

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 gets the LS7 7.0-liter aluminum V8 engine from the Corvette Z06. The engine is rated at 500 horsepower. The only transmission available is a Tremec six-speed manual.

The idea behind the 2014 Z/28 was to strip out weight. The front seats use manual adjusters to keep the weight down, and air-conditioning is optional. The pass-through was also eliminated from the rear seatback, saving 9 pounds.

Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro's chief engineer, described the Z/28 as "too track-focused for most drivers," but said it is "one of the most capable track cars ever offered from an automaker."

The Z/28 is street legal, but designed for the racetrack. It is expected to appear at track events starting in spring 2014.

All 2014 Camaro models sport a revised exterior with improved aerodynamics for better cooling and stability. The Z/28 features an aero package that creates downforce at high speeds, along with carbon-ceramic brake discs and a cooler for the rear differential.

Initial testing by GM showed the new Z/28 to be 3 seconds faster per lap than the ZL1, the former "highest-performing production Camaro of all time."

Edmunds says: A great use for an engine that is too often overlooked.

Comments

  • coolb944 coolb944 Posts:

    So what does this mean for the 1LE package? Does it disappear? It seems like the Z/28 and 1LE are aiming for the same thing.

  • mboily mboily Posts:

    Superb!

  • mboily mboily Posts:

    The difference is that the 1LE is the Budget Track and the Z-28 will be a lot more expensive.

  • silveradoh silveradoh Posts:

    The taillights remind me of a 66 Caprice. Like the refresh, but maybe it's just me, the "Jar Jar Binks" dashboard really needs a redesign.

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    So likely 50k to 55k and bunches of performance but.......other than the track.......... where are you going to use this much performance ?................only at your neighborhood bar to 1up your fellow beer buddies..

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    I think we all knew this was happening eventually. Glad it finally happened. Didn't the 1LE used to be a package on existing performance models? I think it should remain that way... have it be a package on the Z28 for those willing to pay more to have fewer features(ie: no AC, crank windows, etc), but have that ever-so-slight edge on performance.

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